Of Bosh and that V. Carter fellow
Yeah, crazy late. Major issues with Your Friendly Internet-Cable-Phone Provider.
But we’re here. Finally.
How about that Bosh news, eh?
Kinda bites, given that this was going to be a pretty important training camp.
But what can you do?
Deal with it, I guess.
No, not deal him, as some more over-the-top people have suggested.
Deal with it by keeping him out for maybe a couple of weeks, letting him get treatment and rest and then walking him back into things somewhere around the middle of the pre-season.
It’s not like there isn’t some time until things get going for real, the opener’s not for another month and, I’m told, Bosh is as good shape now as he’s ever been. Shouldn’t take him all that long to get back up to speed once he’s able to go.
There was a bit of disappointment in the voices of people I talked to at the golfing extravaganza yesterday. But they’ll get over it.
Second-to-last one here
Here’s the nba.com rundown of movements to and fro.
Is Zero a plus?
Yes, Gilbert Arenas says he’s healthy; yes, he should be back dominating the ball in Washington; yes, he is likely to make things interesting for people who follow him with his penchant, much appreciated, for saying what he thinks.
But are the Wizards better with him? I honestly don’t know.
One thing I do know is that Flip Saunders is a pretty good offensive coach, if anyone can figure out how to mesh Gil with all those other scorers, he might be able to do it.
Good luck to him.
Under the radar
I’m going with Brandon Bass in Orlando, actually. I kind of liked his game last year and think he might bring something that was missing to the Magic second unit.
Is this a fit?
Is Jamal Crawford destined to be a guy who puts up big numbers on bad teams and little more?
I like his game a bit, he’s certainly not shy about trying to “announce his presence with authority” once he gets on the court but that’s a pretty set pecking order down in Atlanta and I wonder if he’ll disrupt it.
A note of thanks
Is what every Raptors fan should give to Orlando GM Otis Smith for helping facilitate that four-team, double sign-and-trade transaction in the summer.
Oh yeah, he’s there, too
I have a feeling we’re going to see a monster year from ol’ No. 15. Really.
With Dwight Howard there, and Rashard Lewis, he can slide somewhat into the background and that’s where he can kill you.
There’s no denying he’s still got the skills, now he’s got some motivation and, in my opinion, the best team he’s ever been on and a coach who can be tough enough to challenge him.
I know it won’t sit well in these parts but watch out, he could be great. <p>Wait ‘til next year
Check out those Heat transactions and tell me that’s a playoff team. No way. Not now. Maybe next year.
What will happen?
Two teams that are going to be right in the thick of the 4-8 race with Toronto – Atlanta and Washington – reside in this division. That’s going to make it worth everyone’s while to pay close attention.
I wish I had a good crystal ball but let’s just say today I like the Raptors are much as I like the Wizards and Hawks.
If Bosh rolls an ankle in February, I don’t want to hear it has to do with his hammy, okay?
So a fella comes home to deal with some family stuff mid-afternoon on Friday only to find no cable, no internet, no phone.
After maybe an hour on the telephone with various Rogers employees and a suggestion someone might be able to stop by Monday morning, someone finally got me a supervisor who kind of understood the predicament over here.
So, yes, this is later than it should be but the dude was here about 8 a.m. trying to figure out what happened.
Got it fixed, too.
Now, I guess I can call Bell
Best Bosh comment from readers? The one that suggested -- tongue-in-cheek, I really, really hope – that they’re holding him out because there’s a trade done.
Seriously. That’s what one said.
I truly hope it was a joke.
I truly fear it wasn’t.
In the weight loss department, not only is Jose Calderon slimmed down a bit – although you can hardly tell he’s 10 pounds lighter like he says because he looks the same – but Rasho’s been avoiding the all-you-can-eat buffets, too.
I’m not saying that if he turns sideways you won’t be able to see him but he’s shaved more than 15 pounds or so off his frame and looks a lot lighter.
He’s still big enough, don’t get me wrong, but he’s definitely lighter and, I suppose, in better shape.
I guess being away from the many red-meat emporiums that dominate downtown Indy might have something to do with it.
Know what I need to find?
I need to find me someone who can get me in this foundation golfing tournament next year.
Bags, balls, clothing, and fun and frivolity.
Those toffs know how to live well.
Slight change in the big game for the national women’s team tonight at the world qualifier in Brazil.
They get Argentina, which upset Cuba late last night to finish off the first round.
Not sure what that means, but Canada was going to have to beat one of Cuba or Argentina to get in; now they might get the chance in reverse order from what everyone expected.
Shockingly, it’s not going to be anywhere on your television unless you’ve got one of the all-time great satellites. So, guess you’re going to either have to pay attention to the play-by-play on a computer (which I did for a bunch of the Puerto Rico game and it’s really frustrating) or check back here later tonight to find out how they did.
The women, unlike the men, have a bit of a history to uphold. They were in the 2006 worlds, after all, finishing ninth.
It’s a late start, 9:45 east, so it’ll be a late night around here, it appears.
Mail’s looking good. Not great, but good. We’ll do a mailbag tomorrow and then wrap up the divisions with the Atlantic on Monday, if that’s okay with you?
And if it’s not, guess you really don’t have an alternative.