Good opener for Canada, and some scheduling quirks
Of course, I wasn’t there (and I’m waiting for the Irregulars to report in with details of the game and the event) but an 86-62 win over China to start the serious part of the summer is nothing to be sneezed at.
Reading my old friend Gary Kingston in the cyber-pages of the Vancouver Sun (as you can do by clicking here), the game seemed to be the kind of game Canada’s going to have to play to have any chance to make some noise.
Minus a true “star” the Canadians are going to have to rely on balanced scoring and depth, both of which they seemed have had against a China team not expected to fare well at the worlds.
It’s going to work against the lesser teams, no doubt, but the fatal flaw may be when it comes down to a one-possession game and the Canadians need a guy who can beat his man off the dribble and get the bucket they need.
It’s been my experience watching China teams for more 15 years that they don’t put up too much resistance unless that Yao guy is in the lineup and without him, Canada should have recorded a relatively easy win. Glad they did.
A much sterner test will come here in Toronto in the games against France on Thursday and Friday. I haven’t seen a full France roster yet – I don’t think they even get here until some time today – but I know it will be a much better team than China.
Again, I know the whole Ticketmaster charge on the tickets thing bites big-time but if you get a chance, I think taking in one of the games might not be a bad thing to do.
Right, the Raptors schedule.
Didn’t dissect it too much, being Tennis Boy and all for most of Tuesday, but it looks kind of ho-hum to tell you the truth.
Except the start.
Eight of 12 on the road to open including away dates at Utah, where they can never win, the Lakers, Portland on a tough back-to-back and then at Orlando-Miami on consecutive nights?
Am dreading the angst already.
Anyway, there are 18 back-to-backs, I see, which is down from last season as I recall. No big whoop or hardship there.
The one thing that did catch my eye was the proliferation this year of Saturday games. Nine of them – all on the road – seems a rather hefty number in comparison to last year and what that does is really cut into the number of Sunday afternoon home games. I think I saw there are only 11 home Sunday dates and that’s a smallish number.
Bet Mona’s ticked.
This really doesn’t have any impact on the Raptors, and may not mean anything in the long run, but seeing how the Canadian team is in mind, I automatically started wondering about Andy Rautins when I saw old friend Roger Mason Jr. signed with the Knicks.
I know the Knicks are high on young Andy but, in the ruthless business side of pro basketball, he hasn’t signed a contract there and the addition of the similarly skilled Mason might cloud the issue just a little bit.
There’s been no indication that Rautins won’t get a deal done, at least from anyone I’ve talked to, but there is now one more shooter with some NBA experience to fight for minutes with.
Want to start the mail stuff? Why the heck not.
First, a question:
Q: Hi Doug. I hope you are enjoying the relatively quiet days of August. Happy recent birthday wishes to Super Son.
I'm curious to learn a bit more about the TPE and what can be done, or not done, with it. I understand (I believe) it must be used in a straight up trade for another player, and can't be used to pay a free agent in any way.
Can it be split up into different transactions? Can it be an element of a larger transaction - ie Raptors trade a combo of Player A salary plus a portion of TPE to equal the salary of incoming player B whose salary is more than player A? What is the current value of TPE that the Raptors have to work with?
Any explanations/examples you can provide would be much appreciated. I find there's always more to learn about the trading rules and regs. I've always appreciated the time you take to help us learn every aspect of the game.
Kate C, Toronto
A: I’ve been trying to rein in all the questions about the trade exception and thanks for putting it all into one for me since it’s going to be an on-going topic.
You cannot aggregate any portion of the exception with a player; for instance, you couldn’t trade, say, Marcus Banks and $5 million of the exception for a $10 million player.
It can, however, be split into several transactions. They could acquire on player for, say, $5 million and someone else for another portion.
And, yes, it cannot be used for a free agent. If there is a current free agent the Raptors would covet with the money, that players’ former team would have to do a sign-and-trade for a deal to work and would therefore have to have enough cap room, or an exception of their own, to re-sign their guy and simultaneously ship him to Toronto. That was the breakdown in the aborted Matt Barnes transaction, Toronto had the money to ship to Orlando; the Magic didn’t have room to assume it.
And the value of the Bosh trade exception is $14.5 million and is good from for one calendar year from the date the original Miami transaction was made.
I’m sure there’s more but I can’t think of what to add right now.
And now, the link. Irregulars know the drill, the rest can figure it out pretty easily.
Okay, I think it’s been a couple of years since I’ve been Tennis Boy and I have to admit, it’s not a bad gig.
I love the little stadium up there at York – I think they should hold a concert or two there, it’d be very cool – and the whole walking-around-to-the-outer-courts thing’s kind of neat.
And, having been Golf Boy recently, I hereby give you:
Some Differences Between The Two
You can see a whole tennis match and don’t have to traipse all over heck’s half acre to watch.
They play tennis at night and that brings up deadline issues.
You only have to pay attention to two guys at a time rather than 144. Or sometimes four, I guess.
Par-love. Duece-Bogey. Ad court-Primary cut. Whatever happened to the simple things in life, like basket, jumper, assist? A tie.
And, finally, yes, Raptors TV should be broadcasting the Canada-France games from the Air Canada Centre on Thursday and Friday nights. Without a question.
I know there’s a cost involved, and I know Bryan and his henchmen do provide all kinds of assistance – monetary and otherwise – to Canada Basketball but this is a perfect opportunity to promote the game and the program that shouldn’t have been missed.
I’m dead certain it came down to the finances involved in mounting a production but that’s a weak excuse, in my books.
I guess what bothers me most is they have, according the schedule I see on the web, some kind of Canada Basketball preview show on but then they switch away. Friday they go to the Hall of Fame induction ceremony, which is a bit odd, and Thursday there’s something called NBA Special: World Basketball Preview Featuring USA Basketball and that kind of sticks in the craw.