Cleaning up the debris of a one-of-a-kind night
Yes, that whole The Decision (and doesn’t that lend a level of gravitas entirely disproportionate to its actually significance?) was something I hope I never, ever have to sit through again.
But I did, and so did a lot of you and now we have to sift through the fallout, right?
And what is it?
Well, I’ll tell you this: Love or hate ‘em, the Miami Heat are now THE STORY in maybe all of pro sports.
I don’t like it – as I’ve said, I’m far more of the ‘beat ‘em rather than join ‘em” mindset and think all three have in some way diminished themselves in this whole process as colluders rather than competitors – but I am sure I will watch them.
And so, I’m sure, will you.
We’ve never seen anything like this maybe ever with three guys in the prime of their careers on the same team. It wasn’t like this in Boston with the new Big Three, the Showtime Lakers were close but not quite there and that’s going to make for some compelling moments on the court.
Will it work?
Probably well enough.
LeBron James, who is as skilled as maybe anybody in the game, is the most unselfish star out there and now, not having to make every shot in every fourth quarter, he can play more relaxed and who knows what that will mean.
Dwyane Wade knows how to play with another star (see O’Neal, Shaquille) and I have a feeling he’ll be quite all right.
Chris Bosh? Well, for a guy who wanted to be The Man and make the max money and not play centre I’m guessing being Third Fiddle, perhaps taking less money and being on a team with no other centre is kind of what he wanted?
Anyway, the Heat are pretty much the favourites in the East today, right? I’m sure there are millions who believe that
I’m equally sure none of them run the Orlando Magic, Boston Celtics or Chicago Bulls.
It could be a memorable season, indeed.
Will that be enough to have the stench lifted from this period of ultimate collusion, when three guys dictated the paths of so many franchises in what I think you could call a disgraceful manipulation of a sport? Probably.
But not today.
I believe they tried to reach Kobe Bryant for comment last night but he was busy polishing his championship rings.
So, what do we have here in Toronto?
Well, when we went to bed, there were still deep talks going on into turning Bosh into some kind of sign-and-trade transactions and until there’s a signature on his new contract, I’m not ready to entirely discount the possibility.
But if that doesn’t happen – and it would be a terrible failing to a sorry saga – what’s it mean?
It means they go forward, stumbling a little bit and would probably enter the next season – if no other moves are made – as longshots for a playoff berth.
But here’s the thing: There will be other moves made. I don’t know what they will ultimately be – sources have pretty much gone underground for much of this last week – but there will be some. Maybe they’ll be good, maybe they’ll be bad. I don’t know and you don’t know and no one really does.
Are the Raptors worse off now than they day the season end?
Of course they are, you cannot take a Chris Bosh off a team and expect it to be good.
Today, it’s not good around Toronto. In October it might be.
Hey, for all the “blow it up and start over people out there” I have a question:
Seen the Knicks lately? How’d that all work out for them? Think two years of absolute misery was worth Amare Stoudemire?
And for those who hold up the Oklahoma City Thunder as proof positive that sucking for a long time is worth it, I ask you this:
How many playoff series have they won? And when do you think they’ll come to realize they can’t pay anyone and start moving pieces?
Look, you get good a couple of ways in the NBA. You hit the jackpot with a draft pick out of nowhere, you find some GM to fleece in a trade or your players simply get better and grow up.
The Chicago Bulls couldn’t give Joakim Noah away two years ago, he was an immature kid who didn’t get it, fought with teammate and coaches and now he’s the guy a huge majority of Toronto fans were pining for if Bosh picked the Bulls.
Will any of that happen here? Maybe not.
But sports – thank goodness – is an inexact science, which is why we feel compelled to watch. We can argue and debate and make bold statements this way or that but none of us has any real answers.
And isn’t that the fun part?
Well, since my day is going to by tying up the loose ends of Bosh, figuring out what else might be on the horizon while putting in a guest shift as our assignment editor in a move that could shake the foundation of Star sports to its very core, why not give me a mailbag to start putting together.
(Yeah, staffing levels are that low that they’re plucking me to sit in the big chair the next four days and mess things up).
Summer league starts this weekend out in Vegas – the big bird carrying the Raptors take off tonight – and it’s time to offer this:
Summer league bites.
Horrible refereeing kills the games, talent level of many of them kills the games and about the only good thing you can say about it is that it’s not overly long.
Oh, wait: It is.
So pay no mind to any scores or any stats, what the Raptors want to see is skills development in DeRozan, Weems, Davis and Alabi (oh, and The New Legend Joey Dorsey, right Mike?).
That’s it, that’s all.
So see if they handle the ball well or have increased their shooting range or have found some new quickness and strength.
Other than that? Read a book.
Last shot at the LeBronathon.
Was that the worst reality TV show since Who Wants To Marry A Multi-Millionaire?