Good morning, kiddies.
Lovely sunny day here, and I haven't seen anyone in mourning over the demise of the Red Sox. Think I'm probably just not looking hard enough.
It'll give me something to do this afternoon, I guess.
What are we going to see tonight?
Not entirely sure but it should be at least mildly interesting.
Yes, Hedo will play, probably in the 12-14 minute area, and Jay’s promise that he’ll get the majority of those minutes with the other starters will provide a glimpse at least of what might be coming.
You’ve got three bigs – Turkoglu, Bosh and Bargnani – who all like to roam the perimeter at times and the whole spacing issue is one that’ll bear watching over the next four games.
My best guess, at least after the limited action we’ve seen so far, is that both Bosh and Bargnani are going to spend more time in the post than they have in the past.
Not to say they won’t be outside a lot – they will still look for Bosh to stick those 15-footers and there’s no way Andrea won’t hoist a three-pointer or four given the opportunity – but getting down low with their backs to the basket will also be part of their games.
Did you folks read this, about Gilbert Arenas and the Wizards getting fined $25,000 each because he’s been refusing to talk to the media?
Way to go, M. Grange ™.
I bet Mike’s story the other day – where Arenas again said he’d “never” do media again – might have been the tipping point to get the league involved.
Now, some of you might wonder why players and coaches are mandated to do media interviews, both on game days and after practice. And why they’d be fined for not talking when they don’t want to talk.
It’s simply part of the gig. It comes with the job and while some players find it entirely distasteful, they know they have to do it and many do.
That said, there are many who don’t say anything of substance and the reliance on quotes is one of the failings of many reporters because a lot of time they add nothing to a story.
But players need to it, even if the questions may be inane or repetitive and nipping a boycott in the bud can’t be a bad thing.
Oh, and the answer he gave Mike Lee in that story – the one about “both teams played hard” – is going to land him in more hot water. And is a very punk move, anyway.
It’s the same line Rasheed Wallace used repeatedly one year when he was with Portland and he ended up getting fined for those antics.
I think Gilbert might be reaching back into his pocket again.
Oh, the Celtics? They rested Garnett, Allen and Pierce last night in Newark against the Nets so they’ll play tonight.
Rasheed? No one’s sure. My guess is that he ends up taking the night off.
Here's some notes from their big victory.
Oh yeah, they got the house on the floor of the ACC practice facility now.
You know, the design we wrote about up in Ottawa – a “house” extending about a foot outside the lane to the top of the free throw circle and extending to a roof-like apex just inside the three-point line at the top of the circle.
Asked a couple of players about it the last couple of days and, while it may seem a bit hokey, they’re glad it’s there as a constant reminder of where offensive players are not supposed to tread.
Yes, we’re going to try a live blog from tonight’s big struggle – it’s a 7:30 start, by the way – if there’s a good wireless connection courtside.
Not sure what this arena’s like but it does host a lot of big-time college games so it should work.
And seeing how there’s no TV or radio, I’m it, kiddies.
See ya then.
Ah, another reason we’re not seeing much screen and roll in the Raptors offence. As Jay mentioned in today’s dispatches, he wants to see continuity right now and some ball movement.
“Plus, everybody’s scouting everybody right now. We want to go into the regular season with a little bit under our belt that people haven’t seen before.”
Hmm, I hope he doesn’t think high screen-roll action’s going to catch anyone by surprise.
I’m not sure just how big a crowd we’re getting here tonight. Was told you could get upper level seats for $10 and there are some available.
It gets to a pet peeve of mine.
I think at least one pre-season home game for each team should be free – or at least have really, really, really cheap tickets – and taken out of the season ticket package.
That way, regular fans who couldn’t otherwise afford it could see a game, albeit a pre-season outing, it lessen the fare for season ticket holders a tiny bit and it might put some people in the place.
The crowd the other afternoon at the Air Canada Centre was scary bad, in part because it was Thanksgiving, in part because it was pre-season. I have a feeling it might have been a bit bigger if tickets were $10 in the lower bowl and $5 in the 300 level.
Got a chance of happening? Nah. But it should.
If you’re ever in Hartford, and I’m talking to all you insurance people out there because I can’t think of anyone else who’d want to come here, I can tell you downtown isn’t, um, vibrant.
Outside of the City Steam Brewery Café and its delightful fare, I’m not entirely sure anything was open.