Posted: Monday June 13, 2005 5:15PM; Updated: Wednesday June 15, 2005 9:16AM
During the first round of the playoffs, I bumped into Duncan in a hallway at Denver's Pepsi Center. The Spurs had whacked the Nuggets, and Duncan was on his way to the team bus, escorted by Spurs media relations ace Tom James. As Duncan hustled past, head down, I said, "So you liking your PSP?"
Duncan stopped cold. "Yeah, man, it's awesome. Did you get one?" I told him I did, but that mine had a dark spot on the screen I was going to have to get fixed. "That sucks, dude" said the two-time MVP, sounding for all the world like a 15-year-old making minimum wage. "You should be able to return that, right?"
Unless the Pistons are able to jam his frequency, T, Robot will continue to put up 20 and 10, causing enough havoc to open the outside for Manu Ginobili to zig-zag around and Bruce Bowen to stand wide-open in the corner. One of those guys will explode each night and get all the shine. Duncan, meanwhile, is the key to the whole thing.
Can the Pistons stop Duncan in time to win the chip? Not at the rate they're going. If Ben Wallace whispers something about Medal of Honor: European Assault the next time Duncan faces up to the ball, maybe T, Robot will freeze up.
At this point anything's worth a try.
Game Of The Week
This is a monster of a game, expansive and consuming. Just don't call it frisbee golf.
AFL Link Of The Week
A few weeks back, I went to my first Arena Football League game. The entire time, I couldn't help but think what a great video game it would make, and even mentioned it to a few people at work. Well, this week EA Sports announced they're launching a newAFL video game, which should be awesome. As long as Peter Bergeron is on the Georgia Force and Arthur Blank is on the sidelines, I'll be happy.
Underground Link Of The Week
They aren't getting much attention right now, but the U.S. Under-20 soccer team is currently in Holland competing in the FIFA World Youth Championship.
I caught its first game Saturday morning on Fox Soccer Channel and it not only beat tournament favorites Argentina, but the U.S. has a fun team worth watching. There are a couple of really good MLS players (Freddy Adu, Eddie Gaven and Danny Szetela), kids already playing overseas (Jonathan Spector and Quentin Westberg) and college kids (UCLA's Chad Barrett and Patrick Ianni), but the most surprising performance came from Marvell Wynne, who also plays for UCLA and is the son of the eponymous former Padres and Pirates outfielder. The U.S. plays again Tuesday against Germany (live on Fox Soccer Channel at 2:30 p.m. EST, tape-delayed at 11:00 p.m.)
Lang Whitaker is the online editor at SLAM magazine and writes daily at http://www.SLAMonline.com.