There are a whopping 11 Fast & Furious films, and people have questioned their decision-making every step of the way. "Remember when these movies were about racing and not being heroes?" is a common complaint, but they have grossed almost eight billion dollars worldwide, so maybe it's time for everyone to sit back and let them cook. The San Antonio Spurs, much like this longstanding movie franchise, have faced frequent criticism over the years.
The Silver and Black spent over two decades winning 50 games and making impressive playoff runs each season. Before the David Robinson injury in 1996, San Antonio routinely enjoyed successful campaigns under the leadership of The Admiral. The last thing this well-oiled organization needs is advice from Bill Simmons on how to allocate their resources.
The San Antonio Spurs were right to pass on Austin Reaves
Austin Reaves is entering his third go-round in the NBA, but the love surrounding him suggests he is a seasoned veteran. The 25-year-old guard is a role player who strung together splendid performances from the end of the regular season through the playoffs. That span equates to less than a half-season worth of games, so insinuating the Spurs are foolish for opting not to throw a bag at someone without a proven track record is a ridiculous and overzealous claim.
Reaves returned to Los Angeles on a four-year, $53 million deal. Extending him a lengthy offer sheet worth up to $25 million a year would have been a gross overpay. Ultimately, it wouldn't have mattered if San Antonio handed over a truckload of cash since the Lakers were reportedly willing to match any contract he received this summer.
The 6-foot-5 swingman has shown offensive promise, but there is no need to get ahead of ourselves and act like he is an up-and-coming superstar in the NBA. Letting Reaves walk is nothing like passing up on Pascal Siakam for Ante Zizic. So sit back, relax, and gear up for Fast & Furious part 85.