We kind of always assumed Tim Duncan would always be there. He just kept on plodding on, putting up numbers, quietly existing like the Grand Canyon until one day he was just not there anymore. Maybe it’s global warming’s fault. I don’t know. But now we have to live in an NBA without him. I mean, he’s still alive, but is there any doubt he’s going to just disappear and live his life away from the public eye?
To honor such a great and important player, we needed a great and important podcast guest. So we got Jason Concepcion, or netw3rk as you probably know him on Twitter. Jason is a writer for The Ringer, and you can find him on the After The Thrones show often dropping knowledge. He is the Maester, after all.
We had lots to talk about, so go ahead and listen. It’s the slowest sports week of the year. You have no excuse.
On this week’s agenda:
- Jason’s post about Duncan’s fashion (and we talked a LOT about Duncan’s clothes)
- Duncan’s quiet retirement, contrasted with Kobe’s extremely Kobe last season
- Great coaches – from Pop to Belichick – needing an element of ruthlessness
- Picking a Game of Thrones starting five (inspired by Brian Grubb’s Game of Thrones basketball story)
- Why didn’t Rickon weave?
- The fun of recording HBO’s After the Thrones
- Who has the deeper Game of Thrones cuts – Jason or Ringer Deputy Editor Mallory Rubin?
- The difficulty in crafting a series finale that honors fans but still does what the writers want
- Comparing series finales to retirement for superstars
- Summer League tales
As always, comments and tweets are welcome. Subscribe to us on iTunes, too! You can find Robby at (@rkalland) and Martin at (@martinrickman), and Jason is at (@netw3rk). Sports are great and so are friends, but sports are always better with friends.
Special thanks to the band Annabel for our intro and outro music. They’re really good. You should buy their music at their website or perhaps see them play a show some time.