Dirk Nowitzki

The End of an Era

San Antonio Spurs v Los Angeles Lakers

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The NBA is going to look very different next season, as two of its superstars are retiring–Kobe Bryant and as of Monday, Tim Duncan.

Bryant and Duncan have been around for what feels like forever. Their playoff clashes on the court during the early to mid-2000s seemed just like yesterday. The comparisons between the two can easily fuel a ‘who-is-better?’ conversation for hours.

Out of the last 18 championships, they amount for 10 of them–five for Kobe and another five for Duncan.

San Antonio was fortunate to have Duncan for 19 seasons. Los Angeles was blessed to have 20 years of Bryant–the only player to have spent more seasons with one team than Duncan.

Next season will have a different feel to it, with the Lakers losing its iconic face of the franchise for two decades and the Spurs saying farewell to the one player that has been a part of all five of their NBA championship teams.

Not only will the league and its fans miss seeing the two long-time stars suit up for their respective teams, but they also represent the end of an era. (more…)

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The No Trade Claus: an NBA Christmas Special

Well, folks, it’s that time of year again: your frantic little brother goes ballistic and opens up two presents on Christmas Eve, your uncle Steve drinks too much eggnog and rattles on incessantly about your corrupt generation, grandpa snores his way through mass, and you just take the whole thing in stride.  Fortunately, to alleviate your winter worries you can stuff yourself to the brim with some scrumptious non-dining hall cuisine, plop your tokus on the nearest couch, and choose from a host of top notch NBA showdowns.  Even if your favorite squad isn’t in action come Thursday, you need not worry; Santa has been gracious enough to grant every boy and girl his or her team’s wish this holiday season, in the form of some Yuletide trade suggestions. (more…)