Here you go, it was well worth the wait, I'm sure
Boy, do they ever need to build some stuff around Terminal Three at Pearson because if you’re sitting on the tarmac waiting for a gate to open for what seems like forever, it’s a rather dull life.
Anyway, the 3:30 a.m. Central wakeup call got me to the 6:15 a.m. Central (closer to 7 a.m.) flight and to Pearson and now the confines of Mother Star for a bit so …
At least I have this fancy new keyboard as another memory of a fun trip.
Question of the day:
What was the bigger collapse: Oklahoma City in Game 4 against Dallas or Chicago in Game 5 against Miami?
Well, I wasn’t in Oklahoma City so I may be biased but, man, wasn’t that a classic fold up on Thursday by the Bulls?
Up 12 with less than three minutes to go and lose?
But not entirely unexpected since Chicago seemed to play a bit scared in the dying minutes of the last three games of the series and the problems with their roster were laid bare for all too see.
The one thing everyone needs to take away from the problems of both the Thunder and the Bulls is that it takes time to learn how to win in hugely important games where every possession needs to be nearly flawless.
Hard lessons, indeed. And whether they be learned before it’s too late is impossible to tell.
If I had my druthers, I’d take the Oklahoma roster as it’s presently constructed over the Chicago roster for sure but I really wonder how long it’s going to take either of them to really get it.
There’ll be way more on this over the next couple of days but, boy, is Miami good.
Mentally and physically, they just know what needs to be done and they go and do it.
In the few seconds I had to look up from the laptop in the final 90 seconds Thursday, when it dawned on me that my “let’s go to Miami for Game 6” story was destined for the scrapheap, all I saw was the Heat making the right play.
Smart passes, great defence, clutch shots.
The two free throws by Bosh (and wasn’t that the quietest 20-10 closeout game your can remember?) were a perfect example. He hadn’t really done much in the game, hadn’t really ever been in that position in his career (I guess the missed jumper at the end of Game 2 in Orlando would be the closest) but he was calm, collected and clutch.
Just like those other two.
I’m not suggesting all basketball writers run in such big league circles but there was an impressive guest/friend of Sam Smith’s who stopped by for a little pre-game interview room presentation we had for Sam, who got the first Phil Jasner Lifetime Achievement Award.
Seems Sam used to run in some political circles before he turned his attention to the NBA and David Axelrod, who’s only the guy who’s running Obama’s re-election campaign, stopped by the United Center for the little show.
Told me used to do a little work for Dalton McGuinty at some time, which I thought was kind of cool and represents about the only way I’d see a connection between Obama and McGuinty.
Who’s going to win the Final?
Well, it’s about 5:30 a.m. Eastern time, I’m going on about 90 minutes sleep and, frankly, my mind’s so cloudy I’m not 100 per cent certain who’s in it, let alone who’ll win it.
Let me get back, chat with the Tall Foreheads and figure out when, of if, we’ll do out big setup package.
Then, and only then, will you get the pearls of wisdom for which you are all so anxiously awaiting.
Big things cooking at the Royal York today with Canada Basketball’s first annual Congress.
Not sure what impact it’ll have on you individually but if you’re kid plays the game, or if you play the game, or if you care a lot about the game, it’s a pretty significant step.
Lots of panel discussions and chances to exchange ideas among people who coach, ref and administer the sport. There may not be immediate and drastic change, but give the folks at CB credit for bringing together various stakeholders in the game.
(See how tired I am? I just typed the word “stakeholder” and that’s one of those goofy words I really hate to use. If I write “score the ball” or “physicality” you are allowed to slap me upside the head if you see me).
Anyway, this may not mean much to you but Canada Basketball was able to attract FIBA secretary-general Patrick Baumann and FIBA Americas poohbah Alberto Garcia to the buntoss and that’s significant in how the national organization is regarded around the world.
I’m going to throw this in here as a way of talking more about Sam Smith.
Q: You mentioned the 'giants of the business' in today's blog. To whom might you be referring to?
Danny P, Toronto
A: To me, the giants are the guys and gals who’ve been around forever and still churn out great, insightful, entertaining copy on a regular basis.
I’m not going to get into current favourites or must-reads because that changes almost daily depending on the issue of the day and where it takes place.
But if I could have the careers of the following five people – and I can’t because I don’t write well enough, won’t be around long enough and won’t have as great an impact on our craft – I would be happy as a clam (and I don’t know exactly what that means, it must have to do with pearls, but you get what I mean.)
(I know there seems to be a Boston bias but those are the kind of long-serving greats who I consider “giants”).
There are so many others, too, I’m giving short shrift to too many people but …
Back to the Final for a second?
I’m thinking Jason Kidd-Mike Bibby is the slowest point guard match up maybe in history.
During the drive back to the O’Hare Marriott after the game, the three of us were listening to the sports chat shows and, man, Chicago is one tough city.
In order, the goats were, according to the chatterers and their hosts:
Guess we kind of concurred – I might switch the last two – but no one got the one guy we thought should have been on the list: Kyle Korver.
Really, if he’d had any impact or made any shots, who knows what that would have done to move the defence around and give Rose some more space.
Okay, I have absolutely no clue what’s up for the weekend work-wise and blog-wise and life-wise.
So just in case I have to do mail tomorrow or find some time this afternoon somewhere to work on it, I’d be happy to accept all greetings, queries and general conversations if you’d be kind enough to click here and write to me.