A sad anniversary, some Tristan Thompson and more TV ranks
So David and Billy and Adam and Derek are going to sit down in a room next week and the inexorable march to a resolution to this NBA lockout continues.
It’s a slow slog, as we’ve said, but the fact that the four main players – Stern, Hunter, Silver and Fisher – will chat carries one bit of significance.
The meeting will be unencumbered by lawyers or accountants or owners or other players and when it comes right down to it, those four guys are the men who’ll have to make a deal.
I don’t imagine they will next week, the chasm is still to wide, but this is another step.
One thing to remember:
The last time the league found itself in this predicament, back in 1999, they didn’t even start canceling pre-season games until well into September and didn’t even think about canceling regular season games until October.
It’s still August, it’s still dead time around the league, there is no pressure point looming. Let ‘em talk, take the next baby step and just relax a little bit.
No one has yet to lose a thing, no sense getting too worked up about it at the moment.
Not sure how many I’ve had but there have been many notes and comments from people who are sure that Tristan Thompson’s decision not to play for Canada this summer has to do with some deep-felt animosity towards one of: Leo Rautins, Canada Basketball, Canada Basketball or Leo Rautins.
Surprise, surprise. No true.
As we’ve mentioned a time or two, the story is there’ve been other commitments in his life and The First Lady Of The Beat nails it with this story.
Seems this summer is dedicated to fulfilling a promise to his Mom. Not a bad thing at all.
Sixty years ago today.
Two buddies, a fishing trip, a plane, a crash, a tragedy, a song.
And here’s the thing about Super Grandpa.
We’re sitting around the house a handful of years ago and for some reason Barilko’s name comes up in conversation, no idea how, but it does.
Now this isn’t more than five or seven years ago, I don’t think and out of the blue, The Old Man says:
“Yeah, I was at that game when he scored the goal.”
What? In all my 40-something years on the planet as that guy’s son and in all my, you know, sports writing years, you’d think that’d be a story I’d heard.
Seems he and buddy drive up, grab standing room spots, watch the game, see one of the more celebrated goals in Leaves Pucks History and somehow we go 40-something years without knowing it.
Yeah, Dear Old Dad’s a piece of work.
Yes, I did forget Law And Order, Trial Jury with Lilith Sternin, and Law And Order, UK with almost incomprehensible accents.
But I’m sure in this ranking I haven’t forgotten one:
The original’s still the best and I can’t wait for Ted Danson to take over, although I’ll miss Laurence Fishburne. Still the gold standard.
CSI New York
Guilty pleasure: I had a crush on Melina Kanakaredes from her days on Providence and her departure from CSI New York now is made a touch easier by the fact she’s being replaced by Sela Ward, equally crush-worthy. Oh, and the show’s good overall, too.
If you can stomach the over-acting of the redheaded guy, who should never have left NYPD Blue, you’re a better person than I.
(Don’t tell anyone about that Providence thing, ok?)
Speaking of Canada Basketball, and the men’s team was beaten by Puerto Rico last night, we’ve got this early out of the mail.
Q: Hey Doug. Excellent blog, I read it as often as I can! I'm not sure if you can help me out with this one but here it goes. I was looking at the roster of the Canadian Men's Basketball Team this year and was wondering about the level of play of the European clubs some of these guys are playing for (ie. Denham Brown at Dnipro, Carl English at DKV Joventut etc.). I know these guys are playing at a very high level but I was wondering if some of these clubs listed on the Canada roster are in more competitive divisions or leagues than others?
Ben W, Southampton
A: The honest truth is that it’s not very high calibre at all and that’s an issue. There isn’t a guy on the national team who played in Europe last season who was with a domestic club that was in the EuroLeague aside from their own country’s leagues.
Yes, Canada has produced a few NBAers and there would seem to be more on the horizon but until our middle-of-the-road guys establish themselves as the highest level of European play, the program may tread water longer than it should. I know Maurizio Gherardini has been instrumental in helping Canadian kids get jobs over there, it’s now up to the players to improve so that they get to the upper echelons of European basketball.
Here’s a did you know:
Canada had zero players in the EuroLeague last season.
Belgium, at least the team Canada played here a couple of weeks ago, had four.
Speaking of mail, I might have enough now for a good mailbag for Saturday but Sunday’s looking kind of bleak.
Help a fella out, will you.
So, Griff writes about John Farrell having to leave the TOD game in the ninth for medical reasons and all I can think of is how in the world did I miss that one?
Anyway, I’ll be back to deal with the fallout tonight, which will give me a nice little story to work on during the game.
Toss that in with a whole bunch of other stuff going on and I don’t know that an IGBT’s a go tonight; let’s try for one in the afternoon Sunday to wrap up the series with Tampa, shall we?