A whole lot of chatter about a whole lot of nothing
That felt like an odd Friday, didn’t it?
No game, no practice, no nothing.
(And it means there aren’t a lot of snippets here and it’s a bit shorter than usual; giving you more time to spend in the bosom of your family today)
He said “ball?”
Seriously, this whole Hedo post-game interview kerfuffle, where he answered a taken-aback Jack Armstrong with one almost-indecipherable word after the Knicks game has taken on some zany life of its own.
I saw it, I was kind of mystified at the abruptness of it, just as I was kind of happy that he expanded on it seconds later after a follow-up question.
It really should haven’t caught too many by surprise, he’s been suggesting he’d better with the ball more often all season. That part of it wasn’t new.
And as I’ve mentioned more than a few times, I think he’s involved in the vast majority of plays when he’s on the court, with the ball in his hands on virtually every crucial possession, and it’s a matter of him doing more with it when he’s got it.
Anyway, that’s not the point because it’s an old one.
The point is, we – the collective we – are always miffed when we get the same old boilerplate stuff in answers to questions that are often mundane in the aftermath of games.
Finally, a guy does something out of the ordinary and in many circles he’s more ripped for it than he was praised for the game he played.
I have no idea why he answered the way he did, maybe he misheard Jack, maybe he was ticked off about criticism, maybe he just thought he was answering a questions, but it was better than some stock cliché, wasn’t it?
In this age of mirco-analysis and this interweb fad and having to feed the conversational beast 24/7/365, we tend to get caught up in the most mundane of issues and blow them entirely out of proportion.
Like this one.
But the funny thing is, when we do scrums with Turk after games in the locker room, or even after practices, he’s got a tendency to give answers that are almost too long, answers that provide, um, answers, but sometimes include rambles.
Okay, I’ll go over this once here to head off the questions.
The game on Sunday is at 6 p.m. because of television rules.
ABC “owns” a broadcast window when it shows games and it has two tomorrow, Denver-San Antonio at 1 and the Lakers-Boston at 3:30.
Teams can play games in those “windows” if they want but they cannot broadcast them, the NBA and ABC want all the eyes.
So it’s a silly 6 p.m. start here.
You know what else didn’t happen on Friday?
The Hallowed Halls of York University didn’t come tumbling down when an interloper got amongst the academics.
In Indiana, where things remain a tad out of whack (and I wonder if the Pacers won’t make some jarring trade at the deadline), the inimitable Mike Wells had this to say.
Can I just say that I am entirely against minus-18 C weather? Best thing about it is that Super Dog doesn’t lollygag when she goes out to take care of business. But, dang, it’s cold outside.
Hey, you know who got lost in all the Turk Played Great, How About That Bosh Drive And What’s Wrong With Andrea stuff from the other night?
Man, that kid’s going great, isn’t he?
Look at his last three games: A total of 13-15 from the floor, 16 rebounds (five on the offensive glass) and, yes he fouled out against the Knicks but he was energetic and not many of the fouls – to the best of my recollection without looking at the tape – were of the silly, not-moving-the-feet-on-defence variety.
The question on everyone’s mind is what happens to him when Reggie Evans comes back (and in case you’ve been under a rock, the expectation on Reggie’s return is the game after the all-star break).
I suspect Jay, like most coaches, doesn’t really like to play a four-bigs rotation and that’s going to cause an interesting dilemma for the coach, if Reggie is ready to contribute right away.
What I suspect will happen is that Jay’s going to have to at least investigate playing four bigs and perhaps limiting Amir’s minutes every now and then.
It’s a nice problem, I guess, since Johnson and Evans bring two different styles to the court, but it’s going to be problem nonetheless.
Hmm, as I glance at the in-basket, it seems a wide majority of mailbag submissions have now been answered with the Hedo stuff up above.
So, folks, one last chance to submit some, the Great Yankee Buntoss isn’t until 7 or so (unless there’s an early special Coaches Meeting to get ready for it) and that gives me a few hours to get some work done.