No news but that doesn't mean there are no goodies to read
Shut things down last night about midnight and it was raining, get up this morning and it’s raining (and you haven’t lived ‘til you’ve walked a recalcitrant Boston terrier in the morning rain) and I’m thinking:
Oh, the joy of being a golf writer.
I foresee a day of press tent stories and endless cups of coffee until someone tells us they’re going to suspend play because the course is under water. Then we’ll get up and do it all over again tomorrow.
Yes, there’s no gig like it.
But I digress …
Raptors news? Pshaw!
You gotta be kidding. Quiet day entirely. Bryan was off on NBA business, Jay’s running the USA Select team out in Vegas, Maurizio’s playing congenial host for the Canadian men’s team over in Italy and other Henchmen have scattered for a while.
So if you’re looking for news on Pops (and I know you all are) or Carlos or Rasho or some other guy people fancy, you’ve come to the wrong place.
Luckily, though, there is no right place today because nothing happened and I don’t fee so bad about it.
But still we soldier on with stuff you can’t get anywhere else.
All right, it’s now officially official:
Summer, or what passes for summer around these parts, has gone on too long and people are simply starved for basketball news. Basketball nonsense might be a better way to put it.
Check out what passed as “big news” yesterday according to handful of e-mails I got from readers.
I have no idea if anyone down there reads this but let me just say: The New York Knicks are so entirely irrelevant to the entire NBA at the moment, it’s hilarious. The team sucks, all these grandiose plans for signing this guy (LeBron) and that guy (Bosh) are falling apart amid a worsening economy and they seem doomed to be irrelevant for a few more years.
Oh, oh, tough start for Canada at the Under-19 women’s worlds in Thailand, as we can read right here.
It’s the same kind of format as the men’s worlds earlier this month so the loss isn’t devastating. They’ve still got Tunisia today and Japan tomorrow and one win probably allows them to advance, two surely will and their hopes of medal remain intact.
I have no idea what time the next game is but we’ll have something on it here tomorrow.
E-mails may slow to a trickle once this news from my man Ira gets out there.
So, Super Son was helping tidy up the messy desk area here at Casa Doug the other night and he got to be in charge of making sense out of the pile of media guides strewn hither and yon.
And I’m thinking, well, he won’t have to do this again most likely.
Not sure if there are any collectors among you, or people who just like to do a little light reading, but the days of big, printed media guides are all but gone, friends around the league report.
In part to save money and in part to save the planet, we’re told almost all the teams are going to strictly on-line publications next year so us beat grunts won’t have 30 books to clutter up the desk.
What we may have is a “memory stick” with all the information just a click away. That also means there’s something else my Luddite self will have to learn.
(Seriously. Where else can you learn this kind of crap?)
An e-mail lands from my man Phil From Philadelphia late yesterday afternoon wondering who the agent was for – get this! – Jake Voskuhl.
Now, at the risk of sounding like, you know, a normal guy, I will say Jake’s one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet but I really wonder if his days as a NBAer might be over.
But checking out Phil’s blog shows that Jake’s just one of a list of “who’s that?” the Sixers are thinking about. Talk about a murderer’s row!
Getting back to international basketball for a quick few paragraphs, Leo’s men’s senior team is off to Italy later today for an exhibition series, their second trip to Europe in preparation for August’s world qualifier in Puerto Rico.
Had a chance to chat with the coach, and a couple of players and other poobahs, the other night at this swank Canada Basketball reception at a lovely eatery downtown (well, it was wings at St. Louis on King and it was right up my alley).
A couple of highlights:
No way Matt Bonner plays this summer but he’s still very interested.
Yes, they would finally like to get Jamal Magloire on the roster and they’re working on it; having him signed in Miami has to help.
Joel Anthony is going to play.
Karl Carl English won’t be in Europe but he will be Puerto Rico after signing with Tau Ceramica in Spain.
They once again are young and going to have to play nearly perfect basketball to qualify.
“The reality is, we’re still younger and less experienced than our competition but that’s our world, we just have to find a way to not beat ourselves. The talent aspect? There’s nothing we can do about that, we just can’t beat ourselves in situations and that’s what we have to work on.”
I’m trying to work up a story for the newspaper on the team (looks like I might have a few hours to kill in the press tent at Glen Abbey today) but if I can’t, we’ll have more here.
Of course, the big news about this trip is that Canada will play Italy and a few people will be able to give me first-hand info on how Andrea’s looking.