And so begins another off-season
And I’m thinking, ‘I have no idea whatsoever.’
So … here’s what you get:
Today’s the big Bryan Recaps The Season day down at the ACC and it should be a really good show.
Not a lot of substance, I don’t imagine, so if you’re going to be sitting around waiting for hard news, I fear disappointment will be in order.
I would guess – knowing the situation, knowing how Bryan likes to keep some things close to the vest – that we’ll get the usual
“Yes, we’d like to keep Chris.”
“Yes, we’d like to work with him on a sign and trade so both sides benefit should he decide to leave.’ “Yes, we need to improve a roster that finished 40-42 but I like the group.”
“Yes, Jay will be back, this wasn’t a coaching issue.”
“No, I’m not happy. Any time a team of mine doesn’t make the playoffs, I’m unhappy.”
“Yes, I take responsibility for what transpired, I put the team together; yes, I will work to fix it.”
I’d hope for something of substance but I don’t imagine there’ll be much.
I notice Kevin Garnett’s been suspended for a game for the elbow he threw at Miami’s Quentin Richardson the other day.
It was the right call by Stu Jackson, it was a rather egregious shot, and it may set the tone for the rest of the playoffs.
As we recall from a year ago, once feelings start to really get hot in the post-season, we’re often caught in debates over what’s a Flagrant 1 foul, what’s a Flagrant 2 and the somewhat subjective nature of the calls can be confusing.
One thing I like is the use now of more video replay to help officials determine what, if any, difference there is between hard fouls and dirty ones.
Yes, it will slow games down more – and that’s my beef with the over-use of replay in some situations – but I guess in the playoffs we have to put up with it.
Hmm, guess I better start taking Super Son to a Jays game or two, eh?
Sounds like they could use the attendance.
Okay, here’s what I think about doing in-game blogs and stuff like that in the next little while.
I think following one series right off the bat probably doesn’t work because we’d likely run out of things to talk about unless it became really compelling, like last year’s Boston-Chicago first round one did.
So, let’s flit between various series to start and see where that takes us.
Now, this certainly isn’t going to be a five- or seven-night-a-week endeavour; I do need some time to decompress after a long season and would like a night or two to simply sit and watch games with friends and family.
Let’s do this: I’ll take today to do the Colangelo thing and talk to my bosses about anything they’ve got in store for me and we’ll start anew tomorrow.
How about a Question and Answer thing at 1 p.m. to go over what happens today and then the Boston-Miami game tomorrow night at 8?
Does to me.
Speaking of slowing games down, was it just me or did anyone else feel those weekend contests unfolded at a snail’s pace thanks for fouls, timeouts and, yes, what seemed to be longer television commercials.
A check of the boxscores kind of proves my point.
The Celtics-Heat thing went 2:47 and Phoenix-Portland went 2:44 and that’s about 20-25 minutes longer than what you’d like in a regular season game at least.
The quickest was Cleveland-Chicago, which went in a relatively brisk 2:23 while the rest of them went right around the 2 1-2 hour pace.
Gonna make for some late nights, no?
I had a question in the mail yesterday about the Raptors and their various national team commitments in the summer and who might have a long few months.
Well, no one’s going to be out there for too, too long and there’s every chance that the only guy who will play for his country will be Hedo, who is going to play for Turkey at the world championships in his homeland and it doesn’t matter what anyone thinks.
Bosh is non-committal about rejoining the American team, Jose hasn’t said anything about going back to Spain after he took last year off and the sense I get right now is that neither Andrea nor Marco is all that enthused about playing for Italy.
Of course, the commitment for Italy won’t be nearly as great as it would be for the others. All Italy has is a tournament with the lesser lights of Europe just to qualify to get back into the European championships next summer.
I will once again reiterate, though, that if players want to go and play for their countries, they should be allowed to and encouraged to. It’s an honour few get and if they want to take advantage of it, well, who are we to deny them.
You noticed, of course, that the Raptors lost the coin flip with Memphis late last week and now go into the lottery ranked No. 13 instead of No. 12.
That means they’ve got a 6-in-1,000 chance to move up to one of the top three spots in the draft. That means we better start thinking about who the No. 13-ranked kid is in the draft.