On money, food and training camp details (again)
For a time when there’s precious little really going on, we seem to be full of mildly interesting stuff today.
So, where’s Jay?
Chicago, with the rest of the league’s coaches for their annual pre-season get together buntoss.
They talk about points of emphasis in rules this season, player comportment, some financial matters concerning pensions and retirement funds that are way, way, way over my head.
I do not believe there is or was a seminar on how to properly and reverentially treat the daily media. Sadly.
But it would have been interesting to hear the discussion about officials and points of emphasis and refereeing in general.
We’re all expecting a lockout of refs at the start of the season – although my man Sheridan reports here that maybe things will get moving – and how the coaches deal with the replacements will have a lot to do with how games are reffed.
There is no question some of those guys can be quite intimidating and while I’m sure the refs will talk a good game about not being bothered by someone yelling at them, consistently harsh treatment from angry coaches during the course of a game could turn a call or two.
I’m absolutely certain the league will lay down the law with the coaches – and the players – about treating the replacements well; whether they do or not is not something anyone can predict.
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I’m sure you’ve all checked out this story on our site, written by a legitimate writer who knows about food and was at the same hot dog thingy I was at yesterday.
Me? I just like to eat.
So my opinion may not carry as much, um, weight, but what the heck.
I’ve got to tell you, I’m quite okay with the dog that’s covered in pulled pork and the pizza one’s not too bad, either.
Seriously. Cheese and pepperoni on a hot dog. Brilliant, I tell ya. Brilliant.
Not that I had a bite of every one that’s available – I believe my body would have rebelled had I bitten into the veggie one served on, get this, lettuce! – but as I’m standing there chowing down, I’m looking around and for the life of me, I cannot find the concession stand dedicated to Mssrs. Colangelo and/or Gherardini. Guess that’s coming later, right?
Other things I didn’t see but wish I did:
An Andrea Bargnani pasta bar.
Maybe they could play that ridiculous commercial on some endless loop that makes fans feel like they’re prisoners at Guantanamo being sensory-deprived or something.
The Morris Peterson Snickers sales point.
After all, that was like oxygen to him for a while.
Yes, Charles was some kind of culinary magician; I would have loved to see what he could have cooked up given the chance. Would have had to be a printed menu, though, wouldn’t want him standing out in the concourse peddling his wares verbally.
Big Kitchen’s Big Kitchen
That’s what they used to call John Thomas so why not let him show off his skills. Knowing John, there’d be some good eats.
Let’s go over this one more time for those who may have missed it.
(And I don’t imagine it’s the last time we’ll do it).
As part of training camp in Ottawa at Carleton, there will be a public scrimmage, on the Saturday, Oct. 3, at 1 p.m.
There is no ticket information out there yet; when they decide what they’re going to do, we’ll let you know.
But, other than that? No access.
They don’t open the workouts even to us (except for the last half hour or so), they roll the bus right up to the back door of the gym and unless you happen to spot a Raptor someone strolling the streets, I doubt you’ll see any of them around.
Times are tough in Miami, Ira reports here, with layoffs and salary cuts and all sorts of economic bad news.
Think Dwyane Wade’s noticing with his impending free agency just around the corner?
The Miami one’s just the latest in a bunch of things that don’t bode well. Teams are cutting scouts, paring staffs, eliminating advance scouts and doing all manner of belt-tightening that we’re all going through in the regular world.
A bad thing? I don’t think so and it’s a topic we’ll get into more deeply in the next few days.
How about here? Well, there have been no massive layoffs but no substantial raises.
Times are tough, but not as tough as some places, it seems.
Back to the food.
After the dogs and the donuts – yeah, little Tiny Tom-ish delights made in-house – we’re ushered upstairs to the bar area to sample some of the other stuff that’s for sale.
There’s a Cuban sandwich, the prime rib sandwich, the sushi, the stir fry (or so I’m told, far too close to veggies for me), the pulled pork and it’s a veritable cornucopia of good eats.
They’ve got stuff from every team -- the hoops, the pucks, the baby pucks and even stuff they sell down at BMO Field for the soccer.
I didn’t, however, see the Taser Fries on the table. Guess they just forgot ‘em.
A minor correction to yesterday’s note about Belinelli.
It’s not, I was told, a news conference, per se. He’ll work out, we’ll wander over, visit with him after and that’ll be that. No TV, probably no huge revelations, but, yes, a media availability.
Most of you know I’m not one to revisit history very often, especially the revisionist kind but a couple of comments caught my eye yesterday. The ones that told me how Jose’s hamstring injury might have been caused by his groin problems.
Now, I’m no doctor but neither are you and I refuse to believe that a minor groin injury suffered on Aug. 22, 2008 somehow had something to do with a hamstring injury suffered on Jan. 2, 2009, after 31 NBA regular season games, I don’t know how many practices, and that’s not even mentioning eight pre-season games.
Sorry, but to link the two is, in my opinion, ludicrous.
Pretty sure you all saw this about the pre-season and TV, either when I alluded to it the other day or when the team announced it yesterday.
But five pre-season games on TV? That’s big, and I believe, unprecedented.
Trouble is, as I’ll remind you a few times between now and then, it’s pre-season and there’s precious little to learn.