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Roger Mason Jr. Needs a Nickname: Spurs beat the Lakers 112-111

January 15, 2009

This game was excellent basketball from start to finish, which is what anyone familiar with these two teams has come to expect when they play each other.  This game is also another testament that it's a fabrication the Spurs are a boring team to watch, which I strongly believe is a conspiracy developed by Lakers, Suns, and Mavs fans.  Suns and Mavs fans hate the Spurs for winning championships that their teams lack the guts and cajones to win, and Laker fans despise the fact that the Spurs, a small market team, with one celebrity fan, are the team of the decade and feature the player of the decade in Tim Duncan.  It's embarrassing that Jeff Van Gundy was asked last night to name his top three NBA players, and he named Lebron James and Kobe Bryant and then said put whoever you want at number three.  He then rambled off T-Mac, Wade, and Paul as possible thirds.  Meanwhile, a two-time MVP and four time NBA champion was right in front of him going for 20 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists, 2 blocks, and 1 steal.  Van Gundy's top three players from the '90s probably wouldn't have included Hakeem the Dream either, but it would have included Patrick Ewing, John Starks, and Anthony Mason.  


This game meant nothing to the guys who have been in these locker rooms for a while now, but it meant everything to Roger Mason and Matt Bonner.  Unless the Spurs make a move before the season is over, then these two guys will have to be the difference between beating the Lakers in a 7-game series or having a repeat of next year.  Two guys that are so integral to a team's championship hopes deserve nicknames.  Bonner has already been hailed the Red Rocket, which sounda like a 1930's comic strip hero.  Then again, Bonner's shoulder hoist of a shot is also from a bygone era when peach baskets were part of everyday life.  However, Roger Mason, Jr still needs a nickname, especially after his late game heroics last night and against the Suns Christmas Day.   



Christmas Day

Last night

I've always thought the leg kick was a cheap play by a shooter, but I've always liked Roger Mason, going back to his UVA days. I've also always liked G.I. Joe and ninjas. Ninjas are assassins. Assassins kill, so from here on out, I'm calling Roger Mason Snake Eyes, unless anyone's got a better suggestion.

3 comments:

Langston said...

As a Laker fan I take offense to you suggesting that I don't like the Spurs because they are successful. Pop is one of the greatest coaches of his era and it is always a treat for me to watch Tony and Tim play. They are arguably the best tandem in the league. What I hate about the Spurs is that Ginobili is a good starter in the NBA. But since he comes off the bench they talk about him like he invented Pop-Tarts. I hate Bowen for obvious reasons. Other than that, I have no quarrels with your favorite pro squad. I also appreciate the Spurs for guaranteeing that there will be atleast one team that will make it a tough road for the Lakers to get back to the finals, considering this is an odd year and all.

January 15, 2009 at 8:35 PM
Langston said...

Oh by the way, congrats on last nights game. I didn't like the foul or travel call, but my team didn't win so yeah..

January 15, 2009 at 8:40 PM
Teach said...

haha...I was thinking back more to when the Lakers had Shaq and Kobe. A lot of L.A. fans that I knew or was dating at the time felt like the Spurs were imposing on the Lakers' manifest destiny to be champions.

As to the foul call, I've always hated the leg kick. Reggie Miller made a living off of it. Karl Malone made a habit out of it, but it's funny how one can like it when the guy's wearing the right colors. Once again, it was a great game to watch, and I think really only meant something for the Spurs' role players. I'm surprised Phil didn't suit Nicholson up with all the injuries you guys have.

January 15, 2009 at 9:47 PM

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