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Join Doug Smith at 1 p.m. Tuesday for a live basketball Q&A.
This kind of fun stuff is next as I try to figure out what I might do with my days and evenings.
I’m trying to come up with a word to capture Bryan’s mood yesterday and as I look at the little one-handed notes I typed to myself as the hour droned on, here’s what I had:
Maybe a bit strong but there was no question he was getting his message out and damn the consequences. Right from the get-go, he made it clear he’s okay with a lot about the team he had assembled, while acknowledging the need for at least some change.
But look, the simple fact of the matter is that he wasn’t going to come out guns a’blazing killing his guys, or himself, or his organization.
First, there’s no way he was going to undermine the “assets” he may have to take to market this summer so aside from the obvious statements that Hedo was bad, the point guard issue’s an issue and that Bargnani has to rebound better, there wasn’t going to be much there.
And there’s no way he’s lost confidence in his abilities so that wasn’t going to happen.
And, thirdly, if you thought he’d sit there and rip his bosses well, that’s just not going to happen.
So defiant and a bit defensive is what the prevailing mood was to me. Not at all unexpected, either.
I, fully acknowledging that I’m in the minority, tend to agree that things aren’t as bad as some think. No, they were not good in the final few weeks, nor were they good in the first few weeks but I do think pieces are there that will allow this team to move up next season and the season after that and we’ll see where that takes them.
They are horrid defensively and I’d be quite all right with sacrificing some of the best offence in the East for a defensive presence and I thought this statement was rather interesting:
“It’s safe to say we need to improve our personnel in that area and we have to get better at formulating and executing a strategy.”
That would put some pressure on the coaching staff and that’s quite all right. They need to tweak some things and they need to teach better to get more out of the limited defensive abilities of some of the regulars.
But overall? They would, in my opinion, be far ahead today from where a year ago and while that’s not good enough for many, it’s part of the process. How it turns out, nobody can say with any degree of certainty, which is the fun part of all of this.
Answers? We’re likely to have both if any of you irregulars want to be around these parts at 1 p.m. today.
I presume some of you would like to dissect Bryan’s little chat from yesterday and I’d even bet there are some queries about the basketball that’s going on.
Still with the inability to give hard answers to legitimate questions, this whole uncertainty over Chris Bosh’s future made it impossible to get hard numbers about salary and tax and the like, according to the GM.
“I’ve got scenarios where I can paint a picture that we’ll be a $3 million tax team, I’ve got scenarios where we’ll be a $7 million tax team, I’ve got scenarios where we’ll be higher than that. But they’re all scenarios because of the unknowns about free agency and the off-season. Today, those answers aren’t available.”
So we wait. Patiently, I guess, until July when the Big Domino falls.
Speaking of the basketball that’s going on now, how many sat through Cleveland-Chicago last night?
And how many rubbed their eyes in disbelief when Jamario Moon was going all Dell Curry on the Bulls with four three-pointers in five attempts? Yes, our old friend Jamario sure caught some lightning in a bottle last night. Made more three-pointers in that 20-minute stretch (4) than he did in any game in the regular season.
Just goes to show you that anyone can get hot at any given time and maybe all those ill-advised, early-clock threes we saw here were just practice for last night.
In case you were wondering, the NBA Draft Lottery is May 18.
The Reggie Evans question to Bryan evoked a rather interesting answer, didn’t it?
The gist of it is that there might still be an issue with the foot, the doctors who treated him before are going to look at it again and who knows what they might find after he went about 30 games on it.
My question would be: Does a sore foot impact passing ability?
Because when push comes to shove, that was the issue the team had with Evans, his unwillingness or inability to give the ball up once he got it.
Yes, the energy was good most of the time but I know the coaches couldn’t get past the “no-passing” rule and the inability to make free throws was an issue to.
So foot or no foot, I wouldn’t all be surprised if they didn’t try – and succeed – to deal him and his expiring contract this summer.
Well, let’s get this in-game blog thingy started again, I miss some of you. Some. Only some.
We’ll start tonight at 8 p.m. with Boston-Miami and see how attendance before we decide just how many nights a week we’ll do this.
You know who’s going to feel good this summer? Unemployed head coaches and up-and-coming assistants.
Bryan made mention of at least six opening and as many as nine when he was saying how Jay would be back and it sent me scurrying to the standings to figure out just where those jobs will be.
For sure you’ll have new people in New Jersey, Philly, New Orleans and the Clippers, right?
Where else? Well, I can’t imagine, short of two playoff upsets, that Vinny Del Negro’s back in Chicago, Joe Dumars goes through coaches like poop through a goose so maybe there’s a change there and if new ownership takes over in Golden State, that’s going to be the end of Nelly.
The other two?
There are all kinds of rumblings around that Larry Brown covets either a return to Philly or a return to the Clips and the last one, the longest shot, might be Mike Woodson in Atlanta. Woody’s contract is up, ownership is muddled and tried a couple of times to move him and there are whispers around he might be gone.
That’s a heckuva list, no?