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Q&A: Spurs are in tough spot with Ginobili

Q&A: Spurs are in tough spot with Ginobili
Should the Spurs try to make a major trade? Being that Bruce Bowen is up there in age and obviously Tim Duncan isn't getting younger, it seems to me that TD needs to be surrounded with some younger players. I would try to move Manu Ginobili before he gets hurt again. Wouldn't packaging Ginobili with Bowen bring the Spurs a good return? — Kris, San Antonio

It's true that the Spurs are an aging ball club. Their list of overly-seasoned veterans include Bowen (37), Michael Finley (35), Kurt Thomas (36), Fabricio Oberto (33), Jacque Vaughn (33) and TD is 32! The plan is to replace Bowen with Ime Udoka, who's still at least a year away from being a consistent defender, but given his advanced years, it's hard to imagine any other team wanting to deal for BB.

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I am dumbfounded in learning about your academic credentials. Why, oh why, would a man with the kind of intelligence needed to obtain a Master's degree in Medieval Literature and to go as far as you have toward earning a Ph.D. do something as meaningless as spending your life writing about basketball? Sportswriters, announcers, etc, are pathetically irrelevant, but can be excused if what they're doing is all they are capable of doing. To be fair, you certainly are by far the best basketball writer in the business — and the most analytical. Do you really think you are doing something important? — John Miller, Jakarta, Indonesia

Let's be realistic here. What else might I have done with my degrees and my almost-degrees? Little except to teach on a college level — which I did for four years. However, my teaching experience was profoundly unsatisfying. I saw too many veteran teachers who had been teaching the same year 20 times. I saw too few students who were really interested in learning. And I saw very little relevance in what I was teaching to the "real" world.

Not that I'm anti-intellectual. Not by any means. I read at least two books a week — mostly history and biographies, both literary and political. But there's life out there beyond the book covers and beyond the academic enclaves.

For me, every basketball game is a true-life drama that, among other things, reveals how individuals (players, coaches, refs, announcers and writers) react to stressful situations. The games reveal every aspect of the participants' character, both strengths and flaws.

The appeal also includes the humanity, the passion, the skills, and the suspense — all being played out without a script.

Of even greater interest to me, the games we play and watch reveal critical aspects of our culture: How easily most of us are influenced by glitz rather than by substance.

If I can, in any way, help people to view their worlds with a bit more discernment, while at the same time helping them to see beauty and grace in actions they might not have previously noticed, then yes, I believe that what I'm doing is not only relevant but necessary — moreso today than ever before.

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Added: August 31, 2008


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