Had to rise with the ‘crowing of the rooster’ this morning (I’m delirious from a
lack of sleep. I have never heard a rooster crow in my life!) Anyway, had to get
up early, but still couldn’t get to bed, because it was impossible to shut off the
Warriors and Spurs game. Up by 16, with only 4 to go, Golden State lost in double
overtime, by a Ginobli 3 at the buzzer…It was incredible in that the game was a
microcosm of the entire realm of athletic competition…

The coaching cache’ of Jackson and Popovich was on display and, by the way, it
would be a decent gesture to give Larry Drew a videotape of their work at his exit
interview. There was a spotlight shining on Steph Curry, a budding superstar, who
went for 46, prompting one to wonder how he fared in the MVP analysis? There
was a young team in their solo playoff flight, versus hardened, seasoned vets,
who have soared above the clouds many times. There was the kid, Curry, who
carried his team to the brink, only to be bushwhacked by an old hand, impervious
to pressure.

Watching Curry in that game, as well as the Braves Andrelton Simmons against
the Reds, earlier in the night, reminded me of the never ending parade of
superstars marching to replenish memories…Is Simmons a Concepcion? Is Curry a
composite of Nash’s handle, Reggie’s shooting and Michael’s guile..?

The late-great sportswriter, Jim Murray, once wrote, “Player’s are like elephants
in the circus…When one goes down, another trots out”!

What is irreplaceable, is the game itself and the integrity of how it is played and
coached…!

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