A workout curtain call and what it all means
Well, not a whole lot, I don’t think.
According to a couple of people I talk to around the Raptors, the big Kansas centre with the wacky jump shot is on the list of possible draft picks, he’s not at the top but he’s on it.
But he will be back today, along with five others, to get in a last workout at the Air Canada Centre before Thursday’s draft.
He’s the only guy of significance they’ve had back in for a second look in Toronto, although they did try to get Texas guard Avery Bradley in last week but missed him to due to an apparent injury.
If you’ve been paying attention, you’ll know there are myriad possibilities for the Raptors – some guards, some wings, some bigs – and they really are going to have to sit around and see what happens before them as they get ready to make the No. 13 pick.
I do know that they’re working diligently to move up but as of last night there was nothing too serious going on. It is forever thus, though, that conversations are relatively benign on the weekend before the draft and really start to percolate today and tomorrow.
I will say this for the Raptors – they’ve been all over the map with their workout kids and that has to tell you that Bryan’s juggling a whole lot of possibilities.
They don’t currently have a pick after No. 13 but they’ve had more than a dozen kids in who aren’t going to go before the latter part of the first round or even into the second and that includes the five others who’ll join Aldrich in the gym this morning.
I don’t know what’s eventually going to happen over the next 48 hours (we may get a sniff once we’re in the gym today chattering with the masses and The Henchmen) but I do know these folks seem prepared for just about anything.
And you should be, too.
By mistake, I ended up reading a story about the other draft that’s about to unfold and, I have to say, having a basketball one that’s over in about four hours is exponentially preferable to the Jerry Lewis Telethon Pucks Thing.
Just in case you have some abiding alumnus reason for caring, here are the other five souls who’ll strut their stuff in Toronto today: Guards Edgar Sosa of Louisville and Harvard’s Jeremy Lin, along with forwards Devin Ebanks of West Virginia, Darington Hobson of New Mexico and Deon Thompson of North Carolina.
The 13th selection in the NBA draft is not among them.
Okay, so you all knew the Mighty Yankees dream of a perfect season was dashed, well, it was dashed in the season opener.
Now we’re just looking for a win.
Yup, three up and three down after we lost A Lot-A Little on Monday night and if we don’t get some serious coaching, this has got Long Year written all over it.
But the kids are having fun, they’re better players today than they were at the first practice and we’re gonna get there, I’m sure.
Just keeping you informed.
As for informed, we may as well start the whole mail process, although I have a sneaking suspicion the real questions will come after whatever happens this week happens.
Anyway, click here to send the questions in and since I see a lonely one in there now, let’s do it.
Q: Hi Doug. If you didn't have the job you have, is there any team in the NBA you would buy season's tickets for (assuming you could teleport the team, fans and facility to the GTA.)
Maybe I should phrase the question differently: If you had to buy season seats for one NBA team, which team would you want to watch for a whole season? The Lakers? The Suns? OKC? Our boys, out of habit?
Steve Manale, Toronto
A: Your boys? Nah. Sorry.
I’m thinking right now it’d probably be the Thunder, actually; good young team of athletes that defends and can score in bunches.
But I’d put Portland high on list ‘cause I love the arena and the atmosphere and the team’s pretty good.
You could probably round out a top five with the Suns (fun team, good city), Rockets (good team, nice arena) and Chicago (good team, great city).
So judging by stuff I read from reporters I respect, it seems that there’s a feeling around that perhaps Chris Paul is in play – although I must admit to being a bit dubious since he’s on the record as loving his new coach and is the face of a franchise that needs to sell tickets.
I imagine when push comes to shove, this would have been the Hornets creating a bit of a buzz with no real intention of making a move.
That said, I would presume – and expect – that B. Colangelo has made a call to see what’s up and I would presume – and expect – that overture would have been rebuffed.
While the Raptors have some varied parts to dangle, they don’t have a ‘big name’ like Paul to offer in a trade. There isn’t a fit, I don’t think.
And hang on a sec. Before you inundate me wit “Chris Bosh for Chris Paul sign-and-trade” stuff think this: If you’re a free agent, do you want to go to New Orleans if the one guy who makes the franchise attractive is gone?
It kind of bites, as I sit here just after 7 a.m. starting to put the finishing touches on this masterpiece (that’s before Super Dog wants its morning walk in the rain) that there’s no soccer on now.
But, man, the more I read, the wackier it gets and the more I’d like to write about it some day.
You’ve got France, with the guy sent home, the practice boycott and all that inherent kerfuffle.
And now the sartorial splendid Mr. Capello’s at it with John Terry of the English side (check out Cathal’s piece here) and I’m thinking, ‘man, it’s never like this with Jay.’
What a hoot.