Beware, coaches and general managers alike. The Basketball Gods have seen it fit to smite a handful of quasi-stars in the young season we've enjoyed thus far. I do not approve.
Well, I kind of approve on taking out Tony Parker. We're fond of describing the Spurs as a three-legged stool, and yada yada yada a stool can't stand on two legs (sans Manu). But now, one of the legs has been chopped off entirely, the other has been coated in gasoline and set on fire, and the rest of the stool has been covered in termites, for good measure. Sit on that, Pop. The Spurs are in for a world of hurt over the next 2-4 as Duncan tries to do it on his own. I don't want to take anything away from Duncan because it's hard to argue with that resume, but this might be the first time he's ever encountered adversity on par with what other superstars have had to endure. He's not exactly his spry young self anymore, but welcome to the rough life, Timmy. In semi-related news, Roger Mason is a baller.
Kirk Hinrich tore a ligament in his thumb, and will get a nice, courtside seat for a few months. Somewhere, Ben Gordon laughs maniacally. It's as if a supernatural force feels sorry for Bulls fans following their sudden decline, and since their coach refuses to establish a solid rotation, fate has taken over. Ironically, half of their starting backcourt is just biding his time until he can get the hell out of dodge. Who knew that Ben Gordon would be so important?
But Josh Smith...injuries to Smoove make me want to sit on the couch, watch A Walk to Remember, and consume more ice cream than any human being should ever consume (scratch that: I've seen A Walk to Remember, and nothing could ever make me watch that again. Nothing.). There's just something about Mr. Smith that brings joy and warmth to my heart, and seeing him go down makes me feel empty inside. Woe is me. And, if yesterday's game against the Thunder was any indication, woe are the Hawks. Their previously impressive defense looked pitiful, and the offense was out of sync against the worst team in the league. That does not bode well.