I wonder what's next in this wacky year
I fully expect to go to shootaround later this morning and find that a plague of locusts has descended on the Raptors locker room.
It’s been that kind of season.
Lots of questions yesterday on how the Bosh story developed, why it came out when it did, how things shook out.
Honest answer: I don’t know.
Dave got the story, I’m not sure when but I know our business and I know no one “sits” on a story like that, although I didn’t ask.
That’s the way these things generally work is, if a guy gets something, it’s his. I don’t share a lot of inside information (it’s much better to keep a circle as closed as you can when you’re dealing with sources or tips) and I don’t expect to be keep in the loop on something I’m not working on.
If I were to get something, say a trade of Jermaine O’Neal to Miami, I keep my bosses in the loop and that’s about it.
Should this one have been written?
And it was written perfectly, in my opinion. Comment solicited from both sides (the opportunity turned down by one), context to timing provided, context to part of the issue that made it news (Bosh’s declining play in December) also provided.
Good story well written.
Of course, as I mentioned yesterday, this is a far cry from being anything proven in court and in situations like this there are layers and layers of truth, fiction and spin. I don’t know what went on between those two kids, you don’t know, nobody knows for sure except them.
I would expect the final determination by the courts may provide some answers (although if there’s some out-of-court settlement – not uncommon at all – it may include some sort of gag order that precludes anything else from being made public and I also presume that’s not unheard-of in these cases).
But I will say this:
If all of the points made in the case are true, Chris Bosh has absolutely bamboozled me and thousands of other people he’s come in contact with on an almost daily basis during the past six NBA seasons.
Now on to more, less contentious, much more frivilous issues.
Like why this team blows.
Math time, and you know I suck at math.
Yesterday’s contention that the main fix needed is with the team’s defence was based on anecdotal evidence but here are some numbers:
The Raptors are 21st in scoring, 20th in points allowed;
The Raptors are 27th in points per game differential (which some people say is a telling stat).
The Raptors are 16th in field goal percentage, 21st in field goal percentage allowed;
The Raptors are 12th in three-point field goal percentage; 13th in three-point field goal percentage allowed.
The Raptors are seventh in assists; 27th in opponents assists.
They score enough, shoot it well enough from both sides of the arc and move the ball well enough that I do think they get enough points.
What they cannot do is stop anyone, anywhere.
The anecdotal evidence goes like this:
Jose has to be healthier and better
Bosh has to be better man-on-man and with his help
Bargnani has to be a better help defender
The wings are simply not quick enough to keep their men in front of them.
And better defence leads to more misses by the opponents, which leads to more transition baskets, which is where this team – at times – has thrived. If they get stops and run, they get better looks and score more.
I’m not saying the offence, with its reliance on spotty outside shooting, is perfect, but they get enough points right now; they need to give up fewer.
Of course, you know me and math, this could be entirely botched but I don’t think so.
I swear, the folks in the Bucks PR department, eminently qualified and one of the best groups in the league, have too much time on their hands. This was passed on by T. Enlund, Milwaukee scribbler, yesterday.
BANGO SURGERY UPDATE
Bucks mascot Bango had successful surgery Monday morning to repair the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his right knee, the team announced today.
The surgical procedure was performed by orthopedic surgeon Dr. Michael Gordon, M.D., at Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital in Ozaukee, Wisconsin.
Bango will begin rehabilitation immediately and is expected to make a complete recovery in time for the start of the 2009-10 season. The popular mascot will continue to set the entertainment pace at Milwaukee’s final five home games of the season next month, and is expected back for the next home game on Wednesday, April 1 vs. the Los Angeles Lakers.
The ageless Bango has brought smiles and thrills to Bucks fans at home games, appearances, parades, school assemblies, hospital visits, festivals, and everywhere Bucks fans celebrate since 1977. He has performed throughout the United States, Canada and in China.
That’s one tough stuffed animal. Blows out an ACL and is still going to do some schtick after surgery?
This is old, but it’s how he got hurt and had to have surgery and it’s an absolute classic. And, yes, that is The Raptor down there trying to see if he can help his fellow, ah, er, fellow thing. What a humanitarian.
Oh, right, forgot one thing. Sorry, but we didn’t get too deep into the whole Quincy Douby in, Marcus Banks out transaction from yesterday.
So here it is:
Marcus Banks is having a bone spur on his toe removed and will be out for the year, Quincy Douby, who got a 10-day deal out of the D League.
What’s it mean? Um, nothing really. But, dutifully, I shall report that it has no impact whatsoever on the court or on the balance sheet. It does give the Raptors another guard should they have to play, you know, garbage time in any of their remaining 12 games.
Speaking of T. Enlund, chronicler of all things Bucks and a general bon vivant, here’s how he set up tonight’s mighty struggle, in which Scott Skiles channels his inner Sam Mitchell on the importance of games.
Cue the scary music, this is a bit spooky.
It’s yesterday’s Horoscope from our newspaper
If today is your birthday:
Without troubles, we would never be able to appreciate the good times. The sky is offering a clear cosmic promise of some much-needed and highly anticipated positive change. Chris Bosh is 25 today.