Oh, I can feel the angst from the comfort of my little home office here. Lose to the Knicks? Someone’s got to get fired, forget the playoffs, let’s tank the season ‘cause there’s no way they can win a series anyway. How could Colangelo not trade for Kobe at the deadline? What’s Mats going to do?
Oh, wait, scratch that last one, that was for radio last night).
Anyway, they certainly didn’t distinguish themselves Friday. Even from the comfort of the Harbour Sports Grille with Stumpy and his Czarina it looked ugly. But still worth commenting, ‘cause that’s what I do.
Three Things I Learned
Desperate times call for …
Desperate measures and that’s just what it looked like when they had TJ and Jose out there at the same time. I guess when – another – two-guard is lighting you up, you use all the bullets in the chamber but it didn’t seem to work very well. Too small, too ineffective but at least it was something, I guess. Jamal Crawford once again exposed the fatal flaw in Toronto’s defence and I can only assume the general manager was quite displeased. Not sure what Sam does next. Maybe play a bit more zone? Use a Delfino and hope he’s having of his good nights?
No, no, no
Jamaal Magloire is NOT coming home. There is no chance whatsoever that they repatriot him after he was waived by the Nets. His play wasn’t good enough to get him on the court with a very mediocre New Jersey team and its unfathomable that he’d be able to help here. It’s probably the end of his career, which is too bad, but it’s not going to end at home. End of story.
I swear I looked up on time and saw Maceo Baston on the court. Checked the boxscore and I was right. And that makes me think that if Sam can find minutes for him, maybe he will find minutes for Primoz Brezec. And I’d presume Primoz would provide the same kind of stuff Maceo does. Which is not much.
Yes, I saw a bit of the pre-game Sam Scrum and it looked vintage. Andrew over in Ajax sent in a transcript, which made me giggle even reading it on the page. I wasn’t there – it was a Glamour Boy trip – but I will tell you it’s not the first time Sam’s patience (which is thin at the best of times) wore out in Gotham.
Reporter - "Coach Jose is getting a lot of attention this summer, is that a concern, priority of the organization to bring him back."
Sam - "Unless somebody is gonna take Jose off our team tonight, there's nothing I can do about this summer. So, I dunno what I'm supposed to do... Last time I checked, he's a restricted free agent right?"
Reporter - "Uh, right"
Sam - "So, what does that mean?"
Reporter - "Uh, well... I has asked..."
Sam - "So that means he can't go anywhere"
Reporter (hiding his head) exits
Sam - "Well there you go."
I gotta start calling Bryan ‘Noah.’
Two Italians, two Spaniards, two from Slovenian, a couple of Texans and a pair of former teammates in Israel. What’s next? Another Argentine for Carlos, I’d hope.
You don't imagine Toronto fans would have the imagination to start a "Fire Isiah" chant Sunday night do you? I'm told that was heard Philly the other night.
Here’s one from the mail earlier this week (not to worry, we’ll have a big ol’ mailbag up later this morning for the rest of you.
Q: Hey Doug, got an interesting question to ask. So with only about 4 teams remaining (Portland, Toronto, Sacramento, and Memphis) to host a NBA All-Star game, if Toronto does get the 2010 or 2011 game, what theme do you think we'll have? New Orleans had the whole Jazz thing, Las Vegas had the whole Vegas theme but Toronto? A hockey theme is the only thing I can think of since that's all Toronto is known for... Tell me what you think.
Dilpreet S, Brampton
A: I don’t know what theme it’ll be but if it has anything to do with hockey, I hope everyone here boycotts it. It’s a celebration of basketball.
Maybe the world is the thing, right? Great metropolitan city, great diverse cultures. Yeah, let’s go with the worlds.
And it’s not going to be 2010 I don't think; the Winter Olympics in Vancouver are going to take away money, sponsorships and attention. I’d bet it’s 2011 is when it’s here.
My man Frank Isola, TV star and beat grunt, sums up the Knicks win in his own inimitable fashion.
Once more into the mail and you can click here to get something in the pipeline.
Q: Nice to see the NBA's trade rules get manipulated by including retired players (Aaron McKie, Keith Van Horn).
What's to prevent an NBA GM from signing me, a technical support supervisor, to a $4 Million contact to include me in a trade to balance salaries? Sweet gig if you can get it.
Do you think Stern will revisit this issue?
Brian S, Toronto
A: First, you have to have actually been an NBA player who has yet to file official retirement papers. And as league legal guru Matt Winick said all-star weekend, each case is judged on its own merits. They made sure Aaron McKie would go to Memphis and play and they made sure Keith Van Horn would show up in Jersey before they approved either deal.
You can bet that loophole will be closed in the next collective bargaining agreement.