This hefty mailbag will keep you all busy
Holy smokes. I know I probably missed a couple of good ones that were e-mailed on Saturday but this is a huge mailbag as it is and I’ll have to get to them either during the course of the week or even next week.
You people are out of control (and I say that in the best possible connotation).
Anyway, have at this and, sadly, staffing levels at The Home Office preclude a game-day question-and-answer session today so this will have to get you through until the 6 p.m. in-game blog thingy.
Q: Hey Doug. What can a scout see sitting at a game that they can't see on video?
Thanks for all your hard work, I greatly enjoy reading your insight and opinions.
Kim A, Toronto
A: It’s as much what they hear as what they see, as a matter of fact.
One of the key jobs of any advance scout is providing play calls to team he’s working for so that defences can be ready whenever a specific set is called. Scouts not only scribble furiously to diagram plays – and many are using computer programs now – they write down calls with corresponding times on the scoreclock so they can later watch the video and link the two.
The other thing they get in an arena they don’t get on a monitor is all the stuff TV viewers don’t see, either. Who goes and sets screens away from the ball, what kind of weak-side action a team uses to free up its shooters, for instance.
Now, the teams that have dropped full time scouts don’t get this; but the fraternity of scouting is such that if a guy desperately needs a call or a set, he can reach out to a friend who’s seen the team play for a little help.
Q: Strange question for you and the mailbag. Does "The Chicken" talk? I assume he/she/it does, but does he/she/it make that a regular part of his/her/it's routine, or does he/she/it only talk when absolutely necessary?
Peter L, Toronto
A: I tell ya, if you’ve got the special ‘Cluck-to-English’ translation program that I’ve got on my nifty computer, you can’t shut her/him/it up.
Seriously – if you can be serious discussing someone known as The Chicken to friends – we’ve had many a conversation over the years.
Q: Hi Doug. I am a big fan of the Toronto Raptor. Not only the team, but also the mascot. I was just curious. Does he have a "day job" or is being number 95 a full time job? What else can you tell me about him? Is he allowed to talk to the players on the court? Do the referees get mad when he taunts them? Does he ever get into trouble for his antics? I think he does a terrific job. His garbage can hand stands are bar none.
Carrie B, Milton
A: More Chicken stuff? No, being a stuffed animal is a tough, full-time gig.
And she/he/it has a pretty good sense of where the line is for antics with players, coaches and refs and has a pretty good relationship with all of them.
Q: Hi Doug: Thanks for insightful comments in "3 Pointers"; especially for those of us currently outside the country ( P.S. Don't forget we cannot see the games in Mexico so, especially in the 4th quarter it is SO appreciated when you tell us the score down the stretch.
Q: How do we now evaluate that special team meeting that took place a while ago? Many people disparage such meetings but it feels as if the (cross cultural?) communication issues that were discussed/resolved led to more productive team dynamics and play. Do you agree?
Charles N, Mexico
A: I’m generally one of those who disparages most, as a matter of fact, but whatever transpired in that session in Washington certainly worked. A large amount of credit for the better play since then can go to the coaches for making changes in style and the players for implementing it more successfully but the attitude has improved substantially since then.
Two examples: You see far more dialogue on the bench during timeouts now than you did before and very, very seldom do you see the kind of ice glares you used to see after blown defensive assignments. I think a lot of that can be chalked up to better personal relationships that were enhanced during that chat.
As for the fourth quarter scores, NBA media regulations say I can only give the score twice per quarter but I try to get around it with things like “Raptors up five with 90 seconds left” or some other vague reference that doesn’t give the actual score.
Q: Hey Doug, it's Abacus from the pre game chats. Great character win on Friday vs those unrelenting Bucks! It's amazing Jay's switch to the zone defense made such a difference. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I seem to remember zones were not allowed in the NBA all that long ago. A while back you wrote about Spud Webb and how more stringent handchecking rules today would have helped him play better back in his time. Conversely, how do you think the rule change permitting zones has affected the NBA now? Do you think permitting zones back in the salad days of the Celtics or Bulls would have impacted those teams at all, helped lesser teams to win, or hindered the development of any of the big stars like Bird or Jordan? Thanks for your time.
Andrew H, Toronto
A: The tightening of the hand-check rule has fundamentally changed the game, no doubt, but I don’t think you can say the same thing about allowing zone defences.
