Back for a bit of the weekend
Well, that was some day.
I have to say, the number of notes and kind words and offers of condolences and sympathy was overwhelming.
Really. Really overwhelming.
Please know that Super Family appreciates every single one of them.
And, since there won’t be a visitation until Monday and a Tuesday service, I guess you’ll have me to kick around for the weekend, although I’ve been entirely out of the loop for a day and cannot promise anything, you know, insightful or good.
Kind of like normal for some days, right?
(Now, I didn’t pay rapt attention to the goings on at The World’s Most Over-Rated Arena but I did see enough).
Maybe it was the dunk invite thing?
The one number that stuck out more than any other from the boxscore I looked at – and the thing I had to talk to people about in New York – was 14.
That’s the number of free throws DeMar DeRozan attempted (he made 11) and the coaches tell me they were mightily impressed with the aggressive nature of his game.
To which I say: “Where’s it been?”
Considering he’d only shot more than seven in a game once before (a dozen in that 146-point Atlanta nightmare) I think it’s fair to say we’ll need to see more of that before pronouncing him “arrived.”
But it did earn him those fourth quarter minutes everyone was hankering for and he looked pretty good.
I’ll say it again …
Who is that guy wearing No. 7? Sure, you’re going to get good shooting nights from Andrea Bargnani but even his harshest critics have to at least raise an eyebrow over his willingness to go inside and mix it up of late.
And coming off 17 rebounds in Indy and putting up a dozen against the Knicks?
The reason? Confidence. I have no idea why it’s taken this long to develop the feeling of relative invincibility that he seems to have but there’s just a greater level of, I don’t know if this is the right word, but “belonging” to him.
He’s more vocally engaged, he’ll suggest things now and it’s not just feeling more at ease with the language, although that might be a very small factor.
He’s just more assertive.
And if he keeps it up, this team’s going to be a whole lot better.
So much for that
No, Jose and Jarrett were not on the court together down the stretch of what was kind of a close game for moments. But don’t get all excited.
I imagine it was a one-time thing (at least Jay had told us two days before that he fully expected to use them together) and I think Sunday, when Dallas goes with Kidd and Terry, you’ll see Toronto use both Calderon and Jack again.
Oh yeah, the rest of the story.
There isn’t much (See: Loop, out of) but here’s what Mr. Isola had to say about the shenanigans last night.
Hey, Dallas is here this weekend.
Sadly, no Hump, of course, but I’m sure Shawn Marion will be a hot topic of conversation, given it’s his first foray back here since the summer trade.
And knowing Shawn a little bit, he’s quite unimpressed with the snow and the weather.
And knowing you folks a little bit, too, there will be so many “Marion would be a much better fit for us than Turkoglu” comments it won’t even been funny.
From the Department Of Heading It Off At The Pass, I’ll just say this: It wasn’t going to happen.
The Raptors were not ever interested in giving Shawn the money he wanted and I’m told by people I trust that Marion was not all interested in coming back to Toronto. It wasn’t a fit either way and it ended the way some of us thought it would the day Marion was obtained: In a sign-and-trade.
So save yourselves some angst and put it out of your mind.
Speaking of the Mavs, I understand they have some gym time booked here and may practice after the Raptors do today.
If you want to catch on them, here’s what Fast Eddie Sefko’s serving up today.
More than a few mailbag submissions arrived yesterday, I see. But there’s always room for more and since I’ve got a few hours to kill today, send ‘em along.