I hope the story never ends; and Canada gets its Olympic task
Okay, we got Linsanity out of the way, now it’s time for the real party.
All set for Bonnerpalooza tonight?
Until then …
Okay, if there’s a better story in sports – now or in the last half of a decade or so – I sure can’t think what it is.
(Oh, and no one – NO ONE – got Joe Boyd or bothered to mentioned it yesterday? For shame)
Anyway, Lin as a player?
Dramatic, no question; fearless, without doubt. Complete? Not quite.
Can’t, or won’t go left, and a huge defensive liability but who really cares. Shot’s a bit flawed, kind of flung over the shoulder; and, as I mentioned, he couldn’t cover you last night.
But who cares that Jose abused him for three quarters until the Knicks got wise and shifted a bigger, stronger defender on to him?
Who cares that he almost had a triple-double of points, assists and turnovers?
Who cares about any of that right at the moment?
The kid’s got stones – that game-tying and-one drive was a man’s play, the shot to win it was stone cold – and he’s writing one of the greatest scripts I can imagine.
I don’t know how it will eventually end and I’m not entirely sure I care how it will eventually end because Jeremy Lin is providing us with a great, great narrative that’s all about what’s good in sports.
He seems to be a very nice fellow, appreciative of his opportunity, self-confident enough to know what he means to his team, respectful without being dismissive of the sometimes-fawning media that’s turning him into something extraordinary.
He seems quite likable and that’s probably part of it: If he was a knucklehead people might be hoping he’d fail.
He’s not and anyone who doesn’t like this story needs to re-examine his or her outlook on sports.
This is that good a story, he seems to be that good a kid and his playing limitations don’t mean a thing.
If Jack Buck was there last night, the words would have been ringing in our ears: I don’t believe what I just saw.
Give Dwane Casey a bit of credit for looking past horrid defensive matchups to get his best players on the floor.
At one time, third or fourth quarter, I think it was, I looked up to see Linas Kleiza guarding Amar’e Stoudemire and in the whole list of things that Kleiza can do, guarding a big, strong power forward is way down the list.
But necessity being the mother of invention and all, Casey needed to do something and his defensive system is good enough that even undesirable matchups have a way of working out most of the time.
Don’t imagine it’s something they want all the time and if Amar’e had any lift left in his legs – I was astounded at how often his show was blocked and how easy the Raptors blocked it – it might have been troubling but, for the most part, it worked well.
That final play
Should Jose have been up closer to Lin, taking away a jump shot we knew was coming as the seconds ticked off?
Yeah, probably. He did a good enough job taking away Lin’s right hand – there was no way he was going to be able to get to the rim – but crowding him a bit more in the final five seconds might have made it a bit harder to get that shot off.
Doesn’t matter, though.
No way the kid was missing it. We all knew that.
A wee bit more
(And sorry I’m late, apparently sleep is a good thing we need every now and then).
You can have your Beebs or Biebs or whatever; I’m sure there have been other big name celebs at games, too, who are more famous or whatever but, I tell you, Steven Van Zandt made the night.
Check out the solo in this E Street clip.
Oh, and I was trying to find a Sopranos clip for his alter ego Silvio Dante but the, um, use of the language kinda precluded it.
So, the draw’s been done and Canada now knows its road to the women’s basketball tournament at the London Olympics.
Canada has been put in a preliminary round group with France and Mali at the 12-country event that starts in late June in Ankara, Turkey as they chase one of five spots in the Games.
The top two teams after a group round-robin advance the quarter-finals and the four quarter-final winners get Olympic berths and there’s one more that the four quarter-final losers will play for.
Not quite sure of the relative merits of their first round opponents – I need to do a wee bit more homework over the next little while – except to know that France is pretty good.
The cross-over quarter-final group is Croatia, Korea and Mozambique and I’m sticking with what I’ve said all along:
I really like this Canadian women’s team, they aren’t particularly big but Alison McNeill coaches ‘em really well, and I fully expect to be covering them in London.
Here’s a treat.
Stevie Boy was the shutterbug on duty Tuesday and here are some of the pictures he produced.
Yes, he is quite good, isn’t he?
Mail? May as well start it.
I got a closeup look at the Dallas Mavericks championship ring before Casey and Tyson Chandler had their little pre-game ceremony last night and …
It’s huge, diamond-encrusted, looked like platinum or silver to me and, believe it or not, hardly ostentatious.
I figured, and I’m sure some of you did, too, that Mark Cuban would come up with something gaudy and over the top.
If a $40,000 ring can be understated, these ones are.