A search nearing a conclusion and Canadian Cadettes rolling
Lots of basketball? And some Raptors stuff?
Guess I have to save stuff off topic for tomorrow or the next day. I know. You can’t wait.
Are we close to finding out who the next coach of the Raptors is?
I think so.
Seems Dwane Casey was in town on Tuesday to be interviewed for the job – he flew up between Dallas winning the championship and today’s parade – and that would lead me to believe that Bryan Colangelo has to be getting close to making a decision on Jay Triano’s replacement.
No one will say it even off the record because things are being held more close to the vest on this decision than any other in Bryan’s tenure it seems, but It only makes sense that Casey would have been the last of the interviews since they had to wait for him to finish his season.
And that might give us an announcement in the next few days.
Now, personally, I’d be quite fine if they hired Casey.
He’s got all that attributes they want – head coaching experience, a record of success, an ability to teach defence – and from the few times I’ve talked to him – and the many times I’ve talked to people about him – he seems stern but fair.
Lawrence Frank’s okay, I guess, but there seems to be something about him. It’s second half stuff but more than a few people I’ve talked to about him since the finals begin tell me his autocratic ways and unwillingness to delegate, can rub people the wrong way.
Not that he’s a bad guy, just that he’s got some quirks.
You also know that I, for a large part, think coaching can be a tad over-rated so I’m not entirely sure any of these candidates are appreciably better than the guy they got rid of but I say Casey’s the right choice.
Man, who knew there were so many Claire Huxtable fans out there.
Shame on me, I guess; but it was my list so nyah, nyah, nyah.
You probably didn’t know this but there’s a bunch of young Canadian women laying waste to Mexico.
It’s the national Cadette team – under 16 – and they’ve rolled through three games of the FIBA Americas world qualifier, blowing out Puerto Rico, Guatemala and Mexico in the first round.
As we’ve said lots of times, the future of the national women’s program is tremendously bright – these girls are as young as Grade 8 – and this week confirms that.
The Canadians get Brazil n the semis on Friday as they chase a berth in next year’s worlds.
Oh, yeah, they covered themselves in glory in Vancouver on the ice and off it, didn’t they?
High level of knuckleheadism out there, isn’t there?
I’m sure it’s not just me but for the life of me, I cannot for a second understand the allure of burning cars or looting or rioting or the level of idiocy or passion you’d have to have to do it.
And it reminds me that if I’m ever in a city that loses – or wins – some championship, I will most certainly be staying indoors. On a stool.
Let’s get this rather topical one out of the mail and if you’d like to get in on the fun and frivolity, just click here, pose some interesting question and send it on.
Q: Hi Doug, I've often wondered what exactly is involved in a "Coaches Interview". Any insight into this? I'm assuming it's not like a typical job interview, but am curious if it's formally structured as in X's and O's and situational based questions and the best answer win the guy a job, or is it more informal general bball conversation and the GM makes an instinctive decision based on who they feel would be the best fit for their team. Keep up the good work.
Dave A, Kingston
A: It’s probably a bit more involved that some of you might think.
I haven’t actual sat in on one, of course, but I have spoken to people who have, here and in other cities, and it’s quite involved.
They can do things like go through strategy sessions (“What do you do down 3 with less than eight seconds left and you don’t have the ball?” “Your best player gets a third foul with six minutes left in the second quarter, what do you do?”) to simple conversations with the GM and other Henchmen to see how personalities mesh.
The best interviewees show up with specific plans to discuss, practice plans, weekly or even monthly day-by-day schedules drawn up and printed out booklets of offensive and defensive systems they’d like to implement.
I’ve heard of one guy who came armed with all kinds of negative reports about him and was willing to go through each and every one to show how he’d change.
Give Kawhi Leonard this.
He pays as much attention to mock drafts as I do; or at least that’s what he said yesterday after he worked out for the Raptors.
“When they move me up on the draft board, it doesn’t mean the team is going to pick me. That’s what the scouts or the media thinks that owns that website so I’m not caught up in that. I could go to the 20th pick but that’s how it is and I’m not looking for the pick, I just want to get picked by a team and be in the NBA.”
Now, I’m pretty sure he takes a quick look every now and then, or is at least told about the mock drafts by friends but that’s a pretty good attitude to have.
Working out on the same day as the two local heroes (check out the story here), Leonard got short shrift and outside of standing there chatting in some leotard, he was destined to be a bit of “the other guy” on the day.
But he’s a legit prospect at No. 5 so it was interesting to hear people say he shot the ball better than they thought he would.
Nice, soft spoken kid, if he develops offensively that’s a huge boost because he comes with the reputation as a standout defender.
And we all know they could use some of them around these parts.
Now, this was a glorious Mighty Rockies victory.
Dude hits a two-run, walk-off homer in the bottom of the last, we get a 15-13 nailbiter of a win go to 5-1 on the season and all’s right in the world.
Speaking of the draft, this probably isn’t going to happen but what if it did?
One guy I was talking to around the gym yesterday brought up this scenario and I thought it was entirely cool.
What if Cleveland doesn’t take Kyrie Irving at No. 1? What if they go with, say, Kanter or Williams because they know they’ll get a point guard at No. 4 anyway and maybe Irving’s okay but not great.
That’s one theory I heard in the gym yesterday and then, the one and only Marc Spears kind of affirms the thought in this piece.
But if they don’t take Irving can you imagine what it’ll be like in Minnesota when they’re on the clock for No. 2?
No way the GM can take another point guard, is there? That’d mean he’d have five minutes to decide what offer he’ll take in a trade for that second pick.