A few little things that are wildly interesting -- honest
Bryan on Bosh. Since you insist.
I actually got to listen to the now-infamous radio interview – which is far, far, far better than reading any of the interpretations of it because I kind of like to hear the nuance of the words and their context – and I expected, it was far less incendiary that I was led to believe.
The one thing that caught my ear, though, was the suggestion that Bosh was medically cleared to play with the ankle after the all-star break and was more careful coming back than perhaps the team would have liked.
(And, contrary to the Associated Press story that’s on our site right now, that’s the issue, rather than the broken nose-surgery thing at the of the year; at least, that’s how I heard the interview)
I know pain management and recovering from any injury varies from player to player and circumstance to circumstance so I’m not sure there was anything anyone could do except ask every day whether a guy feels good enough to go.
Other than that?
Well, it was no surprise that Bryan thought issues arose around the all-star break, he said that in late February and early March.
And it was no surprise that he made mention of the various moves they made to surround Bosh with different teammates because he talked about that a lot after the season.
What the whole thing was, I think, was a compilation of various issues rolled into one interview at a slow period in the off-season and caused a stir disproportionate to the actual words and news.
That happens a lot.
A trade. That went through.
My, oh my.
How about that?
Anyway, David Andersen is not the answer, I don’t even know if he’ll play an awful lot but it’s a tweak to add some depth at no cost and what’s the harm in that?
Look at it this way: If they get anything out of him, a few minutes here and there; a basket at a key point in one game; some serviceable time if someone ahead of him gets hurt, it’s more than worth it.
Big deal? Heck, no. But a deal nonetheless and, this summer, that’s huge news.
David Andersen is the third Aussie to be on the Raptors team.
Anyone get the other two?
And no scrolling down, that’s cheating.
Of course there’s more coming.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that Bryan cannot be done yet in his summer moves; I fully expect he’ll find a taker for Jose Calderon – although I’m still not sure that’s the wisest thing to do – and I know he’s been trying to move Reggie Evans, if at all possible.
I don’t know when stuff might happen but I am 100 per cent certain – and this comes from talking to people here and around the league – that more is to be done before we can even think about assessing the summer of activity.
That’s the thing about this time of year. Sure, we can look at each individual deal and wonder if it’s good or bad or somewhere in between (and somewhere in between is pretty much how you can look at everything) but the total package has to be assembled before a full assessment can be made.
And we are certainly not there yet.
Hey, thanks everyone.
David Andersen played the better part of a decade in Italy, Russia and Spain, he wasn’t born on this continent and he’s only been in the NBA for one season and I don’t think there was one comment that said:
“Arrghhh. Bryan and his @($*!*#^@#%@!* Euros”
Be there or be square.
Actually, it might be kind of fun if there are handful of the senior men’s national team players around these are guys you don’t know, hardly see and if you get a chance to stop by and chat, you might find they’re people you’d like to cheer for.
So, I’m still confused. Is Russia in Europe or Asia?
(Joking, folks. I’m joking).
But you can add geography to the fun stuff we’ve done around here now.
Once Turk’s little “I’ve got to get myself out of Toronto” diatribe hit the airwaves way back in the day, if you had been told he could be traded for a backup combo guard and a backup big man and be out from under that contract and save about $30 million in long-term money, would you have been okay with it?
Just wondering because that’s pretty much exactly what happened.
I wouldn’t trade Jose Bautista, by the way, since that seems to be the big sporting topic of the moment. Of course, I would trade him if I got some good prospects and maybe a bench player for him.
How’s that for equivocation?
Seriously, though, doesn’t this whole issue in baseball kind of mirror issues in every sport in so many ways? There are no absolutes, it’s ridiculous to make bold and blanket statements like “trade this guy” or “don’t trade that guy” because none of us knows what offers there are, what other things might come into play and to simply make declarative statements does nothing.
Mail? I can handle a bit more and since today’s an office day mostly, I might have some to get some answers going.
Nathan Jawai and Paul Rogers.
They are the other two Aussies.
Rogers, of course, never actually played a game; he was signed as a free agent in February 1999, had a broken foot and was around just for a look-see and then was renounced the following August.
Yes, we are full of odd trivial knowledge in these parts.