And the stuff just keeps on coming
Lucky, lucky you.
You know how they say timing is everything, right? Well, I’m wondering just how the timing is going to unfold here for Mssrs. Colangelo and Bosh.
And as we know, that’s the only real big topic we have to worry about between now and July (I’m kind of putting the draft out of my mind at the moment) and it’s going to be fascinating to see how it plays out.
But if I’m Bryan (and the closet and bank account remind me every single day that I’m not) I don’t think I should wait around to see what Bosh is going to do as I explore trade opportunities.
With absolutely no basis in fact for this, I would be operating under the premise that Bosh won’t be back so I’m trying to improve my team with that in mind.
That doesn’t necessarily mean trading for a starting power forward or a big – I think they wouldn’t have an issue starting Bargnani next to Amir Johnson next year and I believe they are confident they can get Amir back – but the last thing the GM should do is wait around on Bosh before doing anything.
Bosh, for his part, has always maintained the summer decision process was not going to be quick, he’s never indicated that he’d make any decision the first week of free agency, and, if he’s going, there’s no way Bryan and he aren’t going to take their time exploring sign-and-trade deals
And don’t think for a second the GM hasn’t had that at least in the back of his mind, as he said the other day:
“The other thing that you should know is that there is a whole other universe of teams out there … teams that are over the cap, and would be interested in Chris Bosh and may have assets that we may have interest in.
“Assuming that Chris would rather play somewhere else and he gives us a list of teams with which he would be agreeable to go play then we can delve further into the topic of, okay, what would we want to get back from that team.
“I just have to tell you that that’s being evaluated, it has been evaluated, it will continue to be evaluated and we will try to maximize our opportunity in the event that that’s the course of action.”
Did you catch the moment in the Bobcats-Magic game last night where they eavesdropped on Larry Brown talking to Raymond Felton?
Larry brings out the old “I love you” line as he’s sending the kid out to get scorched by Jameer Nelson.
It’s an old LB trick, actually.
First time I heard about it was late in Game 7 of the Spurs-Pistons final of a few years back.
The game’s tight, the NBA championship is on the line. Someone calls a timeout, the coaches huddle, come to the bench to give instruction and just before they head back out to play, Larry looks up and says:
“I love you guys.”
No wonder they lost, they probably spent the next 45 seconds snickering.
If there is one thing I of which I am sure, it’s that they will be crazed in Oklahoma City tonight.
First playoff games have a way of doing that to even the most sedate fans with the collegiate atmosphere that pervades the Ford Center, I thinking off-the-charts enthusiasm.
And then I’m thinking back to the zaniness of the first playoff game here.
You remember, right?
Down 2-0 to the Knicks in a best-of-five series the Heroes Of The Hardcourt come back in such disarray you’d never seen.
Butch had sued Marcus Camby, the players were in almost open revolt against the coach (he’d jerked around the starting lineup and a few of them – Doug Christie chief among them – didn’t like him very much to begin with) and I remember sitting in the vestibule on the way into the practice court the day before the game listening to them kill him.
And then there’s Fire Guy.
Remember that one?
Dude as the halftime entertainment is blowing huge plumes of fire all over the midcourt area, thrilling (and by “thrilling” I probably mean boring) the assembled masses.
Dave D and I are out on the loading dock when it was the fresh air location and we both liked fresh air when who comes wandering out but Fire Guy himself, looking to join us.
“Anyone got a light?” “For you? No way.”
Anyway, we head back in to work only to find the game delayed eight or nine minutes because he’d spilled some lighter fluid on the court. Jeff Van Gundy steamed, the refs are miffed and the folks doing the TV timing were incensed at the delay.
Ended up costing the Raptors some money in a fine, if I recall correctly, and we never saw Fire Guy again.
If he shows up in Oklahoma City tonight, watch out.
Speaking of, the Laker-Thunder game is the one we’ll go over tonight for the in-game thing if anyone wants to hang around. It’s a 9:30 p.m. start here in the East so you (or I) may want to have a nap sometime this afternoon.
Oh, and some mail.
Send it here if you want. Figure it’ll give me something to do when Super Dog and I are lounging on the deck sometime in the next couple of days.
Hey, you heard about this big cloud of volcanic ash that was drifting over Europe for a week or so, right?
How come no one’s asked me what kind of impact it had on the various Raptors who had to travel back to Europe to begin their off-seasons?
Well, in case you were wondering, I’m told the only guy it really affected was Jose, who got as far as Rome to start his journey back to Spain and was locked in Italy for a bit.
The rest of them were sticking around town for a day or two and just got to spend a few extra days here.
No, there is no end to the “who cares” facts we can bring up around here.