All kinds of struggles and all kinds of stuff about Reggie
Told you I had no clue about time zones and when things would get done here.
Who’s fault is it?
There is no doubt the Raptors offence struggles without Andrea Bargnani but, really.
There is very little creativity, far too much one-on-one play and precious little off-the-ball movement and just no flow.
That’s on everyone, the coaches and the players and it’s verging on unwatchable. Not sure who’s more to blame, I know Dwane wants more stuff to happen, we’ve seen sets in the season where it does but unless it rapidly improves, we’re in for another KO year and one of us is going to stick a pin in his eye about the 25th game of the season.
And we don’t want that, do we?
What’d we find out?
Not much, really.
But if there’s a good sign, it’s that Linas Kleiza, playing his eighth game in about a calendar year, looked better than he has.
He was as good at 30 minutes as he’s been at 17 and he actually made some shots. Now, a lot of what happened late in the fourth quarter doesn’t count because the game was out of hand but Kleiza at least looked a bit more fluid. Now, if he can string together two or three games like that, there’d be reason for optimism.
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There’ll be more on The Regend but …
Man, does Dwane (heart) Reggie.
Check this out:
“Reggie is one of my all-time favourites. I love him, he’s like a son, I fought for him to make the team in Seattle.
He was undrafted, we brought him in, I got in an argument with Wally Walker (the Seattle’s GM) that day when he was deciding who he was going to cut. I said, ‘look, we have nobody on our roster like this guy, he’s fearless, he wins every one on one drill, he has a nose for the basketball.’
I always say there’s a lot of things you have to have in basketball but one of the most important (is) you have to have an act. He has act; he gets away with it. I love him … but he has an act. He can hold all day long in the paint and the referee is going to call it on the next guy. He’s good at it.”
And he’s right. Reggie may be little more than a one trick pony but, man, is he good at that trick.
And … Idle thoughts of an addled mind after a long flight delay …
I’m not entirely sure why but getting carded in an airport bar kind of makes me feel good. Not young, just good. And when you can laugh with the barmaid about being old enough to be her dad, it’s cool.
Oh, and you get to hang with Gumby on some Concourse Stool and chat with Our New Friend Stefanie The School Teacher From Half Moon Bay and learn that, yes, there are Americans who think Newt’s a dope not intelligent enough to lead the free world and you hope the new friend has some friends who don’t allow this to happen.
Oh, and many of the problems with the U.S. public school system stem from too many districts with too many superintendents wasting too much funding.
Just in case you were wondering.
Right. We’re in Phoenix. And that means the possibility of a trip to Cooperstown.
No, not a flight, a walk behind the arena to a joint owned by this guy.
It may be a case of semantics – and I would venture that it is – but he told me before the game that his agent never got a contract offer from the Raptors and it became apparent that he move on.
Now, I’m also told by people I trust in the organization now that there was a conscious decision made to move on last summer, that they were quite okay with Ed Davis taking Reggie’s minutes to see what the kid got and, under different circumstances, they would have wanted him back. But the roster, the time, the future weren’t right and things had to happen as they did.
But when I asked Reggie whether he was surprised about not being back, here’s the transcript:
“Aaaaahhhhhh. I wasn’t, just listening to my agent, there was nothing close at all, you know. Umm, it wasn’t nothing close at all. I wasn’t offered no contract.
I was more surprised than, um, yeah, I was more surprised. I was kind of surprised just knowing that I played for coach Casey in my younger days and just knowing what kind of impact he had on me when I first came in the league because him and coach Nate had such an impact on my career.”
And then a wee bit later:
“I’m kind of happy I was able to answer this question, that way people on the tweets don’t have to ask me why I’m not back.
“It’s cool, though. They wanted to go a different direction; they got some great players on their team that they picked up this year. They got some good veterans on their team.”
Not sure “great” is the adjective I’d use, perhaps “suitable for the season” is the right way to put it.
Oh yeah, you ask Sandra, who’s filling glasses on the other side of the LAX stool, the oddest thing she’s ever seen and …
“A guy, about 6-5 with a full beard dressed like a woman wearing a v-neck dress with chest hair out to there. A whole bar of guys were scared.”
And, undoubtedly, scarred.
Yeah, it was some night.
Hmm. Pats-Giants. Told you so. And if you think there’s any way in the world that field goal kicker or kick returner can be back in Baltimore or San Francisco next year, I think you’re wrong.
Here’s a quick one probably gives short shrift to a story that deserves more.
Joe Paterno is dead, as we all know, the victim of the hell that is cancer such a short time after he was fired from his job.
It was funny, being in the United States when the news broke and listening to him lionized by a dozens of people on ESPN on Sunday morning.
Now, I don’t know Joe Paterno from Adam, I have no idea what kind of man he was, what he did for the kids who were in his charge for the decades he was a head football coach. I do know that unspeakable horrors happened on his watch and that he either knowingly turned a blind eye to them or simply had no control over what went on. Both of which are, in my mind, in excusable.
I’m sure he did many good things in his life, taught kids good life’s lessons, was part of a de facto professional sports team that sent many young men onto greatness and success in a variety of fields totally unrelated to football.
But as I was listening to all those tributes, and listening to men tell me how Joe Paterno should not be judged by what we found out in the last few months, one thing stuck in my craw:
Why not? Why not take what happened recently and weigh it against a life’s work and make up our own mind what we think of the man.
Joe Paterno unquestionably did some good and honourable things while coaching football. And some horrid things happened at the same time. He was good; he was flawed; I think we need to hold off the lionization.