Half an hour after the Spurs’ 117-99 trampling of Minnesota had ended, the Spurs’ locker room was still abuzz about Manu Ginobili’s Night of 1,000 Trick Passes. Three players were engaged in a raucous, though playful, back-and-forth debate about which one them should be featured as SportsCenter’s Play of the Day.
* Richard Jefferson, for catching Ginobili’s no-look touch pass and finishing with a fast-break dunk.
* George Hill, for being on the receiving end of Ginobili’s full-court, over-the-shoulder fling.
* DeJuan Blair, for being in the right place at the right time to snag Ginobili’s behind-the-back-while-falling-out-of-bounds dish.
All of them made a good case. Blair had perhaps the best one.
“He threw the ball behind his back through a space about like that,” Blair said, wide-eyed and holding his hands about a foot and a half apart. “It was amazing.”
They all agreed Jefferson would probably take home top honors. If chicks dig the long ball in baseball, they dig the slam dunk in basketball.
“He got a dunk,” Blair said. “So he’s probably No. 1.”
I’ve never heard a post-game locker room quite so abuzz about the exploits of one player.