Well, hello there
(See, training camp wasn’t an entire waste of time after all)
Welcome to this little corner of the cyber world and if this interweb thing isn’t just a passing fad, this should be a cool thing to do.
Think of it as Nothin' But (Inter)Net v 2.0, an upgrade of sorts, more snark, more snippets, more stuff for you to discuss amongst ourselves before you send notes telling me I'm absolutely wrong about everything.
The aim is to make daily updates at least, looks ahead and back, all the news that isn’t fit to print, fun stuff. As always, we stay interactive and welcome your comments but, trust me, the next dude, or dudette who prefaces a question with "I know neither team would do it and it wouldn't work under the salary cap anyway, but what about trading …" will have unleashed on them computer gremlins the likes of which they’ve never imagined. (I can’t actually unleash them, but someone who works with me can. And will).
Okay, on with the show, as they used to say.
There seems to be a huge amount of man-love out there for Garbo (maybe some lady love, too, since some of the names of writers who flooded the in-box on the weekend were unisex) and concern over his fate in the rotation.
But the weekend story on who's in the top 9 or 10 didn't omit him by mistake. Right now, he's not there.
It's Calderon, Nesterovic, Delfino and Humphries first off the bench, with Dixon and Graham right behind them.
That could change, though, so don't bury Garbo yet. The people I talk to say he’s being out-played in practice right now by Hump and that’s the determining factor in Sam Land.
Of course, it might have more to do with Hump than Garbo. If Humphries pulls stunts like trying to lead a fast-break, ignoring a guard ahead of him and trying to dribble the length of the court and dunk (as he did, unsuccessfully) on Friday night, he's going to get buried on the bench for a while and, presto, it's Garbo time!
Another year, another FanFest open practice.
People who don't normally get to sit in the good seats did; it was relaxed and entertaining and you got to see players in different roles (Maceo Baston firing up three-pointers isn't going to be a common sight).
Others I wish we'd seen:
Rasho vs. Hump in three-point shooting.
Sam vs. Alex English in a shooting contest.
And, not sure if this is a portend or what but Jamario Moon beat Luke Jackson in what might have been a "Winner Gets The Job" contest.
You know how players are always saying they welcome exhibition games because it's nice to play someone else because "we're getting tired of beating each other up in practice?"
Seems it’s a legit statement in Houston.
"We've got guys going at each other, a couple fights, couple arguments," said Tracy McGrady. "That's what I expected."
"It gets very heated. We're not playing out there. It's not a joke," said Mike James.
I'm worried. Very worried.
You don't think scraps on a team that employs both Rafer Alston and Mike James could get out of hand quickly, do you?
Oh, finally, you do realize that The Greatest Baseball Team In The World (Not including the Erindale Lions minor Little League Yankees) has now not lost a single World Series game in 89 years.
Okay, that’s all for now, kiddies.
We'll be back if they decide to do something dramatic to clean up that 14th, 15th, 16th man thing before 6 tonight (the bet here is that Bryan Colangelo can't pull off a huge trade and they simply waive Luke Jackson) or we'll be back first thing tomorrow.