Almost time to get this thing started
Yeah, another day of some digressions since it’s been about eleventy weeks since there’s been basketball news.
But don’t worry, it’s coming.
I’m wondering how long it’s going to take Heat coach Erik Spoelstra to stop playing possum.
You know, and I know, and the Mavs should know, that he wants to use LeBron James to cover Dirk Nowitzki a lot in this series, just like he wanted James on Derrick Rose in the last one.
That’s going to be a very intriguing matchup because Nowitzki seems entirely non-plussed unaffected ho guards him and with that lethal fadeaway he’s got, even James isn’t going to be able to disrupt it very much.
That’s got to be the most interesting matchup of a Finals full of them and I hope we get to see it a lot. Don’t imagine we will because it strikes me as something the Heat would like to do as a bit of a surprise or tempo changing tactic
The other ones that will make a difference in the outcome?
I would think Jason Kidd should be able to scorch whichever of the two Miami point guards that are on the floor and I would at sometime Dwyane Wade’s going to move over onto Kidd and either Bibby or Chalmers will cover Stevenson.
And how about Peja-Mike Miller off the bench? Who might have the upper hand in that battle of one-dimensional backups?
This, in a lot of ways, is one of the most interesting Finals matchups we’ve had in a while and as I head into the Mother Star office to break it down for the paper, there’s lots to think about.
I can’t believe I missed this for so long.
If this is summer, it must be international basketball time and, sure enough, the Canadian senior women are already playing.
It’s a bit of a screwed up schedule for them because their Olympic qualifier isn’t until September but in order to get much-needed games in, they had to head to Europe now to play; the European qualifier is in late June in Poland.
The Canadians lost a couple of tough ones on the weekend, to Cuba and Spain, but it’s early in the season for them.
We’ll catch up with them more later on, as we will the men when they get started, but with an NBA lockout looming, I’m hoping we get to do more than the usual amount of national team stuff.
Okay, not sure many of you would have seen this because I presume many of you have lives and weren’t sitting around watching a bit of the Twins-Angels after Tigers-Red Sox were rained out.
Anyway, I was and when it came time for the seventh-inning stretch, they show a guy billboarded on the broadcast as Jim Grant singing an emotional version of It’s A Wonderful World at a ceremony for Harmon Killebrew.
It was really good and it took me about five minutes – and I might have even had a hint from the broadcasters – to realize it was Mudcat Grant!
One of the great nicknames of all time and the guy can croon.
Check it out here (if I can make video magically appear). Not sure why this one stuck with me, but it did.
Can we get back to basketball for a minute?
Am trying to get a handle on which team captures the imagination of the casual fan more: Heat or Mavs.
I know people who follow the game intently are, for the most part, hoping Miami falls in its collective faces because of the way the roster was constructed but how about the people who only tune in at this time of year?
A brief canvass of a handful of my friends yields about an even split, which I find a bit surprising. A lot of it is “oh, I don’t really want Miami to win but they sure look good right now” but there is more support for them than I thought.
So, Mighty Rockies get a couple of hours of work in on Sunday morning, first time I’ve been able to see ‘em in a couple of weeks thanks to travel and I have to tell you, we’re not bad.
Don’t even think I can screw it up tonight when we put the 1-0 record on the line.
I see the Memorial Cup’s over?
And it was here in Hazelville?
Anyway, I know the round-robin thing makes sense and has been around for a long time but I think I lost interest in the Memorial Cup right after lying around the house listening to the Niagara Falls Flyers play the Estevan Bruins way back in the day.
(And if any of you remember best-of-seven series that were actually eight-point series, give yourselves a pat on the back.).
Oh, and even back in those days, and we’re talking a very long time ago kids, the dude who did the play-by-play on CJRN had some pipes.
Maybe you’ve heard of him?
Guy named Jeanneret?
Okay, so here’s the sked: Dave’s heading to Miami to do Games 1 and 2; I’ll pick the series up on the weekend in Dallas but, if there’s an appetite for it, we can do an IGBT for Game 1?
So mark it on your calendar, we’ll be here, or somewhere, tomorrow night.