The things you see and hear, Vol. 4
Fresh from coffee and beignets at Café du Monde while a thunderstorm passed by, we’ll take a look back. I know a lot of dudes did live blog things last night, just pretend this is one of them.
JK goes off like only he can, that was some finish with a flourish, wasn’t it? I also want to point out that he was on the court for two full minutes and did not once foul a ball rack.
Okay, did Jamario get jobbed? I don’t think so. Maybe if he did a bit more prep, especially with the Kapono dunk, he could have made the final but no one was beating Howard. M Grange ™ called the Superman thing the greatest, most difficult layup ever made and maybe it was. But for depth of talent, the right guy got the prize.
All I wanted to see, though, was him to dunk a nerf ball and a basketball on that final dunk. That woulda been cool.
Anthony Parker, Candace Parker and Sam Mitchell woulda killed Robinson, Duncan and Becky Hammon in the shooting thing. No question.
And, please, can we do something next year so we don’t have to see Bill Laimbeer in a basketball uniform? Make ‘em wear sweats and a shooting shirt or something.
For a change, let’s do a mailbag thing
Q: Hey Doug. Two questions for you (well, four really, but who's counting?)
In your humble opinion, where is Bargnani on the Darko-to-Dirk-Meter? I've got him just left of middle with my only concern being that his rebounding seems to be about as effective as yours (no offense to you of course, but I'm sure he would be). And where do you see him in two years?
How about the Raptors? Where are they in the Knicks-to-Celtics-Meter? I've got them just right of middle but without the defensive intensity and collective effort on the boards to move a lot further? And how about in two years?
Thanks for the guessing (um, wisdom) …
Troy K, Toronto
A: I got ‘em both slightly to the right of centre, actually. With Bargnani, rebounding is a concern, of course, and so is mental toughness but I think both can come with age. I’m not sure he ever gets to Dirk level (you see Bargs as the MVP?) but I’m thinking he can get to 90 per cent.
As for the team, they have to get bigger and tougher at the two and three and deeper at the four and five. Two years? Two years they should be playing for the Eastern Conference championship, in my humble opinion.
So, Juan Dixon wants out. No big shocker, he’s got to be frustrated not playing, not really having a position and heading into the final two months of his contract.
I can see BC trying to package him with somebody (Martin? Graham? Hump if he gets a big man back?) this week. I don’t imagine it’ll be an earth-shattering but I do expect Toronto to do something.
And, no, I have no idea of specific players right now.
One thing I will say is that I know Colangelo is aware of Pietrus’s desire to get out of Golden State and had some interest in him in the summer.
Bibby to Atlanta? For that collection of cast-offs and questionable talent?
Helluva trade for the Hawks. Probably gets ‘em in the playoffs this year (it’s not exactly the ’72 Lakers they’re in a fight with) and probably enough to save Billy Knight’s job for a year.
Can the Hawks win a playoff series? Not a chance.
Here’s a mailbag comment rather than a question, but I giggled when I read it so you should, too.
Q: Seriously, why is Damon Jones always at the all-star game? Does he buy a ticket to be there? Is he the only NBA'er there that really has no reason to be attending the festivities?
Rob M, Calgary.