In the past, accomplishing a triple-double was something that deserved to be celebrated, but as in real life there is a right and wrong way to go after this achievement. No player wants their triple double to be tainted in any way.
Unfortunately Nic Batum focus on getting that elusive triple double took precedence over his common sense.
At the end of this weekend’s Portland Trailblazer and San Antonio Spurs match up, Nic Batum put up a three-point shot (which went in) with 9.0 seconds left on the clock and his team leading by seven points. And it seems in the following photo, Tim Duncan was not amused.
The Big Fundamental didn’t comment after the game, but did shoot a “really” look questioning whether putting up the shot was necessary right after the shot went through the rim.
In fairness, the shot was a few steps past half court with a small likelihood of actually falling in. If Batum had sprinted the length of the court (a la Tyus Edney), that would have been a legitimate reason for some bad blood between the teams.
But in reality, this shot was a last second prayer that, depending on how you view it, fortunately or unfortunately hit the bottom of the net.
Even Spurs coach Greg Popovich showed no ill will, he went on to call him a “good kid."
So Spurs’ fans, do you think this last second shot will something that the Spurs will dwell or will it be water under the bridge?
(h/t Next Impulse Sports)
Batum can drain a 3 to humiliate us in a REGULAR season game, the spurs can just make the playoffs again and be another legit title contender, unlike Portland, who haven't gotten past the first round in 13 years.
The game isn't over until the clock runs out. While it may have been unsportsmanlike to some, how many people wouldn't have thrown up that shot in NBA 2k? I know I would. I want my triple-double lol. I would be smiling just like Batum is in that picture leaving my opponent looking like Tim Duncan.
It will be water under the bridge, Spurs don't worry about things like that. It was just a season game, Next; Denver on Tuesday and then Phoenix at home.
He apologized right after the game. I don't have a problem with it. I don't think any of the players on either team are upset about it at all. Forgotten already....
It was cheap. There will be no bad blood, but Duncan will remember it. Forget some of the match-ups problems that the Blazers pose. Timmy would punish these guys in the playoffs. There is a reason that the Blazers always underachieve and the Spurs keep winning.
Batum is a "me" player with low class. This is the guy who in the Olympics hit a player from spain in the nuts and when asked about it not only did he admitted to it but showed no remorse when later asked about it. Not until he caught the backlash from it did he later apologize on twitter nonetheless.
Most players dont even know their stats during the game or with 9 seconds to go for that matter. Batum only cares about himself not about his team winning with some dignity.
Water under the bridge. Batum apologized and clearly didn't want to disrespect the Spurs. I mean, a couple of his best pals play for the Spurs (of course, I'm talking about Parker and Diaw). I'm sure they'll remember it next time they play the Trail Blazers and motivate them to win the game, but it shouldn't cause any bad blood.
Batum made a mistake and apologized. If we're willing to forgive SA for that dumb Halloween prank, then surely Batum deserves the same.
it's not he greatest show of sportsmanship in the world, but batum said he immediately regretting taking the shot and apologized without any prompting after the game. i think it will be easily forgotten.
@FranzA What dumb Halloween prank are you referring to?