Not a whole lot of news but some tidbits
Oh, how I wish there was some hard news to pass along.
But Media Day’s been done about an hour and as I just mentioned to a friend, it was pretty much a news-free gong show.
Yes, they want to work on defence first as training camp unfolds.
No, there have been no decisions made yet about who will comprise the starting five.
Yes, they truly relish the underdog, disrespected role and that sounds like a card they’ll play all year.
Coach Jay Triano:
“That’s absolutely fine. I love that challenge, I love the challenge when people tell us that we’re not good or people don’t think that we’re going to be that good. I want the other teams to believe that when they come here that this is going to be do an easy game.”
I sense a theme for the season:
Ignore us at your peril.
Sounds as good as anything, right?
Did get a chance to check in with Bryan and a henchman or two about the move to add a big.
They have spoken to Erick Dampier and his people, as we reported a few times, but if it looks as if that ship has sailed, the impression I’m getting from folks is that Earl Barron, a 7-footer who finished last season with the Knicks, is next on their list of possibilities.
And there’s every chance that if they hear Dampier’s going to choose Houston or Milwaukee over Toronto, Barron could be in town as early as Tuesday to start working out.
And if they want to keep him, despite having 15 guys on the roster, it sounds like the Joey Dorsey contract, not fully guaranteed right now, would be the one they eat to create a roster spot.
Huge throng out there today, a few media types that we won’t see again until the season ends.
I have to say that, having been around this business and this league, for more than a few years, this team has always attracted broadcasters and writers entirely disproportionate to its success on the floor.
One guy I didn’t get a chance to talk to, and I’m not sure I even saw, was Solomon Alabi, who’s got a hamstring issue.
But one guy did tell me Alabi had been doing some light running and might even be able to do some on-court stuff late this week.
Oh, and we did get the requisite vow from the general manager that the goal is to be in the playoffs. I have no problem with talk like that, I’d be far more bothered if he said that wasn’t the goal or something like that.
Not much bold talk, though, from any of the players or coaches but there does seem to be a quiet confidence about this group.
Said Jose Calderon, who is 100 per cent ready to go Tuesday:
“We go into the season with great expectations, we can be a better team. I think we have a lot of players who can play, maybe we don’t have that star role for somebody, I prefer sometimes it’s better to have five guys scoring 12, 15 points than to have one get 35. We have to play like that, share the ball more than ever and play like a team.”
Anyway, hope that holds you over until the stuff gets filed for the paper, which is all about the “grind” of media day.