Good morning all, some tidbits to digest
You know what I hope?
I hope Chicago hires a coach really soon so I can read all the “trade T.J. to the Bulls” e-mails.
The New York ones are getting downright boring, and quite repetitive.
Just because Mike D’Antoni goes to the Knicks, everyone starts thinking how much he’d love to have T.J. Ford on his roster because he plays fast.
Here’s something to think about: Maybe Mike D’Antoni’s smart enough to adapt to his players, rather than get Donnie Walsh to ship everyone out and try to mirror the Suns.
Maybe he can coach another style, one that fits the likes of Nate Robinson (who is almost as fast at T.J. by the way) and Jamal Crawford and even the slovenly big men on the roster.
Just because many of you think it makes sense doesn’t mean it does.
Me? I think the Knicks are looking at 2010 as the time they make their big move, when they have cap room and some of those slugs are gone. I don’t know that they necessarily would want T.J. Ford. Or anyone from this Toronto team.
This is why I love David Stern.
The whole idea of pyrotechnics is so over the top in some arenas, it’s ridiculous.
In Detroit, you can feel the heat from the flames 10 rows back; here in Toronto it’s not nearly as bad but there’s still too much. Watching the dudes having to come out and sweep the debris off the floor sure gets the fans pumped up.
I, like Stern, could be accused of “maniacal rantings of a fan from a different era” but sometimes with age comes wisdom and I’m sure we can do away with half the crap that tries to “enhance the entertainment” aspect of a night at the arena.
Here’s one from a very light mailbag (hint, hint. And no over-the-top trade stuff, please):
Q: Two quick questions:
1) If the Raptors are able to address their wing player deficiencies through free agency or a trade and are able to keep their draft pick, do they look for a big man in the draft? With Rasho potentially on the trading block, the frontline would become quite thin without another big man (Quick note: Andrea had a similar rebounding average as Nate Robinson this season).
2) Boston has Tom Thibodeau as their defensive specialist coach, who's the defensive guru in Toronto?
Jacob M, Edmonton
A: I think that’s exactly why they’ll be looking at a big in the draft. It’s far easier to acquire a swingman with a trade or a free-agent signing, and even if Rasho isn’t dealt, he’s only got one year left on his contract and they’ll have to worry about the long-term future of the position. Of course, if they deal for a big in a trade, or figure they can get on in free agency, their thinking might change.
The Raptors don’t have a “defensive” guru and before you go all Fire Sam on me, realize that seven of the eight teams still playing today don’t really have one either. Most staffs are collaborative efforts when it comes to instilling defensive schemes – they figure out what style best suits their players and then drill it into them over the course of the season.
Thibodeau, who is recognizable mostly because of his manic sideline behaviour, is an exception rather than a rule.
I’m stealing this from Doug G over in the comments section:
"I want to be a starter and to be in a team that aspires for everything. Of course, I will not be on a team in which I cannot be an important contributor nor if there is not a solid structure or if there are not options to be in the Playoffs.”
Doug. do you think Jose was taking a swipe at MLSE or BC with the comment about structure and being in the playoffs? If not, what do you think he was talking about?
I’m not sure if you’re trying to read something nefarious into this but don’t.
I know Jose pretty well and he wants to start and contribute on a team that’s going to win. He’s not going to solicit offers from bad teams with no hope, he’s not going to put money ahead of on-court success, which is exactly what he’s been saying to us for about 18 months.
It’s not a swipe at anyone.
Depending on what they are able to go with the glut of swingmen they already have, one free agent on the market who’ll interest the Raptors, I’m sure, is New Jersey’s Bostjan Nachbar.
Now, I’m not saying he’ll be here and he wont’ be unless they can move one of Moon, Parker, Kapono and Delfino leaves but they had some interest around the trade deadline in February and I’m sure it’ll be rekindled in July.
Did you watch Boston-Cleveland last night?
Couple things struck me as the Celtics went to 0-5 on the road in the playoffs:
One: They don’t really have a guy who can create his own shot (sound familiar). Paul Pierce is the closest but if he’s got to get past LeBron James to do it, it isn’t going to happen. Ray Allen’s a catch and shoot guy; Kevin Garnett’s got great post moves but isn’t going to break anyone down and the Cavs think so little of Rajon Rondo they hardly guard him.
Two: The one thing that made the Celtics stand out over the course of the regular season was their night in, night out intensity, thanks very much to the presence of Garnett. In the playoffs, that’s not a big advantage because everyone brings it every night.
I still think the Celtics can win this series, likely in seven games, and I still think they can win the East but maybe whoever comes out of the West can get ‘em in the final.
You guys and gals don’t know Lacy Banks at all, I’m sure. He was a long-time beat grunt who covered the Bulls in their heyday and when they sucked. But now he’s writing different stuff and I think you might like to read it.