Bad deals, great songs and the inevitable Barbosa departure
What kind of day was that?
Guy gets off a plane to find the team he covers made a deal out of nowhere and that opened the floodgates and if there’s been a busier trade deadline day in my time around this league, I can’t remember when it was.
The Lakers took the biggest gamble of any team that did anything yesterday.
And it was a bad move, I think.
But the Lakers, by dealing away Derek Fisher in what was little more than a cash dump – he had $3.4 million for next year, which is little more than a pittance – cut the heart out of a team and they will rue the day.
Sure, at 37 he was slowing down and they needed an upgrade and they got it with Ramon Sessions, who is an entirely serviceable guard they obtained from Cleveland.
But to dump Fisher, who by all accounts was the conscience of that team, the minder of the strong-willed Kobe Bryant, the true leader of a fractious collection of egos and talents, was a horrible signal.
Jordan Hill, the guy they got, is a bit piece, couldn’t get a lick of consistent playing time in Houston and he’ll forever be known as the guy who cost the Lakers Derek Fisher. Tough tag to wear.
Anyway, guys like Derek Fisher, who win championships and comport themselves with dignity and class and who are model citizens for your franchise, need to be kept around until they retire.
They know that age is limiting their skills, they’re smart enough to realize it’s time to take a step back playing-wise but they are integral parts of a collective, and people who keep that elusive “chemistry” going well.
They are icons and they deserve to be treated better.
The Lakers took a huge, unnecessary gamble with that trade, I hope it blows up in their face.
No, it doesn’t get much better than this.
Dubliners? Molly Malone?
If it ain’t Jack Armstrong and I in a saloon, it truly doesn’t get any better than this.
Okay, with all the work and all the stuff, I didn’t get to see a lot of NCAA basketball all that closely yesterday – it was white noise most of the afternoon in the room; Rendezvous is TV-free zone, the Blues Hall was music – but from what I did see I will say this:
They need to get it back on ESPN, fast. Or Turner has to get some people in their studio who know college basketball.
The guys doing play by play and colour are okay, they’re doing games and it’s hard to screw them up, but you get absolutely no insight from the studio guys.
Not sure what it was like back home but down here we got blather and chatter and no information from the studio at all. I’m one of those casual viewers who wants to learn stuff; I can’t do that with Charles and Ernie and Greg Anthony looking bored and sounding uninformed.
Leandro’s gone and that’s too bad because I don’t know if there was a more universally-liked Raptor but, in the big picture, it’s a good move, no?
It was inevitable that they’d lose him – they want the money to add to the kitty more than they want him at $7 million-plus – and doing it now helps him out, it helps them take a much longer look at Gary Forbes and what’s the harm in it?
And, no, there was never going to be a player coming back in an LB trade, we’ve been saying that and hearing that for months; and since you figure Bryan talked to about 29 GMs about him over the course of the season, it would appear that a second-round pick was it.
Too bad but sometimes what you’re selling isn’t being bought at exorbitant prices.
That’s just reality.
Well, well, well.
Some NBL Canada drama.
In what has to be seen as something of an upset, the Quebec Kebs beat the Halifax Rainmen in Game 2 of their best-of-three semifinal last night and it goes to a deciding game tonight.
Winner, of course, gets London in the best-of-five final.
You know how we run into conventions and whatnot out here on the road?
Well, checked in along with a few hundred people in my hotel who are here as part of the American Contract Bridge Association get-together.
Never felt younger.
And didn’t realize they still played bridge. Thought it went out of vogue decades or two ago; or when Super Mom and her cronies stopped having the every-two-week-bridge-club-gabfest on our street. That was always a big day when we hosted it, Super Mom would put out those Glossette chocolate covered raisins as snacks and the ladies would barely touch them which meant a very special, if sneaky, breakfast pour moi.
Mail? I have this afternoon free and I don’t imagine I’ll get asked to the bridge game.
Here’s one quick rundown of the winner and the losers in yesterday’s flurry of trades
Barbosa is precisely what they need, they move George Hill to the starting line and there’s all kinds of tempo off the bench, still.
Forget Fisher, the big pick up, I’d say, is Marcus Camby, who still has some game and whose length will come in handy in the post-season.
Two trades that got them nothing, the fire the coach and that’s one huge, ugly mess.
Didn’t get Howard, can’t get him until the end of the 2012-13 season and, by then, I’m betting Deron Williams is in Dallas.