In Utah once roamed Stockton, Malone, Eaton, and Edwards, men who could play. They were continually overshadowed by Lakers, Trailblazers, Suns, Rockets, and Sonics who took what they wanted. Then came their legendary battles against MJ, Da Pip, and their underlings who showed them once again the price of not playing for the right organization.
Organizations win championships, always have, and always will. The Thunder had Westbrook, Durant, Harden, Jackson, and Ibaka and couldn’t get it done. Ownership and enough executives were too weak and pathetic to find a way to take it. Now the Jazz has a bunch of young talent that is winning. Is management tough enough?
Hayward, Hood, Gobert, and other young men are showing the little boys who fumble and bumble on the floor for the Lakers, the Timberwolves, and the Heat exactly what they aren’t tough enough to do. Those chumps might be too blind to see how mature they aren’t – too much money too young can hurt the best of men and the clowns who pollute the air for these teams with their selfish, moronic play are far from the best – but failing to see something doesn’t negate its existence. The Jazz has won without Favors for most of the season and without Hayward for enough of it. All these young gods of the blacktop and gyms do is grind and rewind and take pride in winning like Bird, Russell, Jabbar, Magic, MJ, Bryant, Duncan, and James.
The Spurs recently had an extraordinary road winning streak. Their organization is the best in the NBA and attracts players who yearn to win like the ageless legend Pau Gasol. Congratulations to all involved and all who have built that winning machine. Kawhi Leonard leads the floor brigade and is the best two way player since Jordan. There is no better player in the world and the fact that Curry was the unanimous MVP last season shows how gutless some MVP voters were because he, James and perhaps at least one other should have received numerous first place votes. Too many voted like mindless sheep and wise people have no respect for them. Any MVP vote in which LeBron James doesn’t receive a significant number of first place votes is as ridiculous as any despot’s claim that freedom exists in his country.
Hubie Brown is a NBA lifer who, unlike most of the other lifers who do what he does, is a good TV game analyst and worthy of respect. Hubie speaks in appropriate tones of voice and his delivery and knowledge are excellent. He loves his craft and was born to do it. Anyone who appreciates excellence is thankful when Hubie is on the microphone.
This piece was written by Jim Swigart. Jim has been seriously writing for at least eight years and previously wrote about music for a now defunct online magazine for about two years. Jim briefly blogged about sports for an online site and currently blogs weekly about sports on his own site.
His academic background is in business and math. He has done numerous work tasks besides writing. My interests include exercise, sports, music, and politics.