With COVID currently running through the NBA and the league doing everything in its power to continue, teams are currently allowed to sign up to three players on 10-day medical hardship contracts if enough of the roster is available. That’s exactly what the exhausted Spurs did last week with Tyler Johnson, Jaylen Morris and Anthony Lamb, but there’s also an opportunity to have fun with the idea and bring more unexpected but well-known players back into the game. the league, as some teams have done. Finished.
Have players like Lance Stephenson and Joe Johnson recently returned to the league due to COVID-related absences? Who would be the funniest former Spur or old star San Antonio could sign?
Marilyn Dubinski: Of course, I would take any of the Big Three or David Robinson, or even Sean Elliott just so he could go over there and say, “In my day that wasn’t a fault! to ref. In more realistic terms (as for players who are not old, retired and would be theoretically available), perhaps Marco Belinelli could come back from Italy and contribute to Spurs’ sudden lack of wing depth. (It’s an even year, so that would mean a good shoot of Marco! Besides who doesn’t want to see the return of “Marco Watch” in Charlie Thaddeus’ What we have learned articles? Don’t play it alongside Bryn Forbes, Pop.)
Spurs could also give a second chance to promising players who haven’t quite made it with them or who have fizzled out of the league after leaving, like Brandon Paul, Jonathon Simmons or Joffrey Lauvergne – assuming the finger is healed. (Okay, making everyone watch that finger video again is the only reason I raised him since Spurs don’t need a cross.) Probably the only former Spur who would be a good legitimate signing would be Nando de Colo, but he has it happened in Europe. He’s not coming back in 10 days.
Mark Barrington: The obvious choice is Tim Duncan, who can still play, of course. I would love to see Boris Diaw put back the Silver and the Black again, because he has this certain I do not know what and it doesn’t matter if he’s fit or not, he can open up and score points. Another easy choice is Manu Ginobili, as he’s already a part of the squad and could do whatever is required on a defensive attack.
George Gervin can still roll his fingers, and no one will want to play with the Ice Man. His lack of speed in defense could be a problem, however. Avery Johnson can intimidate the other team with his voice, so he doesn’t even have to step onto the pitch.
Questions like this are fun, but realistically I would like to poach some of the guys with 10 day contracts from other teams, like the guys who outperformed Spurs in Game 2 of the Pistons, including Cassius. Stanley, who really looks like a player. He’s definitely outperformed some of the Spurs regulars and could be a keeper.
Bruno Passos: I’m going to take conservative liberties assuming this player could step onto the pitch today and continue playing. Manu is the obvious fun, but the game has done enough damage to his body already, so I’m going to go with one of my favorite one-off mercenaries, Andre Miller, whose 52-point performance in his mid-30s required the bare minimal pop and athleticism. Who can say he can’t give more buckets of COVID calls a decade later? I’m also confident David Lee could still come off the bench and give them 10 and 7.
Jesus Gomez: Without a doubt, Stephen Jackson. I would have chosen DeJuan Blair, but I saw him look completely defeated in the Argentine League, which was pretty depressing. Jack, on the other hand, probably thinks he’s better than half the Spurs roster as his confidence turned into an illusion years before he retired so he would actually try to compete. It would be fun to see him mentor Keldon Johnson, who has mastered Jack’s slow but hard-to-challenge shot, while simultaneously trying to take his job. The 10-day deal would surely end in some drama, like Jackson’s last stint with Spurs, but we would have some fantastic quotes in the meantime.
If Jack is too much of a problem for Pop at this point, I’d love to see one of the obscure draft-and-stash types or OG G League guys that Spurs were allowed to shoot, if not that to justify all those FIBA games that I watched to spot them. Do you remember Nemanja Dangubic and Ryan Richards? What about James Gist and Deshaun Thomas? I remember all of them and the way they play, and I wish I had something useful to do with that information.