And the trip rolls into Denver, where it's cold
Okay, so it’s not the middle of the night when this is going up, we’re sort of back to the regular Eastern time schedule despite being out here in the mountains.
Told you the body clock was screwed up beyond belief. Now, let me gobble some Tylenol, get ready for the day and we’ll be back for the usual game-day chat at 3 p.m. your time. See ya then.
The Curious Case of Jarrett Jack is certainly causing some angst out there among the chattering masses.
Not sure how many – but it’s a lot – are so down on the guy that I keep waiting for the people who were demanding he start about 10 days ago to pipe up and come to defence.
Probably the same people in a few instances, now that I think of it.
Anyway, yes, it’s true. He’s struggling to find his place and not playing particularly well.
It’s a topic I hope to explore in the paper in the morning – have to write an early story ‘cause of the stinky 9 p.m. Eastern start – but Jay brought up an interesting point when we were discussing Jack’s play yesterday.
Yes, his shot is off.
“He did a good job on the small things (Sunday) night. We ran (Goran) Dragic out of the gym. We said, ‘Jarrett, pick him up, get into him’ and they had to play Barbosa as the backup point.”
Indeed, it’s true. What they did to the poor Suns backup point guard bordered on abuse. And Dragic couldn’t get off the bench in the second half and Barbosa having to run the point takes away from what he does best, which is play the off-guard spot, run the floor and spot up for jumpers.
Guy shows up in Denver, fresh from 70 F in Phoenix and it’s like 28 F, windy and there’s snow on the ground?
Who do I talk to about this?
All practices are not created equal, it seems.
The Raptors worked out in Phoenix yesterday before flying to Denver and it was a rather low-key affair, as it usually is in the middle of road trip with one day between games and a back-to-back coming.
A scribbler walks in to wait for them to finish and sees the Walking Wounded, Mssrs. Turkoglu and Wright, headed off for treatment and healthy starters Bosh, Calderon and Bargnani off to the weight room.
While they’re lifting and doing some cadio, a rather high-spirited game of four-on-four is unfolding on the practice court involving the guys who don’t play a lot.
Then they switch, the weightlifters hit the gym and the subs hit the weight room but it’s only individual workouts with assistant coaches, nothing too strenuous.
Wait, let’s see?
A team Steve Nash plays on has spent year after year after year trying to develop a suitable backup point guard, to marginal success?
What are the Suns?
Things to read in Denver when you’re alive.
Hands up everybody who wanted Toronto to throw the ball into Chris Bosh in the final possession against Phoenix on Sunday who also whined last year about the lack of anyone on the perimeter who’d be able and willing to take a big shot with the game on the line?
There’s just no pleasing everyone, I guess.
So Stephen Jackson’s a Bobcat.
At a very reasonable price, player-wise, since Raja Bell’s best days are far behind him and Vladimir Radmanovic is destined to be salary-cap fodder in trades for as long as he stays in the NBA.
But, really, what’s it do for Charlotte besides cost them a lot of money (how’s about $28 million for three years after this season strike you)?
Does it make the Bobcats a playoff team? Not this year, at least in my opinion. Are Jackson and Gerald Wallace really a good mix on the court? Aren’t they, in a lot of ways, pretty much the same guy?
I don’t know about this one, to tell you the truth. Charlotte shed long-term salary issues when it dealt Emeka Okafor in the summer; to take on that kind of money and that kind of risk (and I can see a Larry Brown-Stephen Jackson contretemps coming, no matter how nice they’re making today) seems a big, big gamble.
I believe today is Pops Day around the NBA.
Not sure if the Raptors had put a waiver claim in on The Legend – I was led to believe they probably would – but even if they did, it doesn’t mean you can dust off those replica jerseys that have been sitting in the closet since last April.
Let’s say some team worse off than Toronto, perchance the Nets?, decides it needs Pops on the roster and is willing to take the gamble on the non-fully-guaranteed contract he’s carrying.
Well, Toronto’s out of luck in that case.
I remain entirely unconvinced that creating roster flexibility last week by waiving Quincy and using it up already to bring a guy who’s really Amir Johnson Lite makes a lot of sense.
But that’s what Bryan makes the big bucks for, to make those kinds of decisions.
How cool was this.
Back to the room because it’s too cold to be out and a refreshing beverage had been had and click on the TV. Football game blows so going through the dial, what do I find? CSI Miami.
Figuring I could use some over-dramatic, over-acting from the red-headed dude, and because the woman who used to be on West Wing’s a favourite, I watch for a minute.
And there’s Pau Gasol!
Car crash victim with a solid speaking role in the first 15 minutes and then he played a dead guy like he was some kind of Spanish Gielgud.
Allen Iverson’s out in Memphis – we knew that wasn’t going to work out from the day he signed – but now there’s a report out there (click here to see it) that says the Knicks have interest?
I guess since it’s obvious Knicks management has no interest in anything other than next summer and the team’s off to the worst start in franchise history, it makes sense to do something foolish like this.
Iverson would have to start – isn’t it just great when players call all the shots – because we’ve seen how well he handles playing the backup role he should be playing – and who cares if that stunts the development of Danilo Gallinari because he’ll hardly be the focus of the offence?
After all, isn’t all just about waiting for LeBron?