A far-from-earth-shattering trade, and they played a game
Hmm, been a week, I kind of forget what we do here.
It’ll come to me, I’m sure.
Oh, yeah. Right.
What was that?
So, I’m perched on one couch, Super Son’s over on the other one and I swear I looked up and saw Sonny Weems take – and make – a three-pointer.
I rubbed my eyes, shook my head, knocked the potato chip dust off my chest and watched the replay.
Yes, it was a three-pointer.
Considering it was his first make from distance in 14 games, you can see my surprise.
I don’t mean to single out Sonny because DeMar’s no better but when your starting wings are absolutely no threat to shoot three-pointers, that’s an issue.
Is it his time?
Watched with interest when Jay gave Alexis Ajinca some extended minutes last night and went with a four-man bigs rotation, which is generally against form.
I haven’t seen enough of Ajinca to have much of an opinion of him but with the last 25 games of the season upon us, I wouldn’t be surprised if Jay ran out four big men more often than not to see what he’s got in the intriguing 7-footer.
Big night, or not?
Yes, Jerryd Bayless had 10 assists against the Bobcats, first time he’s got to double figures in a game in 11 games, and that’s maybe a sign that his decision-making point guard skills are getting better.
Then you remember the four turnovers in a short run in the first half and, well, maybe not.
He is still a work in progress and I don’t think we know anything more about his long-term future today than the day the Raptors acquired him.
Some other things?
I love the people here.
(Some of them)
Raptors make a minor trade and everyone’s up in arms and people should be fired, and it’s impossible to believe they couldn’t have received more and we’re talking about a guy who might be a bit player on a 15-41 team, for goodness sakes.
But I will say this
I would much rather have a kid, James Johnson, with a year and half of NBA experience and a year and a year a bit left on his contract than the 28th pick in what might be a lockout-chilled bad draft that you’d have to give three guaranteed years to.
I have no idea if James Johnson can play, no one does because he’s barely been on the floor, and the folks who are excited are just as likely to be right as those who are disappointed.
It was a minor deal at basically no cost, why not make it?
I hope we get a deadline day blockbuster here like we did Feb. 20, 1997.
That was the day they moved Acie Earl to Milwaukee for Shawn Respert, an earth-shattering move if ever there was one.
One more on the Johnson deal.
If I’m Sonny Weems or Julian Wright, I’m not signing any long-term leases.
Not that I thought either would be back but Johnson doesn’t make much money ($1.8 million next season), you know Bryan sees the same issues at small forward as all of us do and Johnson’s a guy who probably vaults past Weems and Wright (both of whom have no contract guarantees for next year) right away.
Oh, what’d they say in Charlotte about that rather boring and predictable game?
Did you hear?
Carmelo Anthony got traded!
Yeah. To New York!
And thus closes one of the more unseemly stretches in NBA Transaction History, thankfully.
But what’s it mean on the court?
Well, I guess there’s no question the Knicks are better and, eventually, they might be able to challenge Atlanta for fifth best in the East behind Boston, Chicago, Miami and Orlando.
They have star power now, and that seems to be what they love in New York more than anything else, and the Knicks may improve in the long run. But right now? Right now they have a bunch of defensively-average scorers who’ll have to learn to share the ball, run whatever system it is that Mike D’Antoni runs and hope that no one gets hurt because the bench is even worse than it was.
The Knicks, as a basketball-playing franchise, have been irrelevant for years. They are no longer as irrelevant as they were; I’m just not sure how much better they’ll be in the long run.
And the one thing we have learned more than anything else since this sorry saga began is this:
It’s all about the money for Carmelo Anthony. Forget winning in Denver or waiting until the summer to find a better place to make a championship run as a free agent.
This was about the $65 million extension and forcing a way to get it and move on.
He showed his true colours all the way: Pay me. Or else.
KC Johnson on the Bulls and the trade and what’s going on with that club.
Oh yeah, as least the arrival of James keeps the Raptors’ Johnson quote at two since it means the end of Trey.
And since the guy’s coming here this week and it’s trade time, too, let’s do this:
Q: The question and response in today's mailbag about Steve Nash spurred me on to another question regarding him. Numerous times this year, I've read that he should be given an opportunity to play for a ring by getting traded to a contender. My question is, would he even accept such a trade? He seems very happy playing in Phoenix, where he's a god. In addition to other factors, I get the impression Grant Hill chose to stay there because of Steve. Do you think he's the least bit interested in being traded? If not, do you think he'd retire if he was?
D M, Calgary
A: I don’t think, at the moment, that Nash has any interest whatsoever in being dealt, I think he enjoys his teammates, his city, his challenge and at no time in the 20 years or so that I’ve known and covered him did I think he was a guy who’d throw up his arms and bail on a situation.
Now, this summer might be a different story, but that’s a long time and a collective bargaining agreement away.
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