Even in the dog days we've got stuff
Quiet still, isn’t it?
I know Bryan’s on a wee bit of a break after some league meetings in New York the end of last week, some much-needed down time, but I’ll say again, he is not finished by any stretch of the imagination.
But until something breaks, it’s a tad slow around here
We’re headed to Old Blighty!
Yep, March 4 and 5, Raptors-Nets at the O2 Arena in London, first time the NBA’s ever played regular season games in Europe.
Very cool, indeed, and about the only snippet of the schedule that I’ve heard about that’s marginally interesting and it was a guy in Jersey who actually got it.
Not sure right now what that means for season ticket holders – I’m presuming they whack the price of a ticket to one game off your tab – but it’s going to be pretty neat for those who go (hi, boss!).
It also becomes, automatically, the best place they’ve ever played a regular season game and I figure it’ll have to get into the top three places they’ve ever played before.
That, of course, would be Madrid, Rome and I actually can’t think of a third because they’ve only been to dowdy lowspots for most neutral site games.
Anyway, the only other thing I know about their schedule – which comes out next Tuesday unless someone gives me a copy earlier – is that we’re home for Christmas (not with a game, but with one just before and nothing on Dec. 24, 25, 26) and we’re away somewhere the week between Christmas and New Year’s.
This came in the mail yesterday and I was wondering what you think of it?
Q: Know what I am missing, Doug's lists
Lists are meaningless and subjective but I love them and in the dog days of summer, waiting for BC to trade Jose for NY's Curry (joke, um, I hope), let's bring them back.
I am still waiting for the top three Raps at each position (so 15 for 15 years.)
Best one liners from players.
Even some that you have done before. I would like some Toronto lists (best places to watch an away game) for those who are Raps fans around the country and world.
Just some fun, light summer reading.
Bruce M, Winnipeg
A: Okay, I’ll try to help you out over the next little while because, yes, it will be slow for a couple of weeks ‘til we head to Turkey and then September should be really slow.
Now, I just plucked this question out of the in-box this morning so don’t have a lot of time for a lot of thought so I will give you this one off the top of my head.
Three Worst, Three Best Arenas For Guys Like Me
A pit, pure and simple. Small concourses, cramped seating, very few amenities. The work room is about a five-minute walk from the locker room, which doesn’t sound like much unless you’re, you know, on deadline for a West Coast game.
The worst seats in the league, benches with no backs and no room on the table for a notebook along with a computer and the work room has rickety old tables. Truly not good.
Madison Square Garden
I know, I know, probably an odd choice but World’s Greatest Arena? My butt. Cramped on the concourses, it’s got a rather unique, um, odour and the visiting locker room might be the smallest in the NBA.
Great baseline seats right by the bench, huge work room, locker room’s big and close. And you can walk to the gym from any downtown hotel.
Under-rated, big time. Work area’s big and close, seating’s good and it’s a big building without being imposing. Unlike, say, the United Center or Staples, which are huge, too huge.
Except for the seats, which are in a corner halfway up the stands and necessitates fighting crowds walking up while we want down, the work room’s great and it’s about five steps to the locker room.
Where does the Air Canada Centre fit?
It’d probably be in the bottom half. The work room is tiny and cramped, we’re stuck like cattle in a tiny hallway after the game waiting for the locker room to open and, as some Irregulars may recall, there are often issues with the courtside wireless.
No truth to the rumour the Raptors had a trade for Brett Favre that fell through, causing him to retire.
Speaking of mail, got some done yesterday so I’m a bit ahead of the game. That means click here, send some in and we’ll get along just fine.
I seem to have been able to miss the silly hour-long TV special to go over a dozen or so regular season games.
I could myself lucky in that regard.
So, another day, another Raptor dude linked to another job, I’m hearing.
This time it’s Masai Ujiri, whose ties with Denver from years ago have his name on the list of possible GMs for the Nuggets.
I’m told there is legitimate interest both ways and I’d bet at long odds that Masai at least gets to the interview stage when he gets back from Basketball Without Borders in Senegal.
Anyway, there’s a Canada Basketball practice in an hour or so that’ll hopefully provide fodder for a story and some notes.