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That was odd, a Sunday without a game or a flight or anything. The rhythm of the week is thrown totally out of whack and everyday now, I’ll be asking Super Son “what day is it” and he’ll give me that, “come on, Dearest Dad, are you that stupid” kind of look.
The question in Sunday’s mega-mail bag about Bryan and not being seen got me thinking (and that’s a dangerous proposition, sometime).
I know he and The Henchmen have been scouring the college campuses the last six weeks or so trying to figure out what guy they might like best when draft time rolls around and that’s all well and good. You want to build a body of reports on anyone you like and seeing them a handful of times makes entire sense.
But here’s the thing:
I think they need to be spending almost as much time seeing and talking to and learning about NBA players as they are collegians.
And that’s not just from video, which they watch frequently when it comes to deciding what free agents they might have interest in, or who they might like to trade for. It’s finding out whether a guy is a “fit” in other ways because they haven’t had a whole lot of luck in that regard over the past couple of summers and since they may have lots of money to spend this year on free agents (depending on the CBA, of course), it’s imperative they don’t blow it.
I think getting out and seeing games live, talking to people casually around a team, guys like trainers, and reporters, and staffers who interact with players on a daily basis, is just as important as knowing whether they can go left and drive or whether they can beat a double team.
And I’m not sure this organization does it enough. They need to do more.
What do we make of the news that Reggie Evans probably won’t play until “probably close to all-star” as Jay said down the bottom of this off-day story?
With the trade deadline four days after the break, does it mean he’s not going to have enough time to show he’s come back from the broken foot surgery to make him tradeable?
And is that a good thing?
Unless they were going to get a draft pick, a young player and not take on any additional salary, I’m not sure there was a need to move him.
I thought they’d try – and I presume they still will if he’s got maybe the Clipper and Miami game under his belt – but they might find the market closed.
And remember last year? When they brought him back from another foot injury for five minutes or so in a game against his old Philly team the night before the break?
If he’s not ready 100 per cent, Jay says that’s not going to happen again.
“That was more motivation for him. (This time is) completely based on health.”
I think it was around hour seven of the pre-game show that I looked up from the stool, saw the panel discussion of the Steelers going on and thought:
“Hmm, when did Franco Harris start to look like Mr. Cotter Kotter.”
If I see him hosting a poker show, I won’t be surprised.
Oh yeah, wait for the breathless reports this morning that Trey Johnson has been re-upped on a second 10-day deal.
Timing makes sense, even if it cost him a practice on Sunday.
By waiting until today, it will keep him around through the Miami game right before the all-star break; if they’d done it Saturday or Sunday, he couldn’t have lasted that long without the Raptors having to make a decision keeping him for the rest of the season or letting him go.
Oh, and I think at the end of this stint, unless someone gets hurt in the interim, he’s probably a goner. Bryan will want, and needs, that roster spot going into the trade deadline just in case, and if nothing happens by that date, I think they may as well keep the No. 15 spot open as some revolving tryout spot for the rest of the year.
You’ve got to love a guy who says, jokingly,
“Packers better win or tuition’s gonna be tough.”
Yes, they run the gamut of personalities at my local (Hi, BP Square One)
Carmelo traded this week?
But I will say this: This is Masai’s defining moment and I hope he doesn’t go all Babcockian with his move.
(And I now think ‘Babcockian’ will be a word I use often to describe bad trades)
If I had to bet, I’d say it’s 50-50 whether or not Leandro Barbosa plays Tuesday night and 5-95 that Jerryd Bayless does.
That’s just from the sense I got standing around practice Sunday, nothing official from any, you know, official source.
In my wacky world of mathematics, 31-25 = 23-14, so I was bang on.
Here’s one (partly because I’m not sure there’s enough items to get me close to the word count I like)
Q: Last minute of Friday's game, Calderon lobs the ball to Wright who dunks, letting Calderon tie the team record for assists. Are players aware when they are close to a team record and do they, and their teammates, make an extra effort to help them get there? Do they even care? Thanks.
Barry W, Barrie
A: Generally, with team records, no, they aren’t aware and no one goes out of the way to tell or help them. Now, if a player is creeping up on some other-worldly scoring total, teammates might back off and see how far he gets, or if there’s something like a triple-double in the offing someone might let a guy get a rebound or take a shot but that doesn’t happen with any regularity.
I know that no one had mentioned to Jose or the coaches that he was close but I do know there was a great sense of pride after the fact.
Sound wasn’t up where I was but the girl botched the anthem?
Somewhere Robert Goulet, Roseanne Barr and Carl Lewis are smiling.
Hey, wanna talk?
We’re trying to figure out the best day to do another of our not-frequent-enough Question and Answer sessions and it kind of looks like Wednesday or Friday at noon would work best.
Just a heads-up; we’ll let you know when it’s finalized.