On the Spurs, who led their first-round series with the Sonics 2-1 at week's end:
"They're going to have trouble in the playoffs whether David Robinson's back improves or not. No offense to Malik Rose, but it's hard to win when he's your second-best player. Otherwise they've got four fossils [ Robinson, Steve Smith, Terry Porter and Danny Ferry], a 19-year-old French point guard [ Tony Parker] and a defensive specialist [ Bruce Bowen]. When Tim Duncan has a poor shooting night, who carries the offense? Even if Robinson comes back, it's not the Twin Towers anymore: It's one tower with a bunch of little towers."