In today’s news, Spurs star forward Tim Duncan is listed with a chest contusion, while the deadline for teams to sign players to contract extensions looms.
Thursday, October 31
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We knew this day was coming.
Allen Iverson, affectionately known around the NBA and its fans as “The Answer,” hasn’t played a professional game since January 8, 2011. Yet, anytime he walks in front of the media and a microphone, it is bound to be an emotional experience.
Such was the case Wednesday as Iverson officially announced his retirement.
The NBA tweeted the announcement.
Nobody plays a make-or-break game in their season opener. The Clippers are not broken just because they lost to a bunch of journeymen wearing Lakers uniforms last night. The Bulls will be fine — but they got another taste of how far they have to go in order to be able to compete with the Heat.
But that was last night.
What about Wednesday?
The Grizzlies-Spurs game represents Dave Joerger’s first game at the helm of an NBA team, and we’re going to find out if the motivational master (as he has been called) can get his team to bring their best against the opponent who swept them out of the playoffs in the Western Conference finals a year ago. And he is going to have to do it on the road, in one of the toughest buildings in the NBA.
If they win, they get a morale boost that can carry them through November.
If they lose, they can become overwhelmed by self-doubt.
So is it a make-or-break game for Memphis? Maybe it is, to a degree. More on that, and more on last night’s Miami romp in this podcast with Eric Hasseltine of 92.9 ESPN radio in Memphis.
In today’s NBA news other than the big Wizards-Suns trade, Raptors guard Kyle Lowry will be forced to wear a splint on his left ring finger for about 6 weeks, and Bulls backup point guard Kirk Hinrich has been cleared to return from his concussion.