The response to adversity is key; and a couple of huge losses
Oh, yeah, there were always going to be nights like last night and guess what? There might be more.
Doesn’t make it any easier to take for some of you, I guess; but the gap between old and young, good and bad, is wide in this man’s NBA and we might see another one or two like that again.
So what’s next?
Well, if you’ve read the game story, and I’m sure you all have, it’s back at it in the practice court today (guess that means Pearson to the ACC rather than Pearson to NBN for me) but the proof will be how things turn out tomorrow night.
I wondering. And so is Dwane.
"We’ll see. We’ll see what we’re made of, whether we’ll come out and fight or flight.
"I really believe we have character in that room, I believe that we have good guys I believe we have a strong constitution and I expect us to come out and compete and play hard."
And that’s the essence of Casey, I think. He doesn’t do “public mad” all that often or all that well, he wants to be supportive, he wants to believe.
But he was mad with gusts to seething after that performance and I would imagine behind the closed doors of the practice facility, someone’s going to hear about it.
The odd case of Amir Johnson
But he hasn’t.
And the why is a good question.
One reason being tossed around is that his hand is bothering him; I don’t buy it. He’s had some good games even if the injury is a nagging one.
One is that he’s still getting back up to speed, having missed a chance to do any work this summer while rehabbing from ankle surgery. I think that might be a tiny issue.
And Dwane put forth an interesting one before the game.
"I think Amir kind of got confused a bit once Andrea went out, I think everybody’s roll got distorted a little bit.
"He was the hub and Amir knew every time when hew as in the game he was going to be the roller. Then, a couple of games he was the popper so that may have distorted his roll a little bit. His role is rolling hard to the basket probably eight out of 10 times."
Now all he has to do is do it.
It is forever thus
The one thing you wanted to learn about this team this year was whether they would truly buy into this defence-first mentality and bring the necessary effort at that end of the court every night because consistency of effort is one thing that should never waver.
But what we’ve seen the last couple of nights – and we didn’t see it too often in the first 20 games of the season – is offensive futility causing a lack of defensive intensity and that’s got to be Casey’s biggest concern right now.
I have no doubt that they can right the ship; they did get drilled by two pretty good teams the last couple of nights and expecting wins over the likes of Boston and Atlanta might be a tad misguided.
But the thing to look for most of all in their next four games – and three of them are entirely winnable and that might ease some angst, I can only hope – is the work ethic.
If it’s constant, regardless of whether shots fall, that’s a big step in getting this thing going in the right direction.
A wee bit more?
I’m sure there’s a logical reason other than to confuse weary travellers or because the powers that be that (mis)manage Pearson were just bored one day but imagine a guy’s surprise to find that the gates in Terminal 1 are now preceded by letters.
What used to be 164 to Boston is now F64.
And there are some Es in there, too.
Make work project? Seems like it and if it is, I’d wish they’d spend some time teaching the people who try to organize lines at things like security how to better do their jobs.
But that’s just me.
How does Monster-Reimer compare with Jose-TJ?
Really, who among us didn’t flip the TV – or actually have to get up off the couch and go over to set and change the channel, if you can believe that, kids – to Soul Train every week?
I sure did.
RIP Don Cornelius.
That was one heckuva show.
Oh yeah, there’s no news on Bargnani; daily treatment, getting better, no clue when he’ll play again so there’s no need to ask.
But you can ask whatever you like in the mailbag if you feel inclined.
Remember when sports had characters outside of the athletes we watched?
Well, again, who among us didn’t know about Angelo Dundee, boxing trainer to the greats back when boxing mattered and we actually paid attention to a sport that’s utterly marginalized these days.
He was with Ali during the halcyon days of the sweet science, he was with Leonard, he was with George Foreman when Foreman was someone loved rather than loathed.
Dundee, to someone who only knew a little about him on the periphery, came to represent what’s good about the sport. He cared about the athletes in his charge, he cared about the game, he was a tireless promoter and first-class guy in a game all too populated by rounders and users and let-me-get-mine kind of people.
They don’t make ‘em like him any more; the sports world is worse off for his passing.
You’ve got to love a hotel with a Starbucks in lobby that that opens at 6 a.m. and a good concierge lounge that’s ready to serve around 7 a.m. after this work’s all done.
Day’s off to a good start. Now if only Air Canada makes sure I get back in time to make it to practice, we’ll be okay.