Of Rudy and a good old fashioned brawl
No. Not here.
Not only isn’t Toronto on any list of preferred destination – and I keep hearing he’s only going back to Europe or nowhere else – but I wonder how a guy who was disgruntled with his role in Portland would feel about coming here and having to battle DeRozan, Weems and Leandro Barbosa for time?
Anyway, it’s a moot point because it’s not going to happen. I know there was some talk between the teams a while ago and nothing came of it and there’s no way it’s rekindled now.
Speaking of Rudy, how about the league hitting him with a $25,000 fine for his agent telling anyone who’d listen that he wants out?
Somewhat Draconian, no?
But a shot across the bow at other disgruntled guys who are under contract that will make them sit up and take notice.
Slokey and The Gangster got Canada yesterday.
(Hmm, that should be the name of a band, or a bad TV show, shouldn’t it?
Anyway, Canada loses to Slovenia to wind up the Acropolis tournament in Greece and now it’s on to Turkey for Argentina, Turkey and Lebanon at a tourney in Ankara before the worlds start.
And mail time.
We do it all around here.
Q: Hello Doug! Will you please commingle an Irregular's Love of Lists with her building anticipation for the (almost-here!) FIBA Worlds and give us your choices for the "Top 5 International Basketball Games I Have Witnessed"? (And how cool to be able to add a game from this year's tourney to that list. Think it might be too much to ask that it be a Canadian game???) Thank you.
Lorie P, London
A: I’ll gladly indulge you with this one. I’m kind of searching deep in the memory banks but here are five that I’ll never forget, in no particular order.
Tournament of the Americas, 1992
It was a rout, as we all knew it would be, but seeing the original Dream Team play its first game ever was an historic moment in global basketball. An event more than a game.
Sydney Olympics, 2000
This was the one that really captured the country, if I recall. Nash at his best, Mike Meeks playing out of his head and the single biggest upset I’ve ever witnessed by a Canadian basketball team.
World championships, 1998 Athens
My first worlds outside of North America and to suggest the atmosphere was electric is a giant under-statement. Sitting with Glen Grunwald, watching Zeljko Rebraca go nut was one thing, seeing the fans light flares in the upper regions of the arena was something else.
Beijing Olympics, 2008
Hugely hyped game that didn’t disappoint. Having seen the first Dream Team roll over everyone, it was great to see how far the world had come. The game was in doubt the entire way, even with the best NBA players imaginable on the team.
World championships, 2002 Indianapolis
If it gets any better than overtime in a world championship gold medal game, I cannot imagine what it would be. Maybe OT in a Game 7 of an NBA Finals but the raw emotion of one game for gold for your country cannot be topped, I don’t think.
You know, part of me is entirely delighted that Roger Clemens, who has always – always – struck me as a bit of a fraud could be getting his comeuppance with the perjury charges.
Got me thinking:
Why in the world don’t athletes who are destined to be caught simply apologize and move on. We’ve seen it with so many, they’re contrite (sure it’s fake sometimes but people are easily fooled) and they get forgiven by more than a few fans and life goes on.
Sure, there are some of us who don’t forget or forgive but if some do, isn’t that better than, say, facing jail time?
Oh yeah, as far as I can tell from looking through various TV listings, we can see some real basketball on the weekend.
I see ESPN has the USA-Lithuania game live at 3 p.m. East on Saturday and if I’m reading the Raptors TV grid right, it’s got USA-Spain at 3 p.m. East Sunday.
I know that will likely necessitate finding a bistro or somewhere with a satellite for some of you, and me, too, but it’s probably worth it.
Did you see this?
But it does speak to one serious issue I have with FIBA and something that has to be addressed somehow.
None of the participants in that fracas will suffer any repercussions and that gives them a sense of impunity when it comes to things when it comes to, you know, tossing chairs into a group of milling-about angered-up players.
Maybe a suspension or two from FIBA-sanctioned games might be in order? Guess that makes too much sense.
So you know my beloved Storm are about to wrap up one of the best WNBA regular seasons ever, right? They’re 26-6 going into the last week and have secured home court throughout the post-season.
Good for the folks of Seattle, I’m glad they’ve got a winning hoops team.
Okay, another day of driving to the Falls for family affairs (whatever happened to Kathy Garver and Brian Keith was really cool as Dennis Finch’s Dad, wasn’t he?) so not sure when we’ll get to all the comments.
But I do know that I’ll have some time to set up the weekend mailbag so click here, send ‘em along and give me something to do.