The Nash appointment works on so many different levels
I remember back in 2007 either saying to or writing of Wayne Parrish after his appointment as Grand Poobah of Canada Basketball that I didn’t know if the job of revitalizing that organization could be done but, if it could, I was completely confident that he was the man to do it.
And, funny, but I got exactly that same feeling sitting around the Canada Basketball Feel Good Hour at the Air Canada Centre yesterday watching Steve Nash – and his old running mate Rowan Barrett – assume command of the general manager’s job with the senior national team.
To say it was an inspired addition – and you can’t use “hire” since Nash won’t be compensated for his time – is perhaps wrong; it was simply logical and a long time coming.
All you had to do was follow a bunch of twitter nonsense after the announcement was made to see the far-reaching implications of having the single-most recognizable basketball player – and perhaps athlete of any kind – ever produced by Canada take the job.
There were young players and old administrators, guys from Toronto and the East and the West, people affiliated with AAU programs and Canadian colleges who lauded the appointment.
Those far-reaching tentacles of Nash will be his most important attribute in trying to convince generations of young players – and the people who supposedly have their best interests at heart – to play for Canada.
Nash’s cache cannot be understated; these kids and coaches see him and listen to him and when he calls, it’s going to be awfully hard to say no. Nash would seemingly have some financial resources to work with – the Sixth Man fund-raising arm of the senior team, a group of “high net-worth” individuals, according to Parrish – is about halfway to its goal of raising an extra $4 million for the team for the next four years – and money and his reputation should be enough.
It won’t be easy – and the results might not be immediate because we’re still talking about a bunch of relatively unproven kids who’ll be asked to play against men – but the over-riding sense is confidence.
As it should be.
Again, unsure how the weekend will play out – could be the same as last week, could be different, we like to keep you guessing –
Boys Week At Casa Doug update.
(Super Wife, avert your eyes now, please. That’s if you’re reading, which I doubt)
In a moment of weakness, something happened and I saw a toilet seat down but we took care of that rather quickly; we ran out of milk a day or two ago; the ice cream needs to be replaced during today’s shopping spree; I haven’t even looked at a vegetable; it was dinner out after saxophone last night and I’m looking longingly at the barbecue for tonight or tomorrow.
A fair amount of video game playing has been going on, Super Dog’s been taken care of and spoiled with the odd bit of People Food.
Anything I’m missing?
House is still standing; it’s a mess but it’s standing. That’s a good thing right?
Oh yeah, Nash to Toronto in the NBA? Who knows?
The sense I get, and this is shared by a fellow I know who scribbles about him in Phoenix, is that he’s truly not thought about it too much but that the HOTH (if Bryan does the right thing and make a substantial offer) will be in the mix.
This from Steve himself:
“I haven’t had a chance to start thinking about free agency but obviously the next six to eight weeks is going to be an important time for me. I’m not going to close any options or opportunities. We’ll evaluate strongly every single opportunity that I have to continue to play the game and we’ll see. At this time I’m not ready to make any proclamations.”
So what kind of research will he do?
“Dig into rosters and situations and even cities and just see what would fit me and what situation I’d fit best in. I haven’t even started.”
All right, I get some early sleep so I can stay up late (man, am I getting old or what?) and thank goodness I only watched the tremendous finish to the Lakers-Nuggets game and didn’t flip over the TOD.
It is still early and no one’s really running away and hiding from them in the standings but another ninth-inning bullpen meltdown and another game that got away has to continue a wearing-down process on their psyches that’s been building since the opening series of the season.
I still say it’s a pretty good team with some serious pitching woes and you can only hope someone emerges from John Farrell’s bullpen to do the job consistently or that Alex can come up with some mid-season deal.
Blown saves cost more than one game, in my opinion. They ratchet up the pressure on everyone, guys start to press so they don’t have to put the bullpen in that situation and the confidence level wanes. Hope that doesn’t happen but if there’s an indication it is, it’ll be time for some drastic measures.
I need important September baseball to give me some relaxing time post-Olympics and I was counting on these guys to provide it.
And, as we all know, it’s all about me.
So what do you think happens first in Orlando?
Am kind of glad the Pacers dispatched them in five – although it runs counter to my pre-playoff predictions and I’ve only had one mocking text/e-mail/call about it – because it can hasten what should be one of the more fascinating off-seasons in the league.
That’s a weird team, a pretty good one with a star who doesn’t like the coach and a coach who would seem to be completely tired of the circus swirling around him and a general manager, Otis Smith, who said after his team’s ouster that he’s not even sure if he wants to come back for another year of nonsense.
Can’t wait to see how that plays out.