Time for change? Or just a time change?
So, how’s eighth place feel?
Yeah, didn’t think it’d feel that good.
Oh well, maybe it won’t last long.
It seems no changes are coming.
Or maybe there are.
Jay was quite ambiguous when we asked about the possibilities of doing something after practice Friday, a session that included a good long look at some video and an hour or so on the court.
“We didn’t make any decision right now.”
What’s that mean? Well, what I think is happening is that he’d like to do something but he’s not sure what.
It’s not like Jose’s going great guns and far out-playing Jarrett and Antoine Wright hasn’t made a shot in about a week so it’s tough to do him for DeMar.
And, yes, Hedo’s been awful but it’s not like there’s a Hall of Famer waiting in the wings to replace him and if you take Hedo out, what’s the long-term implications?
Tough calls, all of ‘em, and that’s why there may not be any alterations.
“I don’t think anybody played themselves into a spot or out of. Or maybe too many guys played themselves out of spots and not enough guys played themselves into a spot.”
What they need, quite simply, is for Bosh and Turkoglu to play better than they did in Sacramento. If they do, they’ll have a chance to win; if they don’t, it’s going to be extremely difficult.
Story time since we can’t keep hammering home roster moves, can we?
You know, a lot of stuff happens out here with the Raptors.
First year of the franchise, I’m working for Canadian Press and join the Raptors on a road trip out here so I can to up to Santa Clara and do a feature on this Nash kid.
Anyway, there are a couple of days off and they’re practicing at USF and Brendan Malone, bless his heart, used to let us sit in and watch practice, as long as we’re quiet as church mice.
So we’re sitting in the upper deck, quietly watching, when all of a sudden there’s a huge commotion courtside.
Some guy, and I gotta tell you, he looked rather, um, rough around the edges, comes wandering into the gym yelling:
“Carlos, my man. ‘Los! What’s up.”
Seems Carlos Rogers, who’d spent a year in Golden State, had made a friend who wanted to say hello.
I thought Brendan was going to strangle the guy, the team’s security officer at the time went racing down the stands to collar the interloper and Carlos was kind of standing there smiling.
Never saw the guy again, and never spoke at a practice, either.
And then there was the time on the same trip when …
A former Sun grunt and I are sitting in the lobby of the Fisherman’s Wharf Marriott, breaking down the day and, as they say, chilin’.
Well, what to our surprise do we see but John Salley, his bags packed, checking out, having just been released by the Raptors.
It’s way late so we’re not sure how much we can get written before various deadlines and John’s not in a chatty mood anyway.
I remember him getting into a cab as we’re trying to interview him and the last thing he says is:
“Tell the people I love ‘em.”
And then there was the time in 2004 when …
Friday, we’re reading the papers here and they’re going on about the fact the Warriors only scored nine points in the fourth quarter against Portland, not a team record for futility because they once scored two in a quarter in a game against Toronto.
I remember that night well, Raptors ended up winning the game in overtime, Mo Pete went nuts, and then they flew off to Phoenix for a game a couple of nights later.
And that, my friends, was the night a lamp gave its life to Kevin O’Neill’s anger; in that Warrior game, Jalen had broken a bone in his hand and the season was down the toilet.
So, too, was KO’s head coaching career as it turns out.
I notice Toronto’s minor league affiliate down in Erie has signed Mike Sweetney.
In a related news story, a couple of all-you-can-eat buffet joints have suspended operations.
Speaking of Golden State, here’s what was in the local papers this morning.
Wanna go all Basketball 101 for a minute? There’s a good chance you’re going to see a lot of zone defence from the Raptors tonight because they – like so many teams – are followers as much as anything.
And the other night, Portland played a fair bit of zone in a win over the Warriors because it allowed the Blazers to keep their big men on the court. That gave them a decided advantage on the offensive end, where they simply pounded the ball into the post against the smallish Warriors.
So you can see these guys doing the same thing with Bosh and Andrea and Jay even talked about that very thing yesterday afternoon.
Of course, the concern is that when the ball goes to Bosh he holds it too long like he did the other night in Sacramento but maybe he’ll figure out ball movement is the key to any success they’re going to have.
Okay, now I have to figure out when to do what, given the late game that I can only write for the web, an early flight and that whole stupid lose-an-hour time change thing that’s really going to screw me up.
Wish me luck.
At least shootaround’s pretty much next door and not over in Oakland, which may give me a chance to see the San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade which is apparently going to be in the neighbourhood.
Don’t forget, we’re back just before 10:30 East tonight for the in-game blog.
See ya then.