It is what the Spurs do in the regular season that other teams cannot match — execution.
With the game on the line they just try to isolate their best player one-on-one, they ran a play.
Don’t be distracted by the ball out top, which goes from Tony Parker to Tim Duncan to Kawhi Leonard, instead watch what happens on the baseline. Green starts out near the left corner, runs to the right block to set a back-pick for Stephen Jackson, and by this point Duncan has slid down to the right block and sets another screen for Green. Green popped free out off that and Kobe hesitated for a second, Green got to the three-point line and made an in rhythm catch-and-shoot three for the win.
It’s a great play design, as we discussed. But the key is execution, just not a lot of teams would pull it off that cleanly, especially not in the eighth game of a young season.
76ers on blocking anthem singer wearing ‘WE MATTER’ jersey: ‘We use our games to bring people together’
“The Philadelphia 76ers organization encourages meaningful actions to drive social change. We use our games to bring people together, to build trust and to strengthen our communities. As we move from symbolic gestures to action, we will continue to leverage our platform to positively impact our community.”
This is a continuation of Carmelo Anthony‘s argument: The emphasis should be on action in communities and there’s no longer a place for gestures like Colin Kaepernick kneeling.
But this needn’t be an either/or discussion. Community-based action is obviously important (though don’t assign responsibility to NBA players to fix racism). Recognizing the width and depth of the problem is necessary – which is why symbols matter, too.
Take Street’s shirt at face value. “We matter.” “Black lives matter.” What’s so offensive about that? There is no implicit “more” attached.
Yet, the 76ers found it antithetical to their brand.
Is that what players were demonstrating on behalf of during the preseason? I’m sure that arena was much more united with a 76ers dancer singing the anthem than it would have been with Streeter spotlighted. But sometimes divisiveness is necessary to advance a cause.
If the 76ers don’t want Streeter using their platform to say “WE MATTER,” that’s their right. Not everyone has to support that choice, though.
Sevyn Streeter says 76ers prevented her from performing national anthem due to ‘WE MATTER’ jersey
Hunter belongs in the league. Though he must knock down shots far more reliably than he has, Hunter has potential as an outside shooter with complementary ball skills to provide value. Boston just had more NBA-caliber players than roster spots.
He’s far from a lock to succeed in the NBA, but I value Hunter about as much as Tony Snell – whom the Bulls just traded for an upgrade at backup point guard in Michael Carter-Williams. That they could so cheaply replace Snell makes that deal look even better.