Nothing says all-star like a fashionable Hump
I know, way late today but at least you had the mail to get you through, right?
Anyway, after another boring All-Star Saturday (and that had to be one of the most boring in recent memory) it’s almost time to get life back to normal, isn’t it?
Until then, though …
The prevailing attitude among the ladies and gentlemen I spoke to immediately after the dunk contest was the DeMar probably should have won.
He had a better series of dunks but the miss on the first attempt of the last one probably cost him.
But, really, wasn’t that entirely underwhelming?
The star of the show might have been Sonny Weems – excellent pass off the side of the backboard, all-star work as a prop for DeMar to jump over – because the rest? Well, let’s just say with the exception of maybe half a dozen of the dunks, the stuff we saw was stuff we’d see in some regular season game.
I don’t know what they can do to jazz up that contest but if they can’t come up with either A List stars to take part or some way to make it more compelling, maybe it’s time to find something else entirely to take its place.
Because of a bit of miscommunication, got to the media availability about 90 minutes early Saturday morning and was lucky – and by lucky I mean doomed – to get there in time for some fashion show on the practice court at the Jam Session.
And that’s when we saw the sight that kind of made the day.
After guys like Robert Horry and Bruce Bowen went, along with a couple of “real” models, here comes the last guy:
Sporting a rather nifty fedora, this thin tie and sweater combo and looking entirely jaunty as a matter of fact.
And when you go to a basketball practice and find a fashion show and get to see Kris Humphries in it, you’ve had a good day.
Steve Nash has maybe the quote of the night after he wins the punt-pass-kick contest, or whatever it is they call that skills demonstration.
He’s talking about going on “a couple half-hours” of sleep after his little foray to Vancouver and how it was hard to get in and get ready.
“But it makes it okay when you win a resume-builder like this.”
Oh, David Stern is going to make our lives miserable.
Not with boring talk of dire economic straights but more with his concern about execs talking out of turn.
There was a quote this week from an unnamed team official about the league’s CBA offer and its financial implications that said something like if LeBron James wanted to make more money could go play football if he wanted or Dwyane Wade could go be a model because the NBA gravy train was drying up.
A pretty harsh, anonymous quote and the players were understandably miffed.
And so was David:
“If you know me and you know our owners, that’s not what we do. That’s not us. And the players were upset with those quotes, which I find cowardly if they were actually said.
And if I ever found out who said them, they would be dealt with, they would be former NBA people … not current.”
Great, the Wrath of David comes down on anonymous quote-givers and writers everywhere cringe.
Speaking of fashion (and we’re far more than just basketball in this little corner of the web), get ready to be, um, shocked tonight.
You know how players – and the companies that love them – like to use the all-star game to show off some funny-looking or new footwear?
Well, when Chris Bosh, and a handful of others, showed up at the East practice yesterday, the retinas started burning like I was watching a 20-foot Amir Johnson jumper.
The East is wearing blue, dark blue.
And the shoes some players were wearing? Well, if they were supposed to be blue, they better have found a new manufacturer over night.
Think a combo of light blue and turquoise, a total clash with the colour of the jerseys and it was an ugly, ugly look.
Okay, end of today’s fashion diatribes, I swear.
So Dallas trades Josh Howard, Drew Gooden and some stuff to Washington for Caron Butler, Brendan Haywood and DeShawn Stevenson and some stuff and what’s this got to do with the Raptors, you ask?
Well, it means that Caron Butler isn’t going to the Boston Celtics, and there was a chance of that happening about 48 hours ago, which has to make Raptors fans a bit happy because as long as the Celtics aren’t improving, there’s always hope.
It’s been pretty quiet around here on the trade chatter front, which isn’t usual for all-star weekend, and things might heat up this afternoon when we’ve got nothing to do but hang around waiting for the game to start.
I haven’t heard a single reputable mention of the Raptors this weekend, as a matter of fact, despite the presence of Bryan and his henchmen and a handful of other execs.
We’re only four days until the deadline and that’s usually when things really start bubbling but I honestly think the Raptors won’t do anything of substance.
Of course, I’ve been wrong before but if I’m not, this is going to be a boring week.
All right kids, we’re going to try to do an in-game blog thingy tonight off the all-star game. We’re planning to start right after 8 p.m. Eastern but I warn you: No one has any idea what the working conditions are going to be in the football stadium.
Hopefully, we see you then.