Some old time movement and more celebration needed
A day off?
No practice? No game?
What’s a fellow to do?
Oh yeah, some video for the Facebook thing and some Nothing But Net but it’s going to a quiet day in The Life Of A Grunt and I’m quite fine with that.
A new look
How about some old-school stuff?
Did you get a look at some new offence the lads ran at time last night?
Looked a bit like some Princeton stuff with three guards running what looked like a three-man weave around the three-point circle with a lot of motion and movement and it worked pretty well.
I’m told it’s the kind of stuff they used to run in Seattle when Dwane was out there and they’d put Ray Allen, Luke Ridnour and Antonio Daniels out on the floor and, I have to admit, it’s more fun to watch than any isolation stuff or screen-roll action with a guard and a forward.
Not sure how it worked out – I don’t chart possessions nearly that closely – but I’d imagine if they wanted to go with Calderon, Bayless and DeRozan (instead of Calderon, Carter and DeRozan as they did against the Spurs) it’ll be a nice, new look that might confuse some fans.
And if the game ops people are reading, if they run it and you recognize it and you play some Sweet Georgia Brown, that’d be way cool.
Like this is.
Welcome home, young fella
Very nice of Pop to give Cory Joseph a few minutes in front of the home folks.
Joseph, as Pop told us before the game, is simply a young kid learning his way and it was impossible to get a read on the local product in the three minutes he played in the first half.
But Joseph did give all the right answers before the game about being excited to learn from crafty veterans like Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili and if he does that, there has to be some good things waiting for him in the future.
Lost amid another loss – and perhaps quieting for a second those who’d like him traded or benched – was DeMar DeRozan’s season high 29 points, even if it was a rather “quiet” 29.
Given that in his last five games – and that includes the stinker against the Lakers on Sunday afternoon – he’s averaged almost 20 points a game, I’m wondering if the young fella might be getting it more often than not.
I’m not saying at all that he’s absolutely there but his free throw attempts are up, his three-point attempts are down and this might his best stretch since very early in the season.
Last night, especially in the second half when he had 17 of his points, he was pretty darn good.
If he strings together four more good ones in the next five, he might provide some answers to difficult questions.
And a little bit more
Dude got approval to walk across the Falls on a wire and not since John Daly had some hokey stunt where he tried to drive a golf ball from one country to the next has there been such activity planned makes.
Makes one proud to be from there.
A friend reminds me that yesterday was Flag Day here – a commemoration of the day in 1965 when the Maple Leaf first flew – and I’m kind of sorry that I missed it, actually.
A flag, like a national anthem, is one of the few symbols we have and I don’t know that we celebrate it well enough or often enough. You know me and the anthem, right? How I hate when performers treat it as some kind of demo tape instead of giving it the respect it’s due. Well, same for the flag.
I was barely able to comprehend that mid-60s debate over the flag but for those of you of a certain age slightly younger than myself, it’s all you’ve known as the standard for our country.
Next year, we’ll all do better, won’t we?
Oh, and if the feds would like to make it a statutory holiday – perhaps changing the bogus Family Day we’ll celebrate here in Ontario on Monday – I’d be fine with that, too.
I don’t want us to become too ostentatious in our nationalism but a wee bit more might not be too bad. Be a good reminder about what’s right in this country.
Sure, I could use some mail, who couldn’t?
Guess word’s coming out of Seattle today that they have some kind of arena plan in place and they’re going full steam ahead with a new building in an attempt to lure the NBA back.
My personal preferences aside – I love Seattle ‘cause it’s a nice walking city with an interesting downtown and two places I like to go an awful lot in the Kell’s and Metropolitan Grill – I do think the league needs another team in the Pacific Northwest for some geographical balance if not for marketing reasons.
The thing is going to be how they get a team, and from where.
There is absolutely no appetite for expansion – nor should there be given how thin that talent is already stretched – which would leave relocation as the only way to get a team.
I guess all eyes are going to be on Sacramento, given their difficulties in getting an arena there. But past that? Don’t see too many good candidates. The league is going to exhaust all manner of possibilities before it gives up on New Orleans and the business community there seems to have rallied around the franchise. Charlotte might be a possibility given the difficulties the Bobcats have in drawing in a college and NASCAR region and Memphis might make sense except getting out of the lease at the arena there is so financially punitive it’s hard to imagine the Grizzlies being a logical target.
So while it’s all well and good that Seattle seems to be back in play, if Sacramento gets its act together, I don’t see a logical franchise to move.
Of course, things can change rather rapidly in the world of high finance and big business – owners who are solvent today may not be in 18 months – but right now Seattle looks like a tough market to fill.
And that makes me sad.