All-star weekend duties and an unselfish guard (oh, and travel hell)
Good morning from Indy Charlotte Washington Philadelphia.
Glad I could catch up.
Been a rather, you know, horrific travel day but it’s about 9:30 a.m., am told Raptors have boarded their plane in Indianapolis so …
(Of course, the Raptors also boarded their plane Tuesday and sat there for five hours so you never know).
Now I have to work the Friday of all-star weekend on something other than my socializing skills.
In case you missed it, DeRozan goes to the Rookie-Sophomore Waste Of Time as part of the all-star weekend festivities and I guess that means I have to, as well.
Anyway, am I entirely surprised that Ed Davis got left off the rookie team? Not entirely but a bit, yeah.
By the numbers, he probably should have made it but don’t forget that no voter would have seen him for the first month of the season and that had to count for something. Oh, and his team’s a billion games under .500 and an afterthought.
Still, you could probably make a case for Davis over Greg Monroe.
But, seeing how Jonas Jerebko was the guy coaches took over DeRozan last year, guess it keeps up a trend.
Man, I knew some of you disliked me and a lot hate Andrea but now you’re starting to hate each other?
Can you imagine what it would have been like here during the 17-game losing streak? There would have been cyber-riots.
I love this place.
And tolerate some of you.
So, I’m sitting there on a nice stool at Champions in the Marriott as the ice pellets fall and snow comes down and I’m thinking, ‘man, what’s with this weather here in Indy?’
And then I realize, this is nothing.
It’s the Final Four in 2006, the one with George Mason and Florida and LSU and some other team I don’t remember (UCLA, maybe?) and I’m covering it along with The One And Only Quag V 1.0.
We’re in the same spot – perhaps the same stool, making friends as we do – and it’s raining like I’ve never seen rain. Sideways. Hard.
All of a sudden, the PA comes on and we’re told to evacuate the bar, head to the second floor ballrooms because there’s a tornado coming.
(Yes, we were allowed to carry our glasses up there or else one of us might not have gone)
Anyway, we stand there for 20 minutes or so, the imminent threat’s over and we all traipse back to the bar to be informed that not only had a tornado perhaps touched down about a mile away, a John Mellencamp concert at the City Circle (think town square, only bigger) was disrupted when lightning hit a light/sound standard.
And yet I love Indy.
Got this one.
Q: Greetings from Spain! You've asked for questions and I've got one. A few days ago, you did a comment about Kevin Garnett's knocking Channing Frye and if this action deserves or not a suspension or a fine. Well, my question is about suspensions. I think that there are absolutely well deserved suspensions, but, to the team that has suffered the action, which is the benefit when the punished player is not ejected from the game and the suspension comes after revision by the league? Wouldn't it be better to make the suspension effective in the next game this player meets the same team? Maybe this way the action/punishment effect is lesser, but to the "offended" team would be fairer and it doesn't benefit another team, that could be even a competitor for playoffs.
Pablo E, Ovieda, Spain
Here’s the thing, most actions that do result in suspensions also include ejections from the games they occur in so I guess that’s the way the offended team benefits.
I’m not sure something like having a player only serve his suspension in a game against the team he committed the penalty against would work; might be a bit more equitable but with the nature of the schedule, it’s unworkable.
Speaking of weather, I can say unequivocally that football people tend to be, um, wusses.
All I hear all day yesterday is how a smattering of snow and some cold weather is ruining preparations for the Super Bowl.
And the teams are PRACTICING INSIDE AND THE GAME’S IN A DOME!!!
We landed there a year ago for the NBA all-star weekend and there was a foot of snow and things went off without a hitch.
Wusses, I tell ya. Wusses.
(And from what I hear, there’s not a whole lot of collective toughness being shown back home, either. Kind of soft snow days, no?)
I wish there was some hot news breaking or some significant develop we could talk about with the HOTH but there’s not.
So let’s revisit something a few of you mentioned the other night: Whether or not Jose Calderon should shoot more often with DeRozan and Bargnani struggling.
I believe yes; Jay and Jose think yes, but with an explanation specific to Monday and Saturday nights.
“Jose’s got a very solid basketball IQ, he knows how to run a basketball team and I think he’s feeling for some of these guys and trying to get them the ball where they can make something good happen.”
“Maybe I could be a little bit more aggressive and I’ll try to do that sometimes but, I don’t know, I was feeling like we were having good shots. It’s not like we were forcing a lot … it was more good looks, missing shots.
“But you have to have confidence in your teammates that they’ll make the next one. That’s why I keep passing them the ball.”
The dude’s almost too unselfish but, you know, outside the last two games, offence hasn’t generally been an issue with this team so I don’t know that there’s a huge reason to change.
Want to send me mail? I have no idea where I’ll be when tomorrow or even today to get to it (what are my chances the scheduled Atlanta-Toronto Delta flight Thursday goes off without a hitch?) but I will eventually. Promise.
You know the drill.
All right, may as well wait for my plane in piece and quiet and hope the Raptors get out of Indy because if I get to Atlanta and they don’t, there is going to be one ornery Grunt.
Have a good day.