How are the Raptors different from the Blue Jays?
So, how’s your Friday shaping up?
Gonna be a tad busy around the basketball, that’s for sure. And late.
Sounds like the gloves come off at 2 p.m. our time, not before as some of us with ridiculously early Friday deadlines had hoped.
What’s it mean here?
Well, since it looks like almost a given that Jamaal Magloire’s coming home to finish his career (I’d put that at 95-5 given conversations I had after yesterday morning’s note), all Bryan is really going to do – if you take him at his word after his little media buntoss Wednesday afternoon that Cathal summed up here – is to add a small forward and a third point guard and maybe one other warm body for the end of the bench.
Now, I understand his philosophy entirely. Save your money, find out what you’ve got, add bits on short term deals and move forward with fingers crossed that the kids can learn from a new coach and see where you are next summer.
Tough to sell tickets? Probably. But if they play hard and entertaining basketball, win some games right off the bat on their youthfulness in a grind of a season fans will watch.
This whole “let’s keep our flexibility” thing is simply a case of semantics in a lot of ways.
What if he had said, ala the TOD, that “we like where we are, we’re planning to spend and contend for a playoff spot next year, we like our kids, watch us grow.”
Would it engender the kind of unbridled optimism about the Raptors as exists with the Blue Jays, an optimism that’s more rampant in many circles than it has been in years.
They have a good young core (DeRozan, Davis, Bayless, Johnson vs. Lawrie, Arencibia, Romero, Morrow), talent in the pipeline (Valanciunas, likely another high draft pick vs. Hecchevaria, D’Arnaud), a new coaching staff (Casey vs. Farrell) and money to spend the next time free agents come on the market.
See the similarities?
But one seems to offer hope and one seems to be creating more disdain than it should.
Maybe it speaks to the basic impatience of Raptors fans, which could be generational, and maybe it’s the way the message is being delivered.
They are the same and in spring it was going to be fun to watch the baseball team grow; maybe in the fall it should be fun to see what transpires on the court.
I don’t believe the Leaves did anything of significance yesterday.
Just letting you know.
You guys okay with Kelly Johnson being the TOD’s second baseman next year?
(And, yes, I now have an even greater interest in the baseball from having been around it a lot this summer)
Griff’s got the gory details here as usual, Johnson accepts arbitration, gets a one-year non-guaranteed deal, and with no other real prospects on the horizon quite yet, the job as the team’s every day second baseman next season.
(Although, Alex Anthopoulos did put forth the idea of Johnson as a left-fielder, which is going to make it awfully crowded out there with him, Travis Snider, Eric Thames, Edwin Encarnacion and, who knows who else)
The Johnson thing doesn’t really bother me. He was okay when he was here, he’s sure not Brandon Phillips but he’s a serviceable big-leaguer and with the way the market was, I’m not sure there was a better option out there.
But for those of you hoping Alex made a big splash, these have been pretty boring meetings. And with Mark Buehle going to Florida, Huston Street traded (yeah, he’d have looked good in the bullpen), Albert Pujols going to wait ‘til the meetings are over and a lot of cold water being thrown on the Prince Fielder thing, this may be an uneventful week.
Yep, T.J. Ford reports he’s going to sign with the Spurs and I wonder how long until the T.J.-Tony thing starts heating up?
Kidding, sort of. But it’s a great place for T.J., whom I quite like as a guy. Close to home, good organization that’s taking another shot at winning, and a defined role.
Just wonder what it’ll mean for Toronto dude Cory Joseph, who might have otherwise tried to find some minutes.
Remember last week when I told you Super Son was destined for greatness after asking crack sax teacher Pat Carey for the Yakkety Sax sheet music?
Well, at several points the last couple of days, there’s been uproarious laughter coming from his downstairs lair and I figure he’s down there watching some teen show I wouldn’t ever understand, like Suite Life or Wizards of Waverely.
He’s got the box set out, DVD’s running in a marathon and his taste in old comedies makes an old man proud.
Now, if he gets a crush on Barbara Feldon, we’re off to the races!
Yep. Kid loves Get Smart and he could very well end up being President Of The World someday.
Speaking of the Spurs it’s no, no, no; a thousand times no, to the several “Should the HOTH sign Richard Jefferson now that he’s going to be amnesty’d” questions I got.
Yes, if those are popping up in the inbox, the NBA season truly is upon us.
This little aside:
Unless it’s someone of huge significance, and there is no indication whatsoever that it will be (although things change), I am not waiting breathlessly to find out who the fifth Raptors big is, or who will be the third, maybe fourth, point guard behind Calderon, Bayless and perhaps Barbosa.
Doesn’t matter, won’t get excited about it, just hope they’re good guys to get along with. And you should feel the same. Please.