Another key cog on the market and we need a Canadian bag man
A few questions linger over the latest in L’Affaire Bosh, and I know there are many more to come.
Are we talking semantics here? Was Friday’s “news” actually remotely close to news?
Can it be mid-July yet?
Anyway, it’s what I do so I better do it, even if it’s hard to separate wheat from chaff these days.
So what do I think? You want an educated guess, gleaned from a few conversations and some experience?
There has not been a hand-written "list" put on Bryan Colangelo's desk or sent to his in-box but that it has been communicated to him somehow that if Bosh is going to go, these might be teams Colangelo should think about in a sign and trade. It's a no-brainer.
Does it mean teams like Houston or even San Antonio shouldn't make pitches?
Of course not.
I honestly think, knowing Chris a little bit from years of watching him, that he wants to be wooed. He wants to hear what teams -- Toronto included -- will do for him if he goes there. And while there may at this moment be "priorities" I don't for a second believe it's 100 per cent cast in stone that those are the only options he'll eventually consider.
Is Toronto entirely out of the mix? I honestly don’t think so but I also think the Raptors may be a fallback position more than anything else.
Okay, well. Now the Bosh story maybe just took another interesting turn.
Marc Stein, who is as wired in as anyone who covers this league, has this little gem today that says Dirk Nowitzki’s going to opt out of the final year of his deal.
While the Mavs could very well re-sign him in July – or even before then although I imagine that’s a stretch – that puts another talented, experienced, really, really good player on the market.
And a guy, you could make the point of, who would be a perfect complimentary piece to a team with, say, Dwyane Wade or Derrick Rose or even, you know, that James guy.
This may be the most significant free-agent news since the season ended.
Now that we have all the shenanigans of Saturday out of the way – and I sincere thank you for all the notes and best wishes – we can get back to normal, right?
And that means being around tonight to see if the Suns can at least make things interesting in their series with the Lakers. Man, I sure hope so because these playoffs have been brutal, haven’t they?
So be here just before 8:30 if you can drag yourselves away from the fireworks.
Hands up anyone who is remotely surprised Canada lost its bid to host the 2011 Olympic qualifier for men?
As perhaps you’ll recall, it was always going to be about money and Wayne, Maurizio and their gang just couldn’t guarantee enough of it.
And I’m kind of glad they didn’t in one respect. The last thing they should have done was come in with some fanciful, unrealistic financial promise they couldn’t possibly keep, leaving someone on the hook when it was all over.
But as Maurizio told me on the phone yesterday, at least the folks at FIBA Americas and FIBA overall know who these guys from Canada are and that things are really starting to look up for our national profile.
Of course, it’s still going to take oodles of cash and if they could find a bag man for future bids it’d sure help but I do think Maurizio and Wayne Parrish made a valid point.
Canada’s at least on the radar now, which isn’t bad after being thought of as little more than a backwater for years and years and years.
I’m told one of the best things about the bid, and I’m trying to track it down with no success quite yet, was the video message Steve Nash sent – bilingual in English and Spanish -- that was part of the presentation.
How’s that for helping out?
Here’s a guy in the throes of a pressure-packed NBA season, with a few other tugs on his life, taking time to help a program that he genuinely cares about.
Not bad, eh?
Hmm, so Super Son wakes up silly early on a Sunday morning and before we get to the Three Stooges – traditional Casa Doug Sunday viewing – he’s got the LeBron James documentary, More Than A Game, in the VCR.
First time I’ve seen it; I can recommend it.
It’s not Curly, Larry, Moe and Shemp but still …
I will never again doubt Doc Rivers.
It was after the last game Boston played here in April, a relatively easy win for the Celtics but not a game in which they had played particularly well. They were in a fight at the time with Atlanta to see who’d finish third or fourth in the East and everyone thought that was a big deal because it would mean avoiding Cleveland in the second round of the playoffs.
Well, I ran into Doc in the hallway when he was on his way to the bus and we stopped to chat a bit about what was coming up. Paraphrasing, this is what he had to say:
“We’ll be all right, really. It’s not about third or fourth to these guys; they don’t care. They know this all that matters is the playoffs and they don’t really care who they play when.”
Guess he was right.
The beat-down they put on Orlando on Saturday night was shocking for its thoroughness. Defence, offence, physical intimidation, whatever you want to talk about, the Celtics dominated.
It was stunning.
We’ll get into it a bit more tomorrow and the next day – and you have to know that what’s transpiring has opened a few eyes about the mental toughness and suitability of the Magic – but suffice it to say, the Celtics are doing just what Doc said they’d do.
Playing their best when it counts the most. Just like a team of seasoned veterans should.
All right, gotta check the papers for the viewings of Shrek IV because Super Son’s got it in his head that it has to be seen. And who am I to argue with a 13-year-old film critic.