It's Madness all right
Work with me, people; it’s slow these days.
Taking Super Son to the orthodontist and then to Playdium with one of his baseball buddies was a great way to spend a day off, far greater that slogging through another off-day story so we’re a little light again today.
Which means just being a wee bit more creative.
See enough games yesterday? College, that is?
It was probably the longest I’ve watched a series of college games all year (the pesky NBA kept getting in my way) and it reaffirmed something I’ve thought all along: I much prefer the pros.
Better players, more skilled, more flow. I swear most college offences are three-man weaves before someone shoots a three-pointer that little more than a layup.
I know, there’s lots of passion and lots of emotion and lots of missed shots and plays that don’t truly develop which lends itself to drama and I know there are lots of people who prefer college ball to the NBA.
I’m just not one of them.
And, seriously, how many timeouts do they have? Seems like about a hundred a half. There are too many in an NBA game, there are waaaaaaaaay too many in a college game.
Speaking of the NCAA tournament, which we all are these days, Super Son and I went 12-4 yesterday and still have our entire Sweet 16 still intact.
Missed, as many of you did I presume, on Western Kentucky along with Michigan, Texas and LSU. Guess having watched Hoosiers a week or so ago and falling in love with Butler again wasn’t a good idea.
The Final Four:
Villanova (the Alvin, Ed Pinckney influence), North Carolina, Kansas and Connecticut with the Tar Heels beating the Huskies in the championship game.
Remember you read it here first.
A question of the roster:
Q: Hi Doug, given that the Raptors biggest need is a quick defensive minded shot creator, a good shooting guard, is it realistic that they could sign someone who fits this need and retain Anthony Parker? I think Parker would be great of the bench and help us create some depth in the second unit. Will he be too expensive to keep as a bench player?
Aaron C, Mississauga
|STEVE RUSSELL/TORONTO STAR|
|Probably don't want Parker to jump ship next year.|
A: I think, as perhaps I’ve mentioned, that it’s not only entirely realistic but I think it’s quite important that they bring back Parker in some role as a backup at both guard spots.
He’s respected in the locker room, a multi-position player who can help on the court and the kind of veteran presence that I think helps.
I have no idea what the money situation will be like but I’m pretty sure they should make it happen.
As a matter of fact, of all the free agents – restricted or otherwise the Raptors will have to deal with from this group – I’d say he’s one of two I’d try to bring back.
Maybe they can do a deal with Carlos Delfino, but of the ones currently on the roster and I’d say you try to keep Parker and Pops but let Joey Graham go, try to sign-and-trade Marion and bid adieu to Patrick O’Bryant and Jake Voskuhl.
Back to the tourney for a minute.
There’ve been a bunch of Raptors who’ve won an NCAA title before heading to the NBA and I’m throwing this out there: Which guy with an NCAA championship had the most obscure or unimpressive time with Toronto?
Answer tomorrow, along with the list. Wonder how many of you will get them all.
I’m not sure which part of “Marc Iavaroni is seen, by the major power brokers of the Raptors organization as a great assistant coach but not head coaching material” many of you have failed to comprehend but I’ll perhaps mention it again.
If Marc Iavaroni works here next season – and that’s certainly not cast in stone – it will be as an assistant head coach. Not as the head coach.
So his being here has absolutely no bearing whatsoever on Jay Triano’s future.
I know that won’t satisfy the conspiracy theorists among you, but it’s true.
In Charlotte, they’re all about Gerald Wallace falling down.
And since Wallace is the flavour of the month again it seems (check out the comments lately), let’s go through this again.
The trade proposal involving him and T.J. Ford last June broke down at Charlotte’s insistence.
But, with a contract that still has three years and $29.5 million to run past this season, his addition would have taken away any financial flexibility for years, he’s a good player who’s often hurt and whose position – most coaches think – is a four.
And, besides, it’s a 10-month old story that didn’t happen. We need to let it go.
On Bryan’s future:
Q: Don't you think Brian Colangelo should be held accountable for the Raptors poor season? Should MLSE be looking for somebody else to build this team. I think so.
Philip S, Dresden
A: I think he should absolutely be held accountable and he is, from his bosses, the fans and the media.
Do I think they should panic like so many of you and replace him? Not in a kabillion years and even thinking about it suggests an impatience that’s shocking and quite ridiculous.
Yes, this has been a bad season with a team that’s much less than the sum of its parts. But it is the first season in three with Bryan at the helm that they won’t make the playoffs, I think there are some excellent pieces to build around and it’s not entirely unlike the first summer he was on the job, when he turned a 27-win team in to a 47-win team with some excellent moves.
Change the GM? Not a chance.
You know I’m all about fashion, right? Well, this whole ‘t-shirt-under-the-jersey’ thing that seems to still be sweeping the college ranks is not a look of which I’m a big fan.
Like you care, right?
This will be an interesting thing to watch:
Q:A question for you regarding playoff broadcast schedules....From the past, TSN has been airing some of the playoff games and the championship series exclusively. With its TSN2 debacle, would it be TSN dealing directly with the NBA for the airing of games or TSN would go through MLSE who owns the NBA TV rights? If it is the latter, I just do hope that MLSE has learned its lesson and tell TSN that the only way they would be allowed to broadcast the playoff games is if they air it on TSN, not TSN2.
Vener C, Markham
A: Let’s see, during the time of the first two rounds of the NBA playoffs, the Stanley Cup playoffs will be going on as will the major league baseball season.
I can absolutely see games being put on TSN2 over TSN (although no schedules have been set) so get ready for some disappointment.
I am under the impression the finals will be shown on the main network and there’s always The Score to help bail out viewers in the early rounds.
But some on TSN2? I guarantee you that will happen early in the post-season.