memory blues - ^Can't deny that.
Hey dr. b, has Mahinmi been getting any minutes? I was watching the lineup introductions for a Hornets-Spurs game and they had him in the lineup. Made me think of your thread and your eternal frustration.
Mahinmi is on the inactive list.
Let me draw a parallel to another Spurs-Lakers series where the Spurs were humiliated out of the playoffsThe year, 2002. The Spurs are getting destroyed, as was their habit. Old washed up has-beens like Steve Smith and Terry Porter were EMBARASSING themselves, stumbling about, bricking up shot after shot, getting abused on defense . . . SO TERRIBLE that Porter was actually falling on his ass because he was so old that he physically couldn't move and stay upright on a professional-level basketball court.
Meanwhile, on the bench in street clothes, inactive for the playoffs . . . STEPHEN JACKSON.
Why? Allegedly, because he 'wasn't ready' while the 'veterans' (oldass fogies) were 'experienced' (completely shot) and 'battle tested' (ready to retire).
Jackson got NO chance that season.
He wasn't even going to get a chance the next season either until Steve Smith got hurt and the rookie Manu Ginobili got hurt early in the season.
IT'S HAPPENING AGAIN. And I said that's how it would happen again, and once again I was proven right.
Ian Mahinmi was given no chances this year as the old & handicapped (Horry), washed up (Thomas), older and severely limited (Oberto) and lost causes (Bonner) were given time.
There is a VERY high likelihood that neither Mahinmi nor Splitter get an opportunity next year sad as it may seem. Oberto is still under contract, Thomas could still be re-signed and Bonner is still making 3 million for sitting in a suit every year. Pop LOVES the old and terrible vets. Youth never gets a chance without unusual circumstances, like Parker coming into the 01/02 season in a situation where Denver overpaid to get Avery Johnson, Terry Porter retired, and the only other point guard was Antonio Daniels set to be in his first year as starting point guard who Pop didn't like anyway.
So while there is hope with Mahinmi and Splitter, there is an equal amount of dread knowing that Pop and RC could re-sign Kurt Thomas, throw money at Dikembe Mutombo, trade Splitter's rights to get rid of Bonner's contract and any number of ridiculous moves that would hurt the team's chances.