First, the defensive three-second rule makes it impossible to anchor a big man under the basket and dissuade any driving (a great codicil to the rule, in my opinion) and the fact is, NBA players – for the most part – are excellent passers and the ability to make cross-court passes, or find open teammates against zones often render them ineffective.
And I think that would have been the case back in the day, too.
Q: Hey Doug. I always enjoy reading your columns after a raptors game; I like your honesty with people and their usually ridiculous comments about trading someone after a bad game, signing old players past their prime, etc.
I went to see Rent on Thursday with my wife to get some culture (great show by the way) and sitting three seats to my right was coach Triano! Every part of me wanted to say hi and tell him he was doing a good job but I figured he probably doesn't want to talk shop when he is out to enjoy himself. I always wonder how the players / coaches deal with people thinking they can walk up to them and say things they would never say to a regular Joe they have never met. Even though part of the responsibility of being a professional athlete and making that kind of money is dealing with the public, it still must be a pain when people rag on you as I am sure people are starting to do with Turk.
Have you had any scenarios where you were star struck by a non-sports related celebrity?
Stephen W, Toronto
A: Most of them handle it with grace and aplomb, as long as the fans or interlopers or what have you are respectful and polite. I’ve been out in social settings with players and coaches where others in the establishment simply interrupt conversations and have a sense of entitlement that’s simply wrong. But, it’s also been my experience that a polite request for, say, an autograph or an offer of congratulations or whatever has been welcomed and returned in kind.
Being accessible to fans is one part of the job but being interrupted in a private moment or having someone snap a photograph without asking for no other reason than titillation or, in the worst case scenario, in hopes of catching a player, coach or celebrity in some embarrassing situation crosses the line.
Q: I suppose different players have different ways of getting out of a slump (like we all do). You mentioned that Marco was putting in extra shooting practice when he was in a shooting slump. Just wondering what Hedo's style is?
M S, St. John’s
A: He’s pretty much doing the same, getting up more shots in and after practice than he usually does.
Q: Hi Doug. In light of the Iverson aberration what, in your opinion, can the league do to improve the way in which fans interact with the all-star game? I really agree with Jalen Rose when he said it is insulting and disrespectful for other players to be voted out because they're not as popular!
Octavio G, Bolton
A: You know, as much of a travesty as it was – and I still find it incomprehensible that almost 1.3 million people went to the trouble to vote for Allen Iverson this year – I don’t know there’s anything that can be done.
The fans feel connected in the voting, it’s not a big deal to the players because they know the coaches generally get things right and, for the most part, things work out right.
Q: Hi Doug! It's been forever since I've sent in a question but I'm still reading the blog daily! Just thinking about the Raptors lack of offensive rebounding on Wednesday and practically all season, do you think Jay Triano has ever taken the "tough coach" approach to this issue? Obviously neither of us has seen the practices but do you think he's ever had a practice where all they focused on was offensive rebounding with consequences for lack of effort? If they don't box out during a scrimmage they run laps, etc? I'm no coach, but it seems to me the Raptors could use this kind of practice to help establish the habit of making the effort to grab those offensive rebs or at least box out. Your thoughts?
Amanda F, Barrie
A: It has been a while. Welcome back.
They don’t do specific “rebounding” drills all that often during a the course of a season – the last thing they want is someone getting banged up seriously and missing games because of a practice mishap – but they do them during camp and every now and then.
What they work on is scrimmaging a lot, at full speed when they have the chance, and that approximates game conditions and lets them work on such things as finding guys and boxing them out.
I do remember one day in Denver, under Sam, when they ran the age-old drill where he’d put a ball at midcourt, put two bigs on either foul line, blow a whistle and tell them to go get the ball however they could.
Q: Hey Doug. As Chief Grunt for the PBWA you have obviously earned the respect of your peers as much as you have from your fans. My question is does that translate to some ancillary benefits when you hit the road? Do you get better seats at games (closer, more comfy)? Does your bar tab seem lower because all the other grunts are buying rounds for the Chief? Respect of our peers is one thing we all strive for but good seats and free Stella's are even better!! Just curious.
Kyle L, Pickering
A: I wish.
At games, I’m just one of the crowd, which is fine with me but if there could be lower bar tabs or bigger dinner tabs picked up for others, there’d probably be a whole raft of us looking to get such a prestigious gig.
