For being such a boring franchise, the San Antonio Spurs are sure working hard to produce controversy in every way imaginable.
A few days after Gregg Popovich caused a stir by benching his Big Three—something the team was fined $250,000 for—two of his biggest stars are featured in a leaked Halloween photo that is sure to get everyone from NBA fans to commissioner David Stern talking.
Reddit (h/t BuzzFeed) has this photo that, although from Halloween, is something you will want to take a look at now. It features Tony Parker and Tim Duncan pointing fake guns at a faux Joey Crawford.
Who are these guys?
For years we have been spoon-fed the notion the San Antonio Spurs were the equivalent of watching a documentary on the Dewey decimal system, a boring troupe who do more to incite naps than riots.
This year they continue what seems to be a rock 'n' roll tour of exploits where even their own coach is determined to rile up the league.
Do you, guys. Do you.
This is, of course, a joke but will draw a great deal of vitriol from a commissioner's office that has grown to loathe this team, one that is supposed to be so tame.
The report from BuzzFeed asserts Duncan is The Punisher and Parker is dressed as Nick Fury. I have no clue the impetus behind this picture, but could possibly be as benign as a buddy with a Crawford outfit walking by and someone saying, "Hey, guys. You know what would be funny?"
While the faux Crawford photo was just now leaked, we are fairly certain David Stern is behind the scenes doing his best Mr. Burns impersonation thinking up the sum total he will make these two pay.
From once ejecting Duncan for laughing to skipping gleefully after making a horrible call, Crawford has been one of the more famous sports officials, and not always for good reasons.
Still, you have to agree this was a horrible idea considering the timing of the recent fine, the fact there are fake guns and a noose in the background and some of the biggest names in the sport involved.
However, it was all a joke and should be taken as such, because we have all done dumber things at Halloween parties.
If you want something really crazy, consider the exorbitant sum the players will be paying once they are no doubt punished by the league.
The 2012-13 San Antonio Spurs, ladies and gentleman. The most boring team ever is now one of the most controversial in the NBA.
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