Busy day following a busy day. Nothing new there
Okay, so now I’ve got a day to wrap my head around a possible sale and what it means, a college tournament that I heard something about and the start of March Break and what I’m going to do for fun with Super Son in between work gigs.
Wish me luck.
Until then …
Another lesson to learn
Of late, I think we’ve seen Jerryd Bayless making some strides as a point guard, his decision-making is getting better, he is showing the defensive talents coaches raved about when they got him and he seems a bit more comfortable.
One thing, though.
Saw this a few times yesterday. He’s got to be better at setting his man up in screen-roll action; too often he goes too early, not running his man into the screen and rushing the play a bit.
That’s a tough thing for a young guard to master and needs to be the next step in his evolution.
Not sure what this means …
As Reggie was rolling up rebound after rebound after standing ovation after standing ovation, got a note from an Irregular telling me he “was trending on Twitter.”
I’m not entirely sure what that means, but I guess it’s good, probably has something to do with the popularity of the IGBT (I keed, I keed) and goes to show you that, yes, people do pay attention to the Raptors.
At least a little bit.
A couple of good moments involving ref Bill Spooner.
Raptors commit a lane violation on a free throw, something you don’t see a lot of and he’s standing in front of us. Someone from the bench asks who was the guilty party:
“Number 5. Or Number 20.”
And you could almost see him roll his eyes.
Minutes later, he makes a call, some leatherlung yells, “how can you make that call from behind the guy” and Bill lets him know.
“Skill and talent.”
More from the day?
Yeah, over in Spain.
Don’t be looking for Jose Calderon to be back there playing for any length of time.
Here’s the deal, and it kind of clears up reports over there last week.
If there’s an NBA lockout – and he’s holding out hope that there isn’t – there’s no way he pulls a Navarro or a Rodriquez and heads home. He’s got two more years left on his Raptors deal, he’s more than happy with Toronto and the NBA and no way he goes back.
Now, if there is a lockout and things like insurance and FIBA clearance and the like get taken care of – and that’s a grey area for anyone contemplating playing in Europe – it’s something he’d consider.
But other than that?
Here’s here and sticking around.
A promised digression.
We did the bands, now let’s do the singles and see how this list of top five stacks up with yours.
Guess this is in descending order again:
Sarah McLachlan, Shania Twain
I had McLachlan there alone but was convinced by a knowledgeable and talented crooner that I know that it should at least be a tie.
So, a tie it is and I don’t think you can go wrong with either of ‘em.
Okay, how many of you, when you’re driving on the highway, sing along with almost every song of his that comes on the radio. That’s if anyone listens to the regular radio any more.
Told you, I am of a certain age.
She stands the test of time, hear her old stuff today and it still resonates.
Wasn’t a Charlotte writer in the house on Sunday, they stayed home to chronicle the start of March Madness so there’s nothing really to read from there.
Let’s grab this one out of the missed mail
Q: Doug -- I may have asked this a while ago but I am curious: during a timeout, what does go on in the little coaches huddle on the court before Coach sits down with the players? They look like a square dance group, each in his position! And...I once read that coaches feel that they can at best say ONE MAIN THING in their brief time with the players before play resumes. More than one and they'll forget. Is this so? Also, we hear that some coaches are better than others in producing a good play after a timeout. Is this true? If so, what do they know how to do that other coaches do less well?
Charles N, Toronto
A: Well, I don’t think they’re dancing, although that’d be really cool to see.
What I get when I ask is that the little meeting on the court serves two purposes: It allows the players a few seconds to talk among themselves and cool down and it allows the coaches to discuss precisely what issue they want to raise or what play they want to call.
And, yes, the attention span of players in the heat of the game is quite limited, coaches – at least the ones I talk to – don’t want to overload them with points to ponder, they want to hit one thing, hammer it home and hope it sinks it.
It is true that some coaches are better at designing plays because some think more quickly than others, some see matchups to exploit that others might not. But, truth be told, you can draw up the most imaginative play in the world to give your team the best possible chance to score but if some player has a brain cramp, or an opponent does something different defensively, it can all fall apart so quickly.
Speaking of a lockout, you know who else doesn’t have a deal?
Their contract expires this summer as well and there’s been absolutely no movement towards a new deal because the league is waiting to see what happens with the players.
But, I’m telling you this, if there is no player lockout, they better get something done because we all remember The Replacements, right?
And not fondly.
You’re all doing March Madness brackets some time today, right?
It’ll be a traditional March Madness Monday night around here, I’m sure. Super Son, who pays about as much attention to NCAA basketball during the season as I do, will be perched next to the machine trying to figure out what Moorhead State is and how they might fare.
It’ll be a hoot and we’ll let you know tomorrow how it all turns out.