Good bigs and good news for Canada
Let’s start with a list, shall we?
This is totally unfair and not something I generally enjoy doing but what the heck.
It’s a relatively slow morning so let’s see if we can’t get some chatter started.
If, like me, you think we’ve seen the last of Shaquille O’Neal in the NBA, where does he rank?
Remember, it’s totally and utterly unfair to compare eras in my opinion, stuff that worked in, say, the 50s won’t work today; stuff that guys are doing today was unheard-of in some cases even a decade ago.
But because it’s always good to sit on stools or around a dinner table and debate, let’s:
Here’s how I rank the top five, in descending order:
I could watch the Dream Shake forever; forget what he was like here, go back and check out those championship years in Houston. He was, really, a dream.
I could actually be convinced to switch him and Hakeem if someone could make the compelling case. Anyway, for pure power and bulk – and he had some finesse in him and you can’t deny all those titles – he was an immovable object.
This is where it gets dicey, I think. Wilt put up some incredible, unbeatable numbers. And he even scored points and got rebounds, too. Anyway, if he’d won more, he’d be higher but, really, I think that has to count for something.
I’ve come around on this, actually, and probably would have him third, a best, recently. But if you talk about winning, he’s a champ; and the Sky Hook was such an unstoppable offensive move they ought to find some way to honour it. Seriously, as the game has evolved, no one has come even close to matching that signature move as their own.
All those championships, all those blocked shots, all those times he started the most lethal fast-break ever (and, yes I’m putting Seven Seconds or Less in there). Oh, and all the rest of the crap he had to deal with in Boston.
So I’m looking at this barbecue and feeling quite carnivorous and wondering since the weekend’s rapidly approaching, what kind of hunk of red meat I should cook up.
I’m thinking big gigantic beef ribs if I can find some out here in Hazelville and am accepting any and all recipe ideas.
Haven’t given a whole lot of thought – I turned off that wretched game and called it a night kind of early – but I guess it’s only fitting the top two teams meet in the conference final.
I do know that of the cities that were possibilities, I’m in favour of it.
Am not a big Atlanta fan at all – the city or the team – and Boston would have been nice …
Anyway, I think the plan is to go out and staff the final part of it, after heading to the lottery the first of the week and next weekend in Miami might not be bad.
As for who’ll win? Will have to figure that out today.
I need a ruling, folks.
No specific dates need be known but …
Does Birth Week end on the day of one’s birth or begin on that day?
So I heard the rather vague details on this new Canadian basketball league they announced down in Halifax yesterday.
In case you missed it, the basics are that there are three teams – Halifax, Saint John and Quebec – ready to go in October. They want to assure two spots on each team for Canadian players but, past that, the whole thing was a tad low on specifics.
They say they have commitments from groups in Kingston, London and Barrie and some interest in Oshawa, Windsor, Kitchener, Moncton and Fredericton.
Now, I hope they have great success and that there’s finally a place for Canadian kids to stay home and play; it can do nothing but enhance the profile of the sport.
They seem to have picked the right size city, and many with excellent basketball tradition and support, which makes entire sense. There’s really no reason to go to big markets where little teams will be lost.
I have no idea if this will take off in time to start next fall, I hope it does; and I hope it thrives.
Having seen so many others come and go – remember the Under 6-5 league from years ago – it’d be nice to see one work.
Things I’m entirely bored of?
Charlie Sheen and Two And A Half Men.
Given the incessant chatter about the matter, there’s this:
Q: Hi Doug. As the season has unfolded and the playoffs progressed, there seems to be a common theme of the modern day basketball dynasties coming to an end and the ushering in of the new. Which teams do you feel will become the next dynasties over the next decade?
Andy F, Aberdeen, Scotland
A: I honestly don’t see one.
With player movement and the sheer depth of talent, I cannot imagine any franchise emerging as a “dynasty” ever again, actually.
And I don’t have a problem with that. I guess I can see the logic behind having one franchise everyone hates or wants to take a run at but having a transition year to year of “best” teams makes it a lot more fun.
I know the presence of the Heat in the conference final will rankle some but, really, doesn’t having four new teams from last year make it a bit more interesting?
Does to me.
Yes, Andrea Bargnani got two votes for the all-NBA teams. No, one did not come from this ballot.
Mail? Please. Any and all. Right here.
You know the thing about Cinderellas?
Eventually, the slipper doesn’t fit, right?
(Or is my fairy tale memory a bit off-kilter)
Anyway, the point is: I smell the end of the Memphis Grizzlies tonight. I know they’ve been a good story so far, and provided the momentary revitalization of a franchise that everyone hopes for but, eventually, talent wins out.
And I hope it sets us up for a fun Sunday of conference finals action.
But, I tell you, the NBA is doing its best to imitate the NHL and drag things out.
Because of TV demands and moving up of the East final, we’ve got Chicago and Miami starting Sunday-Wednesday in Chicago before moving to Miami for the following Sunday-Tuesday and, if the Thunder win tonight, the West will go Sunday-Tuesday before taking a break until a week Saturday.
Next list might have to be an updated one of best TV show intro songs because I’m about to watch episode 3 of this season’s Treme and that’s got to be one of the best tunes ever.
You should go give it a listen.
Oh, and Melissa Leo (who I’ve had a crush on since Homicide) is so hooking up with the dude who used to be on St. Elsewhere.