Language shouldn't matter and it's movie time!
In today’s paper we have a general Raptors preview and a player-by-player look at them and what they have to do and five Raptors games you might want to watch and a general NBA preview and five NBA games you might want to watch and five NBA players you might want to pay attention to and five NBA storylines you might want to follow.
I’m basketballed out, I’m afraid. At least for a day.
So, with apologies, there’s not much in here today. But there’s more than enough to read.
I’m quite late to the dance on this one but …
Been reading all week that the big issue in Montreal and Quebec – and I heard yesterday that even the zany politicians are getting in on the act – is that the Habs are in hot water because – egads!!!!! – they’ve hired a unilingual Anglo as their interim head coach.
I understand the nationalist sensibilities of that province pretty well, I kind of get it but, really, does it matter whatsoever what language the coach speaks as long as the players listen and he wins?
I know the media will scream blue murder because some of them will have to translate and work a wee bit harder and that’s tough.
But shouldn’t it only be about whether or not the guy can coach? And win? And make the team better?
Sure, maybe Patrick Roy would be the perfect solution (I read his name linked the gig somewhere, it’d be even cooler if he brought his kid to beat up other goalies) but this is not a perfect world.
Randy Cunneyworth may be a good coach, he may be a bad coach, he may be in over his head with this job but for the people to bay and whine and get up in arms because of his linguistic abilities seems, to me, to be rather ridiculous.
You hire the guy you think best helps you, you take into account his coaching abilities, not his speaking abilities or his willingness to cowtow to the media.
A quick HOTH thing, and there’s another one coming later on.
There are limits each training camp to the number of two-a-day workouts teams are able to have (it was three before, it’s four this year on, I believe, a one-time deal) and most coaches like to get ‘em out of the way early, when teaching is at a premium.
Not so much.
He’ll have the lads in the gym two times today, mostly because he knows better now what he needs to work on after two pretend games.
It would have made much less sense, to me, to rattle off four in a row or four in six days early in camp because it would have worn the players out and left him with limited chances to teach after seeing what needed to be taught the most.
Yeah, it’ll make a long day for the players – and even a longish day for me – but it’s a smart move.
Okay, you had to know this was coming, right?
And since I’m not entirely sure what’s going to go on here this weekend with news or mail or whatever, today’s the day.
The Very Best Christmas Movies
Put ‘em one on top of the other by the DVD player or Blu Ray or computer or TV or VCR or whatever it is you have these days, settle with the people you love and watch ‘em on this countdown.
Guarantee is a great night.
Miracle on 34th Street
Of course there’s a Santa Claus; who else eats all those cookies and drinks all that milk.
The Bishop’s Wife
Under-rated; vastly under-rated. Cary Grant, Loretta Young, David Niven. Angels and a nice little story.
If for nothing other than the crooning.
A Christmas Carol.
Forget Alastair Sim.
It’s A Wonderful Life.
No, they don’t make ‘em like that any more, do they?
I guess if you had to do, you know, modern ones, you’d have to think Die Hard, Home Alone, Elf and, well, that’s about all I’ve seen. Don’t tell anyone I’d put Love, Actually on that list, okay? Thanks.
Since I was sitting and typing about a kabillion words of various NBA and Raptors previews yesterday, there wasn’t a lot of time to sit around the arena and wait out practice.
Seems like a wise move now since they did about 90 minutes or so of video review of Wednesday’s game before hitting the court.
I would think that video instruction is going to be a huge part of this season since there are only going to be 20 or so days when they can really practice.
What’s a video session?
Well, it varies from coach to coach and team to team but basically what it is is a breakdown of each player, a handful of plays, close examination of good team defence and bad team defence with a whole lot of “hey, it might have worked better had you done this” thrown in for good measure.
I know good coaches – and I put Dwane Casey in that category already – use it as much as for positive reinforcement as they do to point out the various errors that occur in a game.
To me, that’s the only way to do it. I can imagine a team would tune a coach out very quickly if all he did was hammer them while watching television and the impression I’m getting from everyone I talk to on the team is that Dwane is fair, firm and respected.
It’ll be a topic of a story for another day but he’s really got them on the right track.
Thanks, Alert Irregular.
If the Knicks sign Santa next year, Jonas will dominate them.
Hardly any, folks, and I’m at least going to need one day to fill this space this week.
And, finally ...