Q: Hey Doug, what are some useful skills and moves players in the past use to have that players today seldom learn or use. Larry Birds single hand touch passes? Hook shots (Sky hook)? Behind the back passes (the only guy I can think that use to use it a lot on the Raps was Oakley)?
Del L, Unionville
A: Well, it’s not the two-handed set shot, that’s for sure. I’d say a hook shot is the one that’s disappeared the most and it’s simply because no one takes the time to practice the virtually unblockable shot. One other? How about a 15-foot jumper, a disappearing skill if ever there was one since all anyone seems to want to do today is dunk or make a three-pointers.
Of course, no one tries or makes a traditional layup any more, either.
Q: Would you happen to know why Raptors TV cut down on local programming? Aside from the obvious $ concerns? I miss the longer pre and post game shows, and the old Full Court Press (the way Norma Wick hosted it was excellent) and Hoops is no longer available - we don't really see much of Sherman Hamilton anymore, or Paul Jones - no radio coverage here in Charlottetown. I asked Raptors TV and got the usual Thank You and we will happily avoid answering your question.
Joy T, Charlottetown
A: Money. Pure and simple. They have the facilities, have the equipment and certainly have the time in the broadcast day to do original programming.
They have no interest in spending what it costs to produce programs when they can recyle old stuff and NBA-TV programming.
Q: I am sorry for your family's loss of a loved one. In light of loss and tragedy such as in Haiti, I realize that basketball is not all that important. Yet, here I am writing to a sports blog. No matter how many times I say I will, I just can't seem to shake these Raptors. I don't want to sit around and wait for what so many people are saying is the inevitable, a sign and trade of our franchise player in the summer. I don't want to watch another o four years of "re-building" whilst I sit in the nosebleeds at the ACC. What, oh what can be done?
Michelle P, Toronto
A: This is a common affliction, Michelle. One for which there is no known cure except unabashed optimism that it won’t take another four years.
But how about this?
How about just treating sports for what it is: A nice, compelling diversion from life; rejoice in the playing of the game, its artistry and its competitive nature. Appreciate the esthetic rather than the result?
Not going to work? How about take two Stellas and call me in the morning.
Q: Can you provide some insight into the origins and meaning of the term 'grunt'?
I've noticed you enjoy self-deprecating humour, so is this an allusion to the relatively unintellectual form of journalism practiced by sports writers? Or does it refer to the amount of work that goes into being on the ground, traveling with and covering a team?
Steven B, Toronto
A: Not sure where it originally came from, to tell you the truth; it’s a phrase I’ve been using for years. And it has to do with the amount of work, and the mundane nature of some of it, that we do in our craft.
And, you’re right, it’s a little self-deprecating and I’m quite all right with that.
Q: Hi Doug! I love you in-game blog and your work, especially the Three-Pointers!
Anyway, purely out of curiosity, how did the Raptors manage to do all it did over the summer in terms of free-agents and all? I know they renounced a bunch of players, but what does that mean?
Part II, and I know you just talked about how the construction of a NBA team is non-linear, much similar to life, but what would it have taken to keep Delfino and what would it have meant for the summer?
Part III, and now totally blowing your "non-linear" approach out of the water (which also means you don't have to answer this specific part of the question), would Delfino have been a more suitable player for this team over Hedo? (I know, I know, this is a totally idiotic question that should be chucked out, but that's also why I left it last...in case you didn't have enough questions for the mailbag.
Felix F, Toronto
A: Quick answers: To ‘renounce’ is to surrender rights and also any financial obligation, to players; Delfino wanted more money than Toronto was willing to pay and, you’re right, I don’t want to do “what-if” or “who’s a better fit” in circumstances that had no chance of happening.
Q: Doug, what are your thoughts on Lebron passing on the dunk contest? I normally wouldn't care, but after stealing the spotlight last year by announcing mid-event that he was in for 2010--not showing up feels like he just put himself in a category with A-Rod announcing the opt-out during the world series.
John U, Toronto
A: I thought it was all for show a year ago and never for a second figured he’d go through with it.
Q: I noticed as I was turning off the broadcast of the Wednesday game against the Bucks that the public address announcer was congratulating Chris Bosh on his career high in scoring. Is this the norm around the league?
John H, Ottawa
A: I’d never seen it before and chalked it up to the polite nature of Wisconsinites.
Q: Hi Doug. Long time reader (back to the nothing but (inter)net days) first time sending a question....
