With two weeks lopped off the NBA schedule already (perhaps you’ve heard?) one of the questions around here is does it help or hurt the Raptors?
There are several factors at play here with the HOTH, not the least of which is a condensed training camp, pre-season, regular season sure isn’t going to help a team in transition.
With a new coach implementing some kind of new system, and with so many roster questions to be answered, they really could benefit from as much time as possible.
They’ve got to find a way to defend, they have serious questions about a starting small forward, a backup shooting guard, maybe another big and who knows if they truly want Jerryd Bayless to challenge Jose Calderon as the starting point guard and the only thing that would help them, really, would be time to figure it out.
And time they don’t have.
Now, I’m not saying they can’t catch lightning in a bottle, or come out of the gate quickly against other teams still trying to figure things out, but it’s going to be far more difficult under these circumstances.
(I hate to belabour a point made last spring but everyone in the world figured something like this was coming, might it not have made a bit of sense to leave the then-coaching staff in place so a shortened season/camp wasn’t exacerbated by all kinds of new things to deal with? Just askin’.)
And if you look at the games they’ll miss – home to Philly, at Cleveland and Minnesota, home to Dallas and the Clippers and on the road at Memphis and Oklahoma City – it’s a mixed bag. No way they ever beat Dallas and Memphis-OKC on a back-to-back is fraught with peril but there might have been a couple of wins in there that could have given them some confidence as the early part of the season unfolded.
Now – and we have no idea if this indeed will turn out to be true so take things with grains of salt – they’ll open with Phoenix and Milwaukee at home before a trip to Boston, Orlando and Miami and then Boston again.
Of course, there is one flip side but I know you’ll know what I think of this.
Am sure there are “fans” who think another bad season to get another high draft pick to go along with Jonas is a good thing. Sorry, I can’t get onside with that train of thought, you need to win as many games as you can, regardless.
Seems I messed up and forgot a couple of things yesterday on that Facebook thing.
First off, here’s a link that might make it a tad easier for you to go to the page and hit that “like” button (I shall be eternally grateful, honest) and there are a couple of other things you need to know.
My “actor” friends were real live cool people, Jessica (who is not in any way a ditz, honest) and Greg (who I’m sure has rolled his eyes at me on more than a few occasions).
The hugely talented Randy Risling of our multi-media department shot it, edited it, made it foolproof for me and the kids and all I had to do was, you know, be myself.
And if you ever find yourself near Square 1 in Hazelville and are parched, the “set” was a stool at the Boston Pizza there and I owe them. So go take care of them if you can.
And to those who’ve hit the right buttons …
Guess the best thing to say about an American federal mediator getting involved in the NBA talks is this: Can’t hurt.
Now, it’s not binding arbitration or anything like that but a third set of eyes, and someone to maybe steer the conversation when it inevitably gets off course, certainly can’t hurt.
From all I’ve read about the mediator he’s first-class and hugely respected and if he can inch the process along, all the power to him.
But I wouldn’t be holding my breath that there’s a major breakthrough when they meet with him at the first of the week.
Okay, we know we’re of a certain, um, vintage around here so who doesn’t join me in going, “holy crap” when you find out Paul Simon’s 70 years old today?
And who couldn’t sing every word to every song on Bridge Over Troubled Water if they had to?
Well, for today’s musical interlude …
And wasn’t that concert in Central Park – which was in nineteen eighty freaking one!!! – one of the first true biggies that everyone can remember?
While watching and working that NLCS game last night (and thanks to the few Irregulars who turned out) I couldn’t quite figure out which lefty that Tony LaRussa Boy Genius would bring into face Not Cecil Fielder late in the game.
And who’s he go to? Well, no one other than Marc Repzsincki Rzepcinsky Zepchinkski … well, you know who, the guy who used to pitch for TOD.
Anyway, Zep gets him out, his night’s done and I’m thinking, isn’t left-handed situational reliever the greatest gig in all sports?
You can pitch unitl you’re about 60, it seems; if you fail every now and then they’ll just chalk it up to the law of averages; you might face three batters in a week and you’re very well compensated.
(I know Super Wife should have let me tie Super Son’s right arm behind his back for the first three years of his life so we could have an annuity for our dotage).
(I keed, I keed)
But on the list of great sports gigs, is it first?
Maybe backup field goal kicker but you probably have to play another position.
Backup goalie? Nah, too many pads to wear although you do get to sport a baseball hat and be seen by the fans.
Twelfth man on an NBA team? Yeah, that’d be awful close, I imagine. No pressure, good pay and good perks but that’d have to get boring, no?
Yep, to my money, lefty situational reliever’s the best gig in the games.
Look, here’s the deal. They want to run a couple of questions in Saturday’s paper as a way to show folks what we do around here but the e-mail basket is pretty darn empty.
Help a fellow out, would you?