This and that and a bit of schedule change
Quiet day of yesterday, lots of travel and no time around the team I’m supposed to cover so, I warn you, this doesn’t have a whole lot of hard news in it today.
But still …
Here’s what I think:
I think Chris Bosh should have an absolute monster of a night tonight.
Duh! He’s had monster nights almost all season but here hear me out.
Think back to all those nights when Toronto played the Charlotte Bobcats and how Bosh used to abuse Emeka Okafor.
Routinely drop 30-plus on him and now, with Okafor here on a New Orleans team, this should be another huge game.
And, that gets me to my point and there was one here.
I remember talking to scouts and coaches and even a player or two four or five years ago about the three really promising young bigs who were going to battle each other for supremacy for years to come.
They came in about the same time, give or take a year or so, they were going to lead their teams to respectability at least and it would be fun to watch them battle each other.
One was power.
One was finesse.
One was defence.
One was Dwight Howard.
One was Chris Bosh.
One was Emeka Okafor.
Two out of three ain’t bad, but we sure aren’t getting that three-man rotation of dominant bigs, are we?
Little change in the schedule today, if it’s okay with you.
We’ll have our little pre-game chat at 3 p.m. your time instead of the usual 4 p.m.
I’m living in Central time for the next four days – which is why this is about an hour later than usual – and getting the chat done before I head to the arena for the game makes things just a wee bit easier down here.
Besides, you folks got nothing to do on a Friday at 3 and goofing off at work an hour before usual can’t be a bad thing.
See you then.
I have one question about the other night’s thing with Oak (yes, it’s late but I forgot yesterday).
Why in the world would they do both Oak and Alvin on the same night? It’s not like Alvin’s not going to be here all season, he’s an assistant coach for goodness sakes.
And since this franchise isn’t exactly littered with greats from the past, spreading ‘em out would make more sense to me.
But that’s just me.
Here’s what they’re reading down here about the Hornets today.
It’s a franchise that’s seriously scuffling at the moment, no good play from the wings, some chemistry issues are being hinted at and what’s that mean?
On the one hand, maybe Toronto can take advantage of a team on the ropes.
On the other hand, maybe they break out, play well at home and spank the Raptors.
If I’m guessing, I’m guessing the latter.
This is far out of my area of expertise but what the heck, why not jump into this whole flu shot thingy.
I don’t know who got a shot, or how they got it or when, but it strikes me that if the team physician – of any team, anywhere – followed the correct protocols for obtaining the vaccine and then dispensed it as he or she deemed fit, isn’t that doing things the right way?
Isn’t it following the rules, making decisions and doing your job.
To me, the rules have been screwed up by Health Canada since this whole thing began and the fact a government agency messed something up doesn’t surprise me in the least.
Weren’t people told by government officials that there’d be more than enough doses for everyone? And didn’t that change inside of a week or two? Weren’t these thing supposed to be dispensed only at clinics? But doctors have them, private doctors.
You know, as far as I can see in Toronto, the two sports teams followed the rules and regulations set down by the government agencies. If those rules and regulations are wrong, whose fault is that?
Quasi-interesting stat going into tonight: The Hornets have given up 100 or more points in three of their five games; the Raptors have scored more than 100 in three of their four.
Me? I’d take the over.
Speaking of over, what I hope is that the Raptors score 100 or more points in every home game, that every fan takes advantage of the giveaway that goes with it and that some company loses a ton of money.
Maybe then, the promo goes away.
So we’re sitting in this little hole in the wall on Bourbon Street with a tasty locally-brewed blonde concoction, some Jambalaya and alligator and a guy asks the comely wench if it’d be possible to switch one of the TVs from college football to the NBA games.
Sure, she says, and there it is, in about 50-inch HD.
Minute later, dude two stools over asks the same young lass if the satellite dish they’ve got – which looks elaborate enough to land SkyLab – can pick up a pucks game from Boston.
Not a chance.
I’m going to get this out there right now, knowing full well I’ll have to repeat myself about a dozen times over the course of the day.
No, the Raptors should not and will not, even think about bringing Mo Pete back.
It’s a question that comes up every time they face the Hornets by those who long for the good old days.
Now, I love Mo, he was great for the team, great for the writers and a great guy all around. But his days as a contributing factor on even a marginally good NBA team are gone.
Not sure when I'm going to get to mail this weekend (likely Sunday night on the off-day) but I could use some question. And if you can find a way to make them non-game specific, it makes for better reading, I hope.