A hiring, a party, and, of course, some old video
Who says the HOTH can’t make moves during the lockout?
Kind of got wrapped up in real life things Thursday and didn’t get this toy you but they’ve made – or about to make – a somewhat significant hire.
(No, they aren’t poaching for some mid six-figure, five-year contract).
Alex McKechnie, the training guru who has spent eight seasons with the Lakers and who is one of the most respected men in his field, is coming aboard as director of sports science.
He’ll oversee the whole shebang and his contribution will be huge.
I’d heard his name kicked around a little bit a month or so ago but when things to put on hold league-wide everything got a little delayed.
Funny thing is, Alex is tight with Jay Triano – they’ve known each other for years, Alex is a Vancouver guy and worked at Simon Fraser – and I’m sure having at least one familiar face in the organization helped McKechnie think seriously about coming.
If there is a shortened season – and people a lot smarter than I are predicting it more often now – keeping players healthy is going to be even more important than usual and McKechnie’s pioneering work in such training facets as core strength will be huge.
This is not to diminish the fine work of athletic trainer Scott McCullough and his staff, or even the now-departed Francesco Cuzzolin, but having McKechnie around is big move.
And rest assured it’ll resonate through the league because now they’ve made significant moves with a respected coach – Dwane Casey – and McKechnie.
Now, when Bryan decides on a front office structure and comes up with whatever he comes up with, I have a sneaking suspicion it’ll boost the reputation of the team some more.
Hey, Argos open tomorrow, right?
Wonder if there’s a party tonight to celebrate.
But I tell you, if there is, it won’t come close to being the best in franchise history, regardless of what happens.
That’s because I was at the one that will go down as the:
It was the McNall, Gretzky, Candy opener in 1991, can’t remember if it was at the Horseshoe or the Phoenix but the Blues Brothers played, there were all kinds of Hollywood stars hanging around and I remember shooting pool with Wendel Clark just before dancing with Rocket Ismail’s mom.
No, they don’t make ‘me like that any more.
Most ridiculous thing I’ve heard this week?
Kobe Bryant may play in Turkey if the lockout drags on.
Of all the fanciful boondoggles we’ve heard, this has to rank right up with the silliest of all time.
Kobe Bryant is 33 years old.
Kobe Bryant went to Germany to have his chronically sore knee looked at this summer.
Kobe Bryant has played 1,100 or so regular season games and a couple hundred more in the playoffs, the total is somewhere approaching 50,000 NBA minutes.
Kobe Bryant has made almost $200 million in his career and has more than $80 million left on his deal, money that would be at risk the second he stepped on the floor in Europe.
Kobe Bryant is going to play in Turkey for a team that can’t pay him unless it gets some sponsor to fork over the money because the club, Besiktas, is involved in a soccer match-fixing scandal and doesn’t have the money to pay him?
Come on. Who’s kidding whom here?
I’m not sure if it’s egomaniacs running Besiktas or Bryant’s people being adversely affected by the heatwave or what but Kobe Bryant playing a regular season game in Turkey makes as much sense as you playing a regular season game in Turkey.
Let’s let this nonsense die, okay?
Yeah, I know it was Jim Belushi that I saw back at that Argo party but you have an idea of how my mind works so why not this little trip down Musical And Theatrical Memory Lane:
Here’s the thing on Yao, one last time.
I was having dinner with the one and only Mike Farber – a giant, a Mount Rushmore guy – and we were talking about Halls of Fame.
He brought it up, a point made by another guy and for the life of me I can’t remember who it was, who said, in so many words: “Can you write the definitive history of the sport during Player X’s time without mentioning him? If you can’t, he has to be in the Hall.”
And since Yao was the first non-North American ever chosen No. 1 overall, the face of nation, an icon, and whatever else, I don’t think you can possibly write the last 10 years of basketball without mentioning him.
Know what would make this heat more tolerable?
Speaking of the mail:
Q: Re: Roberto Alomar best athlete to ever play in Toronto
Hi Doug, you pose an interesting question here. I'm not certain about the ramifications you're putting on this, but my only argument would have to be Hakeem Olajuwan.
When in Toronto it is obvious that he was at the end of his career, and we did not witness him in his prime, but he surely a more impressive career than Roberto's.
Again I'm not sure if there's any rules to this, but that's my argument.
Drew F, Oshawa
A: The Dream’s an interesting topic when it comes to that whole discussion because he was, simply, a shell of his former self when he got here.
A good signing – he seemed to be the kind of veteran who would help an excellent youngish team over the top – one of the bigger issues, as it turns out, was that he and Lenny Wilkens didn’t quite get along all that well, an issue that dated back to the 1996 Olympics.
Anyway, if you want to take total career achievements into consideration and not limit it to only the years in Toronto, I think you can absolutely make the case for him being the best ever.
But when it comes to what the guys actually did when in a Toronto uniform, Hakeem’s way down the list.