Considering I’m dumbfounded that I am writing something about the San Antonio Spurs dunking, I can’t imagine how you, the reader, must feel seeing a headline touting anything about those notoriously ground-bound fuddy-duddies throwing it down. I’m guessing it’s probably a combination of disbelief, outright confusion and possibly even anger that I would lie to you like this. “The Spurs don’t dunk,” you might be thinking, “so whatever this is must be made-up.”
But no, dear reader, that is not the case — what you are about to read is 100 percent truth. From Spurs Nation:
Boris Diaw is a gambling man.
He bet Patty Mills last summer that the once-chubby Australia couldn’t drop his body fact percentage under a certain threshold. (Hilariously, Big Boris did not participate in the competition himself.)
Now he and Manu Ginobili are resuming their annual competition to see who can finish with the most dunks. After a 5-5 tie last season, Ginobili holds a solid 8-4 lead with 47 games to go.
These are the kind of things that make NBA basketball the best. First off, Boris Diaw challenging someone to a weight loss competition is funny enough, but the fact that he didn’t actually enter the contest himself is even better. I guess he is more of a dreamer than a doer. We all have our strengths.
And apparently, hilarious wagers is one of his, because the running dunk tally he has going on with Manu Ginobili is just another case of the “super boring, no personality” Spurs having a ton of behind-the-scenes personality/laughs. Because just like when Jared Dudley was in the midst of his 10 dunks in a season challenge, there are few things as exciting as seeing a non-dunker dunk, especially when you know they’re really gunning for it because they’re in a competition with their teammates. It’s basketball’s version of the fat guy touchdown, and while it’s not quite as good as those rumbler-bumblers, it’s still always worth a laugh.
As for the challenge itself, I’d set Ginobili as a 1,000-1 favorite at this point. Not only has he already doubled up Bobo this quickly, he’s nearly doubled his season total from a year ago. Those legs are working right this year, so barring injury, he’s an easy frontrunner in this race. But who knows? All it takes is one Manu injury and a sudden and completely unprecedented uptick in athleticism and Boris Diaw is taking home a dunk championship, which is literally a string of words I never thought I’d type in that order.