Bosh dithers still, the kids win and a blast from the coaching past
Not a whole lot newsworthy, it’s been that way for quite some time now and there were no startling revelations. There is, however, a growing sense of impatience tempered with a bit of frustration around the hierarchy; at least that’s the sense I’m getting.
They are impatient that Bosh seems to be waiting to be “the other guy” to someone somewhere after telling all and sundry he wanted to be the man, and the level of frustration comes from the fact they can’t get a read on what he’s thinking because he’s not talking.
Now, I’m sure when it’s all said and done some sign-and-trade deal will work itself out somewhere -- although there is no way in the world they are taking four years and $50-plus million of Luol Deng so put that right out of your mind – and the feeling is it’ll be done by the end of the week.
But the subtle, and not-so subtle – shots across the bow are telling Bosh and his agent that the Raptors are going to take care of themselves first and foremost, they have some say in what’s going to happen and they won’t be held hostage by a guy who’s bolting after seven years in Toronto.
I would expect that in the end Bryan won’t cut off his nose to spite his face but the message he’s delivering needed to be delivered.
And if brings this stuff to a conclusion a bit more quickly, I’ll be the first in line to thank him.
Of course you know there’d be a couple of guys who’d slip my mind when I was talking about the mid-level exception and the guy I was told the Raptors are thinking about making an offer to.
Now, I again caution nothing is done until it’s done and these are talks that are progressing. But a couple of guys sidled up to me Monday, and, even though I like sidlers about as much as Elaine Benes, I had to listen.
And they dropped three more on me:
Travis Outlaw, Linas Kleiza and Josh Childress. Nothing more than names to put on the list because no one connected with the Raptors is about to divulge anything specific at the moment.
Kleiza’s the interesting one to me because there was interest in him a year ago before the Raptors made all their moves and he headed off to Europe.
He’s a restricted free agent but he could very well be the guy you should be debating.
So, the kids.
Easy win over in Germany this morning for the Canadian under-17 world championships, they drilled Korea 95-74 in the first laugher of the four games they’ve played.
The win runs their record to 3-1, assures them a spot in the quarter-finals and, just as important, also means they won’t get the Americans in the first round of the elimination portion of the tournament.
Junior Lomomba led Canada with 20, Dyshawn Pierre continues to have an excellent tournament as he had 14 points and 10 boards while Kevin Pangos and Olivier Hanlan each had 11.
We’ll be talking to a player or two and hopefully coach Roy Rana later this morning to get more details but these kids really have to be feeling good about themselves and Canada Basketball has to be feeling good about its programs, too.
I have no idea of the calibre of the competition but beating Spain and Australia, especially by coming back late in the fourth quarters of close games and pulling away speaks to something about this group.
But quite aside from wins and losses – and don’t get me wrong, wins are great – it’s the experience these teens are getting that’s the most important thing. They are learning how the international game is played, they are learning the significance of playing for their country and that has to count for something substantial as their careers roll on.
We’ll try to take a deeper look at what it all means after the preliminary round ends Wednesday and there’s a day off to collect thoughts and take a breath.
But before then, check back on our regular sports page later today for the stuff about this morning’s easy win.
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Shaq to Atlanta? Why not.
Guess that’s what the reports are out there today and if he’s going to be a backup, that’s an odd spot.
Not sure what it means for the entirely functional Zaza Pachulia (a fave only because of the name) and if the Hawks are still going to run stuff through Joe Johnson, doesn’t Shaq get in the way?
Who knows if it’ll happen, just not sure it’s the greatest of fits.
The stuff you learn when the phone rings out of nowhere.
Just got done a quick radio hit last night at dinner when I answer a call that yields this little nugget about a guy some old-time Irregulars might recall.
Seems our old friend Butch Carter is going to get serious about getting back in the game and he’s hooked himself up with none other than William Wesley, aka World Wide Wes, in an effort to land some new gig.
Now, you know that I think the world of Butch as a basketball coach and a guy. He was an outstanding strategist and coached a game as well as anyone who’s ever done that gig in Toronto and I’ve thought for a while that he should have landed somewhere.
World Wide Wes, as some might know, seems to be a facilitator extraordinaire, he was hooked up with LeBron and a whole raft of others.
Put his connections with Butch’s abilities and I bet something happens for Mr. Carter.
Which would be good.
Since today seems pretty quiet (oh, it’ll be Netherlands 2, Uruguay 0 and I’m sorry to my Uruguayan buddy) I figure late afternoon is when we get some breaking news just to mess up a slow day.