Is there some unwritten rule in the NBA that stops a team (like the Raptors) from trying to get another team's player fouled out? From the start of the game against the Bucks it was very clear that Bogut was the only player keeping them in the game (scoring and with his defence). He had 3 fouls fairly quickly and the Raps didn't keep attacking him. Surely, it would be worth running 5 plays in a row whereby you take the ball at him and increase the odds of him picking up a few more fouls? I have always wondered why when a team has one big inside presence (let's face it a team like the Bucks only has one big) why the other team doesn't take the ball at the guy relentlessly to get him in foul trouble? I am really interested in your thoughts. Love your work; keep it up as it makes for a perfect morning read when I get to work!
Andrew T, Auckland
A: We’ll forget for a moment the fact that Bogut didn’t actually get his third foul on Wednesday until almost two minutes into the second half – hardly really quick – and get to the better issue because it’s a common question.
Here’s the thing: Teams that have guys in quasi-foul trouble may have something to do with not getting a third or fourth, don’t you think? It’s all well and good to say, ‘go at him five times in a row’ but if there’s a second defender coming over to help, or if the guy with the foul trouble is switched over onto some lesser offensive players, it’s often a better basketball play to go away from him, either to find an open man if there’s a double or take advantage of a better matchup if there’s a switch in assignments.
I think you have to give the defensive team some credit for making changes. And I don’t think many people do.
Q: Hey Doug. Love the blog, love all your hard work, thanks for doing what you do!
Here's a question for you: as a Raptors fan who lives in Regina SK, I don't get to a lot of games. If a guy were to plan a trip to Toronto to see the Raps play, would you recommend he try and get to a game where the Raps are playing an elite team like the Lakers, a middle of the road team like Charlotte, or a bottom dweller like New Jersey.
It seems like the elite teams might offer up one of those once in a lifetime moments (Kobe scores a thousand points or something), a middle of the road team might make for the most competitive and exciting game, and the bottom dweller would almost certainly be a win, something that would be nice to see if you don't get to a lot of games.
I'm leaning towards an elite team game, but was wondering what you might suggest.
Peter R, Regina
A: Personally? I’d want to see the best team I could, regardless of what outcome might be expected. There’s always a chance of a compelling game against a so-called “good team” (look at Toronto-San Antonio here a couple weeks ago) and always a chance of a dog of a game against a so-called “bad team.”
But that’s just me. I’m more concerned with the calibre of the play than the outcome of the game.
Q: Here's one for the mailbag, Doug.
Could you please explain a bit about the relationship of GM, player & Agent, and rules about communications when it comes to contract stuff?
I'm sure a GM can talk to a player about weather or Basketball, but can he ask him anything with regards to contract, or upcoming Free Agency, without his Agent present? Is he allowed to walk by a player and say "are you happy here?" or does he need to go through his agent, f the player has one? And finally, with regards to an extension, if a GM offers it and is turned down, are they allowed to offer it again that season, or is it a one time thing?
Dallas G, Fredericton
A: There are no real “rules” to speak of but common sense usually prevails and the interaction between player and GM on a daily basis is rather general and congenial, nothing too serious about future plans or anything like that.
If there is a serious matter to be discussed, like the need for disciplinary action for some reason, an agent is usually apprised as a matter of courtesy but it’s not mandated.
As for contract offers, of extensions or whatever, it’s like any negotiation. It can be made and revised and counter-offers made as many times as anyone wants until someone signs something official.
Q: Hi Doug. Lovin' the Blog. Keep up the good work. I mentioned this in the comments the other day, and I'm sure you've answered this question before, but when you see the Raps running stupid plays at the end of a game, or making dumb decisions, such as not getting Chris Bosh the ball when he's on fire and Andrew Bogut has fouled out, is that on the coaching staff or the players? Do the coaches tell the players what plays to run towards the end of the game, or is it individual ball-handlers (if memory serves, in this case Bargnani, Turkoglu, Wright, and Jack could all be fingered) exercising poor judgment? Because, I love the Raps, and I'm not usually one to dump all over individual players, but that was very frustrating to watch. I wanted to throw something at the TV.
Geoff R, London
A: Hope your TV’s okay.
Mostly, it’s on the players. The coaches call plays but every one has different options and you want good decision-making in those instances.
