Key conversations are coming
Hey, March Madness starts in a week or so, right?
Guess it’s almost time to begin paying close attention to college basketball; after all, there are going to be brackets to fill out and I’m sure Super Son is going to want some help.
But, before then, we’ve got these guys to worry about.
Okay, so you’re Bryan Colangelo and it’s April 16 and time for the regular exit interviews.
You’re sitting there with your braintrust and coaching staff and in walks Mr. Bosh.
What do you say?
After all the niceties about the season and whatever, how about this:
|STEVE RUSSELL/TORONTO STAR|
|Chris Bosh will be listening this off-season.|
“Hey, Chris, here’s what I want you to do.
"For next few months, trust me to do something to get this thing turned around. Trust me to do a sign-and-trade with Shawn to find someone with a better offensive game who’s a bit younger and still a force on the boards.
"Trust me to turn the roster spots of AP and Joey into something; either one of them and Delfino or two new guys entirely.
"Trust me to make a good coaching decision, maybe I keep Jay and bolster his staff, maybe I get someone new.
"You trusted me three years ago when you signed the extension and we had a pretty good run. Remember the division title? The playoffs?
"Yeah, we’re off the rails at the moment but I can get it done. I’ll have some money to spend and pieces to offer, we have no idea what the economic picture is going to look like exactly but having versatility is better than not having it.
"If we’re in this same predicament next fall, come and see me and I’ll move you to a contender in the middle of the season, you can maybe win a ring and cut a more lucrative free-agent deal in 2010.”
If you’re Bosh, do you trust him?
It looks like at least one of the Raptors from back in the day took to the local custom. Courtesy of once of Canada's pre-eminent junior hockey writers, check this one out.
Here’s one thing everyone who’s dead certain they should re-sign Joey in the summer might want to think about.
There is no question, as was pointed out in today’s yarn in the paper, that Joey’s thrived under Jay and that’s the argument many use for bringing him back.
But what about Jay? While there is a large group of bigwigs with decision-making power who think he’s done a good job with what he’s had to work with, what if the coach isn’t here and they hire someone more Sam-like?
Then what of Joey? Does he continue to thrive under someone else?
Personally, I think there’s a chance he would and I think they should go to great lengths to try and bring him back for something like two years and a third at a team option. But then they have to make sure that if there’s a different guy calling the shots, he better have some patience for a guy they’re locked in to.
A quickie from the mail:
Q: Hey Doug, in a previous blog you had mentioned that the Raptors may buy a first round draft pick in the year they have to give up their pick to Miami as part of the O'Neal trade.
I was wondering, is there some kind of rule that prevents teams from buying first round picks every year?
Joseph C, Toronto
A: No, there’s no rule at all about acquiring any number of picks; the only limit is that no more than $3 million can change hands in any transaction.
We had such a good time with the top five at each position last week, let’s extend it today to the benches and try to come up with the best coaches all time.
And this is hard, very hard.
Is it only wins? Can’t be, because then it would be easy.
Is it only coaching the best players? Can’t be, because then it would be easy.
Longevity? Has to play a role.
Differing styles? Sure, that’s got to be part of it.
How hard is it to cross eras, is someone from the 50s a better coach than someone from the 90s because they had fewer great athletes to deal with? I’m not entirely sure.
But here’s one man’s subjective top five list:
One team, all those titles, he kept re-making his championship squads
All those rings have to mean something; but there’s the Jordan and Kobe-Shaq factors.
Okay, now it gets really, really dicey and subjective:
When you’re considering all-time success, his last decade’s been pretty damn good.
Tough to put him on the list because of his peripatetic nature but the man can coach.
A throw-back I never saw but check out the records of his teams.
Okay, no Lenny and no Nellie, who got their win totals simply by a matter of years, I think and once again, Jerry Sloan gets short shrift but Pop’s titles and Brown’s championship put them ahead of him. That was the toughest of them all.
How could I leave off Red Holtzman? Or Pat Riley? Or Chuck Daly? I don’t know, but I did.
Okay, my new favourite player of all time (well, maybe more current than all-time) was at it again last night.
I’m telling you, I’ll be glad if they put an eraser on the pencil I’ll be using to fill out an MVP ballot if I get one.
I’m told Picture Day went off without a major hitch. Only problem was that the dude they were going to use as a stand-in for Nate Jawai phoned in sick or something and they had to go find someone who was in the building doing some TV commercial to fill in.
So when you look at this year’s portrait, realize that not only wasn’t Jawai actually there, neither was the guy they wanted to use instead of him.
Oh, and it delayed things by about 45 minutes, setting us grunts back a bit of time.
Like you care.