We’re almost going to have to start dealing with the “what do you think of this guy”: remarks if they keep having these dang off-days. Seems that’s just about all there is in the mail and on your minds.
Of course, this afternoon might be a bit different given the events but I have a sneaking suspicion no one’s going to say anything at all.
And that’ll leave us to our own devices. Great.
Hey, here’s one:
Remember Bryan’s day-after-the-end-of-the-playoff-series chat last April? One of the points he made was that he had to find, over the course of the summer, a 20-point-a-game guy to augment Bosh.
|DARREN CALABRESE/CANADIAN PRESS|
|Remember after last season, the Raptors wanted to find someone to augment Chris Bosh? Turns out they already had him: Bargnani.|
Well, in a roundabout way, he has.
Had him all along.
Dude named Bargnani.
It’ll take some rounding up of figures but since he’s been a starting centre – which was his best position since, oh, I dunno, the day he came to his first training camp – the kid’s averaged 20 a game.
I know it’s a different 20 a game than the GM or anyone had envisioned that day after the Orlando spanking was administered – it was a wing player everyone was thinking about at that time – but it’s still a solid second scorer to go along with the team’s most effective offensive producer.
So I’m thinking when they start looking around this summer, if Bosh is back, the priority has to be someone who can defend, first and foremost. Offence isn’t the issue with this team, depth and the inability to stop anyone is what has to be solved right off the bat.
After Dave’s thorough news story today on Chris Bosh there are only two things I can say for at the moment:
Dads need to take responsibility for their children above all else, and;
There are three sides to every story – yours, mine and the truth – and we don’t have them all yet.
But the story does lend some semblance ot explanation to a few things that went awry early in the season.
You know what was really refreshing yesterday?
Hearing Nate slag the D League.
How many guys would have come back and junk like “yeah, I worked on my game, it was great, good experience, just what I needed, an opportunity I took advantage of?”
Well, Nate gave us some of that but he also told it like it is:
It’s a league with more than its share of selfish players looking to get their numbers and teammates be damned, they want to get called up.
“It’s different. It’s more of guys trying to get their own.”
Oh, and Boise?
“Boring, nothing to do.”
Welcome back, big fella.
This is off topic but I could watch Ichiro play baseball every day for a season. Have said that for years and last night’s game only cemented it. The dude is incredible.
I only saw the last six innings of that Japan-South Korea game but I don’t imagine I’ll see a better one for a long, long, long time.
Oh yeah, this is the last time I’m going to mention pizza. And I’ll only mention it in the context that not since Jose-TJ have we had such a kerfuffle around here. You people are crazy passionate about a lot of things, it seems; defence, Jay, Sam, Bosh, Calderon and a free slice.
The more things change, the more they remain the same.
Okay, list time and parents might want to put a filter on the next few lines to keep ‘em away from the eyes of the kiddies because this is obscene:
Remon Van de Hare
Those, ladies and germs, represent every second round draft choice made by the Raptors since their inception and it’s a litany of mainly never-would-be, never-was, never-heard-of detritus that should the shame of any professional basketball organization. I'm not entirely sure it's possible to come up with a "most obscure" or "worst" of that list; it'd be about a five-way tie in those competitions but even I had forgotten all about Edin Bavcic.
Now, you know I think Roko's going to be good, and I know they got Nate Jawai (a might-be at best right now) as a second-rounder and traded for one or two who played but, really, that list is shockingly bad. And before anyone asks, there is no reason to ever expect Giorgos Printezis to play a meaningful minute in the NBA.
Of course, this may mean nothing for this year because they don’t have a second-round pick at the moment but if Bryan does get one, surely to goodness they can’t blow another one, can they?
Just in case you checked out the Heat boxscore from last night to see how Jermaine and Jamario did, this will clear up any confusion about why O’Neal didn’t play.
An answer, and a question.
Q: The offensive goaltending rule was instituted after Wilt Chamberlain's first season - like you guessed, in an effort to curb his ability to score so effortlessly in comparison to everyone else. As you know, it didn't work; his scoring average went UP for his sophomore season.
Anyways, my question is one that I've been pondering for a while. Who out there can ever replace Oak on this team? I don't mean the punching-Tyrone-Hill-during-warm-ups-Oak or "I-bring-my-lunch-pail-and-eat-ham-sandwiches"-Oak, but the veteran presence who challenged Carter to be a better player. I don't know of a single player in the NBA like that right now. He doesn't even have to be talented, just a grumpy old veteran.
Keenan W, Edmonton
A: Oak was a singular talent and personality, there is no other and there will be no other.
But it’s the problem across the league. There are very few “old heads” out there acting as mentors. I guess you could put Dikembe Mutombo in that group and here’s one that might have gone unnoticed by many:
In talking with coaches, scouts and people who know the Charlotte Bobcats best, of all the new players they’ve added this year, this improbable season of a legitimate playoff hunt, you can make the case the most important has been Juwan Howard.
I’m told his leadership, his ability to teach younger players and his willingness to accept a role has been a huge factor in the Bobcats’ relevant resurgence.
Trouble is, there are very, very few of him around and I’m not sure Bryan’s going to be able to find one.
There were 5s, 3s and 4s?
I don’t know if the performers sucked or Carrie Ann, Bruno and The Other Guy were just cranky but that was like DWTS Grunt Edition last night.
Some of them looked like they were doing the Hokey Pokey. Or the Frug.