Just a bad break at a bad time
Dear Boss: I am too old for this.
Signed: Stressed grunt.
A tough, tough break
I don’t know how all of you feel about Andrea Bargnani, either in the past or in the present, but anyone who didn’t feel bad for the kid seeing him hobble off the court and sit on the bench looking dour, sour and dejected doesn’t have an ounce of compassion in them.
He’s been the best thing about the Raptors this season, we’re seeing him blossom into the all-around player some thought he should have been before now and for him to suffer a second calf injury inside a month just sucks.
No idea how long he’ll be out – he’ll have an MRI today, he said was a lot worse than the last one as you can read somewhere in here – but it’s just a shame he had to get hurt again.
Now, muscle pulls and strains and tears happen all the time; they happen in the course of seasons no matter how often the games are coming and I’m not buying this “they rode him too hard” stuff I’m hearing.
The first time? He’d played about 28 minutes the night before.
This time? He’d had a long run in Phoenix and a good run in Salt Lake but it wasn’t an injury entirely attributable to fatigue or wear and tear. It’s a muscle, muscles get hurt all the time; it’s just a bad break at a bad time for a guy who felt terrible about it.
Message delivered … quickly
Makes entire sense and it’s nice to see him follow through on it.
Like he did – quickly – last night.
With Jose on the bench with a couple of quick fouls, Jerryd was about all he had at point guard for much of the first half against Devin Harris and Earl Watson.
But when Bayless loafed back after a turnover, about a minute after he’d entered the game, Casey got the hook out and went to Gary Forbes. The coach wandered down to the end of the bench where Bayless was sitting, said something like “run back!” and marched back to his spot.
About 90 seconds later, he called for Bayless to go back in the game and gave him a reassuring pat when he was headed to the table.
That’s a message delivered but at no significant cost to the team and, in my book, is outstanding coaching. Some guys would have either let Bayless slide for his transgression and left him in the game; some others might have hooked him and left in him buried on the bench while a game got out of hand just to prove a point.
Casey handled it perfectly.
An idea, perhaps?
Okay, it’s been firmly established that the Raptors are having difficulty getting off to good starts of late; they give up too many points and look passive.
Okay, it’s been established that their zone defence seems to be about where coach Dwane Casey wants it; they are talkative, animated and cohesive.
Now, I’m no rocket scientist, or even a good basketball mind, but do you think that maybe they might think about starting a game playing zone and see how that works?
You’re welcome, Dwane.
(I keed, I keed; I bet he’s actually thought of that)
Teams put out printed quote sheets after games and the good folks in Salt Lake did their job quite well after that long game.
Trouble was, the quotes uttered by the Raptors coach were attributed Dwane Johnson, giving whole new meaning to Pound The Rock.
Oh, you knew this was coming, right? Given all the travel and where we’re headed and all that stuff …
I know not many of you are – and few probably even know – but this was pretty cool.
We’re in the airport about 9 a.m. eastern time and a news release arrives that Jeremaine Copeland had retired from the Argos.
We’re still in the airport about 10 a.m. eastern time and a news release arrives that Jeremaine Copeland had been hired as receivers coach with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
That’s either the quickest job interview/hiring process ever or just typical CFL follies.
Kinda cool in a “who cares, it’s only the CFL” kind of way.
Okay, when I’m elected Supreme Being Of The World (you’re all voting for me, right?) there will be a few edicts:
All airports shall offer free wireless internet because we’re held there hostage far too often.
Oh, and all airports shall have Starbucks outlets on the other side of security.
One more on the game, if you don’t mind (I couldn’t stay up for Federer-Nadel, there wasn’t any baseball news and I haven’t studied up on my Mock NHL All-Star Draft yet).
Heard something in Salt Lake I hadn’t heard in the 16 or so years I’ve been coming here -- no, it wasn’t: “The bar is always open, sir!
It was boos.
I think I’ve mentioned this before but say what you will about Utah Jazz fans, when things go back in a game, as they often do, they tend to try to cheer the home team back into it rather than boo them out of it.
Not so much last night.
When Devin Harris bricked those last two OT free throws – and they really weren’t close – there was more than a smattering of boos raining down on him.
Guess it’s understandable given the time and score but I’ve seen the Jazz play awfully at times over the years and never once heard a single boo.
Not sure what that means but it’s late and I needed something and I thought you might be interested.
Okay, one more shot at the mail.
Here. Please. Good stuff wanted. Deepest thoughts. Away-from-the-game stuff welcome.