A summer without camp and a list of old-time faves
Guess it’s that time of year in a few cities, I see they’re holding mini free-agent camps in at least Miami and Charlotte and maybe some others I haven’t heard of.
But not here.
The really are little more than exercises in futility, you bring in a couple of undrafted kids, maybe a couple of guys from the D League and a couple or so who played in Europe last season and you put ‘em through five or six sessions of drills and scrimmages.
In olden days, these types of camps were generally held help fill out Summer League rosters but since the Summer League has been cancelled this year (can you hear the Hallelujah Chorus playing the background?) that reason no longer exists.
So what they turn into now is just a few days of skill development for guys with little or no chance to make it and little more than a make-work project for organizations who want to be seen to be busy.
It’s like the guys who talk about working 20 hours a day and sleeping in the office and having their eyes eventually glaze over from watching video.
At some time, it’s little more than an exercise in futility and a case of diminishing returns.
If any of these kids who’d come to the camps end up being good enough to play in the NBA, they’ll be found wherever they’re actually playing. All these leagues and Europe are scouted well enough that a couple of days in a hot gym in late June with other little-hopers isn’t likely to help.
Even a guy like our old friend Jamario, who emerged from a Raptors summer camp a few years ago, likely would have been spotted in league somewhere.
Besides, no camp means no need for me to sit in a gym for a few days and, as well all know, it’s all …
You know what?
If you add a new lightweight, electric mower with a rechargeable battery and no cord to worry about to the availability of a 14-year-old with designs on extra allowance to get through a summer and to help finance a trip to Vienna next year, it sure makes yard work a lot easier, even if part of the lawn looked like ground cover in a forest.
All you really have to do is help get it started, take a couple of turns to show the way and sit back to wait for the magic to happen.
Makes for a nice day.
Housekeeping day for the HOTH yesterday when they gave a qualifying offer to Sonny Weems.
All it really does is protect an asset; now when he goes out on the free agent market (whenever it opens) and gets himself an offer, Bryan can sit back and decide whether it’s worth matching. It’s non-guaranteed and puts the team at no risk at all.
I didn’t get a chance to ask Sonny about his intentions when he was hanging around (and since Jose didn’t send the jet for me, I can’t ask him over in Spain) but I know he loves it here and would like to come back.
Not sure just how mutual that feeling is, think it’ll depend largely on how they might be able to upgrade the small forward spot in free agency or some trade and what the financial implications are.
I wouldn’t, if I were you, go out and buy a Weems jersey just yet.
Nor should you (and I know one guy this will crush) rush out and get yourself a Julian Wright or Joey Dorsey souvenir.
The word is they won’t likely make qualifying offers to either of them by today’s deadline and they’ll become unrestricted free agents whenever the CBA stuff gets settled.
So this whole Peter Falk thing got me thinking and as an inveterate TV watcher and a bit of a fan of old silly dramas, I was figuring out which ones I missed most.
(Yeah, there was some idle time yesterday and this morning).
And I think I came up with this but, man, it was hard putting them in order.
I’d say Joe Mannix would probably creep into the Top 5 and I think Cannon has to be on there, too.
Of course, we all learned don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time as one of the laws of nature so Baretta has to be on the list, doesn’t it?
Now, I think I’m going to have to go three-for-two (anyone remember that in a sporting context) to finish it off because Colombo’s a must and since I used to delay Thursday night soirees with an old Tiger hat-wearing friend until after Magnum was over, it’s got to be on the list.
Well, how about this little ditty to refresh some memories.
NBA board of governors in Dallas today, likely will authorize labour relations group to do lockout if bargaining sessions scheduled for Wednesday and, tentatively, Thursday don’t provide even basic framework for a new deal.
Frankly, I just want Friday here so we know where we stand and life can go on.
Here’s a Did You Know
Did you know that if you go and get your locks shorn in the mid-afternoon of a hot June day and then go put the Mighty Rockies through an intense 90-minute post-dinner workout you’re your previously-covered neck can become quite Lobster-esque in its colour?
Pass the lotion, please.
Not sure how this one slipped by me but the Canadian Cadet team – under-16 boys – earned a berth in next year’s world championships by beating Puerto Rico in a bronze medal game on the weekend.
Toss in the fact the Cadettes have already qualified, and the fact the Under-19 boys start their worlds this week and the Under-19 girls are later this summer and we’re all over the global age-grou- championships.
Think I saw something that said Canada’s qualified for 13 straight age-group worlds since 2005 and only the United States and Australia can match that.