ESPN hoops writer Israel Gutierrez is
the unanimous winner of the inaugural Eye On Sports
E.S.P.N. (Especially Stupid Pain in the Neck) award!
During an appearance on ESPN’s “The Sports Reporters,” a couple of weeks ago, Gutierrez basically ripped the San Antonio Spurs a ‘new one’ while completely dismissing their chances of winning this season’s NBA championship.
As a matter of fact, the thing that ticked me off and alerted me to this guy’s total lack of NBA knowledge was the guy’s selection of the Utah Jazz to take the Spurs seven games in their first round Western Conference matchup.
As I told numerous colleagues, friends and family members prior to the start of the postseason, anyone that picked this scenario was an absolute idiot.
Of course, the Spurs are currently leading the Jazz 3-0 and looking to complete their first round sweep on Monday night,
Gutierrez even stated how he understood how his insane views could be viewed as “a festival of hatred” but said his dissing of the Spurs was in essence, a “dose of reality” for those picking the Spurs to win the title.
“Yes, the Spurs have the top seed and they’ve won 21 of 23, the second-best scoring team, they have depth for days and the best coach in basketball,” Gutierrez said. “But championship material? I hate to say it, but no.”
Gutierrez then got a bit personal with the Spurs’ trio of superstars, Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker and Tim Duncan.
“Titles normally go to superstars, plural,” Gutierrez said. “Tony Parker is a top-five MVP candidate. But he’s arguably the fifth-best point guard in the playoffs. Manu Ginobili remains underrated, but not that underrated. Tim Duncan, well he’s now David Robinson and he needs the next Tim Duncan to get him another ring.”
Gutierrez went on to say that the Spurs don’t deserve to be considered as the favorite at the start of the playoffs.
“The Spurs can break the championship mold, just like Dirk (Nowitzki) and the Mavs did,” Gutierrez said. “But title favorites? It just doesn’t add up.”
Now, maybe it’s me, but clearly this guy is some kind of fool with a grudge. No…really. Anyone that has watched the Spurs this season knows they’re a legitimate title contender in the Western Conference whether they win it all or not.
For Gutierrez to say Tony Parker is a top-five MVP candidate, but yet, the fifth-best point guard in the playoffs, was foolish enough. To say that Tim Duncan is, ‘now David Robinson and he needs the next Tim Duncan to get him another ring’ was even more disrespectful – and absolutely berserk – considering Duncan has won three NBA titles without Robinson.
Yea, ESPN’s Israel Gutierrez is the clear-cut winner of the inaugural Eye On Sports ‘Especially Stupid Pain in the Neck’ award – and this guy will likely challenge for the annual award which will be announced in December.
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Here’s a copy of the link to Gutierrez’ foolish rant on YouTube.