The things you see and hear, Vol. 5
The weekend ends, thankfully. A looooooong weekend of work and bus rides and emerging stars.
Oh, and that LeBron fellow remains pretty good, doesn’t he?
A bunch of stuff to wrap up an all-star weekend that really went off without a hitch.
J Kidd’s a goner
Finally, the trade gets done, a little tweaking and Jason Kidd’s a Maverick five days later he should have been.
The deal kills the Nets, of course, who go back to being The Nets for a few years and maybe they’re hoping Vince Carter decides to be a leader. Yeah, right.
Not sure what the trade does for the Mavs, though. Sure, Kidd’s one of the top three point guards in the league, but now Dallas is old, with a capital O and they still aren’t big enough to compete with either the Lakers or Suns or Spurs, for that matter.
It’s a splashy deal but I still don’t see Dallas getting out of the second round.
Oh, and anyone notice that it always seems to end badly for Kidd, wherever he’s leaving?
A quick look into the mailbag and all you have to do is click here to get a submission in. I’ll check with the smart dudes who run this little part of the web and see if they can help out our first writer with the second part of his question.
Q: Doug, I did not realize until you mentioned in your last mailbag. Bosh and Amare are averaging basically identical points and rebounds, but Amare is playing with Nash (no offence to Jose). So is there any reason Bosh should not be consider a superstar like Amare is?
Mike L, Niagara Falls
P.S. When you have time after the Big Easy, please get someone to add a Send Mailbag Question link under your profile picture to make it easier for us to send our rant/nugget of knowledge to you for enlightenment.
A: Anything for a guy from the old hometown.
The stats are the same but until the Raptors have some kind of playoff success, Bosh isn’t going to get his due. And Stoudemire’s doing his stuff in the West, which is different.
But I will say Bosh is far more valuable to his team than Stoudemire is to his.
Donnie Nelson wouldn’t call Devean George into the office today and waive him, would he? Would you?
Worst fashion statement of an all-star game full of them.
Carmelo Anthony wearing seamed support hose with his red shoes.
Man, you folks are all over Dwight Howard for that Superman dunk. Much mail ripping him and suggesting Jamario got jobbed, even a day after it happened.
Howard’s thing probably wasn’t a real dunk but, you’ve got to admit, it was a pretty impressive athletic feat.
And, honestly, he should have won. No questions asked.
Speaking of mail …
Q: Doug, if loser has to buy the adult beverages, how would you fare against Stumpy and M Grange ™ in the Skills Competition?
YF W, Etobicoke
A: M Grange ™ kicks our butts six ways to Sunday. But then we get him in the barstool triathlon (wings, adult beverages, stories) and exact our revenge.
Remember in one of these Seen and Heard things when I told you that Cabbie was wandering around asking all-stats to record messages for his voice mail?
Well, the irrepressible one reports that Carmelo Anthony was the only all-star to play along.
Second worst fashion statement of an all-star game filled with them:
Announcers wearing East and West warmup jackets while doing their on-air introductions.
So what do we make of the whole weekend?
Smaller crowds than usual, which probably has to do with the city more than anything else because there were some serious safety concerns going in.
But New Orleans did a fine job with a huge police presence that eased some minds. There were cops on every block in the downtown core Saturday and Sunday night and while few of us ventured any further than the comfort of the hotel, it was nice to know they were there.
The game was one of the best I’ve seen in a decade of doing them, the Saturday night stuff was fun thanks to dunkers with imagination and all they’ve got to do know if find a way to spice up the Friday night ‘cause the kids game is the worst part of the weekend.
We’ll be back with regular stuff tomorrow from back home, off now to fight huge throngs are the airport and home the weather back there doesn’t cause any delays. Oh, and may have to stop by the hospitality suite one more time to check in with the stragglers I left about three hours ago.