Antonio McDyess, Spurs: Will the Real NBA Wussies Please Stand Up?

Lake CruiseAnalyst IMay 1, 2011

April 21, 2011:  Antonio McDyess, middle, fumbles the ball in San Antonio.  He fumbled off at the mouth at his own teammates, too.
April 21, 2011: Antonio McDyess, middle, fumbles the ball in San Antonio. He fumbled off at the mouth at his own teammates, too.Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

What in the devil made Antonio McDyess say what he said about his own team?  Probably some sort of truth serum he took after the game—the devil’s alleged potion.

Get thee behind me, Satan—and don’t push.  In the eyes of rivals, the evil Spurs have fallen off the fake tough guy map and out of the playoffs.

Business as usual.  What else is new?  Que paso?  The Spurs were bitten by the first-round bug for the third time in a row, that's what’s new and what’s happening.  At least one of them wishes they hadn’t gone out like punks.

The former No. 2 overall pick in the 1995 NBA draft, McDyess hasn’t won a championship in his career, and his frustration showed after the debaclous and absolutely delirious playoff Game 4 off Beale Street in Memphis. 

Yes, I said debaclous.  It fits.  Don't shoot the messenger.

The normally and unusually quiet and reserved McDyess also let it rip against his own team after the Memphis Grizzlies blasted the Spurs out of the gym in Game 4.  The score was 104-86, but it wasn’t that close.

It was a game on par with the “March Massacre” beat-down handed out by the Lakers.

Realizing this, McDyess provided the emotional quote: “We’re playing like a bunch of wussies.” D’uh.  One of the least likely players in the league to get a technical foul called on him, McDyess threw his mouthpiece after getting one in Memphis.

The Spurs got hit with a mouthpiece—a two piece would be the word on the streets—by the Memphis Grizzlies.  In terms of street jargon, that would denote two punches in the mouth—bam, bam.

A Muhammad Ali-like combination was put down by the Beale Street Bullies, who opened up a can of Texas whoop booty in the Midsouth in Game 4 and closed-out in Game 6. 

Playing punch mouth basketball like it was smash mouth football isn’t what the Spurs do best, and perhaps McDyess was trying to stir his younger teammates to fight back with an vengeance so incredible it reversed the course of history.

But, alas, time marches on.  Did his running off at the mouth help or hurt the youngsters?  It may have given Memphis bulletin board material.  It appears it did hurt them.  They didn’t really respond, either on or off the court.

Tony Parker virtually gave up trying to take the ball to the cup, and he often settled for jumpers in the series.  Maybe the chants about Eva did hurt him.

He also turned the ball over during some of the worst possible times against Memphis.  Hence, McDyess probably saw "wuss" in his eyes and let it be known.  That’s just my opinion.  It’s just a teammate trying to toughen up a teammate—big deal.

Little Tony (Parker) needs a mentor in Big Tony—McDyess—who was an NBA All-Rookie First Team selection in 1996, All-NBA Third Team in 1999 and he was current teammate Tim Duncan’s replacement on the 2000 Summer Olympics men’s basketball team.

An NBA All-Star in 2001, McDyess was averaging 20.8 points per game with Denver.  He then played only 52 games from 2001-2004, due to injury. 

A career 12 PPG scorer, this year he averaged 5.3 points in 19 minutes per game.  The last time he averaged double figures was in 2001-2010 in 10 games in Denver. 

He’s averaged double figures in rebounds only twice, although he averaged 9.8 in 2008-2009 with Detroit.  A Mississippi native, McDyess is the senior member on the Spurs lineup.  He signed a three-year contract with San Antonio on July 8, 2009 for the mid-level exception.

Now, he probably wishes he had signed with the Lakers. 

It was a manic Monday that terrible night in Memphis when the Grizz bit through the Spurs and bullied them in a blowout.  Known as one of the toughest defenders in the league, Allen has provided the tenacity to punk other teams like San Antonio.

McDyess is well aware of the long-time label of the Spurs being softer than a summer breeze on a sun dress, and he saw it up close and personal in Memphis.

It wasn’t just Allen, though, it was Zach Randolph, Marc Gasol and the rest of the big bears—the Beale Street Bullies of the Western Conference.

It was the first round of the NBA playoffs, and McDyess probably didn’t want to go out in back-to-back first rounds with him on the team.  You think?  They’ve done it since 2009—bow down in the first round of the playoffs.

Bowing out in the first round, not to be confused with taking a bow—it’s what they have been doing best, and McDyess is disgusted by it.  Can you blame him?  I can’t.

It was sad to see the Spurs collapse the way they did.  Maybe the frustrations of not being able to matchup with the taller Grizz were too much.  On the day of Wednesday’s Game 5, McDyess didn’t back down from his comments.

It worked—for only one night, though.  The Spurs fell in six.

The self-wussie label will follow the Spurs for quite some time.  The real wussies will unfortunately not be standing up in the NBA Finals any time soon.