Friday, May 20

Post Mortem

I’m not going to go into a big, long, protracted piece on where all the Sonics are headed in the off-season, or who we should keep, what free agents to get, etc.

No, it’s way too early for that. I’d prefer to digest what happened last night and over the past couple of weeks. Too often in North American society, we gloss over what just happened, moving on to what’s coming next while ignoring the opportunity to savor recent events.

With that in mind, here is one man’s list of his favorite – and not-so-favorite – memories from this post-season. Feel free to add yours in the comments section.

· Jerome James wearing a cape made from a garbage bag at the end of the Sacramento series.
· Ray Allen’s off-balance 3 to win game 4 against the Kings.
· The agony in Antonio Daniels’ face as he missed the first of two FTs in the final game with the Spurs.
· The sound from the Key Arena crowd after the Sonics knocked off Sac. for their first series victory in what seemed like 20 years.
· Reggie Evans’ post-dunk, muscle-man, what-in-the-world-is-he-doing? thing.
· Braids. Do I need to say any more?
· The incredible, Maravich-esque move Ridnour made on the Spurs in game 3.
· Being more surprised when Allen missed than when he hit, I feeling I haven’t had for a Sonic since Dale Ellis circa 1987.
· Losing Vlade, then Allen in the span of what seemed 3 seconds.
· Rashard Lewis in street clothes.
· Watching Womanu Ginobili get knocked to the ground. Repeatedly.
· Danny Fortson guarding players 6 inches taller than him.
· The emergence of Nick Collison as the best PF on the team.
· JJ cruising down the lane looking like a Cadillac flying down an alleyway.
· The 1/10th of a second from when Ray’s shot left his hand last night to when it clanked off the rim. For that 1/10th, anything was still possible, the season was still alive, and now ...

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