The Denver Nuggets were supposed to prove this season that a superstar is not needed to find great team success in the postseason. They were supposed to do it with chemistry and depth, but both of those things may have taken a huge hit on Thursday, when Danilo Gallinari suffered what appeared to be a devastating knee injury while driving to the basket against the Dallas Mavericks:
Some – like Andre Iguodala and Jose Calderon, as you’ll see below – may be asked how they’ll go about free agency, while others (see Ty Lawson) will be asked about how they may match up against certain teams when the playoffs come around.
For Washington Wizards point guard John Wall, the main questions continue to be about his value to the franchise and why he should or should not be considered a max player.
D’Antoni went on a wide-ranging rant against his team, targeting its lack of commitment and effort on both sides of the ball. He said the Lakers were “messing with the basketball gods” and called their championship aspirations “laughable.”
Although D’Antoni mentioned no one by name, very few wearing the forum blue and gold appeared exempt.
Actually, that statement could have been made for at least the past five seasons. The two have teamed up to dominate the league for 15-plus seasons, and every time you start to wonder if age – at least for Duncan – would finally catch up to him, he somehow manages to come back even stronger.
In the fifth and final installment from his new book The History of the San Antonio Spurs (© Whitman Publishing, LLC), Sheridanhoops columnist Jan Hubbard (twitter: @whyhub) writes about what is arguably the greatest Spurs’ team ever – the only championship team that included Tim Duncan, David Robinson, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili. (You can order the book here.)
The story in 2003 wasn’t Parker or Ginobili. It wasn’t even Duncan, who was the first player since Michael Jordan to win consecutive Most Valuable Player awards.