Debunking more myths and the need for some "wow"
Not so good for unearthing nuggets and news so I’m not sure what’s here but something is.
As I mentioned, it was a slow day so …
Been a few days since something out in the ether caught the attention of the masses – and even some of The Irregulars – enough that it’s created a need for reaction.
But the volume of “hey, Josh Howard says he might end up in Toronto, whaddya think” chatter was getting out of control.
In various transmissions with folks in these parts who would have an idea about this sort of thing, two words stood out:
Yes, that means Toronto has no interest in Howard, have no chats going with Dallas and it’s not going to happen.
And another one bites the dust.
At least it wasn’t Chris Bosh to Dallas, right? Been a long time since we’ve had to debunk any of that zaniness.
Seriously, the internet is going to be buzzing over the next fortnight with all kinds of rumour, innuendo and outright lies because so many big names are – allegedly – in trade play this year.
Andre Iguodala, Tracy McGrady, Amare Stoudemire are of course the big three at the moment and surely others will surface.
But I will warn you about this: Most, if not all, substantial trades in any sport just happen. They aren’t out there for public debate for days, they pop up unexpectedly and I have a feeling that’s what might happen between now and Feb. 18.
The trouble with making deals this year is going to be the uncertainty about the next collective bargaining agreement and the financial atmosphere it’s going to create. Everything every team does will be with eye on 2011 and what the deal might look like and that could give cause to pull back from taking on any long-term monetary obligations.
What do the Raptors do?
Well, look at it this way: They like the core, I like the core, a lot of people like the core. And does moving a bit part really make a difference? I don’t in any dark recesses of my mind think there’s a Hedo trade out there so take that one off the books. No way they deal Bosh or Bargnani and DeRozan’s long-term potential is pretty good and his contract’s very good so I don’t know that he’d ever be in play.
That, of course, leaves the point guards, a position that is an absolute strength for this team, despite the rants you read in so many places.
And no matter what some of you think, having two starting point guards willing to do what they do with the team first in mind, for total salary obligations that never add up to even one maximum value player over the course of each of their deals is a good thing. A great thing, as a matter of fact.
And since the other four spots in the starting lineup are set – and Bosh is as set as he can be at the moment – does diminishing one of your greatest points of power to strengthen an already good bench make sense at any level?
Doesn’t to me.
This is apropos of nothing but, as I said, it was a slow day and this has been kicking around in my head for a week or so.
Did you know the Olympics are coming? Like a week from now? Really, they are.
Anyway, there’s lots of talk, I hear, about who’s going to light the torch right at the end and Stumpy and I were talking about this very thing at a study session last Friday night.
It comes down to this:
Since we don’t have an Ali, we need an archer.
The lighting of the torch is a global event, no question about it, and the moment has to be so special, so over the top, that people sit up and take notice. It can’t be any relatively run-of-the-mill athlete, it has to be a symbol or some “wow” moment that will remain with people for years.
The most compelling ceremony I ever saw was Muhammad Ali in Atlanta; it was moving and incredible. The next? It might have been the archer in Barcelona, whose arrow lit the cauldron, or maybe the people walking through air in Beijing.
But we don’t have Ali, so we need a moment.
There is another guy I know who was talking about this very same thing a couple of nights later and he came up with what I think is a pretty damn good idea.
But I promised him I wouldn’t use it until after the ceremony because he’s sure – and I’m sure, too – that the organizers will come up with something no one thought of.
So if someone remembers to remind me a day or two after the Games get going, I’ll let you know what it was.
Oh, and if someone will let me know how the ceremony is, that’d be nice, too.
Because when it’s going on, I’ll be somewhere in Dallas wasting my time watching DeMar DeRozan do two dunks and Chris Bosh, um, coach.
Think that story gets good play in the paper?
Word Thursday was Jose has a “mild” sprain of his ankle and is being listed as day-to-day.
I swear, a Raptor could come hobbling off the court with a bone protruding from his arm and he’d be day-to-day. It’s just the way they roll.
And since I’m not going to be at practice today – I have to go see a lady about some Altace and other pharmaceuticals – I’m not sure if that report is going to change any time in the next two hours.
My best guess, and it’s truly a guess – is that with the way the schedule is going, they give him Sunday off, too, for some extra rest and treatment.
That’ll give ‘em two more days to work on it before coming back Wednesday against Philly right before the break.
But we, as they say, shall see.
Oh yeah, it being a day after back-to-backs, let alone it being Pizza Day at lunch, so the Hawks were off yesterday. Just in case you were wondering.
The mailbag’s really good as far as I can see, although there are far too many “why don’t they trade this guy for that guy” scenarios for my liking, so here’s the last offer of the week.
Send the questions here and I may find a couple of hours at my new Hazelville Local (Hi, Boston Pizza by Square One with the great TVs) to sit and sip and answer today some time.