I had a sad realization during the Minnesota game. The Spurs have some exceptionally bad players getting significant minutes.
Michael Finley has done almost nothing the entire year to justify his playing time... He no longer fills any need for the Spurs. He can't create his own shot, he's a below average defender, and he's no longer even the guy who shoots our technical free throws.
Robert Horry is done. He's beyond "nothing left in the tank;" he's tankless.
The third in the Spurs triumvirate of geriatrics is Brent Barry. He's essentially the same player he's been since joining the Spurs. A very good three point shooter who's a horrible liability on defense. He cannot match up with 90% of NBA players.
Pop plays these guys due to what can only be some misguided, myopic nostalgia; like an old man that insists "they don't make them like they used to" in a last futile attempt to hold on to relevancy. These wines have turned to vinegar Pop, uncork them and pour them down the drain.
Of course, if (and, in my opinion, when) the Spurs get quicked out of the building tonight by the Mavs, finding themselves four games down in the loss column, I suspect the fickleness of fans will bubble up. After all, is it not a sobering thought, the realization the Spurs miss Francisco Elson?I didn't mean to quote almost the entire post, but I just took the good stuff and it worked out that way.