Of Bargs and Boston
You know, this Bargnani hate is really getting out of hand.
The inbox is over-flowing with vitriol aimed at the kid, who some want benched entirely, who some want sent to the D League, who some want sent home.
You gotta chill. All of you.
Yes, his last few games have been dreadful and he’s too soft, in my opinion, but it’s not like he’s got no skills at all.
Check out the first 18 games of this season, when he averaged about 12 points a game and had three of over 20? Or the last two playoff games of last year? The kid can play.
His shooting looks screwed up right now, he seems to always wrong-foot himself or something, and it sure looks like his confidence is shaken but there’s enough in his short history to suggest that’s not a permanent problem.
He’s been better longer than he’s been bad and that has to be promising. Maybe, like Sam and Rasho and Bosh and the rest of ‘em tell us almost every day, he’ll be fine in time.
Look at it this way: They’ve got nothing out of him for the last month and they’ve won five of seven and are three games over .500.
Imagine what it’ll be like when it finally clicks back in.
And I think it will. It’s painful some nights but the background suggests he’ll get it together.
End of rant.
This halfway-through-the-season stuff is all over the place.
The good folks over at TSN have asked a bunch of us – me and Mr. Grange ™ representing the beat brigade – to assess a bunch of things that need assessing.
Check here to see what we thought.
To all of you who wondered, here’s why I think Damon Stoudamire’s a good fit, if he gets his buyout and takes Toronto over Boston, which is no sure thing.
He’s a veteran who’d be playing for a contract and that’s a huge impetus. That’s why he wants a buyout rather than a trade, he wants to get a new deal this summer, I’m told.
He’d be a huge upgrade at backup point guard and we’ve seen the second unit struggle mightily at times since T.J. went down.
And you can’t worry about what happens when T.J. gets back. The absolute earliest you’re going to see Ford, in my opinion, is after the all-star break and who knows how long it’ll take him to get back into real game shape. In fact, we may not see him at all this year (that possibility exists, although I will repeat that no one knows for sure).
We’ll open the mailbag for one:
Q: Hi Doug. Have you and others admitted you were wrong about the Celtics yet? I certainly was (but I'm not paid for my expertise :). Regardless, I was interested to learn in your recent column that the Celtics have the league's best defence. Is this the reason why many others (e.g., ESPN, etc.) thought they would dominate the Atlantic? I doubt it. Moreover, has the 'Big 3' been the entire source of the Celtics success or how much need we attribute to Rondo and others? Thanks for your thoughts.
Andy K, Waterloo
A: I’ve admitted my mistake many a time. I’m not sure it was solely defence that led others to think they’d dominate; after all, neither Pierce nor Allen were known for being stoppers.
I’m still not sold on Rondo (although Perkins has been solid all year) so it’s Garnett, Pierce and Allen buying into a true team concept that’s had a greater impact than any of the bit players.
If you can get past about six billion stories on Tom Brady’s ankle, here’s what’s up with the Celtics in the pages of the Boston Globe today.
When I look at Cliff Fletcher, I don’t see Wayne Embry.
Mad Max out in Mississauga loves his lists. Here’s one of a couple of missives I got:
I have to say I like my lists. What would you say the current ex-raptors all star team would be, Billups, VC and T-Mac would cover the guards and SF, but for big men I can only think of Bonner and Charlie V, which would mean our ex-Rap all-star team looks remarkable comparable to the Nets.
Okay, current ex-Raptors?
Well, centre’s easy, there’s that fellow Camby out in Denver who’s pretty good. PF? How ‘bout we take Donyell as our four? Or Sean Marks?
- Could be an easy one for the Black Stars tomorrow. They get Namibia, who got whacked 5-1 by Morocco in their Nation’s Cup opener.
And don't forget the mailbag's open, just for you.