Some good shots, some ugly shots and Yu's payday
The sameness to games this season is starting to irk me, just so you know.
And starting to make me wonder how we’re going to write the next 51.
Time to be assertive
(Oh, and the number of ‘they play better without Bagnani’ comments seem to have dwindled a little bit).
No, probably not.
I think he takes enough shots as it is, he takes good shots for the most part and to ask him to all of a sudden change the way he plays for the sake of four or five games doesn’t make an awful lot of sense, actually.
What Calderon needs is someone to run high screen and roll with because that’s where he’s most effective and that guy doesn’t exist right now.
None of the bigs can do it – none of them are good enough shooters – and Barbosa needs the ball to facilitate his play and the small forwards? Well, enough said about them.
An ugly look
You know how people are always asking about worst-looking shot and the like?
Well, I’m telling you, watching Ed Davis hoist jumpers is, well, retina-burning at time and if it doesn’t get fixed, I’m not sure how effective he’s ever going to be.
Ball’s on the wrong side of his body, it’s more “pushed” than “shot”, it’s rushed and flat and it’s simply not good enough yet.
Now, I still think there’s some promise in Davis’s game because he’s got great instincts defensively and might be one of team’s best off-the-ball defenders. He may eventually become an accomplished shooter, or at least a better scorer, but he’s not nearly there yet.
But I guess that’s what this year’s all about: Finding out about guys and no one said all the discoveries would be good, did they?
An old, old group
Now, I know it’s a relatively small sample size and includes only one viewing in person but, right now, the Celtics aren’t that good. They look old and slow – not a surprise – but the one thing they don’t seem to have is that swagger and cockiness they had in all those good years.
They weren’t really yipping and yapping last night, they played a relatively sedate pace (although Rondo was tremendous until he got hurt) and I don’t see them having any chance against the two best teams in the East – Chicago and Miami.
Some more? Sure, we’ve got some more …
Well, was I the only one slightly surprised that Darvish only got a six-year, $60 million deal from the Texas Rangers yesterday?
I know the total package with the posting fee and the contract is more than $100 million but, really, that salary does strike me as relatively small.
Wonder how they feel down at Blue Jays headquarters, where things have been awfully quiet of late. No, I don’t think whacking Mark Teahan or bringing back Kelly Johnson, Carlos Villanueva and Ben Francisco is, well, big.
You’ve done well in the mail so far but I need a wee bit more to get me through Saturday and Sunday mornings with no games to deal with.
Hey, my friends at Canada Basketball have some friends in town and it’s a pretty big deal.
It’s the FIBA technical commission that will be meeting here Friday and Saturday and, once again, it’s a bit of a feather in the organization’s cap.
I understand the likes of Patrick Baumann, the secretary general of FIBA; our old friend Stu Jackson of the NBA, and FIBA president Yvan Mainini are among the big shots who’ll be around for a couple of days that include Canada Basketball Night at the Raptors game against Portland on Friday.
The technical commission comprises officials and coaches from around the world who look at the international rules of the game. It’s a big inside-basketball but the significance is simply that these folks are here. One of the big tasks for Canada Basketball for years has been to enhance its reputation with FIBA and become more relevant worldwide.
Combined with the growing prominence of the country’s age-group teams – and the women who still have a good shot at making it to the London Olympics – these are the small things that can add up to big things in the future.
The stuff they talk about is probably going to be a bit dry for all of you – and for me – but that they’re doing it here can only be a good thing for Canada Basketball.
You know I have little use for NCAA basketball at this time of year, right?
Well, there’s one team I’m kind of interested in at the moment, the unbeaten Murray State Racers.
And that’s got everything to do with Popeye Jones because he’s the only Racer I know and one of the good old-time Raptors.
So I’m sitting here watching Mike and Mike In The Morning on one of the ESPNs (the tennis is on the usual station) and, once again, I can’t for the life of me figure out why some Canadian all-sports network/radio station can’t do the same thing.
It’s a long show at four hours, gets great guests, is simulcast so people at home can watch while they’re getting into the day and, simply, is good.
Remember how I mentioned in the IGBT that Jose would likely be crushed by the El Clasico result Wednesday?
Well, when he got done dissecting the Raptors game, he did express much dismay at Madrid’s loss to Barca. Can’t figure out how they simply can’t figure out a way past their biggest rivals this year.
And that game … well, it remains the one football fixture I try to seek out; too bad no network had it on down here.