You don't get respect, you earn it
Well, that didn’t take long.
My man C. Kelly reports that there was a little snippet of the “respect” card played at Raptors practice on Thursday when they were breaking down the Wednesday night Indy game.
(I was sitting in a tiny plane waiting to de-ice before the flight down to Dallas, sorry I missed it).
Anyway, here’s the pertinent Casey quote; thanks Cathal.
“Toughness. We’ve got to continue to play hard and aggressive and then that’s when you get the respect of the officials. When our guys are playing hard, when the guys are doing that then the officials will see that that’s how the Toronto Raptors are playing, they’re playing hard they’re playing physical, they’re getting on the floor after loose balls they’re not the same Toronto team of the past.”
Here’s a wee bit of advice from a guy who’s heard it so many times before:
Play hard more often. Not two games, not five games, not three games this month and three games in February or a game or two in March and maybe a couple in April.
Dwane’s exactly right: If you do that every single night, “get after it” in the vernacular, it’s not only going to be officials who respect you, it’s going to be opponents and that’s ever more important.
Look, were there some questionable ticky-tack fouls called against Toronto in the Indy game? Sure.
Look, were there some questionable fouls called against Indy in the Toronto game? Sure.
There will be every night. It’s part of the game; I still say NBA officials do, on the whole, an excellent job with their judgment calls. A lot of the whiny about the non-whistles was just that, whining and trying to “work the refs,” and I’m not sure it works (it truly does become white noise often). Nothing speaks louder than action and the only ones who can turn any “perception” of the HOTH are the HOTH.
The Raps have shown in very little spurts a willingness to play “hard” in the past, they have never really done it consistently for more than a handful of games in a row.
We’re at two and counting this season, I have no clue whether it’ll turn into 10 games or 20 or three, but until it’s a regular occurrence, they can’t complain.
Hey, everyone ready for Amateur Night, aka New Year’s Eve?
Since tomorrow starts stupid early and includes a practice in Orlando that won’t finish until 5 p.m., there’s every chance the night will be an evening at the airport Marriott lobby bar or this really dumpy buck-a-beer joint we know in a strip mall on Semoran.
But in case things get done early, any suggestions welcome.
I’m not a big Orlando fan by any stretch, it seems a city without a soul, or even a neighbourhood, so your help won’t hurt.
I notice waaaaaaaaay deep in the news down here that there’s some Leaves puck angst going on, they don’t seem to be, you know, very good right now and all that blather about being among the best in the East sure seems a few years ago, doesn’t it?
All I’m waiting for now is for the coach to tweet his apologies that his special teams blow and the promise of the first six weeks is being replaced by reality.
Whaddya say, Ron?
Last shot for mail, which I think we’ll end up doing both Saturday and Sunday as usual, despite the Friday game. Helps with travel (a 4:30 a.m. Central wakeup time Saturday’s a bit of a pain) and keeps us on the even keel) and it’s all about me.
So the Mavs come home for tonight 0-3 after losing at the buzzer in Oklahoma City on Thursday following two blowouts at home and you have to know they’ll be rather grumpy.
But we do get to see our old HWSNBN friend and he might be a bit grumpy to. But I bet if some of you watch these highlights from last night – where Vince makes an apparent game-winner with a second left only to have Durant win it – you’ll feel pretty good.
All I know about tonight’s game is that there’s a good chance something wacky happens.
Last year the Raptors had about eight guys because of injuries, Linas got thrown out, Jerryd tweaked an ankle or something and they won.
Think it was the year before when they were up 25 or something like that and lost.
And now they get the defending champs on a three-game losing streak after a heart-breaking loss? Might be an interesting night if the Mavs are truly grumbly and want to make a point.
We’ll be here about 8:30 for one of those IGBT if you’ve got nothing going on for a Friday night.
Teen pucks 10, Danes 2?
Yeah, that’s a true “world championship” isn’t it?
Why don’t they cut it down to the three or four teams that are, you know, legitimate, play a round robin and get it all over with.
It’s kind of like women’s Olympic hockey (wanna good bet? The 2018 gold medal game will be Canada-US) with no depth of talent and it’s becoming something of a joke early in the tournament, isn’t it?
Hmm, this whole idea of getting this thing up and posted by 7 a.m. East each day might take a beating now that time zones are part of my life.
You Tall Foreheads understand, right?