The NBA is doing a great job building suspense for its awards.
If we’re going to keep learning which team won an award without knowing which award, there’s plenty of speculating left. Few teams are in contention for only one award. The Spurs are definitely in the running for two – and now we know they won at least one.
Dave McMenamin of ESPN:
The Spurs are going to have a press conference tomorrow to announce a major award. Got to be Manu as 6th Man or Pop as COY. My guess is Pop
My guess is also Popovich, who earned my mythical Coach of the Year vote. With Jeff Hornacek, Steve Clifford, Tom Thibodeau and Popovich splitting support from voters who emphasize single-year impact, I think Popovich will claim nearly every vote from those who credit the best overall coach (with Thibodeau also getting some of those). That’s a roadmap to victory for the Spurs coach.
Manu Ginobili also received my and Kurt’s mythical Sixth Man of the Year votes, but I don’t expect him to win the award. Jamal Crawford will get votes from those who prioritize scoring, and Taj Gibson will impress voters who value all-around play (even though award-eligible Bulls teammate D.J. Augustin has more win shares). Ginobili gets caught in the middle, not drawing votes from either type of voter. I wouldn’t be shocked if he wins, but I’d say Gibson and Crawford are more likely. Markieff Morris, thanks to his campaigning and the Suns’ compelling narrative, might even have a better shot of winning.
Damian Lillard’s goal in meeting with Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen: ‘Spark that urgency’
Lillard, in an interview with Rachel Nichols of ESPN:
It was just me showing urgency, spark that urgency, figure out, “OK, what do we have to do?” We’re a five, six seed. What do we got to do to make the jump? If you don’t have a line of communication with people who can make the changes or the people who can make impact for things happening for the better, then you’re just going out there playing.
IT WAS DECEMBER 2016 when Archibald learned of his diagnosis, during a free screening at the New York offices of the NBPA. And now, more than a year later, he’s still reeling from the news.
“What I have is really rare,” he says. “There’s no pills, nothing they have found that works. I’m being tested all the time, just hoping, you know?
“My [heart] could go any minute. But I’m not ready for that. I want to be around for a long time.”
The medical community has had little success solving the riddle of amyloidosis. For those who suffer from it, aside from participating in clinical trials, or the possibility of a heart transplant, which at Archibald’s age may not be viable, there isn’t much that can be done.
We celebrated Archibald’s 69th birthday last fall with this highlight video. If you’re not familiar with the 6-foot-1 guard’s exciting game, get acquainted:
Hopefully, Archibald gets his wish and sticks around a long time.