Christmas has me thinking about Spurs who are so near, yet so far away.
In early December, we all enjoy the holiday songs that return like old friends who have come back to town for the holidays. These songs fill the stores, malls and radio waves throughout December each year. By the time we get near December 25, some of those songs may seem a bit overplayed. (Not, of course, “Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer”.)
However, I do not get tired of several of the best tunes, including “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”. This year, with many of our favorite ex-Spurs playing elsewhere, these lines have special meaning:
Here we are as in olden days
Happy golden days of yore
Faithful friends who are dear to us
Gather near to us once more
I like to think of the former Spurs players now with different teams as faithful friends, all of whom will gather near to us at least once during the season at the AT&T Center. I also hope that when the ex-Spurs meet up with each other in other arenas around the league, they exchange the secret handshake, and perhaps a knowing look, remembering the times — the happy golden days of yore — spent together at practice facilities, on airplanes, in hotel lobbies, and competing together as teammates in NBA arenas. These ex-Spurs know that they have memories that only the Silver and Black share.
(A quick aside which is especially apt at this time of year, as each of us gather near to our dear family and friends: when you are with an old friend or a family member over the holidays, try to remember, and hopefully laugh about, a memory that only the two of you share.)
As fans, we have our own memories of these players when they were part of our team: Tony Parker tear-dropping, Kawhi Leonard stripping Chris Paul’s futile attempt to cross-over in front of the Klaw, Corey Joseph jitter-bugging around the court, Kyle Anderson Slow Mo-ing, Aron Baynes banging, etc. Some of our favorite ex-Spurs remain dear to us, and we check the out-of-town scores to see how they performed for their new teams. For me, I still enjoy seeing box-scores in which Danny Green, playing for Spurs North, has a line like 5 for 9 from the floor (4 for 6 from three), 3 steals and 2 blocks, with a plus 14 in the box score.
All of which leads to this week’s poll. Among the ex-Spur players spread across the league, which ones do you check the box-scores to see how they are doing? Put another way, who is your favorite still-active ex-Spur?
Source: Pounding The Rock