Dribs and drabs on a rainy D.C. morn
So, Byron Scott coaches New Jersey to the NBA Finals twice and gets whacked. Now he’s in New Orleans and likely to coach the Western Conference in next month’s all-star game?
That’s a rather big turnaround, no?
It’ll be cool for Byron to coach, it’ll be very cool for some of us to see Darrell Walker sitting next to him.
D Walk may not have been the greatest coach in the world when he was in Toronto (he might not have been the greatest coach in Toronto when he was in Toronto) but he wasn’t a bad guy and it’ll be nice to see a lifer get a weekend in the spotlight.
Best Darrell story: He would run rather, um, light practices. Guys were injured, guys weren’t that good, and Darrell’s not a workaholic. The media hotline we use to check practice generally says stuff like, “practice at 11, media encouraged to be there by 12.”
Well, with Darrell, we have expected to hear, “practice is at 10, media encouraged to be there by 9:45.”
So, am sitting in this establishment Monday night in D.C., about to tuck into another Yeungling and perhaps an appetizer and check out Oklahoma-Oklahoma State on the tube. Comely waitress wanders over, clicker in hand, and switches from basketball to the State Of The Freaking Union! With the volume up.
This is an industry town for sure.
Oh, and if we’ve got any American readers, can I just ask one question: Can you elect some dude or dudette with a wee bit of personality this time around? Man, Dubya is as far from dynamic as you can get.
You’ve got to scroll through a whole bunch of Gilbert Stream of Consciousness to get to it, but Agent Zero takes what looks like a wee shot at Jamario Moon in his latest blog.
Know how we all talk about defensive “stoppers” and the like? Well, Sam says they don’t exist and makes a pretty good point.
Here’s Free Form Sam from practice Monday:
"You’re not guarding guys one-on-one in the NBA, you’re not guarding LeBron James one-on-one.
"Understand something, a great offensive player? I’m not worried about you, I’m looking through you to those other four guys and where they are. I’m not looking at you.
"I can beat you.
"I didn’t worry about one guy guarding me most nights. It was those other three, four guys behind him. Was it a shot-blocker? Were they in help position. Where were they? Did I have a shooter on this side so if I beat my guy, I know this guy was going to have to stay so I have a driving lane?
"You’re not guarding guys in the NBA today, with the rules, one-on-one. I can’t put my hands on you, how am I going to guard you? Derek Harper would put that claw on you and make you go where he wanted you to go. He wouldn’t let you go. That’s why they changed the rules.
"You can’t guard guys one-on-one.”
Let’s get into the mailbag
Q: On Jan. 27 I receive an email from a friend. At the end of this email it states 1-0, for him of course. Yes, he made it into your mailbag, and was even the weekly ding ding ding winner (a very prestigious honour).
A few of us are heading to New Jersey on April 5th for the game. I'm completely over VC, but it is still very fun to be loud, annoying, and obnoxious and yell obscenities at him. I would be bitterly disappointed if he happened to be traded by that point in time. What are the chances he's with the Nets on that day?
I know you said earlier he is going to be hard to move, and the more likely on his way out is Kidd. But are the Nets really going to pay this guy for another three years? Surely, they can find someone stupid enough to take on his contract.
Mike S, Georgetown
A: Tie game.
But only ‘cause of the topic.
I sure looks now like you’ll see Vince but not Kidd. And if you go next year you’ll see Vince and not Kidd. And if you go the year after you’ll see Vince and not Kidd.
With a $60 million contract and diminishing skills and a lessening impact on games, I cannot see a GM out there bailing out Rod Thorn. Maybe in the last year of his deal, Carter can get traded but until then? No way.
For all the dirt on what’s going on with the Nets, here’s what Dave D had to report today.
Today’s Washington Post report will be wildly interesting to the Dave Hopla lovers back home.
And, once again, I don't think his departure from Toronto has anything to do with any perceived failings in the shooting department. Here are the numbers: Last year, Toronto shot 46.3 from the field and 77.8 from the line; this year it's 45.7 and 81.0. Last year, Washington shot 45.0 from the field and 76.5 from the line; this year, it's 44.9 from the field and 79.5 from the line.
Oh, Black Stars 2, Morocco 0!
We’re on to the Final Eight of the Nation’s Cup. Get Mali or Nigeria on Monday. Wonder if it’s Nigeria if I can get wee wager going with Masai Ujiri?
Let’s check the mailbag one more time.
Q: From the cozy confines of snowless Victoria, it seems that not even the balmy breezes here can match the warmth that flows towards Bryan Colangelo. This makes sense to me. He's assembled an exciting team of international players with limited egos that everyone can get on board with.
But no one's perfect, right? What are Mr. Colangelo's biggest three blunders since taking over the helm of The Good Ship Dinosaur?
Chris R, Victoria
A: It’s all in degrees, there really haven’t been any huge blunders, I don’t think.
I’ll give you three things they probably could have done without:
Fred Jones, although he turned him into Juan Dixon.
Maceo Baston, good guy but it’d be nice to have that roster spot and te little bit of money.
Not convincing Garbo, somehow, to take last summer off.
That’d be about it right off the top of my head.