Knott: Spurs’ upgrades create two-horse race in West
The Spurs fashioned perhaps the most productive offseason of the 30 teams in the NBA, however overlooked it was on the national level.
The Spurs, as usual, are lacking in sex appeal, be it their lack of news-making Twitter accounts, players gone wild on Web videos, quickie weddings, girlfriends on the lam and other lowbrow dealings that serve as entertainment in the NBA.
The Spurs have enough to deal with in Gregg Popovich, their Mount Etna who spares no one with his blue-toned insults.
The Spurs secured Richard Jefferson and Antonio McDyess and drafted DeJuan Blair, additions that should ease the onus on Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili.
These measures have reloaded the Spurs and eased their dependence on Ginobili, whose bum ankle buckles under the slightest provocation.
It would seem to be a two-team race in the West, the Spurs and Lakers, the edge going to which one is the healthiest going into the postseason.
The Lakers did not add to their mental stability with the signing of Ron Artest, a solid all-around player when he is not having one of those disembodied, it’s-so-bad-it’s-riveting moments.
The Lakers also added Khloe Kardashian to the fold after she and Lamar Odom met over coffee one day and decided right then and there to marry and live happily ever after.
That apparently is what the ridiculously hospitable weather of Los Angeles does to otherwise ordinary-thinking folks.
At least that romantic link beat the one that haunted Dirk Nowitzki, who woke up one day last spring and discovered that the woman of his dreams had a zillion aliases and was wanted on assorted criminal charges.
The Lakers do not have that ‘80s greatness about them. Or even the dominance of 2000-02.
Phil Jackson, the master of all things Zen, no doubt will be looking for ways to limit Kobe Bryant’s responsibilities and minutes in the regular season, if only to have a fresher player in the postseason.
Bryant may be only 31 years old, but he has accumulated a whole lot of wear on his lower limbs after 13 seasons in the NBA and four championship runs.
The latter, by the way, leaves him in a tie with Shaquille O’Neal, his former teammate, rival, enemy, buddy and motivational influence.
O’Neal left another team on bad terms and hooked up with another alpha male in LeBron James.