There's nowhere like Erie in the fall, and other fun things
Little more than a series of unrelated items, thoughts and digressions after a day of travel and no practice. But here you go:
Solomon Alabi and Ed Davis are with the team today but not for long, I’m told.
I think you’ll see Alabi assigned to Erie of the D League the first of the week so he can go down there and get some practice and game work with the Bayhawks.
And I’m told Davis may get some time down in the minors in the next little while (maybe a week or so away) to get some game work in as he comes back from knee surgery.
I guess both moves make sense, although I do think each of the young bigs would benefit almost as much from practicing against NBA guys than playing in a guard-oriented minor league, but as long as they’re not gone long, there’s no big problem.
The Davis move is the one I’m sure you’re most interested in, given the daily questions I get about his return.
Glancing at the Erie schedule, they play at home the 19th and 20th and then away the 26th and 28th so you’re logically looking at Davis getting back with the Raptors sometime after the 28th and – maybe – being in an NBA uniform for the Dec. 1 home game against the Wizards.
That’s if there are no setbacks, of course.
Orlando-Miami back-to-back; two days off and then Washington-Philly back-to-back?
Oh yeah, I can see one win but they really, really need to get two for their collective psyches.
One puts ‘em at, what, 2-10 coming out of this brutal start? Hmm, that’s not quite good enough, is it? I would have said 4-8, maybe 5-7 would have been a legit goal the day before the season started.
Quick trip to the mall?
Q: At the beginning of the season, Triano said Andrea had to learn to play big minutes, but Triano, with his erratic substitution pattern gave him 20 minutes against Golden State and has rarely played him as much as 35 minutes a game. Isn't it time to let the big guy sink or swim? It's not like Triano has a lot of choices, but he doesn't appear to have much confidence in Bargnani.
Allan W, Toronto
A: Should Bargnani play more? Maybe but it’s not like he’s the forgotten man out there, although that seems to be the common misperception.
The Golden State game was unique in that he was in foul trouble, the guys who were playing ahead of him were playing quite well in the second half so I have real problem there.
And the fact of the matter is, he averages a team-high 33.3 minutes a game – about six minutes more than anyone else – and he played about 38 the other night against Charlotte. Not that far off his ’09-’10 season average of 34.9.
As long as Jay’s staying with a four-man rotation up front – and I think that’s wrong except on nights when there’s foul trouble – I imagine 35 a night is about what it’ll average out to.
Man, there is a lot of cable television available in this room.
No wonder everyone wants to live in this great land.
So, no Barbosa and it’s looking entirely like Kleiza won’t play at least tonight so that’s going to mean more time for Julian Wright and I wonder how he’ll handle it.
You know I like what he brings but the question is whether or not he’ll bring it every night.
I imagine he will because he seems to be quite professional about his work but there have been more than a few players who’ve looked extremely good in one-time appearances before they regress as time goes on.
Hope that doesn’t happen with Wright.
Yes, the Raptors have had a conversation or two with Erick Dampier this week in light of the deal he had in Houston falling apart.
No, there is no resolution but there’s still a possibility they’ll sign him.
In a three-hour layover at Dulles (not a bad airport, at all, as a matter of fact), I should have done a scientific study to see which souvenir was jumping off the shelves the most.
Would it have been:
The one with Dubya’s smiling mug on a fridge magnet asking:
Miss me yet?
The one with the three-panel head shots of Bristol’s Mom going from normal to something approximately Edvard Munch’s Scream saying:
Stop the insanity.
What’s up in Orlando?
Let’s see what Josh was scribbling yesterday.
Speaking of Orlando, here’s the trip down memory lane:
A major meltdown
This was as classic night. They lose – I think Bosh might have been out with an injury but I don’t remember for sure – and we’re talking to Sam in the hallway outside the locker room.
All of sudden, entirely unprovoked, he starts on this all-world rant about – of all things – Jerome Moiso and how he can’t play him because he doesn’t work hard in practice and how he needs guys to take responsibility for their skill and it was quite a Sam Rant.
Anyway, we run into the locker room to ask Jerome about it – he had no idea what was coming – and he looked like a deer caught in headlights. Not sure why Sam did what he did but it sure made for an interesting story.
Used to be a fellow who covered the beat for the Sun known as Quag and they got him good one day.
We’re at shootaround talking to the coach of the day (think it was Sam again) when all of a sudden two Orlando cops show up. They ask for Quag and start busting on him for blowing off a toll booth on some ride down an interstate and it looks entirely like they’re going to arrest him.
Turns out one of the Raptor media relations guys with connections down here had cooked up the prank with some friends.
But you should have sent the look on Mike’s face. Priceless and gave some juice to an otherwise boring shootaround chat.
This one might hurt
I still contend to this day that the shot that Bosh took at the end of Game 2 of the 2008 playoffs was a good one.
A 20-footer but a guy who made ‘em far more than he missed them instead of driving against Dwight Howard, who’d just blocked one of his shots, was fine with me.
The miss killed them and might have been the one play that decided the series (at 1-1 going home I’d like Toronto’s chances) but it was still a good shot that just didn’t go in.
Click here if you like; we’re on the same schedule as last week with the usual drivel Saturday after the Friday game, Sunday after the Saturday game and a big ol’ mailbag on Monday so you’ve got lots of time.
Okay, new arena to check out and grief to give HWSNBN for his unfortunate facial hair decision.
See ya later.