A list, some news and all kinds of fun and frivolity
A bit longer than usual but that just means there’s more to enjoy.
A lesson learned
Remember the other day when I talked about Jay being miffed by lack of hustle and effort at the end of a quarter. (It’s right here at the top of this one in case you missed it).
Well, they seemed to have got the message.
End of first quarter Sunday, Andrew Bynum scores with 3.1 seconds left and instead of lollygagging the Raptors get the ball in quickly, Bayless goes end-to-end and even though he missed the shot, it had to make the coach feel good.
Welcome to the bigs, kid
Injuries and foul trouble and already thin front court forces Jay to go deep into the bench and there’s Solomon Alabi on the court in the first half of a close game against a great team.
And he’s got to guard Andrew Bynum (who is HUGE) and Pau Gasol (who is GREAT) and the kid didn’t do too badly. I guess the best thing you can say is he didn’t hurt them at all but I know he’s only going to be used in the case of dire emergencies and, please, don’t think that off six minutes of one game he remains anything but the fifth big man on the roster.
Tale of two halves.
First: 0-3 FGs, 4-4 FTs, 0 rebounds, 2 turnovers, 2 fouls, 1 assist.
Second: 6-9 FGs, 7-7 FTs, 2 rebounds, 1 turnover, 1 foul, 0 assists.
The kid’s okay, but he’s sure not there quite yet.
Here’s a wee bit of news if you like.
No, Peja Stojakovic wasn’t on the bench Sunday – as he’s been every day since he got here – for a good reason.
He’s back in New Orleans seeing doctors to get a second opinion on whether or not there’s something wrong with his knee.
He’s had an MRI here that showed no structural damage but the swelling’s still there and he’s going to get checked out some more.
And you have to trust me on this:
There is no buyout in the works.
The Raptors want to explore all options – him playing, whatever trades might pop up if he gets back on the court and shows a level of fitness – before they even entertain that thought.
And I’m assured by people who know that any buyout will not happen until after the trade deadline.
This was left over from the mail because it took me a while to get an answer.
Q: Please answer my question Doug! Thanks! :)
Can a player be called for a charge if time has expired (example included)? For example, say the Spurs are up by 1 pt in the 4th quarter and Carmelo Anthony of the Nuggets is driving towards the basket for a layup. Before time expires Anthony releases the ball from his hands towards the basket. As the ball is travelling through the air towards the basket Anthony continues to move in a forward direction and runs into Manu Ginobili of the Spurs, but he only runs into him after time has expired. The ball goes in the net. Is it possible for the refs to call a charge on Anthony after time has expired (therefore negating the basket), or should Denver win the game because even though Anthony committed a charge, he only did so after time had run out? In reality Anthony actually committed the charge with time left on the clock but I would like to know what would happen in this hypothetical situation.
Can a player be called for a charge if time has expired (example included)?
For example, say the Spurs are up by 1 pt in the 4th quarter and Carmelo Anthony of the Nuggets is driving towards the basket for a layup. Before time expires Anthony releases the ball from his hands towards the basket. As the ball is travelling through the air towards the basket Anthony continues to move in a forward direction and runs into Manu Ginobili of the Spurs, but he only runs into him after time has expired. The ball goes in the net. Is it possible for the refs to call a charge on Anthony after time has expired (therefore negating the basket), or should Denver win the game because even though Anthony committed a charge, he only did so after time had run out?
In reality Anthony actually committed the charge with time left on the clock but I would like to know what would happen in this hypothetical situation.
Ashley H, Toronto
A: Sorry it took a few days but I got it.
Thanks to a friend on the Raptors clock crew, I was able to get this question directly in front of an NBA official and the answer is:
Yes, there can be a charge and there would be no basket.
One of the phrases I got as part of the explanation is that the ball is alive until a shooter returns two feet to the floor.
Now, whether an official would make that call is another question; and it would undoubtedly involve the use of instant replay to see if time had indeed expired but there you go.
In Los Angeles, they say this about that.
List time, and a digression for the season.
So, what do we have, six days ‘til Christmas?
That gives you five nights to watch movies, right?
Well, I’m thinking these would be the five movies of the season I’d have cued up to go, in inverse order:
How The Grinch Stole Christmas
I’m the only guy I know who’s been to the Dr. Seuss Memorial in Springfield, Mass., so I’m thinking I need to put this theatric release on the list. But as TV shows go, Burl Ives Jimmy Durante in Frosty is the classic.
Miracle on 34th Street
I know it’s the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade and blah, blah, blah, blah, blah but this is a Christmas movie. A classic.
It’s A Wonderful Life
Now, some astute Irregulars will know that Jimmy Stewart starred in what I think is the best movie ever (hint: A stunning Grace Kelly) but this is a great one, too.
We’ve all run into an Uncle Billy, right?
A Christmas Carol
Bill Murray should be castigated for doing Scrooged because anyone who messes with the Alastair Sim original deserves condemnation.
Bing. Danny. Crooning.
I’m telling you, a glass of wine or something of that ilk, kids in bed and a fire burning and White Christmas on Christmas Eve is about as good as it gets.
A fun digression, no?
Stevie Boy was at the big tilt with cameras everywhere and he’s done his usual bang up job.
So, the trades.
You can probably make the case that the Saturday deals were win-win-win in many respects.
Washington gets out of the Arenas contract (never again can we say a player will not be traded solely because of his contract) and can move on with the John Wall era.
Phoenix gets a big they need in Gortat, a wing defender in Pietrus and, I’ll say this right out, if anyone can make that Carter fellow into something close to what he was, it’s Nash. And if he can’t, Vince is a four-month rental with only a partially-guaranteed contract for next year.
Orlando? Well, Orlando might be a train wreck or it might be a very fun team to watch because they won’t defend much but they might score in bunches. Sure, they’re weak up front and if Howard gets in foul trouble in any game it might be a disaster but what the heck. I’d much rather have a GM who makes bold moves than one who doesn’t. If that team faltered, and it was faltering, Otis Smith was going to get fired; he may still but at least he will have gone out with guns a’blazing.
Okay, one last personal digression.
Not sure if there are any of you up in the Milton area but if there are, Super Wife passes this on (and I know where my bread is buttered) about a Christmas toy drive led by the One And Only Tiger Jeet Singh (and that’s a name from my grappling-fan past) for Sick Kids Hospital.
All you have to know is that every time I look at Super Son, I thank someone for Sick Kids and Dr. Rutka and his staff.
So … Yes, it’s a personal plea but sometimes that’s what I do.