Kevin’s Conversations: A Different Kind of Champion

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15 Responses

  1. Dan from Georgia says:

    Always liked and admired David Robinson. Thanks for this Kevin!

  2. Josh the Baptist says:

    I will never forget the series in which Robinson was exposed by Hakeem Olajuwon. He was never the same after that.

  3. Kevin H says:

    Josh,

    Yeah, it was the same year (1995) Robinson won the MVP. Robinson had the better regular season, but when it counted most in the playoffs, Olajuwon proved to be the greater competitor.

  4. Josh the Baptist says:

    I mean, he made him look lost out there. To that point in his career, Robinson had been dominant. I was amazed.

  5. Josh the Baptist says:

    All that said, I do like David Robinson, and Hakeem Olajuwon. Was never a Jordan fan, but now he owns the Hornets, so he’s good too.

  6. Kevin H says:

    Yeah, I was quite disappointed because I was cheering for Robinson and the Spurs. Olajuwon took him to the woodshed. That’s why Olajuwon is probably placed in that top-tier of all-time greats, a level above Robinson.

  7. Jean says:

    At my house, he will always be the Admiral.

  8. OCDan says:

    Not to bag on Robinson, bu I remember when he came out of the Naval Academy, him not having to serve the full five years was a dividing line for most NBA fans and watchers. I know they Navy said he was too tall, but it still divided NBA sheeple for a long time. Looking it back, I probably shouldn’t have cared too much either way, but I thought he did owe the country for his degree.

    Anyway, looking back, the entire Spurs team has been pretty boring in terms of negative publicity. I mean, what is the worst thing, Parker divorcing Longoria. Wow! In terms of negative pub, this team doesn’t even make the basement of the radar dept.

    And I think that is a good thing and the way Pop likes his team to be. Sure, they may not be perfect little angels, but compared to all the other teams in the big four sports and MLS, these guys go unnoticed for a reason.

    They just quietly go out and take care of business, which is rather refreshing for me, but boring for the news industry that always needs a villain or blood in the water to make the headlines.

  9. Kevin H says:

    OCDan,

    Yeah I don’t know how much of Robinson’s shortened Navy commitment was about his height and how much was about giving him a break for his basketball career. I don’t know what the normal rules and policies are. But at the very least, the height thing does kind of make sense. I think it would be quite difficult for a 7-footer to serve in some of the cramped conditions on a ship. And since he didn’t qualify for the field, the official explanation given was that he qualified for a shortened commitment in more of an administrative role.

    (Robinson grew 6-7 inches while in college, so he may have met the height requirements when he originally enlisted.)

    As for the Spurs, because of the way the team has conducted themselves over all these years, with Robinson and Duncan leading by example, they have long been my 2nd favorite team in the league.

  10. Josh the Baptist says:

    Always a Duncan fan, since his days at Wake Forest. Though I was pretty surprised at what a great pro he became.

  11. Kevin H says:

    Josh,

    The year Duncan came out the Sixers finished second in the lottery. They ended up drafting Keith Van Horn and immediately turned around and traded him for Tim Thomas. (Ironically, years later they made another trade to get back Keith Van Horn.) Oh, what could have been.

  12. Josh the Baptist says:

    Never draft white guys.

  13. Kevin H says:

    Few years before that we drafted Shawn Bradley with the #2 pick. You may be onto something. 😉

  14. Josh the Baptist says:

    Charlotte always drafting white guys. I don’t have to go any further than Adam Morrison.

  15. em... again says:

    FWIW – i had a very tall (very healthy) cousin who was turned down by the Navy because of his height… his brother was a couple inches shorter and served….

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