(Ed. note: This column first appeared on sheridanhoops.com)
By Jan Hubbard
A strange phenomenon has occurred in the supersonic world of information that is currently embodied by Twitter.
Everything is faster now – information, reaction, criticism and analysis. There used to be a 24-hour news cycle. Now it sometimes does not last 24 seconds.
There seems to be, however, an unintended consequence. The faster the world; the quicker people forget. A few years ago, there was measured reaction to subjects of the day; now the norm is overreaction.
And that’s fine. No complaints here. The Twitter world is actually very enjoyable even if it savages short-term memories and apparently makes it difficult to remember something that happened 261 days ago.
Perhaps you don’t realize it, but that is also more than 22,000,000 seconds (thanks totimeanddate.com for the math), which sounds like a long time until you get to the word “seconds.”
In the big picture world, it was, well, a short time ago that the San Antonio Spurs finished the 2010-11 regular season with a 61-21 record. That was obviously a full 82-game season. If it had been 81, the Spurs might have won their fifth title in 13 years.
In Game 82 last season, Manu Ginobili was hurt when the Suns’ Grant Hill landed on Ginobili’s elbow in the first quarter of a game that made absolutely no difference in the playoffs. The Spurs had already clinched the No. 1 seed in the West with the second best record in franchise history.
Ginobili’s left elbow was hyper-extended and since he is left-handed, it was a problem. The Spurs met the Grizzlies in the first round and although Ginobili still managed to average 20.6 points, he was limited defensively and was clearly in pain throughout the series.
Under head coach Gregg Popovich, the Spurs have never been ones to complain or make excuses publicly. But suffice to say that within the organization, there was confidence before the injury that the Spurs could win a title and considerable depression afterwards because he had been less than 100 percent.
The Spurs felt like one got away.
What if Ginobili had not been hurt?