/ Oct 29, 2014 / 2:45 pm
Dirk Nowitzki, Boris Diaw (photo. r/nba squanchy56)
Boris Diaw didn’t “drop” Dirk Nowitzki last night. The Frenchman didn’t cross his fellow import, or even fake the pride of Germany to the ground. Nowitzki simply twice slipped on the same spot slick floor. We’ll admit this, though: Diaw certainly wouldn’t have made Dirk look so silly if this were the mid-200s. Read More »
/ Oct 26, 2014 / 8:30 pm
While assembling Dime’s list of the top 20 power forwards in the league today, we were struck by just how many different candidates merited consideration for various ranking thresholds.
Several players that are among their team’s most valuable contributors were left off this compilation entirely. A certain player who was barely awarded a spot somehow deserves a ranking both 10 positions better and worse. One big man just above the teens was arguably Team USA’s top performer at the FIBA World Cup. Our sixth-place finisher was voted by league general managers as the top 4-man in basketball. No player in these rankings is more accomplished than this list’s fourth-best power forward. We could go on.
Basketball is so stocked with quality power forwards that it’s impossible to deem any of these distinctions right or wrong. Those who missed the cut are that good, and those who made it are so closely comparable that ranking them seems futile. But doing so is also fun, and allows league followers to flex their empirical and analytical muscles just in time for the 2014-2015 season.
Don’t listen to naysayers who bemoan the league’s saturation of deep-shooting, playmaking big men as opposed to lumbering behemoths of the past. Power forwards aren’t dead, but instead have evolved right in line with the game as a whole. They’re better than ever, and the strongest, most versatile position group basketball has to offer. Read More »
The San Antonio Spurs have mostly approached Boris Diaw’s lingering weight issues with levity. Gregg Popovich has frequently mentioned Diaw’s physique since the Frenchman came aboard as a mid-season castaway in 2011-2012, and did so most recently at the beginning of training camp – the Spurs were supposedly taking bets on Diaw’s weight beginning at 275 pounds. Ever clever, Diaw responded by posting a wry photo on Facebook with a caption directed at Popovich. Read More »
It was in good fun when Gregg Popovich joked that his Spurs were wagering on forward Boris Diaw‘s weight before training camp opens this week. Diaw signed an extension and his anodyne girth provides a potency in a range of roles with the Spurs. Still, Diaw’s response on Instagram was classic. Read More »
/ Sep 26, 2014 / 6:45 pm
These San Antonio Spurs will always be about Gregg Popovich and Tim Duncan first and foremost, with Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili in the near background, too. And as Kawhi Leonard’s star rises ever higher, perhaps he’ll make that exalted quartet a fivesome. But to us, nothing embodies the champion Spurs more than the playful and respectful nature of the relationship between Boris Diaw and San Antonio’s eminently quotable coach. Read More »
We believe there’s a chance that Spain really could beat Team USA. Unfortunately for Pau Gasol and company, though, they won’t get the opportunity to prove us right. In a shocking FIBA World Cup quarterfinal upset, France beat heavy favorite Spain 65-52, robbing basketball fans around the world their dream and seemingly imminent championship match-up of the host nation versus the Americans. Read More »
The San Antonio Spurs drafted UCLA’s Kyle Anderson with the last pick of the first-round, a player who some deem the second-coming of free agent Boris Diaw. However, it appears basketball’s favorite portly Frenchman isn’t going anywhere any time soon. Diaw took to Instagram earlier today to announce that he’s staying with the Spurs for the long-haul. Read More »
/ Jun 20, 2014 / 1:45 pm
Boris Diaw, Tony Parker (Brendan Maloney, USATODAY Sports)
The 2014 NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs were a unique team for many reasons, but perhaps most for their sense of fellowship. Though Tim Duncan and Gregg Popovich are the organization’s stalwarts, it’s fair to say that no pair of Spurs is closer than affable Frenchmen Tony Parker and Boris Diaw. And now, we finally have video evidence of their longtime bond. Read More »
/ Jun 18, 2014 / 12:30 pm
The 2013-2014 NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs made you believe. In experience, in persistence, in togetherness, in quality depth, in pounding the rock, in the value of adhering to a strict set of organizational ideals from top-to-bottom. More than anything, these Spurs just made you believe in basketball. Not just any brand of basketball, either, but this amazing game as it was explicitly meant to be played. There’s never been anything like it, and unless they can somehow repeat it over the next couple years, there never will be again. Read More »
/ Jun 12, 2014 / 10:33 pm
Boris Diaw isn’t the most athletic or exciting player in the NBA. Yet he’s been the most effective playmaker on the court and leads both teams in plus/minus through the first three games. This is also why Gregg Popovich moved him to the starting lineup for Game 3 and again in Game 4 on Thursday. Read More »