A rather dull affair to send them off for the holidays
Well, that was a dud, wasn’t it?
I’m tying to think if there was a “wow” moment and I can’t come up with one.
Just worn down
Not sure if it was the cumulative effect of a lot of games, the nagging injuries or extended minutes but you could see some of the HOTH just wear down as that one progressed.
Jose, especially, struggled – the eight turnovers is his career worst game – and I think it’s directly attributable to the absence of Jerryd Bayless to give him some rest and the sore foot.
Jay had to use both Calderon and Barbosa on the court at the same time for far too long than he would have wanted and you could see play deteriorate as the game went on.
But since Jose was coming off two games where he had 20 and 12 and 14 and 15, I’m giving him a pass for a clunker.
Stopper? A so-so night
Julian Wright continues to do a pretty good job in his limited role as the defensive specialist on the wing and you all saw Jay go to him as soon as Tracy McGrady got going in the first half.
Didn’t work great – Tracy had 17 and was a huge factor – but it’s a role Wright should get more often, I think.
He’s got a way of being around the ball and making things happen when he’s on the court and I think they need to sacrifice some offence every now and then to let him go.
Seeing the lineup decimated like it is, I’m wondering if Bryan might not be wise to go out and fill that 15th spot on the roster with someone.
Not necessarily a guy who’s going to come in and play regular minutes right away but someone who can at least help them have enough live bodies to practice and someone who can be available when games get out of hand to allow guys who need minutes off to get them.
I think I’d find someone and have him meet them on the trip that’s coming up.
And just a little bit more before I start the whole Christmas shopping process.
I see by Rick’s story here on the departure of Larry Brown from Charlotte that there is no mention of our man Oak.
But I was told last night by a couple of people pretty well connected o Charlotte that yes, indeed, Oakley is expected to join Paul Silas’s staff with the Bobcats.
That could be interesting in a “be careful what you wish for” situation for Charles. I wonder if the Bobcats – or any player in the league today – will take to his rather unique style. They don’t make ‘em like Oak anymore, I wonder if he’ll be able to get his points across without alienating anyone.
All right, I’m not sure if I’m doing a service or a disservice here.
But for all you Irregulars out there who wanted to get their hands on the Jack Armstrong-Eric Smith holiday crooning CD, here’s your chance.
I’m told if you click here, you can order it on-line and, yes, the proceeds are going to the Raptors foundation.
Best of luck. I haven’t had the pleasure of listening quite yet – I think I’ll wait until the original rush of orders is done, but am told by Jack that “it’s so bad, it’s good.”
Is that a good thing?
This is what the story says in Detroit this morning.
Kinda funny sitting in the stands before the game chatting with Darrell Walker when Tracy McGrady walked out of the locker room.
Those were a couple of rather strong-willed personalities back in the day when Darrell coached here and Tracy was a teenager quite full of himself.
Seems they get along all right now, both might have mellowed just a tiny bit, but it was one of the most difficult relationships around team for a long time.
Darrell’s a tough guy, he’d rant and rave back in the day, and a young McGrady didn’t take kindly to it.
And I love that Tracy takes his shots – verbally – whenever he can.
He thrives on the booing (and if that isn’t tiresome, I don’t know what is) and will always make his opinion known, as he did after the game.
“It’s not like I was like Chris Bosh in selling out the city like the city was horrible or something, making crazy comments about the city.”
Now, all he did was go home to play and, really, why would anyone blame him? He didn’t like the cold and had a chance to play around family and friends.
So, what’s everybody do for Christmas? Any really good traditions out there?
Not much here, actually. Super Son has a propensity to get up crazy early – although now he’s a big shot high-schooler I’m kind of hoping he sleeps ‘til 7 or 8 – and then it’s gifts, a big old breakfast that Dad cooks up and then, well, most years there’s a flight and since there isn’t one this year, it’s off to Niagara we go.
But other than that, nothing really special goes on here.
How about there?
Seriously, folks, the mail’s a bit low and since I’m still unsure what we’re going to do in these parts over the next few days, you better take this chance to click, write, say hello and ask away.
But there is this one:
Q: Two questions for you Doug:
With the plethora of technology available today, why do NBA coaches still use the clipboard during timeouts to draw up plays and show the players what is going on. Can they not use a small laptop, iphone, etc. to show the players what is going via up-to-date video or do league rules prohibit them from doing so? Unlike the NCAA, I don't see too many offensive nor defensive team systems being run in the NBA. On defence, it's man to man with some zone thrown in and on offence, it looks like it's just isolated match ups and pick and rolls or pick and pops. Why is that the case?
With the plethora of technology available today, why do NBA coaches still use the clipboard during timeouts to draw up plays and show the players what is going on. Can they not use a small laptop, iphone, etc. to show the players what is going via up-to-date video or do league rules prohibit them from doing so?
Unlike the NCAA, I don't see too many offensive nor defensive team systems being run in the NBA. On defence, it's man to man with some zone thrown in and on offence, it looks like it's just isolated match ups and pick and rolls or pick and pops. Why is that the case?
Joe D, Mississauga
A: Coaches I’ve asked simply say a clipboard or dry-erase board is easier. Scribble plays on it, everyone can see it and you don’t have to worry about anything working slowly or anything like that. They do make use of video at halftime sometimes but, generally, that kind of technology doesn’t work courtside in the heat of a game.
And there are systems – watch away from the ball every now and then – but they unfold far more quickly than they do in the college game.