Of summer roster moves and the voting process has begun
A little bit shorter than usual and a little bit later but it’s a holiday so you’ve got some time go lounge around here during the day.
Here’s something to chew on.
Is Sonny Weems making Antoine Wright expendable?
When it comes time to make the summer roster moves – and I sure hope it’s not as a crazy as last summer – do you think Bryan Colangelo’s going to look at the progress Weems has made this season and think, ‘hey, I’ve got Weems and DeRozan and Turkoglu and Belinelli all under contract; do I have room to bring Antoine back at any price?”
I bet he does ask that of himself and, to me, it’s going to be hard decision to make because I quite like what Wright’s been bringing to the table for most of the season. Weems, however, has been one of the best surprises of the season and the Raptors really like what he brings and the promise that he shows.
So the harsh reality is there may not be room for Wright here next season unless Bryan finds a way to divest himself of one of those other four and even then, the GM may want to seek someone he thinks is better as a free agent rather than re-sign Antoine.
What would I do?
As much as I wouldn’t want to, I’d probably roll the dice and let Wright walk barring any other transactions.
Tough call, though. A very tough one.
Okay, so me and a couple of million fans are going to figure out who the MVP is, I understand.
The ballots for the annual awards arrived in the e-mail yesterday and yours truly hit the big shot trifecta, with votes for MVP, coach of the year and rookie of the year.
Same as last year, if I recall correctly.
No, I don’t know who will be my top five MVPs yet, nor my top three coaches or rookies. I’ve got until the end of the season to do it and I’ll probably give it some thought the middle of next week.
But the bigger news, not by much though, is that fans can now vote for MVP through web balloting. They get to have one of the now 125 votes that’ll decide how much LeBron wins by.
Now, it’s not that big a deal, one vote out of 125 isn’t really going to make that much difference (although if you see Tracy McGrady, Yao Ming or Allen Iverson you’ll know who was voting) but I do have an issue with the whole process.
Doesn’t it diminish it just a little by letting any Tom, Dick or Harriett click on a website and make a vote? I know it’s all about fan involvement and marketing and that kind of junk but at some point, fans need to be fans and not participants in the process.
MVP voting is a pretty big deal, some of us take it quite seriously, and I’m not sure letting anyone in the world in on it is a great idea.
But, then again, I don’t get to set league-wide policy. And that’s a true shame.
Last call for mail.
Still not sure when the mailbag will run (odd scheduling this weekend with a Saturday afternoon game) but if you don’t click here you’ve got no chance to be in it.
We will not witness history in Toronto on Sunday. Well, maybe a slice but not a big piece.
Don Nelson is three games away from passing Lenny Wilkens as the winningest coach in NBA history and the Warriors only have a home game tonight against the Knicks before they get here for Sunday.
Now, Lenny’s 1,332 total was more a function of longevity and the silliness of owners who kept hiring him about four years after he failed to publicly announce his retirement and the same can be said for Nellie.
That’s one of those records that’s quite dubious, in my mind. If you hang around long enough, the wins have to pile up, even if you’re not a particularly good coach.
And Nellie, in my opinion, has been stealing money for more than a couple of years; he’s got one more year at about $6 million to and for that kind of wage, I want a guy who’ll at least pretend to put in some kind of system and at least work a bit hard at developing young talent rather that simply putting five guys on the floor and telling them to go play.
He’s not exactly a shell of his former self but, as a few of you have mentioned, Chris Bosh is a bit smaller than he was at the start of the season.
I asked him about his weight the other night, and how much of the extra bulk he had when the season began that he’d lost.
He told me he’s down about 10 pounds since opening night, which seems about right just looking at him. Maybe it’s 12 or 14 but it’s right around there.
Pretty predictable, too.
The season is long and tiring, there isn’t as much time to hit the weight room or get in extra workouts and diets do take a bit of a hit what with all the travelling and nice catered airplane meals.
I imagine everyone loses weight during an NBA season – except some of us grunts, of course – and Bosh is just going through the normal progression.
Still looked not bad putting up 34 the other night.
This just in:
Go green this week.
It’s the NBA’s annual Green Week again, which means all kinds of socially responsible messages and programs and, I believe, goofy materials for uniforms and shooting shirts and the like.
Hope they go for the hemp, that’s always a good look.
Just in case you were wondering, this is what’s going on in Philly.