In this segment, I will get things off my chest that have been pestering me to no end; for your enjoyment, of course.
Manu and Flopping
I’m sick of hearing anti-Spurs people rip on Manu because he has a tendency to draw the occasional offensive foul. Look, if the Spurs sucked, this would be a non-issue. But since we have been a contender for the last decade, we have a big target on our back. The thing about Manu is that, yes, he will flop every once in a while. But most of the time he actually takes a beating and since everyone thinks he is a flopper, the offensive player never gets hit with the deserved flagrant foul. If anything, the rare flop simply results in Ginobili getting more punishment during the game. So everyone, can we stop riding Ginobili and just focus on Varejao? The guy looks like Carrot Top and flops like it’s his job; probably because it is. He doesn’t do much else on the court, unlike Manu.
Mahinmi and the Greg Oden Corollary
Iam Mahinmi recently recorded a rare triple-double in summer league play: 12 points, 16 rebounds and 10 fouls. Mahinmi hopefuls pointed to this game as a sign of promise that he might finally be turning the corner. Unfortunately, I’m going to have to evoke the Greg Oden Corollary. As NBA fans, don’t we know what happens when you put a foul prone, somewhat clumsy center on the floor? Yes Mahinmi, like Oden, will get a substantial number of rebounds for the minutes he plays. However, this is because he fouls the hell out of everyone in sight. It’s easy to get rebounds if you do not follow the rules of basketball. What they contribute with rebounds, they negate with their fouls. I feel that we will see Blair much more often in the season to come, and that’s definitely a good thing.
Parting Shot: Jacque Vaughn
I cannot tell you how happy I am that this guy is finally off the roster. But to give you an idea, I wrote the following two years ago during the ’07-’08 season; yes, he has been pestering me for that long.
Jacque Vaughn is an abomination on the basketball court. Vaughn is averaging 4.1ppg, 1rpg, 2.2apg, and .72tpg in 15 minutes. He is shooting 42.4% from the field; remember he only shoots lay-ups and wide open jumpers. His numbers look horrible, but what they do not capture is how the opposing point guards fare when going head to head against Vaughn. (They destroy him.) If you were in a pickup game and Vaughn was guarding you, you would yell, “Hey, give me the ball! Alright, everyone clear out. I’ve got Jacque on me.” Vaughn is the king of the momentum killing play. When Jacque enters a game, you can expect a turnover, two wide open missed shots, and Vaughn’s go-to move which consists of driving into the lane, realizing he’s tiny, and circling back out, thereby wasting 5 to 10 seconds off the shot clock. He is also prone to air-balling lay-ups. This is due to the fact that he is short, can’t jump, and is not quick. If he gets a step on a defender, the defender can recover in plenty of time to alter his shot. Jacque should be playing golf, not playing backup point guard for the defending champs. Jacque Vaughn makes my head hurt.
I miss it, don’t you? It made his drives look more impressive and he would often use it as a weapon by whipping it in his opponent’s faces. When he began going bald, that was a sad, sad day for Spurs fans. He decided to cut his losses, literally, and we have had to live with a short-haired Ginobili with a bald spot ever since. And if you think about it, as soon as he lost his hair he became injury prone. Coincidence? I think not. Manu with long hair is a healthy Manu; without, we all know how that story ends. I think the Spurs should start “The Manu Ginobili Needs Hair Fund” and accept contributions that will go to every BS product that claims to reverse hair loss. We’ll make Manu try every product on the market till we find one that works. Then we will have exciting, healthy Manu back and he will lead us to the finals. I’d give half my savings to the fund, straight up.