Of crazy trade talk and taking back some time
So, what do you think? Cheers Wednesday? Or boos? Angst? Indifference? You know what I’m talking about. I’m a bit surprised with haven’t had more comments, questions and the like on the big trade.
But I guess there have been a few other things to worry about, right? Things like …
Okay, let me get this straight.
There are more than a few fans out there who think a team that’s four games under .500, after playing the second toughest schedule in the NBA to date, a team with 63 games left in the regular season and a team that’s four games out of fourth place in the conference standings should trade a 24-year-old soon-to-be-four-time all-star power forward because he’s had a couple of so-so games after starting the season as one of the top three or four players in the entire NBA and because he might leave as a free agent in 20 months?
Okay, that’s a run-on sentence but it’s only because I’m simply incredulous that there are people who think moving Chris Bosh now makes any sense at all.
Isn’t the idea supposed to be hanging on to your best players and surround them with other good players and making your team better, not worse?
I’ve read the arguments about Bosh and heard all the comments and all I can say is if Bryan Colangelo has any inclination of trading a 24-year-old soon-to-be four-time all-star with 63 games left in the regular season from a team that’s four games out of fourth place in the conference after firing a coach and losing four straight games because that player’s had a couple of so-so games after starting the season as one of the top three or four players in the entire NBA and because he might leave as a free agent in 20 months, Bryan Colangelo should have his general managership revoked.
Seriously, even exploring Bosh trade scenarios right now is beyond ridiculous in my opinion and while I respect your right to your own there is no way in the world anyone will ever, ever make me think such an idea is anything but preposterous.
I offer this only a confirmation of something I thought was terribly out of place at the Portland game on Sunday:
Q: Roxanne? I looked at my buddy and he said "Roxanne?" And then a text message came in from a friend who was in a different section at the game. The message said only this: "Roxanne?" I think I'll have to hit the 4 Korners Sound Krew myspace page today and drop them a line.
Steve M, Toronto
A: As a wise man once said:
Ding! Ding! Ding!
(Check out the third or fourth quarter of the Goods On The Game from Sunday if you’re confused)
As fashion statements go, the departure of Sam Mitchell from the NBA coaching ranks and the arrival – again – of Kevin McHale is a trade that ranks right up there with Seattle-Oklahoma City or Vancouver-Memphis.
Sartorial splendour is not something McHale’s known for and my man Steve Aschburner, who knows a thing or two about McHale from covering the Timberwolves for about ever, reminded me about that yesterday.
I remembered a story – after a gentle reminder from Media Relations Maven with a Minny connection -- about McHale’s first day as an interim coach back in ’05 and his clothing.
Here’s Asch’s little item from February ’05:
MINNEAPOLIS -- Before Kevin McHale made his NBA coaching debut Sunday, he pulled something out of a pocket of his gray plaid suit, looked at it, and dropped it on the press table. An intrepid reporter retrieved the item, obviously a game ticket.
But get this: It was a ticket for a Timberwolves game vs. Golden State in Oakland, dated Feb. 15, 1999.
Which means that the suit either had been in the back of McHale's closet for a long, long time, or…
“It must have been a while since I had that one cleaned,” said the Wolves vice president and interim coach said, known for his love of more casual attire. “I was thinking the same thing myself.”
I’m sure some of you know the Cavs haven’t lost in 11 games at home this season. Here’s how they’re setting up tonight’s big tilt in the locals.
Speaking of The Q, which is the cute local nickname of the arena here although with the way the financial world is shaking down in this country The Bailout might be more appropriate, it’s one of the most ridiculously loud arenas in the league.
And I don’t mean legitimately loud. I mean silly, fabricated, screaming-at-the-top-of-his-lungs-dopey-in-game-host loud.
So, of course, a list.
The Five Most Fake Loud Arenas In The NBA
My God, does the PA announcer scream and yell like nobody I can recall. Oh, and the volume on the microphones on the rim is too loud, too.
It’d be way more believable if when the volume’s turned up and the place is at its loudest, if we didn’t look around see NOBODY IN THE STANDS CLAPPING OR YELLING!
Screaming for screaming’s sake. Mind-numbing.
The PA guy, a very nice fellow I’m told, makes me want to gouge my eyes out with the “Two minutes, DOS MINUTOS” thing but it’s the DJ Something Or Other who makes it oft unbearable.
Mason, the PA guy, has grown on me over the years but, still, too loud.
Q: Has the Raps ever got over the luxury tax level? And who were the players at that time and how did the Raps do at the end of the season? Just curious.
V C, Markham
A: Well, the tax has only been in existence for a couple of collective bargaining agreements but the Raptors have never paid tax and have never been this close to the threshold, either.
If Jay Triano does nothing else this season, he’s given travelling beat grunts a few more hours of their lives to spend as they wish.
Back in the Sam Era – and every other era in franchise history – the team did its media availability on the road after the morning shootaround, usually at noon after an 11-noon walkthrough. We’d hang around from about 11:30, watch the players do such illuminating tricks as take shots from half court and tape icebags to their joints before talking to anyone and getting out the gym, usually, around 12:30 or so.
Well, Jay’s decided that we can get him and the players before the shootaround now, which means that 11, we’re gone and they can go to work and not have to stick around after the hour is up.
It really has no impact on you folks at all but for a guy who likes a nap every now and then, every extra hour counts.
One last one from the mail:
Q: Remember when Colangelo almost signed John Salmons? How sweet would it be to have his 20 ppg right now? Instead we got Fred Jones who became Juan Dixon who became Primoz Brezec who became...well nothing really. Do you remember any other almost-signings that have resulted in that particular almost-Raptor tearing up the league?
Nick H-C, Vancouver
A: I don’t recall them ever getting that close with anyone, being spurned and then watching that player put up good numbers a season later on a horrible team.
I guess maybe the closest thing to that ever happening was when they signed Chris Duhon to an offer sheet that Chicago matched. Not that he tore up the league, of course.