Sam on Sam and ceremonies
You know, it’s a nice thing they’re going to do for Sam Dalembert tonight. They’ll let the Sixer centre stand at midcourt before facing the Raptors and bask in the applause of the fans who salute him for playing for Canada this past summer.
They’ll give him a “framed commemorative piece” according to the press release I’m reading (I presume they’ve run out of soapstone carvings and donuts) and all will be sweetness and light in the arena.
Don’t expect Sam Mitchell to get all warm and fuzzy. At shootaround today, he seemed less than impressed.
"Did the leave anything out?" Sam The Coach wondered. "Can they fly his mom and dad in or something? "All I can say is we’re supposed to be the home team. We’re supposed to make the visiting team be as uncomfortable as possible."
Dalembert, as you all know, got his Canadian citizenship and passport last summer, just in time to lead Canada to a fifth place finish at the FIBA Americas Olympic qualification tournament.
Sam's little dig was the only thing newsworthy out of shootaround today. We got a lot of "it'll be a tough game, they're a good team, we have to rebound well, Reggie Evans and Sam Dalembert are a load down low, yadda, yadda, yadda."