A classic cab ride and a stroll down memory lane
It’s below zero here and there was a bit of wind yesterday and, I’ll tell ya, the locals are up in arms.
Kind of reminds me of the time we got here to find two or three inches of snow falling and you would have thought the apocalypse was upon them.
Or the time I got here to find the only rental they had a was a pickup truck – complete with a gun rack on the back of the window – and man, did I feel out of place.
Jay brought up an interesting point Monday when we were talking about the Charlotte Bobcats and how it’s going to be on DeMar and Sonny tonight to take care of Stephen Jackson and Gerald Wallace.
“They’re kind of like who Sonny and DeMar can maybe evolve to be as players, the way they play and the experience they have. It’s a good matchup for those guys and it’s good to go up against guys like that and learn.”
Now, I’m not quite sure that DeRozan and Weems can grow into those two guys but I do see Jay’s point, to a point, so to speak.
I’m still not entirely sure that DeRozan and Weems can play together – I think their skills right now are quite redundant – and I also didn’t think the Jackson-Wallace thing would be all that great. Yes, Charlotte got to the playoffs for the first time ever a year ago; this year it’s been a struggle.
I think one of your wings has to be a legitimate three-point shooting threat and that’s certainly not the case in Toronto right now; I think one of them has to be able to consistently break his man down off the dribble and that’s certainly not the case in Toronto right now.
Maybe one or both of them develop those skills but if you’re looking at one place for Bryan to spend some of his money, that’s where I look even more than for a large shot-blocking centre which would be a close second on my list.
Seriously, it doesn’t get better than this.
Walking out of the terminal at the Charlotte airport, heading for the cabstand on Monday night.
See it and as I’m heading there, there are two cabs ready to pull out, a little car and a van and I’m figuring I’ll have to wait a minute or two for a ride.
The van pulls away from the curb and comes to a stop.
The side panel opens, a guy says, “Hey, my man, get in. Where you going?”
Yep, the one and only.
He’s in town to see Michael Jordan inducted into the North Carolina Hall of Fame at halftime tonight (quick question: What took them so long to do that?) and he was in rare form in the 20-minute drive downtown.
He’s a big fan of Jerryd Bayless, is working on a couple of media things (a potential radio gig and a TV cooking show that’s in production), still can’t understand why the Raptors have a seven-foot three-point shooter and can’t wait to write his book.
“It’s going to be a real book. Not just stories. I’ll tell the truth.”
Well, second best, maybe. The guy who took us from the hotel in downtown Washington to the airport and turned out to be a guy who played high school basketball against Oscar Robertson was the best.
How would you like to take a summer road trip to Philly, a very fine city full of things to do, and see Roy Halladay on Friday night, Cliff Lee on Saturday and Roy Oswalt on Sunday afternoon?
How good would that be?
Seriously, that was some serious news to wake up to this morning.
Here’s a good one from the list of lists:
Q: Heya Doug, you asked for a list and perhaps this is one to get the synapses firing.
Top 5 Raptor game winning buckets. It's always a good thing to remember those bright moments in our beloved team's history, even if they are so few and far between. Thanks for all the hard work, it is appreciated.
Top 5 Raptor game winning buckets. It's always a good thing to remember those bright moments in our beloved team's history, even if they are so few and far between.
Thanks for all the hard work, it is appreciated.
Lorne D, Tokyo
A: Right off the bat, a disclaimer: I know I’m going to miss one or two and I’m pretty sure there will be Irregulars who point out the folly of my selections. And they not all be “buzzer-beaters” in the strictest terms but they were all game-winners.
And, as always, these are in no particular order.
Vince at Boston one night.
Hit a shot from the far sideline where were we sitting, tough turnaround jumper as I recall, and then won another game in L.A. very shortly after.
Vince dunks on Hakeem.
At Toronto, right in front of the Raptors bench, everyone in the joint new what he was going to do and he did it.
TJ at the Clips
The clear out and let him operate at the top of the key, he hits the game-winner and Sam goes berserk. Very funny. Very good play.
Bosh goes deep
At Washington, end of overtime, second possession where they went to him as I recall and he drills a three from the top of the key.
A sweet moment
This is the most cloudy memory of them all – and after you’ve seen 1,000 or so games it’s understandable, I think – but I recall Lloyd Daniels hitting a three right in front of the bench in Cleveland way back in the day to win a game or seal a victory or whatever. If Sweet Pea did anything else memorable in his short stint here, I can’t recall it.
Anyway, that’s what I’ve got.
So, I can’t help but notice that the Miami Heat have won nine straight and one question pops to mind:
(And it doesn’t ‘beg the question’ by the way)
Did Erik Spoelstra get smart all of a sudden?
Holy Bat-overreaction, Batman!
For some reason, my man Mr. Bonnell got a day off Monday.
But the paper keeps writing about the Bobcats and here’s what it had to say.
What about Julian Wright?
How much time is there for him?
He was lauded all over the place Monday for what he did on the weekend – and rightfully so – and you figure he’ll get some time tonight with Jose still out, Barbosa as a point guard and Wallace and Jackson to contend with.
But what about when Jose comes back?
That puts Leandro back in the wing rotation more than as a point guard and once you toss in DeRozan, Weems and Kleiza, there isn’t much time for him.
Should be, though.
How about using Linas solely as your fourth big most nights? Might take some pressure off Ed Davis, who is still very, very, very much finding his way in the game and would allow Wright to fill in on the wing more than he did in the first 22 games of the season.
Makes sense to me.
May as well start the process now.
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