Life Without Chris, the opening; and some trade reaction
Join Doug Smith at noon Friday for a live basketball Q&A, as the Raptors get ready to take on the New Jersey Nets.
So, life without Chris.
You gals and guys ready?
I can only imagine the angst that’s building in some minds today, what with Toronto – already capable of playing down to opposition – going up against the 5-49 Nets without its best player.
Oh, boy. They lose and I might have to turn this machine off lest it blow up.
Well, it sure wasn’t The Gangster for Juan Dixon, was it?
No, not around these parts, where Bryan did the right thing, in my opinion, and stood pat with the group he’s got.
Which gets me to this.
Can’t remember who sent this the other day to the comments during the in-game chat and I apologize for not getting the name. So, a blanket thanks to whoever it was, hope to hear from you again because it’s a good point:
You seem to contradict yourself with a couple of your answers. You don't want to shake the team up because it’s going well at the moment but you also say that it is a .500 team based on talent. The players seem to have adjusted to each other at this point, and obviously going forward there is some room for growth from guys like DeRozan but if this team is only good for 43 wins shouldn't it be looking to add more talent?”
Actually, I think it's a bit better than .500 but I get your point.
And mine is that you grow teams by letting them stay together and to make a move with one of the core players is simply a step sideways at best, backwards at worst.
I think you can add without subtracting, by picking up a mid-level free agent in the summer, maybe a draft pick or simply by letting the six or seven guys who carry a franchise get more and more familiar with each other.
This is a pretty good group and eventually could be very, very good if left alone. Most growth of a franchise comes in a rather steady line rather than a huge jump, let’s let this line go rather that continually be putting key pieces in and out.
But, yes, there were some trades and, in a perfect world, we’d be sitting here discussing how they affect this season, who filled what need on the perimeter or in the middle or on the bench.
But, no. The topic is money and cap space and LeBron and that’s a sad state for fans in New York and Chicago and Sacramento, as I mentioned in this morning’s offering for the paper and the web site.
New York gets
Tracy McGrady from Houston; Sergio Rodriguez from Sacramento.
Carl Landry and Joey Dorsey from Houston, Larry Hughes from New York.
Kevin Martin and Hilton Armstrong from Sacramento, Jordan Hill, Jared Jefferies, a 2012 draft pick and the right to swap 2011 draft picks from New York.
Yes, the Knicks have an awful lot of money to spend this summer and they’re going to need it because they won’t have many players. I sure hope Donnie Walsh’s salesmanship is up to snuff because if he doesn’t land two of the biggies, that franchise is in the toilet forever. And think of this: Since a free agent can get about $30 million extra from his existing team and if he wants to leave it’s likely to be in some financially-beneficial sign-and-trade transaction, the Knicks have nothing to offer.
The winner? Clear cut, no-brainer.
They get the best player in Martin, draft picks, a good young kid in Hill and have remade the team by turning one asset – McGrady – into a great package. This is a steal for them, regardless of what the Knicks do in July.
Hakim Warrick and Joe Alexander.
Money dump by Bulls, helping a team that’s chasing them in the playoff race but my big question is: What’s this mean for Carlos Delfino.
Acie Law, Flip Murray and a first-round pick
Bulls waive another white flag financially and rid themselves of what they saw as a huge headache of a player. But if Larry Brown can get to Thomas – and Larry Brown’s patience with young players is perhaps not the greatest in the game – the already-athletic Bobcats get deeper.
New York gets
Eddie House, J.R. Giddens, Bill Walker
Nate Robinson, Marcus Landry.
Well, at least New York has some bodies to finish out the season. Nate in Boston? I don’t know. That’s an interesting mix of characters already and adding a Look At Me guy like Robinson is a big, big gamble.
There were a few other minor deals, financial giveaways for Theo Ratliff for San Antonio to Charlotte, Ronnie Brewer from Utah (although Memphis getting Brewer strengthens an awful bench) and Dominic McGuire from Washington to Sacramento.
What the day did for this year? Nothing, really.
The Lakers are still the chalk in the West, the Cavs are still big favourites in the East and no contender made a move to really challenge them.
Can’t wait for this time next year when we get two more weeks of breathless analysis of where Amar’e Stoudemire is going. Again. As I said:
Oh yeah, we’re going to answer some questions today, right? At noon. Right here.
That gives the golf dude a chance to cleanse his soul before we get to our important stuff.
All right, you know how we usually give a link to what’s going on with the team the Raptors are playing and it’s always My Man Dave D down in Jersey?
He’s been freed from watching this Nets dreck and he’s A Boy At The Games. Check this out.
I know there was some debate, or question, about who might start in Bosh’s place here Friday against the Nets.
Has to be Rasho. No other decision, really.
Makes entire sense in that Jay likes to do the thing that disrupts the fewest number of players and plugging in Rasho to that spot and leaving Amir and Reggie to the roles they play does that.
Makes entire sense in that Rasho can wrestle better with Brook Lopez than either of the other two, most likely.
The only problem is at the other end because without Bosh’s post presence it’s hard to imagine Lopez picking up his traditional two fouls that take him out of the game early.
Speaking of that golf dude and his public whatever it is, I have to give a big huzzah to the Golf Writers Association of America.
Not sure if you know this – I didn’t until last night – but they were asked to provide three pool reporters to chronicle the statement and flat out refused.
They don’t want to be just a studio audience and I’m glad for that.
Not being able to ask questions and to sit there simply like props denigrates what they do and what they are and sends a bad message.
Look, I’m not entirely sure I care what Tiger Woods says but for him to entirely manage the entire process – one camera, a statement, no questions, no nothing – makes me sick.
You’ve gone through Dave’s story by now, here’s what’s up with the Nets. And how many of you are going to see Hump and think (a) Tony Dow or (b) Fashion Model?
Right. Mail. More please. Send it here.