As an example: Off the Raptors high screen action, there are at least three options, Bosh rolling to the basket, Andrea lifted on the perimeter or a shooter in the corner. Let’s say the open guy in the guy in the corner, once he gets the ball, coaches want him to make a correct decision, which sometimes is to pass up the shot and move the ball back around the perimeter. Sometimes that decision isn’t made a bad shot is hoisted.
The learning, unfortunately, can’t come until the next day when they go over the video as a team and the coach might say: “Hey, don’t you think it might have been wiser to swing the ball or dump it into the post” and then hope the next time the situation arises, the player makes a smarter choice.
Q: Hey Doug. Just for finished reading the Book of Basketball by Bill Simmons. In it he discusses "The Secret". "The Secret" is the ability of each player to put aside their egos and play within the team to have the best chance at success. My question is which Raptors in history have known this secret? Definitely not Vince Carter.
Michael K, Toronto
A: That’s a tough list to come up given the relative lack of success, historically, for this team.
But I’d put Alvin Williams, Jose Calderon, Charles Oakley, Mo Pete and Garbo on my list.
Q: Hey Doug, Was just thinking about this the other day, and thought I'd get your opinion. If you were the Raps GM and knew then what you know now, would you have kept Antawn Jamison over Vince Carter. While VC's star shone very bright for a while, it seems to me one could present a pretty compelling argument that AJ has had the better career. Your thoughts?
Ben N, St. Catharines
A: It’s an interesting argument today, undoubtedly. But for what Toronto needed, and what it got in a supernova kind of way, no chance I wouldn’t have made the same transaction.
That’s not to say the same team success wouldn’t have come with Jamison and not Carter but for what transpired overall, I would have stuck with the original deal.
Q: Is Chris Bosh the Raptor captain? If not who is? Does a captain where any C or anything?
Dave R, Bangkok
A: He is. And the overwhelming majority of basketball teams don’t have players wear any identifying marks. And I’m fine with that.
Q: Doug, a couple of coaching related questions
What is your assessment of the coaching staff at the halfway point in the season? I think Jay has brought a certain dimension (perhaps a better Xs and Os approach) that seems to differentiate him from his predecessor.
Who on this coaching staff has the best chance of being a head coach one day?
Any good coaching stories from this year or the past to tell? I'm sure Alvin looks like he's itching to get out there again :)
Bernie W, Markham
A: I like this staff, actually. It’s very cohesive, they bounce a lot of ideas off each other (with the ultimate decision always being Jay’s) and they’ve shown an ability and willingness to make change – some subtle, some glaring – to get the most out of what they’ve got week to week and possession by possession. I think they generally get really good stuff out of timeouts and to start quarters and that’s a true benchmark, in my opinion.
Best chance? I still say I’m surprised no one’s given Alex English a good look as a head coaching candidate and hope he at least gets in the mix because I think he’d do a good job.
Good stories from this year? None really come leaping to mind.
Q: Saw this and wanted to get your thoughts: Doug Moe, a former ABA player and former coach of the Nuggets, says that Carmelo Anthony is the best player in the team's history._I think he's forgetting that a current Raptors' Assistant coach used to play for the Nuggets?
Arie R, Orangeville
A: I respect Doug Moe immensely but also think he might have been over-stating things and, in some small way, pandering to the present with no regard for the past.
Me? I’d take Alex at the moment but you could certainly make the case that the difference is small and rapidly getting smaller.
Q: Hello Doug, couple of questions.
You have said (I think it was you) that the game is micro-managed when it comes to coaches these days. I was wondering if you think it is micro-analyzed? Watching a game on TV all you hear is constant analyzing of every single possession. In doing so you miss so good plays being called.
Also wanted to know I am bringing my kids and myself to our first Raptors game. We have the 76'ers on March 7th. Anything you recommend to do before the game at the ACC?
Ken L, Bath
A: Oh yeah, it’s micro-analyzed to death, a fact driven home when I watched a few games on TV lately. But that’s the way it seems to be everywhere, I’m as guilty as anyone with the in-game blog dealing with what just happened instead of what’s just about to happen. It’s a habit we have to get out of, but it’s not easy.
As for the game, my advice would be to get there early, get to your seats and watch the end of the warm-ups. Look at the guys on the court working on the specifics of their game, everything they’re doing is for a reason, and then watch them make the same move sometime in the game at full speed and know you saw them working on it before.
