It confuses me when people complain about Durant (or LeBron) joining a super team and claim the NBA was more competitive in some unknown olden time. When was this time of great competition without a limited number of dominant teams?
Was it back when when the Celtics won 11 out of 13 years? Maybe it was when it was either the Celtics or Lakers in the Finals every year? How about the 90s when Jordan's Bulls won 6 titles in 8 years, was that a "competitive" era? Or, was it the 2000s when a team had to have either Tim Duncan, Shaq and/or Kobe in order to win a title?
If anything, competition is by far better now, because as we saw, the ShaKobe Lakers imploded after 3 years; Duncan's Spurs have been in contention for years, but never strung together a dominant stretch; Miami's super team lost 2 out of 4 and dissolved; and, this year's Warriors which was expected to roll the league, almost lost to the Thunder and did lose to the Cavs.
Anything can happen.
The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are perfect examples. A form factor introduced by HTC three years ago, now we hold the A9 as a copy of the iPhone (albeit, HTC has bigger problems).
In high school, I started hanging out with my friend, Kid, who was a huge basketball fan. My dad was more into baseball and boxing, so I only had a cursory knowledge of basketball. And, since I grew up a six hour drive from the closest NBA team (NYC, Boston, and Toronto were equidistant), I had no team allegiance instilled in me.
I knew I would be watching a lot of basketball, so I needed to pick a team. Kid was a big fan of Kevin Garnett. I had taken a liking to David Robinson because who wouldn't love a guy considered one of the best basketball players of all time who also happened to be a Lieutenant in the Navy and could play the piano and jazz sax? Unfortunately, the Admiral was on his way out, luckily there was this new guy named Tim Duncan.
At first, I started following Timmy simply because Spurs vs Wolves was a lot of fun in NBA live against Kid. But, Tim eventually taught me what basketball really is: it's a team sport.
I grew up in the age of ESPN and the Michael Jordan highlight reel, which gave way to the Kobe highlight reel. But, I always appreciated Duncan more. From the moment he came into the league, he was a guy that others wanted to play with. Despite this, there were a few years where Tim played with a pretty bad roster around him. But, he still dragged those bad teams into the playoffs, and even won a title with one of them (2003 where his best teammates were a 20-year old Tony Parker and Stephen Jackson.)
in his 19 year career, he never missed the playoffs and had a 71% winning percentage. Those number are unprecedented and Duncan is responsible as much as the Spurs organization because his greatness allowed the organization to be great and allowed Pop to become one of the best coaches of all time.
Duncan didn't grandstand. He never held the team hostage. Never complained about the front office or threaten to leave (he did almost leave once, but didn't and the story faded away, unlike similar situations from other superstars). He didn't care about the spotlight. He just cared about making his team the best and about winning. He just let his play on the court speak for him.
He was the perfect basketball player for me to unwittingly choose to follow. Now, I'm a die-hard NBA fan and Tim Duncan is no longer in the league. It's a sad time, but I can't help being grateful for the ride.
This account - , is my main account that's been banned from the NBA community. I did nothing wrong and I was wondering if there was anyway I could get back in on my main account?
I've made some pretty nice contributions to the community and I've been told by many that I've improved the community by giving them some insight and pretty good facts.
I average 15.27 favorites for each one of my post to your community and average 509.3 votes per poll I put up. I definitely did nothing wrong and I think me being banned from the community will subtract a good contributor. I'm probably a top 15 contributor to this community and I'm still growing.
Is there anyway I can come back on my main account? I would love to hear back from you.
For that matter, how does a Lenovo Yoga work when flying? Is it only acceptable to use with the keyboard folded back?
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