Dribs, drabs and what's going on in Israel
Wow, take a little shot at Bargnani and the web world goes berserk and the e-mails flood in. You’d think I’d weighed in on T.J.-Jose or something.
Anyway, just wanna clarify one thing: I don’t think he’s malingering about this hyper-extended knee, I’m sure it was sore and swollen and everything. I’m sure he’s coming back when he should, after consultation with the medical staff.
What I do think is that he has to be tougher when he gets back, he has to practice harder and play harder and do more. He has to practice hard every day, play every possession.
As I said, and perhaps the dozen or so e-mailers missed it, "Bargnani still has a chance to be a great -- not good, great -- but he's also got some learning to do." Which would strike me as undeniable.
If these guys are going to win 50 games, he’s got to do more than 12 and 5.
And, trust me, you mention The Old Iron Horse around the gym and more than one set of eyes start rolling.
A list, for a change
Victor G, all the way from Pittsburgh (taking a break from the incessant coverage of Sidney Crosby’s Lewis and Clark expedition to western Canada) wonders:
I was watching the boxscore for the Rockets-Raps game and saw that (Carlos) Delfino was +30 during the game. Wow! The Delfino trade by (Bryan Colangelo) has to be one of the best moves in the NBA this year (although not as good as getting KG for Al Jefferson and Sebastian Telfair). Could you rank the top GM moves in the NBA this year?
I say: We’ll take Garnett to Boston out of the mix because it’s been so stupendously better than any other one it stands alone. But here are three others:
Orlando’s Otis Smith gets it right and hires Stan Van Gundy as the team’s head coach. Smith loses point for his dalliance with Billy Donovan but the end result was a master stroke.
Phoenix adds Grant Hill for the veteran minimum of just over $1 million a season. Hill hasn’t lost any steps and he’s a grown up who will help in a somewhat fractious locker room.
Detroit picking up Jarvis Hayes. It was one that went under the radar but the Pistons, third-best in the East, are getting eight points and three boards a game from the under-rated Hayes.
Well, look who's back!
Check out that Miami Heat roster?
Yes, that’s Luke Jackson, fresh from the Idaho Stampede of the D League.
Sort of odd, isn’t it, that Miami loses Kapono to Toronto, the Heat decide ultimately to take Jackson? I don’t even want to get into their connection through Cleveland and Charlotte, it’s far too convoluted.
Good for Luke, though, he’s probably got enough game to be in the league. And look what playing with Dwyane Wade and Shaq did for Kapono? Not to mention Damon Jones.
A bit of a departure.
Regulars know I’m a bit anal when it comes to the national anthem, a song of respect that shouldn’t be trifled with, or treated as a demo song, or used in something of an audition.
The other night, while waiting for Floyd Mayweather to destroy Ricky Hatton, watched the pucks, where they show the anthems on TV.
I can’t remember the dude’s name from the We Will Rock You cast who sang O Canada but seeing him standing there singing WEARING HIS TOQUE made me want to throw something at the set.
And assured me that I’d never give that production a dime.
Question of the day
From Ryan Jameson of Mississauga:
T.J. vs. Jose: Who wins Dancing With The Stars?
Ding! Ding! Ding! We have a winner.
I'm taking Calderon. To finish second to Mel B, of course.
And from another land
Remember my man Eran Soroka, who was such a great help with the firecracker incident in the Israeli league game a month or so ago? Heard from him again yesterday with another P.J. Tucker update.
PJ Tucker had 13 points, 10 rebounds and some great minutes in the 4th quarter - which helped him to be named the game MVP - when Hapoel Holon shocked eternal Israeli champs Maccabi Tel Aviv 83-71, Maccabi's second straight league defeat. Last week, they fell 68-83 to Bney Hasharon with Ndudi Ebi and Ousmanne Cisse controlling the boards.
Ousmanne Cisse? Erstwhile Raptor! Ndudi Ebi? Former Minnesota draft pick!
Wonder if AP and Maceo are feeling the pain for their former franchise. Eran says coach Oded Kattache is on the hot seat with Maccabi.
And few knew of P.J.’s big game. Holon played without its home crowd ... the Israeli Basketball association punished Holon with eight fan-free home games following that incident in Jerusalem.
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