Is a rush to get out "news" a good idea; and Forbes is coming
It was about noon Monday, I guess, and we were standing around the concourse outside the practice gym waiting for Dwane to finish one of his three-hour practices.
(As an aside, and to be elaborated on later: This guy runs the consistently longest training camp practices for the Raptors since Brendan Malone).
Word comes down that, egads, the Chris-Paul-to-the-Clippers deal is dead, done, over.
And here we are, almost 48 hours later and according to reports, not only is Paul to the Clips alive, so is Paul to the Lakers and, well, and yawn.
The bigger point is: How crazy is this whole twitter thing and is it the end of civilization as we know it.
Do we need minute-by-minute updates? Do we need people to make declarative statements in 140 characters or so that can’t possibly provide the greater context needed? Do we believe what we read in hurried transmissions from cell phones or whatever, knowing most if it comes from a single conversation or two and, often, is a simple fact of one side in an issue using a third party to get a message to the other?
I can see where short bursts of information serve a purpose – I used it not six hours ago to get the Gary Forbes news out there – but that was for something definitive. I know we live in a media world that’s too “immediate” for my liking, in a rush to get “news” out – even in less than two or three sentences – we lose the opportunity to provide depth of information, or context so often needed.
It’s not going to change, I fear it’s only going to get worse and I honestly wonder who is best served.
Now, making snide comments, providing definitive news, taking gratuitous shots may be fun; passing something off as “done” without the ability, or willingness, to provide a “why” or even a caution that it may not be actually, you know, “done” seems counter-productive to me.
Oh yeah, that midnight or so tweet from me (too late for the paper, missed the web people, I guess) was this:
Not a huge surprise and ends Bryan’s off-season free agent shopping and the guy should be here sometime today.
The thing I want to know (in a joking kind of way, in case you don’t get it) is how Leo’s going to react when Forbes checks into his first game.
He is, after all, the guy who dropped 39 points on Canada for Panama in the final Olympic qualification loss last summer; a defeat that hastened Leo’s departure as the national team coach.
Forbes will be forgiven by all involved, right?
Oh yeah, there’s this from a while ago and I’ve been saving it.
Q: Ahhh, the immortal "you want me to hold the chicken?" scene. (Editor’s note: It was Jack Nicholson in Five Easy Pieces, in response to a mailbag question). One of the greatest movie scenes of all time.
Doug, I smell a top five list: all-time favourite scenes (not just one line, like Frankly my dear I don't give a damn", but a full scene. So, in addition to Five Easy Pieces, I'd include the scene in Casablanca where Bogie has the speech about "people's problems don't amount to a hill of beans".
Maybe the scene in Annie Hall when that pseudo-intellectual in the movie theatre line blathers on about the medium and the message, and Woody gets the real Marshall McLuan to confront the putz and tell him, sir, you know NOTHING about my work. And then there was that scene in Porky's when...er...never mind.
How about you, Doug?
Lee Z, Ottawa
A: I know it’s taken a while, sorry. Was caught up in other stuff and now I think one every other day or so from the personal list will be a good idea.
One of the top five:
Has to be this one, right?
Now, you’ll let me have my fun between now and the end of the year or so, parcel ‘em out bit by bit? Thanks.
You will have noticed, no doubt, that neither Reggie Evans nor Julian Wright – the former somewhat of an icon here in Toronto, the latter just a wee bit behind him – have yet to find gainful NBA employment this season.
I had heard Boston had some interest, I know Portland took a long look before signing 74-year-old Kurt Thomas and someone out there – now that a lot of rosters are actually taking shape – will likely give a serviceable backup big man a contract.
As one NBA guy told me recently: "If Reggie plays 18-20 minutes a night for you, he’ll get you six extra possessions and he’s a good add; if he has to play 35 minutes a night for you, your team’s no good.”
Well, that’s an entirely different story. I like the guy a lot, he always had time for us, worked hard, solid teammate it seemed by all accounts. Trouble is, and I was saying this in the middle of last season and I’m not sure people were paying attention: He’s really not that good, at least not to get a lot of minutes. I’m not sure there’s a job for him right now or if there will be as camps progress. I do know he’s done a lot of work producing music over the summer, it’s a passion of his; hope it keeps working out.
Guess we best get started.
And can we please, as we do most weeks, avoid the minutia of “Why can’t Bargnani rebound? Why didn’t they sign Jeremy Lin? Shouldn’t they amnesty Jose?”
You’ve done a great job making the mail a variety of things, basketball and non, would love to keep that going.
And, finally, nothing says Christmas like a lovely little ditty about a couple of drunks, right?