A colleague was relating to me the locker room scene after the Piston’s 2009 dismissal by the Cavs in the first round. In a locker room of apathetic, disaffected malcontents, Antonio McDyess was devastated. His best chance at a championship down the drain. “Dyess” could barely speak to reporters, but said he wasn’t sure if he’d be coming back. Turns out, he did come back. He returned to the NBA with the Spurs for another championship run, another run that fell short as the previous ones had.
“I didn’t know what to expect when they signed me (in 2009), and I’m glad to be back,” McDyess said, “but I think this is it. I’m the oldest player (on the Spurs) now, and I feel like it. I’m not trying to see any more years. I’m pretty sure this is it.”
Notice the joke in there about being the oldest player on the Spurs, a team always considered to be pretty old to begin with. McDyess has helped teams win year in and year out, but has wound up only being a year too late (Phoenix, Detroit, San Antonio). Careers are rarely just. Still, it would be nice to see McDyess get to go out with a ring on top. He’s been around long enough.