No beaten-up old guys need apply
Not so much for Tracy -- I don’t particularly care where he ends up -- but for me.
(And while it is all about me, this is also all about the Raptors so indulge me).
There won’t be a dozen of comments or e-mails suggesting the Raptors sign McGrady or Shaq or Allen Iverson or some other washed up star to fill out the roster.
Not only are their skills declining – McGrady’s been hurt forever, Shaq’s getting quite long in the tooth, Iverson was a ridiculous idea a year ago and even moreso now – but they are not the kind of guys anyone connected with this organization should give a second thought to.
This team, right now, is not a place for a veteran to come in and play out his dotage; they need young kids hungry to prove themselves or mid-20s guys ready to truly blossom.
I don’t care what word you use – rebuilding, re-tooling, changing, adjusting, whatever – this team this year is going to very much be a work in progress where you’ll have some kids still trying to figure it out, some trying to make their name and I’m wondering if it won’t be at least more entertaining a product that we’ve seen the last two years.
I think Bryan’s one last move – or maybe his two last moves – should be to add someone who can grow with the group, not someone like an aging star ending his career who might provide a couple of extra wins at the cost of the development of guys who may be here for a while.
So Tracy and Shaq and even Josh Howard, who is intriguing if he wasn’t hurt and most likely too expensive, should find other homes where they fit better because I don’t think any of them bring anything to a team trying to establish an identity.
How could you possibly not like a guy who sat around having beers waiting to see if he made the cut and a dude who lost some weight trying to get fit and found out he didn’t like it so he’s somewhat portly again?
Carl Pettersson – you can read about him here – has truly vaulted up my list of favourite PGA Tour guys now.
Missed the tryouts for the June Taylor Dancers yesterday.
Hope it went well.
What’s up with the Raptors? Well, word I got over the weekend from folks was some things are “simmering” but nothing is imminent. Figure that’s just the normal state of affairs around there these days and probably doesn’t mean an awful lot.
But figured you’d want to know.
Bit of a digression but what the heck, it’s not like there’s a lot of basketball to digest. So …
You know, everyone’s job has some good points and some bad points and after almost a week of being Golf Boy, I have devised the following lists for your reading pleasure
No night games.
You do your interviews outside the scoring trailer and not in some stuff locker room.
For the most part, the guys you’re talking to want to talk to you.
They don’t play stupid music during competition and there aren’t 19,000 people screaming when you’re trying to file at the buzzer.
Fresh air and sunshine when you’re working doesn’t bite.
The stadium’s so damn big.
Having to park kilometers away and be shuttled into the course.
You watch those guys hit balls and you think, “what game is it that I play?”
So the Miami Herald did this big long takeout on Chris Bosh over the weekend and there’s some interesting stuff in there.
Takes a couple of shots at Toronto but praises the city but the one that kind of made me sit up and take notice – and there’s a comment in the comment section about it, too – was that now he’s happy that people will know where he plays and who his teammates are.
I’ve got to say this: If Bosh’s team had won, people would have known where he played and who was on his team. I saw first-hand with that other guy – if the Raptors are good, fans will find them. It was a bit of a rock star franchise for a little while in the early-2000s on Vince Carter’s talents; Chris, for all the good things that he does, was never on team that was that successful.
But, trust me, if a team wins, the fans and the networks and the folks back home know about it.
And that’s the thing to be mindful about first and foremost:
It’s not the market or the country or whatever; it’s success on the court that determines how a franchise is perceived.
You know what’s going to be cool?
Some actual basketball to watch in person.
Leo’s team starts dribbling into town this week, camp begins on the weekend to get ready for the worlds and I’m going to be quite interested to see how the team shakes out.
And hopefully it’ll provide some fodder for stories because other than that and any breaking news on the Raptors front this looks like a very uneventful week ahead.