Ridin’ the range once more, totin’ my old .44, where you sleep out every night and the only law is right. Back in the saddle again. -Gene Autrey
I got spurs that jingle, jangle, jingle, as I go ridin’ merrily along. Don’t look now, here come the Spurs. Last season they weren’t looking so jingly. Not so jangly. Maybe you forgot about them. Maybe you’re like Billy Batts. Maybe you didn’t hear about it, you’ve been away a long time. They didn’t go up there and tell you. They didn’t go up there and tell you, the Spurs don’t shine shoes anymore. Not with a best-in-the-NBA record of 43-8 they don’t.
Eveybody’s been yipping about the Lakers. Everybody’s been yapping about the Heat. Yipping and yapping. Flipping and flapping. What about these guy? What about the Spurs? Just so you know, by beating the Pistons last night, the Spurs increased their record to 35-games-above-.500 mark. Big deal, you say? Who cares, you say? I care. So should you. You should care because it’s the fewest games that any NBA team has required in order to reach the 35-games-above-.500 mark since the Bulls went 40-5 to start the 1996-97 season. You know what else the Bulls did in the 1996-97 season. Huh? Do ya? Sure you do. In the 1996-97 season, the Bulls won their fifth of six NBA championships during the Michael Jordan era. That’s what the Bulls did in the 1996-97 season.
You may be thinking that’s all well and good, but afterall, that was the Michael Jordan era. Know this sports fans: The Spurs are just the seventh team in NBA history to reach the 35-games-above-.500 mark within the first 51 games of a season. Now here comes the good part, the really good part, the really really good part: All six of the others went on to win the NBA title. The Celtics in 1965 went on to win the NBA title. The 76ers in 1967 went on to win the NBA title. The Lakers in 1972 went on to win the NBA title. The 76ers again in 1983 went on to win the NBA title. And yes, Michael Jordan’s Bulls in both 1996 and 1997 went on to win the NBA title. So put that in your pipe and smoke it.
So why not the Spurs? Why not now? I understand the Tim Duncan of today is not the same as the Tim Duncan of yesterday. He doesn’t have to be. After looking completely lost year, Richard Jefferson has bounced back to be the player they’d hoped he be when they traded for him originally. After being hampered by injuries last season, Tony Parker is once again leading the offense with authority. Manu is Manu. Manu is taking over games. Manu is getting clutch baskets and knocking down game winning shots. Knock knock. Who’s there? Manu Ginobili, bitch! Knock knock. Who’s there? The San Antonio Spurs, bitch! Yes, it’s Manu Ginobili and the San Antonio Spurs, back in the saddle again!
Peace out homies. Six two and even!