Hard news? Not here, but at least an update
Say this for Jermaine O'Neal.
He sure can attract a crowd
Six television outlets, at least one radio station, two freezing Toronto beat grunts, the local Indiana paper and the Pacer website were all hanging around Raptors shootaround in Indy this morning for some pearls from the big man.
What did we get?
Nothing of substance. But he'll lead the 6 p.m. news here, I imagine.
O'Neal's knee came through Thursday's practice and the short flight here quite well, he was going to give it another shot at shootaround (we get media availability before they work out now) and all signs point to a return tonight.
Off the bench, of course.
In other (non) news, it'll take some amazing act of some higher diety for Jose Calderon to play tonight. He's here but wasn't planning to take part in the full shootaround so it'll be Will Solomon as the starting point guard again.
Also got a chance to catch up with T.J. Ford, who is battling a bad back (got some spasms a week or so ago and they still bother him) and he'll come off the bench tonight, too.
I'm pretty sure neither Bryan Colangelo nor Larry Bird thought they'd be trading backups when they made that summer time deal.
Rasho? He's doing just fine, had a nice night out for dinner with some old Toronto friends last night and sort of shook his head ruefully when the current state of the big trade was mentioned in casual conversation.
Anyway, that's it for now. Will be back with the usual pre-game blather on the live blog sometime about 6:45 or so. I'd try to get there earlier but for some reason the folks who broadcast Pacer games on TV want to have me on their show. Another station needs a ratings boost, I guess.