Big deal and some big conflict coming this evening
Really, how cool was it with all the stuff flying around Thursday afternoon?
I sure don’t remember one better.
There were a couple of big surprises around the league but none bigger than Boston moving Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson to Oklahoma City for Jeff Green.
I’m a big Green fan but, for the life of me, I cannot imagine what Danny Ainge is thinking in Boston and I can also imagine there’s some angst over there among fans, and players.
If I’m going into the playoffs banking on Shaquille O’Neal to be healthy, I’m taking a huge, huge gamble and I know there was no indication that Perkins would re-sign in Boston this summer but aren’t the Celtics in a “win now” mode?
Of all the deals, that’s the one that’s going to have the greatest impact on who wins a title this year, I think.
And all of a sudden, the Thunder is a lot bigger and a lot tougher and they might have made the greatest strides toward immediate success of any team out there.
Thanks to that trade, I think both conferences got a little bit tougher to win.
And, to me, that’s what trades are all about.
I cannot wait for this to happen tonight.
Steve Nash is leading the break and the fans are waiting for something magical to happen.
He lofts a brilliant pass just over the out-stretched hand of a Raptor defender and the joint goes crazy with cheers.
Vince catches it, dunks and the fans stop mid-cheer to boo.
This has the makings of one of the most conflict-filled evenings in the arena I can remember.
Know what comes now?
The period when players who weren’t traded, or couldn’t be traded, and even some who were, are waived or bought out or told to go away and we start a whole new wave of roster changes.
And two of our old friends might be on the move, it appears.
Jason Kapono is sure to be bought out in Philly, and it’s equally sure some team will find a need for a guy who can still make a three-pointer (I’m looking at Boston and maybe Miami) and the word filtering out of Indy is that TJ Ford would welcome a departure if he knew he had somewhere to go.
Now we’re not talking about stars here but we are talking about guys who can help teams with specific needs and if you thought players engineering their own trades was an angst-causing issue, think about a guy getting paid and then waived so he can go where he wants.
All right. I’m standing there looking at this poster for Sportsnet’s stepsister network (the one a bunch of you can’t see at the moment) and there’s a picture of Andrea with the big, bold statement:
And I’m thinking (besides “What kind of seizure did Danny Ainge suffer?):
Are there no truth in advertising standards or laws in this country?
Okay, not much time left because we have to get in touch with the winners this afternoon but there are still MGD Best Seats to be had for Sunday’s game against Dallas.
Three sets of four and entering is easy as clicking here and following the instructions. And the math question isn’t too hard. I couldn’t get it, but it’s not too hard.
Entries have to close at 10 a.m. so if you get here after that, sorry. But I know we’ll have at least one more night before the season ends.
What’s up with the Suns?
I was standing outside the locker room the other night after the Bulls game, chatting briefly with one of the Henchmen and, of course, the talk was of James Johnson and his somewhat impressive debut.
But the fellow looks over his shoulder as he walks and away and says,
“Give the other guy credit, he did a good job.”
And he’s right.
Lost amid the new-guy-starts-immediately scenario was how well Sonny took the news.
Kid was a pro about it; not that I expected him to sulk or anything (although that has indeed happened with others in the past) but he played hard and well and smart.
And people in the office noticed.
Let’s get a quick one out of mail.
Q: Hey Doug. Do you think that there will be anything in the new CBA that will make it easier for teams to keep their star players? It seems that the way players are orchestrating trades to teams of their choosing is bad for the league.
Jeffrey G, London
A: All I can say is they better.
The league’s reputation, which wasn’t stellar in some circles to begin with, has taken a hit with all the shenanigans about player movement of late and it has to be addressed in the new collective bargaining agreement.
It goes hand-in-hand with the need for a change in the economic landscape so that all teams can truly compete but some mechanism that makes it possible for teams to keep their players without paying through the nose is much needed.
The Decision and the free agent summer were bad enough, the six-month-long Anthony crap put it over the top.
Of course nothing happened with the HOTH at the deadline, just as we’d expected. Not only didn’t they have a lot to dangle (Reggie Evans hasn’t played in months, Leandro’s been banged up) but Bryan made it crystal clear the other night he’s not about to take on anything that would disrupt the long-term plan, which is to finish out the year with this young group, see if he can do something around the draft with the $9 million or so left from the Bosh trade exception and make a good pick.
Might make the final 24 games like the first 58 but that’s how it’s going to be.
Just when I though there were some athletes who were nuts, Charlie Sheen helps me cast an eye to Hollywood and think: “Some of those people are certifiable.”
Mail? Here. Doesn’t seem like there’s much over there.
Okay, how many of you giggled at the Bosh 1-for-18 night against the Heat Bulls? Be honest. Almost all of you, I bet.
Oh yeah, there’s this, too: Bosh misses 17 of 18 shots, his team loses and he finishes plus-2. Guess he had a good game?