A chance for a meeting and Canadian roster decisions loom
Here’s the best thing about the American national team playing Spain in Madrid on the weekend.
It’ll give Jay a chance to chat with Jose and while I don’t think there has to be much fence-mending done, it’s a pretty good chance to at least say hello.
I know Jose pretty well having covered him his entire career and I don’t think the botched trade will weigh on his mind too much but I’m pretty sure Jay should make a point of telling him that he’s still an integral part of this team if there’s no move made.
Everyone involved understands the business aspects of the game, that if something presents itself that makes sense, trades are going to happen and Jose’s been around long enough to realize that.
Still, we all know he loves Toronto, the city and the organization and I think Jay needs to sidle up to him at some point and say, ‘hey, you’re with us, you’re one of us and we need you.’
So, lose by a billion, win by four.
Some ride for Canada, no?
Not sure the win over Serbia is much more indicative of the team’s fate in the worlds than the loss to Greece was but it had to be heartening for them to bounce back at least.
The trouble spots remain, though.
Got a note from Leo late yesterday and they still know they need to get Andy Rautins fully healthy – he didn’t play again – and Jermaine Anderson’s not quite at 100 per cent yet but he got some minutes in each of the two games.
Another interesting thing is that the team still has a couple of cuts to make before the worlds start and with the boxscore showing non time for Olu Famutimi against Serbia, I wonder if he’s not on some kind of bubble.
Rosters don’t have to be finalized until a week from today so there are four games to go before any decision has to be made.
Nothing. Nada. Zip.
Dead quiet in what’s traditionally a very slow time around the NBA. People are on vacation, doing off-season office work and kind of coasting.
I’m all for it.
In keeping with our worlds theme these days, here’s this from the early mail:
Q: Not sure if you've answered this before but I haven't seen it lately. After getting dusted by Greece and seeing the drop-off between tier 1 and tier 2 international outfits, would you say Canada Basketball fans my be looking at 2016, even 2020 before we can really challenge on an Olympic stage._It would seem our real stud prospects (The Pangoses, Josephs, Thompsons, Kabongo's, etc.) are still fairly young in the system, and we may not see them with the SMNT for a while.
N A, Toronto
A: I’ve said it long and often, actually. I’m thinking the progression should be, top 16 at this worlds, qualify for the Olympics, top 12 at the 2014 worlds, qualify for the 2016 Games and see where that takes them for the 2020 world championships.
You’d hope by that time that kids who have so far shown promise but who have really accomplished little will have grown into capable players. I warn you, however, that it is a long, long, long, long way from talent as a teen to being able to play as a man.
Hmm, so I’m reading all the post-concert stuff yesterday and I see there’s a suggestion of some kind of contretemps between Steven Tyler and Joe Perry.
I have to admit I only saw Tyler in the audience and figured that was the norm for concerts these days.
But if they want to have full contact music, I think it’d be a hoot.
Speaking of mail.
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Is everyone tingling with excitement about a Bills-Colts pre-season game in Toronto tonight?
Seriously, if there’s anything more dull than pre-season football, I’m not sure what it is.
But have fun at the game.
Okay, it’s really slow here today, I need to come up with some theme of things to do each day until I land in Turkey. Am open to suggestions but keep in mind I need most of late September and October to do NBA stuff.
Anyway, here’s one more from the mail just so I feel I’ve done my duty here.
Q: Watched the broadcast yesterday of the Youth Olympics. They were showing "Basketball" and it was 3 on 3. Why on earth did they even bother? If you can't afford 5 on 5 ....what's the point?
Bob C, Wingham
A: The point is it’s a different game, it’s something FIBA and the IOC want to try to promote the game and participation in it and, honestly, I’m all for anything that gets youth participating in sports and offers them a chance to play on a global stage.