Over the Moon with money
How’d you like to make almost twice as much money this year as you did last year? And still be considered a bargain by your employer?
Well, if you’re Jamario Moon, that’s pretty much what’s going to happen.
Moon’s going to make about $711,000 in the coming season, which is about a $300,000 raise on what he made in his rookie season.
Not bad, eh?
The funny thing is, Moon is probably still going to be the lowest-paid Raptor by a large amount (unless some second-round pick sticks, and that’s a stretch) which tells you a fair bit about the out-of-whack salary structure in the NBA.
Did we finally see the Kevin Garnett the Celtics need show up last night? The strength of Garnett’s personality is quite something but so far in the playoffs – especially in the fourth quarter and particularly in the fourth quarter of road games – he hasn’t taken over and imposed himself on his teammates, or the game.
Last night, it looked like he did.
There are few players with his intensity, and skill set, and watching him pass up shots to the likes of Rajon Rondo and Kendrick Perkins in the fourth quarter of some games was shocking.
Garnett’s the kind of guy who has to take those shots, make plays and carry his team on his back.
He did it last night; now he has to do it – eventually – on the road.
Checking into the mail:
Q: Hey Doug, just wondering wondering if you knew which team started the season with the longest win streak.
Sam C, Kingston
A: I’m hoping you mean all-time because that’s what I checked.
The 1947-48 Washington Capitols (coached by one Red Auerbach) and the 1993-94 Houston Rockets each started the season 15-0.
Boston got out to an 8-0 start before losing to Orlando.
According to People Who’d Know, the Jose Calderon press conference in Spain yesterday yielded nothing in the way of news. Thankfully.
Wow, lots of anti-Spurs people out there in comment-land, aren't there?
All good points, you’re all entitled to your opinions but here’s something to consider:
Everyone whines. Every team has floppers. No foul called in any NBA playoff game – and almost every regular season game – has actually been committed according to the aggrieved party.
Whining, gesticulating, complaining are as much a part of playoff games as layups, dunks and hard fouls.
Watch tonight. Watch last night. Watch tomorrow night. See them whine.
You know what really sucks.
Seeing the Lakers play and seeing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, probably one of the top 10 players of all-time, being reduced to sitting behind the bench instead of on the bench, or in some place of higher respect.
I don’t know if Abdul-Jabbar would ever leave the organization, although he did work for the Clippers for a few years, but surely to goodness there’s some team out there that could use a coach with his knowledge and let him sit in the front row and contribute.
Sam? Bryan? You reading this?
Here’s another one from the mailbag, and tomorrow’s mail day so fill ‘er up this morning and afternoon:
Q: So Doug, we watch as my pick to win it all -the Celts- lose every single game on the road, while somehow winning all at home.
Two questions, as you have followed the team on the road for years. Tell me:
a) When you have a group of professional athletes, why does a road crowd get to them? So much that it actually makes them perform worst then at home? Or is there another reason why? (i.e. travel).
b) Is there any statistics on free-throw percentages on foreign turf? Or are all home crowds behind basketball nets just plain acting goofy?
Atif K, Scarborough
A: I don’t know that crowds get to road teams as much as they help home teams, if you get what I mean. Teams tend to play far better at home for a couple of reasons. They have a higher level of comfort in their lives and the adrenalin rushes just a little bit more when the crowd is screaming for you. I think that might have as much to do with it as any athlete getting nervous or something playing in front of a hostile crowd.
Doug Collins continues to make an excellent point on this issue in about every TNT game he’s done lately. He says, and I agree, that bench players tend to play far better at home than on the road because the home crowd carries them along.
And, I’m sure on some stats sight you could find a breakdown of home and road free throw percentages, I’m sure it’s also a stat individual teams chart. I just don’t have that site on my fingertips. And even if there is no difference – and I suspect there is – the crowds behind the basket are acting just plain goofy.
This just in about the Celtics: Sam Cassell is done.
I know they gave Danny Ainge the executive of the year award last night (and it’s a rather cheesy little hunk of glass, isn’t it?) but as I was watching Pau Gasol work his magic late in that Lakers-Jazz game, I couldn’t help but think Mitch Kupchak should have been hoisting that tiny award.
And then getting a replica made so he could give it to Chris Wallace of the Memphis Grizzlies.