It was the best of times,
it was the worst of times,
it was the age of wisdom,
it was the age of foolishness,
it was the epoch of belief,
it was the epoch of incredulity,
it was the season of Light,
it was the season of Darkness,
it was the spring of hope,
it was the winter of despair,
we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way— in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.
There were a coach with a large jaw and a general manager with a plain face, on the throne of San Antonio; there were a coach with a small jaw and a general manager with a rotund face, on the throne of Detroit. In both franchises it was clearer than crystal to the lords of the State preserves of loaves and fishes, that things in general were settled for ever.
It was the year of Our Lord two thousand and five.
I was thinking how much one shot might have change the course of these two franchises - game 5 of the 2005 Finals, Horry over Wallace. Rather than the Pistons winning its third in a row of the series to push the Spurs to the brink of elimination, Horry turned the tables. Perhaps if the Pistons had won that series, Brown would have come back with the Pistons for 2005-06. Perhaps Brown would have been enough to take the 64 win Pistons back to the Finals. But it wasn't meant to be, and unrest and anxiety led Dumarspierre to take drastic, and superbly failed, measures. Also perhaps it would be the Spurs who grew impatient after an injury plagued 2005-06 for Ginobili and slow start for the following season - perhaps they would feel the need to move one of their core pieces in order to extend their window.
So yeah, that's how I killed the hour waiting for Horry to start signing autographs. To get the red panda picture, I just took a high resolution picture to Walgreens and got an 8x10. Horry was nice, seemed to think it was funny I was asking for a picture of a red panda to be signed - my story was that it was for a friend, and represented that shot from Game 5. I had a silver Sharpie, so figured I'd have him sign it with that to represent the Spurs colors for our pal SpursFanSteve - however, idiot that I am, there's a darker colors the Spurs wear that would have shown up better. Regardless, I hope you all enjoy.