After the San Antonio Spurs fell behind in their series against the Memphis Grizzlies, TNT's Kenny Smith compared the Spurs to Muhammad Ali hoping they had one more fight left in them.
“It’s like watching Muhammad Ali in his last fight. But I hope they have one more rope-a-dope in them because I hate to see the champs lose.”
Unfortunately for San Antonio, they did not have one more rope-a-dope in them and fell to Memphis in six games.
Now as the Los Angeles Lakers are facing a 0-2 deficit to the Dallas Mavericks, Smith sees a similar pattern between the Spurs and Lakers and once again uses a former boxing champ when looking at the Lakers situation:
“Man. I saw Muhammad Ali go down, now I’m about to see Mike Tyson in his prime (go down). The difference between the Spurs and the Lakers is that the Lakers have about three or four guys that are still in their prime.”
@rnlmaningding umm sorry, but Timmy still does make an impact. yes, we all know he's 35 now and wears that brace, but he can still provide a double-double and is probably our best defender still. and you can't say guys like Splitter and Blair can't help Timmy in the post season. it was Tiago's 1st year and Blair is still very young. give Tiago this chance to work out this off-season and in training camp (since he missed it last year), and Blair some time to improve as well, and they will be able to help out. and Bonner may have fizzled, but he has been able to show that he can do more than just shoot a 3. like i said, Coach Pop and R.C. will have some work to do in making some changes. i wouldn't question Coach Pop about what he needs to realize because he knows more about the game than any of us do on this site, and i trust him in what he does. i agree, we probably need to get a little younger again, but we do need to have veterans on this team as well.
@LFJeremy yea that's pretty crazy. however, i still think the Spurs have a shot. i could care less of what the media thinks. winning 61 games is not by accident. we won those games by playing team basketball and we weren't continuing to do that after Duncan went down with that injury. there definitely needs to be a few changes on the team, and i'm sure R.C. and Pop are gonna have a handful of work during the off-season.
@JMattHicks Memphis and NYK are also up and coming. As is OKC. Ughh. The SAS better fix the team asap.
@RG8907 @LFJeremy Timmy had a bad right knee thats why he's wearing knee brace everytime he play.Even with ankle injury Timmy won't make a big impact.Lets face it Timmy is old & don't want to retire,so we need a big men in frontcourt that has young legs Not a player who's gonna retire in two years time.Memphis won & to think they were minus Rudy Gay..Coach Pop need to realize Bonner,Blair & Tiago can Not help Timmy in post season..just what kenny says "Its like watching Ali in his last fight".Charles did not comment in that post game loss to memphis,what more if he says something-it will be more dissapointing for Spurs...
@LFJeremy i agree, because the Grizzlies could have easily been a 4-6 seed had they not dropped that many games, so they are not your typical 8th seed. it was a bit both of them being good and bad luck on us.
B. agreed, but at least we can still agree on one thing: we cannot win w/out Timmy since he still does provide an impact.
E. mostly agreed, i think we're just one, maybe two big men short.
all in all, like i said, Pop and R.C. has some work to do, but i don't believe we need to blow up the team and rebuild. just have to find the right guys, learn from those 61 games, and try it again for 2011-12, hopefully.