Davis injury cause for concern on several levels
The whole Ed Davis saga (we caught up with it here yesterday afternoon once it became clear exactly what had happened; no sense rumour-mongering until some facts were known) is a bit of a can of worms, isn’t it?
Kid goes out to run with the masses at some gym in Mississauga, suffers a knee injury playing and now no one’s entirely sure what the course of treatment is going to be or how long he’ll have to sit before starting his first NBA training camp.
And there are those in the organization who are worried the rookie big man might have to have a scope to find out just what’s going on inside that knee and while that’s not 100 per cent certain right now, I don’t think anyone should be entirely surprised if it happens.
Anyway, I guess the whole issue is whether Davis, and guys like DeMar DeRozan and Sonny Weems and Amir Johnson should be out in group Runs With Randoms hither and yon in the GTA.
I guess it’s good for their profiles and to a make a “connection” with the fans but the simple fact is, they get more than enough gym time in the Air Canada Centre, where there are first-class facilities, a better, softer court and, you know, staff around if something untoward happens.
Davis had already gone through a scrimmage in the practice gym before he struck out to the wilds of Mississauga and that pickup game and I wonder if that shouldn’t have been enough work for one day.
Now I also know that injuries happen anywhere and at any time, he could just have easily tweaked his knee in the Air Canada Centre as some gym out here in the boonies and this is little more than a bad break for what seems to be a good kid.
But there need to be some questions asked.
Does the league need to re-visit it’s off-season workout rules to allow for team supervision of these pre-camp runs?
Does the team need to make it clear that scrimmages need to take place in the team facility rather than some random gym? Is one run a day enough?
There are no easy answers; it’s just too bad the young fella had to get hurt.
Mail’s almost done for the morning, which is good because I’ve got a soiree I believe I have to attend this evening but here’s one that got out of the bag early:
Q: Hey Doug. Two near opposite questions today. What do you think of the whole Omri Casspi hate crime incident? I am surprised the NBA hasn't come out and condemned it. Pretty disgusting. With the blog and tweets and all you're showing your techie geek side - so I'm curious what kind of smartphone/PDA/slate/notebook you rock these days and if you are enjoying it/them. I’m in the market but having trouble pulling the trigger. Too many choices. Be well
Q: Hey Doug. Two near opposite questions today.
What do you think of the whole Omri Casspi hate crime incident? I am surprised the NBA hasn't come out and condemned it. Pretty disgusting.
With the blog and tweets and all you're showing your techie geek side - so I'm curious what kind of smartphone/PDA/slate/notebook you rock these days and if you are enjoying it/them. I’m in the market but having trouble pulling the trigger. Too many choices.
David W, Toronto
A: I’m as repulsed as any sane-thinking person would be about the Casspi incident (swastikas were painted over a mural of the first Israeli to play in the NBA a couple of times), it’s despicable and a whole bunch of stronger words. And I know the NBA shares my disgust and would condemn in the strongest possible terms if there was a request for comment. I presume there wasn’t one.
And, I use a good old Blackberry Curve; I’ve see all the other things out there and, frankly, I like the keyboard, I can do enough web stuff that it suits my needs and I’m such a Luddite I don’t thin I could handle many other bells and whistles.
Oh, there is some good news on the Raptors injury front.
In conversations I’ve had with a few people over the last couple of days, it’s been made clear as a bell that Jose Calderon is healthy, happy and wise and will be ready to start training camp when it begins in just over a week.
Couple of people I spoke to ran into him over in Istanbul at the worlds and the little hamstring issue he had before the tournament began is all cleared up.
It’s as expected and not really news – it was never thought that it’d be a problem even when he hurt it in an exhibition game against the United States – but figured you might want to know.
Joe Torre’s done?
Now, I’ve never had the opportunity to deal with him but he seems – by most media accounts I’ve read and the interaction I’ve seen him have with writers and broadcasters – to have had all the requisite traits I’d want in a coach or manager.
He treated the media with respect and patience, gave insightful and honest answers and was available.
That’d be the Holy Trinity of characteristics I’d want in a guy I covered every day.
You know how teams are always bringing guys in for camp to have warm bodies for the regulars to, you know, beat up on?
Well, saw an interesting note here from Henry Abbott over a TrueHoop about a name you might recognize.
Russell Hicks is a Canadian, raised – I’m proud to say – in the Glorious Confines Of Niagara Falls (although Westlane over Stamford is an unfortunate educational background) and it’s nice to see him at least get a chance to hang out with the big boys for a couple of weeks.
And the other one?
I saw a note – it might even have been on that zany Twitter thing – that said Old Friend John Thomas is going to camp with the Minnesota Timberwolves, purely because he’s big and rugged and can bang with whoever they need him to bang with.
Thomas was, in a word, an original.
Great kid, great sense of humour and real sense of self-awareness. I remember he kind of walked away from the game for a little bit, travelled Europe with his then-girlfriend and kind of lived life.