The Morning After the Night Before, L (I believe)
It’s dark and cold at 5 a.m., in case you were wondering. But it’s a balmy plus-1 here in Indy and I’m wondering if the hotel pool is open.
Anyway, I’m sure you’ve been waiting impatiently for …
Three Things I Learned
Who is this guy?
Primoz From The Block?
|TARA WALTON/TORONTO STAR|
|Sam Mitchell is watching. Always watching.|
Some debut, wasn’t it? A couple of Tiger-esque fist pumps, some pointing to the heavens, bunch of baskets and some general running around. (Although the next time Sam looks up and sees a 7-footer leaking out on the break instead of boxing his guy out, ol’ Primoz is going to get some gangsta pimp stuff right on his noggin). But I digress.
As a fourth big, behind Bosh, Bargnani and Rasho, he might be all right. Or he might regress to the guy who couldn’t get off the bench in Charlotte or Detroit. He’s definitely got the energy but he was playing the Knicks so you might want temper the Hall of Fame talk at the moment.
One of the best lines comes from Rasho when he’s pestered to give his opinion of his countryman and how it’ll play back home: “What am I, the ambassador?" -
Bargs with an edge?
Not sure how many of you caught it but after Bargnani hits a three to put Toronto up 75-58 in the third quarter, he said something to the little Nate Robinson, who might or might not have tried to stick his foot under Bargnani when he came down from making his jump shot.
Showed more raw emotion than I’d seen in a while.
Of course, was likely entirely justified because that’s just the kind of punk play Robinson might make.
What a sorry group
Outside of David Lee, who may avoid being poisoned by the atmosphere that surrounds him, give me one redeeming quality about that Knicks team?
Watching Eddy Curry mope off the floor and watching Zach Randolph toss up some of the most un-Godly shots in the history of basketball was despicable.
I know Isiah’s to blame for getting those guys but, really, short of going on the court and beating them about the head every now and then, I’m not sure what he can do. He sits ‘em and they come back in and pull the same stunt, he’s yells at ‘ema and they end up fighting with each other.
I sorta feel bad for him and Glen Grunwald.
Here’s a mailbag question about – ta-da! – the mailbag.
Q: Doug, how do you arrange the order of the mailbag? Favourite to least? Date of arrival?
Brad W, Waterloo
A: I usually like to split ‘em up, actually. Some from Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday in the Friday one and the rest sprinkled over the course of Saturday and Sunday and a few in the daily offering.
Try to find the topical ones to run each day, too.
But here’s my problem: The sheer volume. I probably get about 20-25 a day and they add up over the course of the week.
So to the guy who wrote yesterday to say that I hated him because I never run his question, and the dude who wrote today to say he’s never reading again because I run too many too critical of Bargnani, all I can say is you can’t please everyone all the time.
There’s nothing personal in what gets in and what doesn’t. I try to answer ‘em all because if you’ve taken the time to write, I should take the time to answer but sometimes that’s just not possible. A guy’s gotta have a life, after all.
It’s NFL Combine week around Indy as I sit here, which you can tell by the Welcome NBA Combine signs all over the airport. I’m figuring I’ll run over and jog a 40 in 22.2 and see where that gets me.
But they still care about their Pacers, here’s what’s in the local fishwrap this morning.
Oh, and the cabbie driving me in today strikes up a conversation when finds out what I do.
It goes something like this:
"Bet you the gym’s about half full tonight,” he says. “And it’s not because they’re losing, either. Know why it is?”
"Because they’re mostly a collection of knuckleheads?” I wonder.
"Yep, people here love basketball but they want good people.”
No, Bryan Colangelo wasn’t driving me.
In the second quarter of Sunday’s game, the Raptors had five guys on the court representing five countries.
You had Jose (Spain), AP (USA), Delfino (Argentina), Bargnani (Italy) and Brezec (Slovenia). A United Nations of hoops.
The only other that I can think of that can do it know – and I’m not sure if it’s been done before – would be the Lakers, who could put out Derek Fisher (US), Sasha Vujacic (Slovenia), Vlad Radmanovic (Serbia and Montenegro), Pau Gasol (Spain) and Ronny Turiaf (France).
Tells you how far the game has come, doesn’t it?
Let’s see how regular link Frank Isola summed up that Sunday debacle.
Once more into the mail, ‘cause it’s topical
Q: I thought my last question was a worthy one, but I guess not. Maybe this one will grace the pages of your blog.
n the wake of Sundin-gate (that's hockey), does the NBA have the no-trade clause built into its CBA?
If so, do any of the big-name players have this built into their contract? If not, why doesn't this exist in the NBA?
Matthew S, Victoria
A: I’ve heard of this Sundin fellow and think it’s quite admirable that he wants to stay in Toronto.
The only player in the NBA with a no-trade clause is Kobe Bryant. And, in the CBA, the only way you can get one is if you’ve been in the league for eight years and have spent four of them on the same team.
And even then, GMs don’t give them out willy-nilly like those zany NHL guys do.
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