Little bit of this, little bit of that
Bunch of dribs and drabs today after The Benevolent Bosses gave me the day off. Rainy, stinky day for the most part but, still, a welcome break and a few good hours of hanging out.
Oh, and time to think about this morning’s offerings, which is sort of a Nothin’ But (Inter)Net day.
Here we go:
Just chill a wee bit
You know what? Everybody’s just got to take a pill over this Garbo stuff.
He’s hurt, he has to have surgery and he could be back for the final few weeks of the season. He decided
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Who are we to tell a guy he can’t play for his country? Who are we to know how his leg felt when he played? Rip him if you like but I can entirely understand a guy feeling no pain in his leg with medical clearance from doctors in his homeland deciding to go ahead and play.
The money? Unless it’s your money, who cares about the money?
The roster spot? With the salary slots they have available, they aren’t going to get anyone any better than anyone playing for them right now so that’s a moot point.
Is Garbo ticked? Sure, he’s a basketball player who can’t play basketball. Are the Raptors ticked? Sure, one of their guys is hurt.
Could they use him? Maybe. Maybe at 100 per cent he’s better than Rasho or Bosh or Bargnani, or Moon, Delfino or Kapono. Maybe.
It’s a crappy situation but there’s nothing that can be done about it now. The guy got hurt. That sucks. Deal with it and move on.
Who sits now?
Rasho’s close to coming back and then what? Does he start? Who doesn’t play? There’s no way they can use 10 players every night, at least not in my opinion, because it disrupts everybody’s flow.
So, you’ve got Calderon and Ford; Moon, Parker, Delfino and Kapono; and Bosh, Bargnani and Humphries right now. Add Rasho and that’s one too many.
See ya Hump? Probably, unless foul trouble or injuries hit.
The other question: Does Rasho start?
Bargnani hasn’t looked comfortable in either role, really, so ... Me? I’d start Rasho again.
More Moon (like always)
So, Daniel Puzzuoli writes to say he loves Super Jamario as a nickname and we should all stick with that. He writes: "leave his last name alone, there’s no way you can put a spin on Moon that isn't going to sound lame and obvious, let alone the fact that Moon is a bad ass last name in the first place. If more Dr. J comparisons start to pop up, you can even put a spin on Super Jamario and call him Dr. Jamario."
I’m going to add one thing to this: If anyone, ever, ever compares a 27-year-old rookie to one of the greatest players in the game again, he or she will lose all credibility with any sane-thinking basketball fan.
Jamario Moon is good, has been for, what?, 10 games now? I hope he sticks around and plays in the league for a decade. But Dr. J? You can’t put ‘em in the same sentence.
Speaking of Moon, I’ve lost the e-mail from the reader who came up with perhaps the best nickname I’ve heard:
That’s pretty good.
I (heart) NY
The Knicks have won two straight and that can only mean one thing: Another contract extension for Isiah.
I (heart with a line through it) Helio
It pains me greatly to say this but the car driver out-danced Mel last night. It’s going to take some dramatic turnaround from Scary to win tonight but she’s got it in her, I know.
Marie? Done. Like dinner.
This from Trevor Kendall of Halifax:
What's the deal with Anthony Parker this season? He doesn't seem to be as much a focal point as he was last season. His scoring is down and he's only had one game of with double digit points in his last 5. What do you think has caused this? Is he not being involved in the offence enough? Is the emergence of other players affecting his playing time? My fellow Anthony Parker fans want to know.
The easy answer is that he’s not quite the focal point he was last year, the presence of Bargnani in the starting lineup has changed that. Bargnani takes a lot of Parker’s offensive space away from him and adapting has taken some time. You can see that because Parker’s best games have come with Rasho in the starting lineup.
I’m not sure he can get back to being the offensive player he was a year ago but as long as he continues to defend as well as he does, his overall role won’t be diminished.
That’s all for now, don’t forget to click here to send along a question.