What to write about when nothing's going on
You know how we talk about the dog days of a sports season? Like January in the NBA, August in baseball, whenever it is in the pucks? Well, we’re officially in the dog days of the basketball writing season.
If the only thing we’re on the edge of our seats about here is whether or not Carlos Delfino signs a one-year deal to be a backup or whether they’re thinking about trading a third-string point guard, that’s dog days for sure.
Which leads us to some scheduling stuff. I’m allegedly on vacation this week, have to work a couple of days next week and then take a couple more weeks off and it’s going to be virtually impossible to make this little space relevant or interesting every day. After all, there’s no Olympics, no Argos, no golf in my future, it would appear.
So here’s what we’re gonna do:
Remember the good old days of Nothin’ But (Inter) Net at the first of the week and a mailbag late in the week? How about we take a trip down memory lane and revisit that?
Think that’s what we’ll do starting the end of this week. Maybe find some wildly entertaining nuggets for this space tomorrow and Friday, do a weekend mailbag and then coast.
That’ll give you good folks something to do, give me a few days to hopefully go hang out with people I’ve never met and, perchance, to recharge a battery that’s pretty low.
Of course, if crap happens, we’ll jump in. But the crap isn’t likely to be big.
One word of reminder as they go about filling that final roster spot (and with impending vacations for just about everybody involved in basketball around the ACC, it might be sooner rather than later):
Please remember that if they do not re-sign Carlos Delfino, the most they can pay a player to fill that last spot is whatever his minimum value contract calls for.
So when you’re sending in the: ‘Do they have any interest in this guy?’ questions, before you hit send, please ask yourself if a one-year (Bryan’s preference), minimum value contract is viable for whoever you’re asking about.
It’ll save us all a lot of wasted time.
Why do I have the sneaking suspicion that the only – only – reason the Charlotte Bobacats would deal Emeka Okafor for Tyson Chandler is money and this cements even more the fact the owner Robert Johnson is – as been repeatedly reported – almost desperate to sell his team.
Other than that, this deal’s a couple of recognizable names who’ll do little to improve the teams they’re going to.
Now, I like Chandler a little bit but the only reason I think I like him is that he played with Chris Paul and could score a little bit rolling down the lane (his shooting range makes Pops Mensah-Bonsu look like Reggie Miller). And there is no Chris Paul on the Bobcats.
Sure, Chandler defends the rim pretty well but I’m not sure he defends it any better than Okafor, who’s pretty solid back there.
And the Hornets?
Well, they take on a lot of money in the longer term, going against the grain of every other move in the league, it seems, and what do they get?
A guy whose offensive range makes, well, makes Chandler look like Reggie Miller and a guy who might be as good defensively as the guy they lost.
Really, the first reaction to this trade was probably, “wow! A big one!” Upon further review it’s not such a significant move either way, I don’t think.
By the way (and I’m sure you all want to know) The Mighty Yankees finished the regular season last night with a big 11-6 triumph and we end the year at 10-5-1 and in third place in the league.
Next up: The double-knockout playoffs.
Oh yeah, four urchins combined to toss a no-hitter in that win and The Mighty Yankees didn’t make an error in the field. Crisp, baby; it was crisp.
(And if you can’t quite wrap your head around a six-run no-hitter with no errors, you don’t quite understand the intricacies of the walk, steal, steal, RBI groundout, lather, rinse, repeat world of peewee house league baseball).
The women’s under-19 team, needing a victory to have any chance at the quarter-finals in the world championships, dumped China by eight while you were sleeping.
Pretty significant win, although it gets them a date with unbeaten Australia in Friday’s quarter-finals. But, still …
I know you don’t know too many – if any – of these girls but two names to watch out for in the future, according to Peopl.e Who Know.
That’d be Natalie Achonwa of Guelph, a mere 16 years old and apparently headed for the national senior team later on this summer and Kayla Alexander of Milton.
A woman whose opinion I quite respect in matters of this sort says they’re “two of the brightest stars in Canadian women’s basketball.”
Again, no clue, really, on what it’d take the girls to beat Australia tomorrow but, combined with the seventh place finish of the men at the junior worlds and the fact that the cadet teams (under-16) both qualified for the worlds next summer shows that the development of talent is headed in the right direction.
Now, about those senior teams …
About the only thing better than a triple vente non-fat latte from The Lovely Ladies of Starbucks Hurontario-QEW is a quad vente non-fat latte.
Yes, the mornings need a bit of a jolt these days.