Who did what, where and when; one division at a time
What to do when there’s nothing going on?
Sit back and marvel, my friends; sit back and marvel.
Hey, why don’t we do this?
It’s Tuesday, we’ve got six days left until media day here when things get started for real. Or at least as real as the never-ending camp and pre-season season is.
(Oh, and trust me, it’s long. You may not remember exactly but nearly a month of practices and pretend games seems to take about eleventy months. They should cut the pre-season to four games, shorten the season by two weeks and we’d all be happy).
Anyway, we’ve got seven more mornings (including this one) and there’s been so much movement this summer that you can’t tell the players without a scorecard.
So, we’ll do scorecards.
One a day, with a weekend morning reserved for mail, so you’re ready to hit the ground running.
And I’ll find a way to do it rather painlessly for me, if that’s okay?
(Remember, this is for discussion purposes only, the mocking that comes with mindless predictions can begin when we get closer to the start of the regular season)
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Let us begin:
A recap of the moves, thanks to our friends at nba.com.
Most significant switch
Has to be Trevor Ariza in and Ron Artest out in Houston. Yes, the Rockets won’t have Yao and McGrady’s still out for months but this is somewhat of a sea change for the Rockets, way more a long-term move than a quick fix solution.
Treading water, I
I don’t know that New Orleans with Emeka Okafor is much better than New Orleans with Tyson Chandler, to tell you the truth. One offensively-limited, shot-blocking youngster for another offensively-limited shot-blocking youngster.
Richard Jefferson, San Antonio
Yes, he’s got a bit of a thumb problem now but he’s insurance against Manu if he gets hurt again and Jefferson would seem to be a perfect fit for the Spurs offence. And he defends every now and then, too.
Treading water, II
Yes, they got Shawn Marion at rather little cost but, really, I don’t know that they are all that better, to tell you the truth. Especially given what some other teams did. Second? Third? We’ll have to see but I don’t know about legit contenders.
Okay, so Memphis goes and trades for Zach Randolph and signs Allen Iverson and lets Hakim Warrick walk? I can’t figure out what they’re trying to do. And the folks in Vancouver must be sighing.
Best under-the-radar move.
Antonio McDyess to the Spurs.
He’s a wee bit long in the tooth but his skills, his personality and his willingness to buy into a team concept make him a perfect fit for the Spurs, methinks.
What’s it all mean?
Well, San Antonio’s the power and the chalk, I’m not sure Dallas or New Orleans can win a playoff round (that’ll all be determined by matchups) and Houston will be life and death for the eighth seed. Or not.
So, the consensus around Casa Doug?
Donny Osmond’s pretty good but if he faints during a live broadcast, it’ll be a hoot; Tom Delay dances better as a politician than he does and dancer and Michael Irvin’s got a lot of George Gervin in him.
But that was only from clicking through while watching other things.
In the department of Heading ‘Em Off At The Pass, there’s still no official word on the ticketing process for the training camp opening scrimmage at Carleton.
I’m sure you’ve all read, with breathless anticipation, this tiny tome about the women’s national team that’s in Brazil to start the worlds qualifier tomorrow.
One thing that interested me was coach Allison McNeil’s assessment of the makeup of her team.
“They’re pretty laid back off the floor and I really like that. And they’re also a really responsible group of athletes, they’ll never point a finger at the coaching staff or the system or the distractions. It’s ‘what can I do to be better’ and that’s a pretty neat group to be around.
“We’ve got good overall size, we’ve probably got more quickness than we’ve had in quite some time but they play with a certain intensity and confidence that I haven’t seen in a lot of our teams.
“You can’t go to these things and be timid, you have to have a little bit of brashness about you and they’ve got a little bit of that.”
I think a little grit, bellicosity and truculence is good for a team. (I know, stolen from the pucks but what the heck).
Want some real basketball to pay attention to until the end of October?
I’ve been quite impressed that RaptorsTV has been picking up feeds of the WNBA playoffs and since our local fave Tammy Sutton-Brown’s got her Indiana Fever in the East final starting tomorrow night against Detroit, I think some of you should tune in and watch a little bit.
You might be surprised.
Anyway, off to get the candles for the cake and figure out how to celebrate Super Wife turning another year over on the calendar. Being the romantic sap that I am, I bet I come up with something hugely special.