Nothing minor league about this idea
Maybe they can call the D League team the Huskies.
I’m not usually a fan of minor league sports – although a day in a small-town minor league ball park can be a great way to spend time – but the thought of D League team around these parts makes entire sense.
Not sure if they put it in Hamilton, or at their fancy schmancy place out in Oshawa, or at Ricoh (my preference would be the Hershey Centre ‘cause it’s close and the offspring and I could see games) but wherever it is, is good.
Two reasons: More basketball, the better; and, talking to BC yesterday, I get the impression he’s really interested in helping develop Canadian basketball content, and not just players. Execs can be trained, other front office types and it’s just a good thing.
I don't imagine they'll play to sellout crowds -- look at how the Marlies have taken the city by storm -- but here's an idea, one proposed with minor league hockey by fellow blogger M. Grange ™.
Make every ticket outside of the ones on the floor $10, general admission, sit where want.
Q: Two questions for you:
1. Do you think Bargnani is feeling the mounting negativity and pressure? I'm not his biggest fan, but I have to give him credit for what appears to be a pretty stiff upper lip.
STEVE RUSSELL/TORONTO STAR Delfino getting steady minutes and running with it.
2. Carlos seems like a pretty intense dude. Does he get on any of the other players' cases at all, or is he fairly easy going in the locker room? And, think he's going to be ok with continuing to come off the bench for the foreseeable future?
Alex L, Barrie
A: We all know outward emotion, or some say any emotion, is not a Bargnani trait so it’s hard to get a read on him. But I can imagine he feels a bit put out at the criticism he’s getting from all quarters but when we ask him about it, he fully admits he’s not playing well and has to get better. That’s a good first step but doing something about it would a good second step.
Carlos? He’s so quiet it’s scary so I can’t imagine he gets on anyone’s case. He’s playing more minutes, and consistent minutes, than he ever has, I’m quite sure he’s fine with his role right now. And will continue to be. All he wanted was a shot to play regularly and he’s getting it.
Not sure how this’ll be a factor, but the Kings should have both Mike Bibby and Ron Artest back in the lineup for tomorrow’s game. Just in case you were wagering or somesuch. Not that that’s a good idea or anything.
I’m told by Someone Who’d Know that they’re looking at a new scoreboard for the Air Canada Centre next year. I think of this only because I was watching the Boston game last night and, I gotta tell you, the video quality on the scoreboard at whatever they’re calling that arena today is the best I’ve ever seen.
Hope they do that here, too.
Pistons lose two of four on a road trip – including getting spanked by the Knicks and being taken to overtime by Charlotte – and it’s disastrous.
Check out Chauncey Billups and others in the Detroit chronicles today.
I think this might be the best idea a reader has ever presented. It comes from Jason Howlett of Princeton.
I'm going to give you over one year to pull the strings to make this happen.
Phoenix February 14, 2009 Sam Mitchell, Anthony Parker and Candace Parker in the (all-star weekend) Shooting Star Challenge!
I know it's cities with both NBA and WNBA but why not? Think about the hype with a brother-sister combo and father Mitchell.
Maybe if you want them to win you could kick Sam out and slide in (Dell) Curry or someone who can shoot.
If we offered prizes, I’d send you one. And I’ll get right on this. Can’t see it happening but still …
Mike Brown gets a two-year contract extension as Cleveland’s coach and only one thing comes to mind: You know LeBron James signed off on the deal before it was done. Word around the league is that nothing happens to the Cavs without LeBron’s approval.
Q: Who do you think are the 5 most over rated players and 5 most under rated players in the NBA?
Aftab R, Brampton
A: This is one of the questions that will hopefully spur some comments and open me to ridicule. A perfect one, in other words
So, here goes (I will preface it by saying all these guys, especially the over-rated, bring something to their teams, just not enough)
Tracy McGrady, at least until he wins a playoff series.
Drew Gooden, no specific reason, just that I’m often underwhelmed.
Rashard Lewis, he’s not a max-value guy.
Jermaine O’Neal, he talks a good game, leadership-wise.
Jameer Nelson, how did they give him that contract?
Caron Butler, it’s hard to under-rate an all-star but this guy’s good, when Gilbert Arenas is out, at least.
Travis Outlaw, thought he’d be a great Raptor last summer.
Kevin Martin, all he does is score. And score a lot.
Andres Biedrins, the next West all-star centre.
Chris Kamam, dude’s almost a 20-10 guy.
"Right now," Wallace is better than Bosh, you argue. One might also point out that, "right now," Bosh is the reigning Eastern Conference player of the week, or that, "right now," Detroit is coming off a humiliating defeat at the hands of the hapless N.Y. Knicks, who held Wallace to 6 points on 3-9 shooting.
Sean S, Toronto
P.S. I'll understand should you choose to ignore this message. After all, you seem to prefer publishing messages that are either (a) full of inane trade proposals or (b) grammatically challenged. Why don't you edit the letters?
A: Nyah, nyah, will so publish it.