Of scouting and good news for Joey and the best of the defence
All kinds of little stuff – with the traditional digression or two – before the penultimate game of the long, long pre-season unfolds.
Have at it.
So Micah Nori skipped practice yesterday, the laggard.
Oh, wait, had a good reason since he jetted down to Cinci to do some scouting last night when the Cavs – Toronto’s second opponent – play the Sixers.
It was one of the few forays the assistant coach is going to make this year but it’s not like the Raptors won’t be getting first-hand scouting reports on coming opponents.
What happens is this: Through his various excursions over the years, Micah’s built up a network of freelance scouts the team will employ. The guys go and watch games, get the play calls and then send a report back with the corresponding time of each call.
Let’s say the Cavs call “thumb up” at the 4:15 mark of the first quarter. That comes back in the report overnight, Micah and the staff will have a video of that game and use the calls and time codes to figure out what teams do.
It seems to be the way more than few teams are going; rather than using their own staff, they employ a series of guys on a part-time basis.
And it’s not unusual for one scout to be working for a couple of teams at the same game; sending in the same reports with time codes to different organizations.
Wonder how a guy gets that gig?
Joey Dorsey’s breathing a bit easier this morning (and so are his legion of fans out there in readerland) after the Raptors waived Ronald Dupree yesterday, meaning Dupree will clear and be off the roster officially by the time Monday’s deadline for teams rolls around.
Now, that doesn’t mean that Bryan isn’t working on something and Dorsey’s next contract plateau doesn’t get reached until Nov. 1 so there’s time to still do something.
But, for now, things are looking pretty good.
Who, of a certain age, didn’t spend the end of almost every high school dance with arms around a lovely and Free Bird playing?
I see the Suns waived ex-Raptor Dwayne Jones.
Wonder if he’ll come back?
What to watch for tonight? Plays out of dead ball situations.
That’s when a lot of stuff the Raptors have been working on in practice will be put in to game situations and if someone forgets an assignment, woe is them, Jay says.
“I think there are a couple of things that we’ll do … we’re just kind of adding to our offence in after timeout situations. If we have a play that we put in after a timeout, everyone’s expected to know it from then on.”
The game against New York on Friday in Montreal really won’t be a time to do anything special or show any huge tweaks to offensive and defensive sets since the same teams meet for real here next Wednesday and neither team wants to give all its stuff away.
That puts a premium on executing things at full speed against real opposition tonight and will be one of the subplots to watch.
Oh yeah, we’re here at noon to answer some questions for an hour or so.
Everyone remember how that works?
See you then.
Part list, part mail, part filling space.
Q: Hi Doug, long time reader, first time writer.
If your life (and the rest of the earth's) is depended on picking the 5 best defenders from the history of the Raps to protect a slim lead at the end of the game against an all-star team of alien basketball players (a la the movie Independence Day), who would you choose to go to the trenches? Mine would be Alvin, Doug, Mo-Pete, Oak & Willis. Your thoughts?
If your life (and the rest of the earth's) is depended on picking the 5 best defenders from the history of the Raps to protect a slim lead at the end of the game against an all-star team of alien basketball players (a la the movie Independence Day), who would you choose to go to the trenches? Mine would be Alvin, Doug, Mo-Pete, Oak & Willis.
Dupont K, Hong Kong
A: Well, I’d say you’re about 80 per cent right.
But no team of that ilk can be considered legit unless it includes Alvin Robertson.
And I’m not entirely sure I wouldn’t put Marcus Camby in there for his shot-blocking skills; he was pretty darn good at protecting the rim.
I’m sure there are others – Chris Childs could get at it for long stretches of time before he fell out of shape – but I’d live with Alvin Williams, Doug Christie, Alvin Robertson, Oak and whatever centre was healthy.
Beaver’s Mom and Mr. C? Been a bad week.
Lucky Carol Brady only lost a dancing contest.
Yes, we got through the conference call to set up the all-star ballot unscathed and you’ll see how we got it all figured out sometime next month.
Until then, we’re keeping it in-house so as not to spoil the surprise.
But, truth be told, there really are none, we did a good job.
Please. Click here to do your stuff.
I have a long train back from La Belle Province on Saturday morning – to say nothing of a nice relaxing journey there tomorrow afternoon – and need something to occupy my time other than the view of Lake Ontario.
Oh, one request: Not going to have much idle time in Montreal, train in Thursday night, game Friday night, out Saturday morning but a good lunch place and maybe a nice dinner spot near the arena on Thursday would be greatly appreciated.
And, as I think I might have mentioned, if the game isn’t already a complete sellout, it’s awfully close to it and I have to say I’m a bit surprised by that.
Wasn’t sure how an exhibition game would draw in that neutral site city with the pucks going on.
Well done, fans.
What’s my man K.C. got to say about the Bulls these days?
Well, here is this morning’s offering from the cyber pages of the Trib.