Some tarnish on the crown as the series gets interesting
What do you think that one’s going to do to LeBron’s still-growing legacy?
Might not put it in the toilet but it at least gets it to the washroom door, no?
We were in stunned disbelief as the game unfolded because LeBron’s level of disengagement didn’t just materialize in the fourth quarter – when he had as many points as you did and twice as many turnovers as assists.
It was all night that he looked detached and uninvolved and except for that one gorgeous lob pass to Wade, he wasn’t as noticeable, nor as good, as Tyson Chandler and about on the level of, oh, let’s say Mike Miller.
No clue. The Mavs didn’t do anything different to him defensively, it wasn’t as if his teammate were ignoring him. It was something in his mind that made him disappear, not defer.
But don’t look for the stories tomorrow about him standing in a lonely gym for hours trying to find himself.
“You know, with these games, every other day, there's not much gym time you can have. You want to try to stay off your feet as much as possible.
“If I feel like I need to come to the gym and get some extra shots up, I will. Absolutely just to get my shot back going and my confidence with my shot going. If I feel I need to do that after practice, (Wednesday) night I will do that.”
Now, LeBron might not want to get into the gym and work and his shot but after watching the Heat in person now for some of the Philly series, three games in this series, I would offer this advice to the Heat for some extra work today:
Erik Spoelstra might want to get with his coaches and come up with some, you know, plays.
I don’t know that I’ve seen a team as good as Miami with such a limited offence. It’s really quite amazing.
Travelogue time and it might take People Of A Certain Age to get it all but I suspect there are a few of you out there.
As we leave the fancy-schmancy digs here in Dallas (well, a Renaissance on a highway service road with absolutely nothing around it, to tell the truth) we drive down the road and pass the Parkland Hospital.
And when Uncle Fred and I were on the road to dinner the other night, the path led directly pass the school book depository and Dealey Plaza and we thought about stopping and going to search for a shell casing or a few more frames of the Zapruder film.
No, there isn’t a lot to do Dallas, and it’s so spread out it’s difficult to even contemplate moving around too much, but the history is pretty cool and I’d rank it with the stuff in Washington – Holocaust Museum and Vietnam Memorial, in particular – as the most significant stuff I’ve seen on the beat.
There have been no clandestine meetings, as far I can discern, as the Raptors coaching search continues in inexorable march.
But I did hear around the arena last night that Bryan desperately wants this thing cleaned up by the June 23 draft so I’m guessing today will be spent trying to ferret out any snippet of news.
Wish me luck.
Know who might have had the best game of guys not named Nowitzki last night? Tyson Chandler.
Yeah, there were times early where he was getting hammered on the boards but he did end up with 13 points and 16 rebounds, played 43 minutes and anchored a very impressive zone defence.
The Mavs are never going to win the series if they don’t get that kind of play from him – and the 16 points from Marion sure didn’t hurt – but when you’re looking for unsung heroes of the win, Chandler has to top the list.
Okay, I liked the Geico pig commercial “wee, wee, wee, all the way home” the first kajillion times it was on.
Now? Not so much.
Let’s get this one out of the mail:
Q: Doug, is there anybody in particular on Brian’s staff that looks at the movement and availability of assistant coaches? Character searches for personality traits, coaching styles, coaching experience, coaching philosophies, etc.
I know the next head coach will make the bulk of the assistant coaching decisions, but it would seem to me that the search for assistant coaches is just as important. And would Jay have made the decision for Iavaroni last year and PJ this year?
As always, thanks
Steph R, Glencoe
A: The head coach is going to make the final call for sure because he’s going to have to spend seven days a week for about six months with the assistants and that’s a relationship that can’t be sour.
Now, there might be some input from Bryan in the form of, ‘hey, I always thought this guy was a good teacher and might work well with you, why don’t you meet him and see how it goes’ but if the coach is adamant that it won’t work, that guy won’t get a job.
Of course, I think head coaches are always going to listen closely to the guy who hired him and pay heed to his advice but if it’s an absolutely unworkable situation, it’s not going to happen.
Rick Carlisle is the epitome of closed-mouthedness (how’s that for a word?) but he’s also got some e-Harmony in him.
Story breaks mid-afternoon yesterday that J.J. Barea’s going to replace DeShawn Stevenson in the starting lineup for Dallas and the first question to Rick in the pre-game media session was about the change.
“I’m not going to confirm that. Although someone has put themselves out there with that projection, I can’t confirm that. I have an assistant video guy that would like a date with the T-Mobile 4G girl but that’s not going to happen for him either right now.
“My policy has been the same as long as I’ve been here – I release lineups 16 minutes before the game. I’ll continue to do that.”
I am a goof.
Early in the IGBT, I mentioned Blitzkrieg Bop and how they don’t play enough of it in arenas and I said it was The Clash.
Chris Bosh might have had the line of the night.
Everyone’s going on about Dirk and his fever and you would have thought he was out there on one leg and blindfolded.
Yes, Dirk was sick. No, he didn’t cheat death.
And, no, the Heat players weren’t sitting on the bench marveling at what they were seeing.
“I've never been out there and somebody pointed and said, he's got a fever. You know what I'm saying?”