… a beautiful thing to watch. Old-school isn’t flashy. Old-school is making your teammates better. Old-school is being soft-spoken. Old-school is deflecting the credit. Old-school is rare. Old-school is going about your business and staying out of the headlines. Old-school is rising to the occasion. Old-school is using the backboard. Old-school is 4 titles gunning for 5. Old-school is The Big Fundamental. Old school is #21. Old-school is Tim Duncan.
No sooner did the Lakers fall to the Thunder in 5 games, it seemed as though a camera and microphone were in the face of the key members of the losing team in an instant wanting commentary on their playoff dismissal and answers to future team plans not later, but now. They had just been whipped by a younger, faster, more athletic team and barely had time to wipe the sweat off their brow before Craig Sager is asking pointed questions about “where they go from here”. Obviously the networks pay guys like Sager and Jim Gray to ask the tough questions in tough spots. But I’ve got to give credit to those Lakers who were interviwed instantly after the loss by Sager and others for not lashing out or even clocking a reporter who’s all over them about what their team needs to do next year when they haven’t even completely digested their exit yet. Both Kobe and Kupchack denied the “window has closed” darts being thrown their way in rather short sound bites. Metta World Peace gave credit to the victors. And Immature Andrew was at least humble while also sharing that he “doesn’t care” where he plays next. That said, I was impressed that they all kept their composure while being drilled about their playoff ouster in immediate fashion by reporters preying for a scoop.