Turk talks and a TV special shows there are indeed too many channels
I see Hedo’s weighing in from afar again, this time ripping the organization and Bryan in the wake of the Bosh stuff last week, which I still contend is little more than a titillating recap of opinions oft stated.
I’m not sure this isn’t a case of the pot calling the kettle black because I do think Turk spent a huge part of the season taking advantage of an organization that mis-handled him from the start and except for one little half-baked apology on the day after the season ended, I don’t think he took enough responsibility for how things turned out.
(Of course, I also think the organization coddled him too much from the start so there’s enough blame to go around)
Anyway, to Turk’s points:
Yes, Bryan may have been intemperate in putting all his thoughts (again, stuff he’d said for months) into one broadcast interview but that’s hardly reason to suggest the organization is fatally flawed or that people are never going to come and play for the Raptors.
Are there things that can be done better? Sure.
They can get a group of guys that like each other and who all play hard and let them go play and grow together.
They can – and should – abandon the theory of “one star and bit pieces” and let a team grow.
This has – so far – been one of the worst summers the franchise has had to deal with. The departure of the team’s best player, the two failed trades, the bickering that’s been going on here and there have done nothing to enhance the team’s reputation around the league.
Luckily for them, though, the summer is not over, there will be more done and eventually things will calm down, they will throw the ball up and then, and only then, can anyone assess what’s transpired.
And then we’ll be able to better judge if there’s any lingering problems from these trying times.
So the e-mail drops early Monday morning from the good folks at Turner and NBA TV to say there’s one-hour special Tuesday night to announce the opening night games, the Christmas Day games and the Martin Luther King Day games for this coming season.
As the one and only Kevin O’Neill once said:
“Will the ridiculousness never end?”
Seriously, I know it’s all about the hype and there are lots of hours to fill on a television network but this might be the most silly thing I’ve ever heard of.
For five or six days of games?
They should get LeBron to host it.
I’m betting the words “Toronto Raptors” are not spoken once during the hour unless they’re a visiting team for some MLK Day game.
Hey, real basketball starts this week.
Well, real in the sense that the national men’s team starts working out Wednesday for what’s going to be a very full month for them.
I’m still not sure exactly who will be in camp, or how many, but they do have to hit the ground running so I don’t imagine there’ll be too many superfluous players.
They’ve got the game against China in Vancouver on the 10th, the two here against France on the 12th and 13th and then it’s off to tournaments in Greece and Turkey before the worlds.
That’s a pretty ambitious schedule but that’s a good thing. They need to find out pretty quickly how they stack up against good competition and we’ll have a good idea of what they are by the time the worlds begin.
I know you’ve been dying to know that the Mighty Yankees have a couple of rainouts to make up this week before the regular season comes to an end and if we’ve learned anything this year, it’s how to deal with adversity.
A couple of wins, a tie and more losses than I care to remember but we’re having fun, the kids really are better ballplayers today than they were at the first practice and that’s about all that matters, right?
Okay, end of digressions. For now.
I read somewhere this week that among the candidates for the Phoenix GM job is Tommy Sheppard, who’s an assistant in Washington right now.
Goes to show you that you can climb a ladder because when I first started this gig, Tommy was a PR guy in Denver.
Maybe one day I can be on short list for a GM job. That’d be pretty cool, no?
We may as well start this now because I’m going to need stuff to fill up this week, I think.
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All right, there’s a house to clean and grass to cut and today starts Super Son’s Birth Week so we’ll check back a little later.
Happy Simcoe Day.