The countdown to trade time continues
Happy day before Trade Deadline Day.
You know what’s going to be good about Thursday at 3:01 p.m.? No more silly trade questions. To answer soooooo many of you: No, they are not going to trade Andrea, nor should they; yes, they like Mikeal Pietrus and, no, I don’t know what Golden State would want; yes, I think Bryan will do something small but, no, I don’t know who and where and I don’t have a list in my mind about who they should get. Well, I guess I do but I don’t think Yao or Kobe or Nash is available.
Anyway, we are still trying to sniff out news, there’s been very little chatter in the ACC corridors but there’s all morning at shootaround and afternoon on the phones trying to break stuff so check back here regularly.
Now, on with the morning …
We’re talking to Sam Mitchell yesterday about T.J. and stuff and he’s saying it’s too bad the little guy’s injured but they’ll deal with and he’ll trot out another point guard behind Jose and mentions Juan and, ta-da, Carlos.
Not sure if that means Delfino’s definitely in the mix but it was the first time he’s said it out loud. If you’ve noticed, they’ve had Delfino run just a couple of sets but always with another PG on the floor.
The big concern with Delfino is if he can avoid turnovers when he’s running plays and how much being a PG will take away from the other stuff he does well, like slash, rebound and defend big twos and threes.
Not sure if Sam’s ready to leave him out there alone for any length of time but sometimes necessity is the mother of invention. Or so they say.
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Here’s a juicy thought. Check out Chris Sheridan at ESPN. He’s got all kinds of Vince trade stuff, including the chance the Knicks might make a play for him. Hmm, Knicks are here Sunday; that’d give all the boo-birds another shot at VC. With him and Isiah in the same game, it could be a boo-fest.
What, pray tell, was the most inconsequential Raptor deadline day trade?
I’ve got Shawn Respert for Acie Earl in 1997 in a landslide.
Here’s a mailbag first-timer.
Q: Hello Mr. Smith, I've finally got the nerve to put something in the mailbag (I think it's more exciting to see what other people say). These are jus simple questions I've had. I just wanted to know if what the players do in the all-star game effects their overall stats and averages? If a player takes a shot and it doesn't hit rim, and another player (same team) catches and shoots, if the shot is made, is it an assist or a rebound? Also, I happen to have RaptorsTV and enjoy all interviews (especially Smitch and his reporter family) that are shown after the game, but I realize that they don't show us the whole interview, so I wondering if you could insert a little excerpt in your blog sometimes if it's not much trouble. Thanks.
Chauntee M, Toronto
A: Glad you found the nerve, don’t be a stranger.
No, all-star weekend stats are quickly forgotten.
I’d say in the shot situation you describe it’d be nothing, assists are subjective enough that I don’t think they’d give one for an airball. Same with a rebound.
And I’ll try to do full transcripts if there’s something worthwhile but, trust me, you get the best most nights.
Had a couple of queries about Garbo earlier this week. He’s got the full cast off, wearing some sort of brace but that’s about to go and he can begin full rehab shortly. It’s not like he’s been doing nothing, though, we’ve seen him in the weight room doing a variety of exercises almost daily.
Don’t get your hopes up, though, it’s still a longshot that he puts a uniform on this season.
Big win for the Orlandos in Detroit, and it struck me watching that the Pistons looked entirely disinterested. Here’s how it played from my man B. Schmitz in the Orlando Sentinel.
Let’s get into the mailbag one more time. Well, make it twice, I’ve got a whack of mail that’s got to get delivered.
Q: I've noticed Jose still has his middle and ring finger taped up on his left hand since dislocating it earlier in the year. It obviously isn't effecting his shooting; however, I have only seen him finish once or twice with his left hand on a layup, he now goes back to his right even when driving to his left. Especially noticeable at the end of the Clippers game a while back when he pulled up at the end of the game instead of driving to his left. Any word on when that will be fully healed or will it have to take ‘til the season is over?
Dan H, Hamilton
A: He’s not going to be fully healthy until next season. He’s just going to have to suck it up and play. Which he’s been doing pretty well since he hurt it.
Q: Having seen all the community work the NBA is doing in New Orleans over the past week, in addition to all the other NBA sponsored charity works around the world, question: does any other professional sports organization do more for the community than the NBA, or does NBA just do a better job in promoting. FIBA comes to mind??
Phil K, Singapore
A: I would say, safely, that no sports organization on earth does more charitable work than the NBA. FIBA, FIFA, NHL, MLB, NFL, none come close.
You can click here to get something in the mail but I warn you, any trade stuff goes right into the deleted bin because by the time I get around to answering it, the deadline will have passed.