Right Field

Age Before Beauty

Maybe the conventional wisdom that youth would benefit from a compressed schedule was all wrong: Tuesday was a banner day for the senior members of the NBA playoffs.

Gregg Popovich, head coach of the ageless San Antonio Spurs, topped Tom Thibodeau for Coach of the Year. The award was well deserved, as the Spurs took home the best record in the NBA despite the age on their two anchors, Manu Ginobili (age 34) and Tim Duncan (36). The Spurs flew under the radar all year, topped in the media by the excitement of young guns on Oklahoma City, Chicago, and Miami. Popovich led an aging roster in a shortened season to a No. 1 seed — and his second Coach of the Year Award.

Meanwhile, an older Celtics team rode the back of 34-year-old Paul Pierce to an upset of the Atlanta Hawks on Atlanta’s home floor. Rajon Rondo, Boston’s biggest young star, was suspended for a Game 2 that the Celtics needed to win. And under pressure, the veterans showed up in a big way.

Over on the West Coast, Kobe Bryant has been playing like a man possessed. The 33-year-old poured in 38 points in a smooth victory over the Denver Nuggets. Seemingly on a quest to silence his doubters, the Lakers’ shooting guard scored efficiently over his outmatched defenders. The Lakers, like the Spurs, have been largely written off in favor of younger, hipper teams in the West, but Kobe is proving he’s not done yet.

In a season that was predicted to be a runaway for the NBA’s young guns, the old guys have proven they’re not done yet. I’m still rooting for Tim Duncan, a transcendent talent and an all-time great, to keep churning out efficient games for one of the best teams in the league. The Association may turn out to belong to Durant, Rose, and LeBron after all, but the old guys may yet give them a run for their money.


Most Popular


Jussie Smollett Changes His Story Again

The actor Jussie Smollett continues to talk about the alleged January 29 attack on him during a frigid night in Chicago, giving Good Morning America his fullest description yet of his claims. It differs substantially from what he told police initially after the alleged assault. Smollett told GMA that the ... Read More
Politics & Policy

We’ll Regret This

Mitch McConnell says the president will sign the budget deal and he will also declare a national emergency to build the wall, as I expected. We’ll see the legal justifications he uses, but as a political and constitutional matter this is a long-term disaster. Oh, it might be good for Trump according to the ... Read More
White House

The Failure of the Deal

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is Jonah Goldberg’s weekly “news”letter, the G-File. Subscribe here to get the G-File delivered to your inbox on Fridays. Dear Reader (But especially Sammie), I had my say on the emergency declaration yesterday, and I’m sure I’ll have to say it all again not very far ... Read More