All right, everybody really needs to chill on this trade kicker thing with Hedo.
Yes, if he gets traded he gets a 15 per cent bump in his annual stipend, it’s a clause he negotiated into each of his last two deals and it seems to have become some huge issue with the e-mailers.
It’s not a big deal, it’s certainly not a deal-breaker and he’s one of about 35 or so guys in the league who have them.
Those guys range, by the salary spreadsheets that an NBA GM works off, from Kobe to Mo Pete to Roger Mason to Sam Dalembert.
A handful of guys that many e-mailers would like to see on the Raptors – Dalembert, Manu, Joel Przybilla, Chris Kaman, Jeff Foster – have them and Hedo even had one in the Orlando contract he had before he came to Toronto.
Oh, and Amir Johnson had one, too, when the Raptors obtained him.
It is no big deal, it not an issue in any trade and it’s really nothing worth getting worked up over.
Mighty Yankees rained out, or at least postponed because I’m told no one wanted to play First Puddle or Third Puddle instead of first base or third base.
Too bad, for the kids and the coaches who missed the game for reasons of work or golf and who also missed the team meeting after.
I know there are arguments pro and con out there about the use of instant replay in basketball and whether it should be extended or not.
We had one the other night at the end of Game 3 that was truly interesting and presents a big conundrum about the affair.
Remember the play? Shot’s missed, Lamar Odom goes to grab it on the defensive boards, Rajon Rondo obviously fouls him, the ball goes out of bounds. Now, that play happens at least once in every single game all year and the refs always make the same call: They give the ball to the team on defence, no foul is called, no one complains and the game goes on. Happens every single night.
Except, because there was less than two minutes to go, the refs decided they’d take advantage of the replay rule, look at it again at the urging of the Celtics and the ball was given to Boston.
Now, technically, they got the call right, Odom last touched the ball. But it was only because Rondo whacked him and the way the rules read now, the refs couldn’t review the non-call, only possession.
By the letter of the rulebook, they got it right. In reality, they got it dead wrong.
So do you expand replay to be able to decide whether or not it was a foul that caused the ball to go out of bounds? It’s a tough one.
I think you either have to or you have to take replay out in those situations.
Whatever happens, there has to be some fine-tuning.
Oh, and can I just add that three reviews in the final two minutes of a game that’s encroaching on a pretty tight deadline really, really bites.
I don’t believe there was one unsubstantiated rumour about the Raptors flying around yesterday.
What a boring day, eh?
So, let’s start one: Bryan talked to other executives yesterday. About players. And transactions. And nothing of substance happened.
The thing is, I think we’re nearing the time of critical mass for Colangelo and the Raptors.
As you may know, we’re only 14 days away from the draft, which is historically the first off-season pressure point for moves; either to swap picks for players or picks and players for players and I imagine the chatter will be quite amped up.
I know there are a couple of dozen GMs and coaches gathered in New Jersey these days for some mass workout of so-so prospects and when those guys gather in one place, things generally start to percolate.
We should have fun in the next fortnight.
There’s a big futbol thing starting tomorrow, I hear?
I’m torn, folks, really torn. Tough to find one team to root for so I’m thinking I have to find a couple of them and hope for good games the rest of the way.
(And, thankfully, I think there are enough ESPNs that I’ll be able to see a few on TV between tomorrow and Monday down here; it won’t be like at home but still, a good way to kill time)
Now, you know I have some allegiance to the Black Stars of Ghana, right? And even without Michael Essien, I’ve got to stick with them, thick and thin and all that.
But it certainly wouldn’t do my heart bad to see England not spit up a game at the worst possible time and since I can remember having some affinity for the Dutch way back in the day (Ruud Gullit was pretty cool) but they kept breaking my heart by losing in the finals.
So there you, Black Stars, Three Lions, Oranje, teams to watch for.
And since Super Son seems quite intent of backing the Azzurri, we might have some issues around Casa Doug.
One World Cup question: How many fender benders do you think will occur over the next month because drivers are looking at other cars and trying to figure out what the hell the flag is that’s flying out of the window?
Avery Johnson’s back in the league, eh?
Has a verbal agreement with the Nets and in Dave D’s story here, there’s one quite interesting nugget.
Avery, who’s been linked to about every vacant job in the last two years, really wanted P.J. Carlesimo to join him in Jersey but P.J. didn’t want to wait on the uncertainty, got a good offer from the Raptors and took the Toronto gig.
I’m not entirely sold on Avery, to tell you the truth. I’m told by people with good knowledge of the Dallas situation that he can grate on people rather quickly and the post-season flameouts of his Mavs (coughing up 2-0 lead in ’06 finals to Miami, being upset by Golden State a year later) stick in the craw.
Maybe he’s mellowed, who knows.
Yes, we will be here tonight just before 9 to go through one of those in-game blog things that are sweeping the nation. Love for you to join us.