For Ginobili, a slam and sweet redemption

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By Jeff Caplan, NBA.com

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VIDEO: Play of the Day: Manu Ginobili muscles past Ray Allen and slams over Chris Bosh

SAN ANTONIO — If a year’s worth of bottled-up anger, frustration and guilt could be flushed in a single play, Manu Ginobili accomplished it Sunday night with a powerful drive against Ray Allen, finished by a thunderous, mouth-agape, left-handed throw-down over Chris Bosh.

The AT&T Center erupted with such force that shockwaves were surely felt in Ginobili’s native Argentina.

Earlier in the season, the 36-year-old Ginobili tried such a maneuver and strained a hamstring. Just a few weeks ago against Oklahoma City, he did it again and got blocked, badly, as he recalled it. His San Antonio Spurs teammates teased him.

“They actually made me promise that I wasn’t going to try that again, and I said, ‘Yes, I won’t try that again,'” Ginobili said following

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LeBron asks ‘Why not us?’

It feels like anything can happen at this point.

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VIDEO: Media Day: LeBron James

SAN ANTONIO —LeBron James arrived back in San Antonio for a short media session Saturday afternoon in a pleasant mood, low-key and cordial. The Miami Heat’s far-and-away best player in their so-far disappointing NBA Finals didn’t attempt to airbrush the reality of his team’s dire predicament. But neither was he here to concede that their bid for a first three-peat in the NBA since 2002 was DOA.

“You either don’t make the playoffs or you win a championship,” James said. “There’s no in between.  I don’t want no first-round victory, no second-round victory, no Eastern Conference finals. Either I don’t make the playoffs or I would rather get my two months off, get my body rested or win the Finals. I don’t want no in between.”

The odds are heavily stacked against him. No team in league history has recovered from…

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More ‘Nasty’ needed from Leonard

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VIDEO:Kawhi Leonard talks about the challenges he’s faced dealing with LeBron James

MIAMI — The “easiest target in sports” has been anything but for San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard through two games of these NBA Finals.

Even before cramps snatched him from the picture in Game 1, Leonard had his hands full dealing with Miami Heat star LeBron James. If the Spurs are going to have any chance of stealing Game 3 tonight at AmericanAirlines Arena, they need a little more, as Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has been known to call it, “nasty” from the soft-spoken Leonard.

Leonard has just four rebounds through two games and hasn’t been able to slow James down much. Plus, Leonard fouled out of a game for the first time in his career in the Spurs’ Game 2 loss. Basically, he’s been a shell of the aggressive and physical player…

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Knicks new Head Coach Derek Fisher talks about New York

Knicks new Head Coach Derek Fisher talks about New York

With the current competition in LAC, OKC, HEAT, SPURS, HOU, and POR. It’s hard to imagine the New York Knicks winning a championship in the next 5 years. There’s a chance of luck but basketball isn’t about luck.

A team needs to have guts, determination, and a passion to win.

All of these characteristics have been a part of the way Derek Fisher has played in his long basketball career. That says a lot about a person and throughout the years he’s proven himself a worthy competitor. If the Knicks can climb up to be worthy competitors, I see it as “mission accomplished”.

 

 

 

Report: Fisher will be next coach of Knicks

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VIDEO:According to reports, Knicks bring on Fisher for five years, $25 million

The New York Knicks addressed their coaching vacancy, bringing on Derek Fisher to be their next head coach, according to reports. Fisher just wrapped up his 18th NBA season — his third with the Oklahoma City Thunder — with a six-game defeat to the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference finals. He rejoins Knicks president Phil Jackson, whom he teamed up with to grab five NBA titles as a point guard with the Lakers. The reported contract is for five years, $25 million.

Fisher’s arrival in New York means an end…

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Fisher’s union role helped prepare him for Knicks head coaching job

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VIDEO:Reports: Knicks hire Derek Fisher

Most people, when they hear the news about Derek Fisher becoming the head coach of the New York Knicks, think of the veteran NBA point guard, the longtime Los Angeles Lakers role player who entered the league with Kobe Bryant in the 1996 Draft but was an adult, and ageless, from start to finish in his 18-year career.

Me, I found myself thinking of a different Fisher as multiple outlets reported his hiring as Knicks coach by Phil Jackson, New York’s ballyhooed new basketball boss, and Fisher’s old Lakers coach.

I thought of Fisher, the union president who helped navigate the National Basketball Players Association through the divisive 2011 labor lockout.

That’s where Fisher might have an edge over other former players who were hired with no prior coaching experience.

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A Legacy is Born

The 2014 NBA Finals bring us two teams that are going to leave behind a legacy to remember.

The San Antonio Spurs have already won 4 championships with this team and a 5th would put them on top of mountain-like proportions. The faith and future after this year seems hard to imagine them winning a championship without Duncan, if he finishes after this season. Tony Parker hasn’t had a healthy postseason the last two years and playing basketball is weighing in on him. This could be their last year to DO IT. Their legacy with all the accomplishments from past years can still improve tri-fold by beating their last year’s opponent the MIAMI HEAT. This’ll put the San Antonio Spurs into “Mount Rushmore” territory of NBA teams.

The Miami Heat have reached the NBA Finals 4 years in a row. This places them in a league with only the Celtics and Lakers to do so. They’ve won 2 and a 3-peat is possible. Lebron James is in his prime and can continue to create splashes of greatness for years to come. The faith of his legacy is different than of the teams. He can continue to be a great player who accomplishes goals and beats records. A team legacy such as the Lakers, Celtics, Bulls and now the Spurs includes championships and domination. THIS year will be their deciding moment of greatness.

 

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Phil gets Fined

The season hasn’t started for Phil Jackson and he’s already been fined $25,000 for attempting to lure Derek Fisher into coaching.

NBA fined Jackson for tampering with Derek Fisher from his comments about him, Phil said “he’s on my list of guys that could be very good candidates” to coach the NY Knicks.

The Coaching saga for Knick fans continues to drag on.  Phil stated as reported by ESPN that he’s not in a hurry to make his coaching pick and he would like to speak with Derek Fisher first.

Derek is finishing his 18th year and the two have history in LA. Now that the Thunder have been eliminated, Jackson will give Fisher some time before he’ll contact him. Before their season ending game 6 versus the Spurs, Fisher said “allow me to finish my career as a player before they give me another job after that”.

it’s only now a matter of days and not weeks that we’ll know about their meeting together and the future of the New York Knickerbockers.