SAN ANTONIO On Wednesday night, in New Orleans, NBA commissioner David Stern made sure to be on hand when one of the sexiest, glitziest teams in the league adorned fans and media with something equally shiny and impressive: Kobe Bryant becoming just the fifth player in history to score 30,000 points in his career.
But it was 500 miles due west, away from the records and the commissioner and a 9-10 Lakers team that has commanded so much attention, that the San Antonio Spurs continued to be the slow, steady, sure organization that racks up wins in its no-flair style.
The kind of fireworks, drama and Q-rating scores Stern has masterfully used to lift the NBA higher in the American imagination? None here, not this team. There are no ego battles, no stars demanding exits, no Linsanity, no teams hijacked by their own players, no big-city angst over a so-so season. Just a Spurs squad quietly taking care of the Milwaukee Bucks, 110-99, to lift its record to a near-league-best 15-4.