A little Raptors update and the usual fun and frivolity
So, remember the Raptors?
Professional basketball team that used to play around these parts?
Well, I heard something abut them yesterday talking with a guy.
You sitting down?
With all this hullabaloo about a new front office body, it’s time to report what I heard from the highest of levels and you can take this to the bank as legit:
The search for a new employee is down to two at the moment; I didn’t get the names but if you were to think back, the four-man original list of Kevin Pritchard, Jeff Bower, Dennis Lindsay and Ed Stefanski.
Except that the timing for Stefanski didn’t work; there was noting about a “snag” or a “breakdown” in any chats, it just didn’t work.
(An aside: Stefanski’s departure from the Sixers the other day has everything to do with the economics of the time and the new ownership there; the thing here had nothing to do with it).
There is no timeline, but I would think they’d probably like to be ready to hit the ground running whenever things at the labour level get solved.
And – this might be most important – no one knows what the title will be so all this chatter about Bryan hiring a “general manager” may not prove to be true.
Colangelo is very much in charge, nothing is changing there; the job has not been offered to anyone although talks between Bryan and others continue. If he doesn’t see a good fit at the end, there’s no rush and he’ll open it up again.
It is, as we’ve been saying all along, a chance to add a voice to the front and, who knows, perhaps set up a succession plan.
Masai Urjuri left and never was replaced.
Maurizio Gherardini’s job description will change once the game returns.
Jim Kelly is in the same boat as Maurizio.
This is, as it always has been, all about Bryan adding some depth to his front office or, as it was put to me, “strengthening the bench.”
And that’s where we are with that.
Some ball game last night, eh?
Pretty entertaining and it would appear, for the most part, that we’re going to be down to five- or six-inning games because of the talent of those two bullpens.
I love seeing the machinations of each lefty-righty matchup late in close games. You’re going to get Arthur Rhodes to face Josh Hamilton for every significant late-game at-bat, just like you’re going to see Marc Rzepczynski (hey! I got it right) against whatever dangerous lefty the Rangers have at the plate.
These one at-bat outings for relievers usually provide the most drama in these games and I’m pretty glad we might see one or two every night.
Hey, it would have been this guy’s birthday today.
I presume some TV network has a marathon on, or at least it better.
Don’t suppose the small puddle on the kitchen floor under the skylight after a night of teeming rain is necessarily a good thing, right?
What was that movie?
The Money Pit?
Right, the NBA labour talks.
The most fun any of us is having at the moment are reading the tweets and e-mails from guys who are staking out the talks.
We’ve heard of random meetings with Gregg Popovich, dissertations on the wallpaper in the room, the goings-on at the lobby bar, the food being delivered for them.
A cone of silence has been placed over them by the mediator and the leakage has been less than expected. I’m not sure what to read into that, there hasn’t been to have been any major breakthrough but they’re going back at it again this afternoon so that can’t be a bad thing.
The various reports – quite nicely put together by My Man Sheridan at the his website that you can find here – suggest there’s been movement on the revenue split to get the sides closer to 50-50, which I always thought made the most sense.
(Or if the players want to get 52 per cent, something has to come off the top for league and franchise marketing expenses).
Anyway, yes, it does seem like we were here before only to have the talks derail over “system” issues like the luxury tax and cap exceptions so I’m not sure getting back to close to 50-50 represents any kind of major breakthrough. The other stuff still hangs over the talks like a mushroom cloud and I truly expect any time now some kind of explosion from either the league or the union and a step back in the process.
Oh, and that Tuesday deadline to get some movement or else have more games – perhaps until Christmas – cancelled? The one referred to as fake?
Hmm, it’s Thursday and no more games are gone.
Let me get this straight.
Pucks play two games, get a week off and then play three nights in four, four nights in six and five nights in seven?
Oh yeah, mail.
Or go here, do that whole “like” thing and get into the mailbag that way.