So here you go
Q: I wonder about some post-game issues you have as a reporter.
When you go to talk to players, can you cover both locker rooms or they're too far away so you need a backup? Also, do you enter the locker rooms or you wait outside?
And let's say you're covering the Cavs after the game. At the same time you have LeBron available, who you obviously want to tape, and AP and Moon, who could make a good story in catching-up. What do you do? Go to LeBron and ask the ex-Raptors to wait a bit? Trade the material with the colleagues? Or you have enough time to talk to all of them?
I'm just trying to figure the differences between European and NBA customs in the business.
Cheers Doug, and keep up the great work!
Toni H, Zagreb, Croatia
A: Most of the time, it is hard to get to both locker rooms after a game so what sometimes happens is you trade quotes with a colleague, or with a visiting writer. However, some players have a reputation for being a bit slow getting ready to do post-game media and some are quicker than others so you can judge each on a nightly basis.
The European system, where they have what’s called a “mixed zone” where the players have to physically walk by the gathered reporters, rather than have the reporters invade a locker room, guarantees quicker access but sometimes players just walk by and ignore requests for them to stop and comment.
Q: Hi Doug - I see that there is a pre season game in London. Any word on where the intrasquad game will be? And when?
Diane V, Toronto
A: If they play one of those scrimmages again, it’d be on the last day of training camp in Ottawa, which looks like Oct. 3.
Q: Hi Doug. Is there anyway you could find out and post the break down of how many Raptor games each sports station is going to carry. I.e. TSN, TSN2, The Score etc.
Ron E, Brampton
A: They are still putting those schedules together and we won’t get a look at them until September, I’m told. But when we get it, you folks will be the first to know.
Q: Are there any young up and coming Canadians with NBA potential?
Sean G, Niagara
A: Well, there are some highly-regarded high school kids from Canada playing in the States who have yet to do as much as take part in a single college practice, let alone a game. Maybe they make it – I hope they do – but the odds suggest no.
Q: Did you know that "Parrots" is the only anagram for "Raptors".
I guess I have an opinion and wonder if you agree: Other sports - like say Hockey - allow fans to relate better to the GM perspective and strategy (judging by fantasy leagues and message board discussion). In the NBA, the rules the GM operates under are too complex and not understood. This leaves fans only to relate to players or coaches, or hope for a miracle like the accountant finds a loophole to turn straw to gold. I think this explains the quantity of out-of-context personnel questions - such as wouldn't player X look good here.
This underestimates the fans, limits the enjoyment and therefore revenues.
Ralf W, Peterborough
A: Yes, the salary cap and all its machinations are difficult for most to fully comprehend. But, as long as GMs do and it allows the league to thrive then everyone’s okay with it.