Q: Hey Doug, quick query. Ian Thomsen over at Sports Illustrated just came out with his mid season awards. Chris Bosh isn't mentioned anywhere in the All NBA team conversation? Mistake? He's playing at an amazing level of talent right now and is one of the only constants on this team (you always know what you're getting out of him). I feel that he at the very least deserves mention on the All NBA 2nd team replacing Paul Pierce in the process. Your thoughts?
Soud R, Montreal
A: Ian’s a friend and one of the very best chroniclers of the sport in the business today. But if I’m doing all-NBA teams right now, I throw a blanket over Bosh, Dirk and Duncan as the top power forwards in the game. Bosh has to be in the discussion, it’s a no-brainer.
Q: Hey Doug. Huge fan of the blog. Do you ever have chances to see any CIS Hoops? I'm betting you don't have much time to stray from the Raptors, but it's a growing sport that's been raising its quality and profile the last few years.
Brian D, Hamilton
A: I don’t see nearly enough, no. It’s basically a function of time because I know the quality and competitive nature is hugely better than it was and I’d urge anyone in any university city to go check out a game when they can.
Q: Hi Doug. As an avid Raptor fan I either watch the game live, or on TV; and when I can't watch it, I'm on the in-game blog (which is a great way btw), or listen to it on radio. Why, when Eric and Jonesy are doing their radio broadcast do they always say something like "Raptors will be coming from left to right." First, I'm listening on radio, so I can't see left versus right anyways. Second, even if I could see it, wouldn't left or right all depend on vantage point (i.e. if I were on one side of the court my left would be the right to the person on the other side). Sorry for the seemingly mundane question, but this bothered me for a very long time and I figured you would be able to get to the bottom of this. Many thanks for the great work.
Mark P, Burlington
A: I think it’s just a matter of trying to add a layer of visual detail to an auditory job. And that doesn’t hurt, does it? Next time you’re listening and they say that, visualize your television screen and see which way the play is going; the radio guys are pretty much always seeing the same view as the television broadcasters.
Q: Ever think about adding a 20 most frequently asked questions to your blog, say over where the "ask a question" link is? And it could deal with things that would always be there (salary cap) and things that would move in and out of the list (when's Reggie coming back?, Jose-Jarrett). Might save you some typing.
And now, one that might be on that list, sorry if I've missed your answer before. It's a cap/tax question; If Bosh waits to the summer, and then commits verbally to the Raps in that July 1-10 (inexact dates) period before signings become official, could they go out and sign a Joe Johnson for example while they are under the cap, and then use Bosh's Bird rights to go over the tax? Or is this a case where Bosh's Bird rights would have to be renounced to sign another high priced free agent?
John B, Oakville
A: No, they can’t. There is what’s known as a “cap hold” on Bosh’s contract until he either signs a new one, moves to another team or the Raptors “renounce” his rights, which leaves them without Bird rights to him. The scenario you paint would absolutely circumvent the reality and the spirit of the cap rules and cannot happen.
Q: Hey Doug, a couple of questions here:
Do you think DeRozan has the potential to be a Rudy Gay type player? Gay seems to be a borderline all-star according to your recent post. I know you don't like to speculate, but what are DeMar's chances?
I've been in Ningbo, China and haven't been home in 2 years! I'm coming home Feb. 4th and need to decide which game to see: Raps vs. Kings or Raps vs. 76ers. Of course, I want to see the Raps win, but I also want to see the best possible basketball.
PS: I leave for China on the 18th, and know Memphis is here on the 17th, but not too sure I want to drive all the way back to Niagara, just to have to go back to Pearson the next day. Your honed basketball perspective is appreciated.
Josh F, Ningbo, China
A: Sorry, too much speculation on the DeRozan-Gay thing; why don’t we just say DeRozan’s got the potential to be a DeRozan-like player.
Personally? I’d go see Sacramento and the presumptive rookie of the year Tyreke Evans.
Q: This year seems to have more rumors about trades than I can remember.
How much do you pay attention to them?
How much should we? (Chad Ford has Jose leaving, every reporter in the States has Bosh leaving, Rasho is going to Europe despite being under contract, I am surprised that Turk is not in a "rumor")
Bruce M, Winnipeg
A: I pay scant attention, actually. I’d rather call a source first hand and find out what’s really going on rather than react to something someone else has written or contrived or manufactured without any real knowledge of fact.
I’d also like, one year, to keep score of rumours and what actually happens. I’d venture to say for everyone hundred thrown out, less than two come to fruition.