It has been a minute, and a lot has happened in the basketball world since our last Friday Musings, so let's dive right in. First, this NBA season has been absolutely fascinating, with nearly half the league hovering in and around the .500 mark and only a few teams falling all the way to the bottom. The West is absolutely loaded, with 14 teams trying to make the playoffs, while the East is the strongest at the top that it has been in a long, long time. LeBron is starting to tear it up in L.A. while Kawhi has the Toronto Raptors sporting the best record in the league. Story lines abound in the NBA this season, and thankfully injuries have not played too big a role in the whole drama.
I moved back to San Antonio in June and since then I have started a new job and got engaged, so a busy time personally but also a busy time in the basketball world. I’ve been lucky enough to hit the ground running coaching and training kids in the area, and I also have been able to take advantage of being in an NBA city again. So far I have attended six Spurs games and I have to say, this is a bizarre Spurs season. Obviously, the team is struggling on the floor and will most likely miss the playoffs for the first time since 1997, but the belief amongst the fan base seems to be waning as well. San Antonio will always be a Spurs town, but clearly the city has not rallied around this team. Part of that is the massive roster overhaul of the last couple of seasons, but I also think Spurs fans were just spoiled and don’t really know how to support a non-contender. The building has only been packed for one of the games I have been too, the Lakers contest, and the atmosphere is nowhere close to what it once was. After nearly three full decades of contending, the Spurs are now just another franchise.
We also have a few new Random Product Reviews posted and those include…
Basketball: A Love Story
This is the incredible documentary that ESPN produced, which was 20 broadcast hours that I devoured.
The Soul of Basketball, by Ian Thomsen
This is a book about the 2010-11 season, a tipping point in the league’s history, which featured all kinds of interesting plot points.
Lastly, today I reviewed the 2018-19 Panini NBA Hoops hobby box of cards. This is the first non-film or book that I have reviewed and it was fun to write about. Go check that out here.
In the coming weeks I am working on a new list, the greatest individual team seasons in pro basketball history. The research has begun so check back next week, where I will update you all on the progress of that list. In the meantime, go watch some basketball, because the league is really fun this year.