Go big or go home, it's the only thing to do
Man, a lot of you folks were/are/will forever be riled up after that one.
A word, if I may:
Really, take it easy. You have no clue whether this is an inspired draft pick or a bad one but I will tell you this: It’s a bold pick and I would much rather have a GM that goes bold rather than one who always takes the easy, predictable way out.
Much better reward for about the same risk, actually. It’s a draft pick that’s a great unknown but if this kid works out – and, trust me, lots of NBA people guess he will right now – what could possibly be wrong?
The consistent lament for years is that these guys have never had a “true” centre, as nebulous a concept as that is in this day and age, and now they have one.
And who really cares if he comes next year or not. Judging the rhetoric flowing out of the union and league, there may not even be a full next year, making Valanciunas’s absence totally irrelevant.
Yes, there may not be any instant gratification for a fan base increasingly restless about the team’s fortunes and that’s definitely part of it. But I totally agree with Bryan and Dwane when they point out that this is a team that’s building towards something in the longer term and you have to admire the level of self-confidence they have that they’ll be around to reap the benefits of this pick.
I don’t know whether Jonas Valanciunas can play or not and none of you do, either. I know a lot of NBA people who understand the game far better than you or I do are quite intrigued by the possibilities he presents and had it not been for that buyout issue, there is no way he’d have been on the board at No. 5.
In fact, even with that issue (and who knows how that turns out, it is a financial negotiation now and those have a way of being worked out), there was never a whisper publicly around the Raptors that they thought they might get him.
Again, a bold pick? Unquestionably so but it addresses a need and that can’t be understated.
The right pick? Time will tell. Just like time would tell if it was a guard or a small forward.
But I like bold better than staid any time.
So, how about them Canucks?
The basketballers, not the riot-inducing pucks failures.
Best night ever for Canada?
I’d say so, even though both Tristan Thompson and Cory Joseph cut their teeth in the United States and now every youngster will be look to go that route and I don’t think they all should.
But, nevertheless, you have to be proud of those two young men for what they’ve accomplished.
I’ll tell you one thing about this draft class.
Weak or not, it doesn’t seem to have a sense of sartorial splendour.
Pretty boring outfits on the lads, weren’t they?
Here I was all set to, you know, turn fashionista on you and about all we got was traditional dark suits and really, really ugly hats.
I know they put those lids on those guys so they can sell a couple and make a good picture but, my Lord, they don’t look too good, do they? Maybe if they put the team name in brail on the brim, it’d make ‘em more interesting and far more, um, interactive.
Or, they should give ‘em bowlers or berets, a fedora or a fez or a good old fashioned top hat and see how that goes over. That’d be cool.
Okay, time to offer thanks again.
The counter on this little thing went over 17 million yesterday and while I know it’s little more than a function of time, it’s still pretty good and I appreciate all you folks – well, almost all of you folks – for hanging around.
Since there were so many of them, let’s deal with a trade question from the mail:
Q: Hi Doug: Since you like questions about process, how about this one: What's the process for a trade in the NBA? GM A contacts GM B, and they agree to terms. Does the NBA have to approve? When are the players involved notified? Is the trade consummated right then, or is it contingent on passing physicals?
Thanks for all you do!
Tim H, Windsor
A: Yes, nothing can be consummated until the two teams hold what’s known as a “trade call” with lawyers or somesuch in the league office to make sure the team doesn’t violate the rather obtuse and arcane salary cap rules. Only then it is “official.”
Players are generally notified before that call is made as a courtesy but don’t have to be.
Most deals are contingent on passing physicals but if, for instance, a player is just being thrown in as cap ballast (think of the deal that sent Marcus Banks out of Toronto) and there is no desire on the part of the team obtaining him actually use him, that condition can be waived.
Hmm, this is a tad unfortunate and somewhat inconvenient.
I know those Bollywood awards are big – and I’m pretty sure the movies are excellent although the only one I’ve ever seen is Slumdog Millionair and I don’t remember it all that well – but when they start shutting down streets in Hazeiville … well, let’s just say I become less of a fan.
So, who was the biggest winner of the night in the draft?
I wish I could tell you but, as we all know, it’s a crapshoot, silly to guess right now and we have to see how it all shakes out.
I must say, I kind of like what Milwaukee did to juice a terrible offence and the one that really flew under the radar was Dallas getting Rudy Fernandez from Portland.
Irregulars know I’m a big Rudy guy and I bet he flourishes there.
Oh, and My Man Masai kind of had me scratching my head with the acquisition of Andre Miller for Ray Felton. Not a franchise-altering move; not sure why he did it.
You people all know that Sam is a legitimate candidate in Minnesota for the coaching gig, right?
This is not just smoke being blown and folks extrapolating, there is genuine interest there and I imagine it’s on both sides.
And if he gets the job, I’m just going to spend a day sitting back and waiting for the apologies to roll in.
Yeah, I’m a bit like that.
Talked to Ed Davis before the game – he and DeMar and Sonny an James Johnson and Joey Dorsey were trotted out at the high-falutin’ draft party and Jerryd Bayless was supposed to be there but the last I heard was he had flight problems so no clue if he got in.
Anyway, Davis gave perhaps the most honest assessment of the draft and what the Raptors should do before it all started when he said:
“Everyone has their opinion on it. If you ask a point guard who they should take, they’re not going to say draft a point guard, if you ask Sonny (Weems) he’s not going to say let’s draft a three.
“I don’t know, man.”
Okay, it’s almost the weekend and the whole going with two mailbag decision of last week seemed to work okay here. So we’ll do it again.
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