After an update, there's still some summer work to be done
An interesting chat with Bryan on the conference call yesterday after they finalized the Kyle Lowry deal, kind of a wide-ranging conversation, full of the predictable lauding of their summer acquisitions and a bit of frank talk about Jose, as you can read here.
Was nice to catch up and get some insight and confirm some stuff we all had been writing thanks to chatty friends but it was what it was, an update rather than a definitive statement about what next year’s team will look like.
It is far too early to figure out how they stack up against everybody else, really. Rosters are not at all set, there are free agents out there still looking for gigs and we really don’t know who’ll be where and doing what when November rolls around.
But how is the process unfolding to this point, how are they doing in the pursuit of more talent, more athleticism, improvement at all levels?
Guess it depends a bit on your perspective.
If nothing changes – and it surely will so this might be an exercise in futility – I think you can agree they are deeper at point guard (Calderon-Lowry beats Calderon-Bayless in my opinion), they are deeper in the front court (Jonas Valanciunas is an upgrade, no matter what rookie struggles he has in his first six weeks or so) and if they get Fields to along with Terrence Ross, you’d have to think they have a bit more depth at the wing.
Is it enough?
Bryan kind of shrugged off the absence of a small forward acquisition, a priority going into free agency, by saying he could see Fields there to augment Kleiza and James Johnson but I still see that as a bit of a weakness and it’s going to be an issue.
You’d think they should be able to shoot better, they should be quicker and a bit more athletic and they should be a bit better defensively if for no other reason that the lessons Dwane taught last year will have sunk in more and he’ll have more time to teach with a month of training camp and exhibition games at his disposal.
The danger, of course, is to sit pat now, to think they’ve done some business and let’s see how this all works out in the wash.
Can’t do it, and I don’t imagine Bryan will.
They need help at the three, it’s plain and simple, and while it might not have to be some $10 million a year guy, you can be sure Bryan’s looking to see who might have fallen through the free agent cracks.
It is forever thus, there is a big rush to get guys signed right out of the box and then teams stand back and take a look at their rosters and figure out what else has to be done.
Can you imagine doing anything for a living for 50 years?
No, I can’t either.
(Although Super Grandpa worked at the same gig for almost that long, in the same office building, driving the same route to work for about 35 of those years and if that’s not old school, I don’t know what is)
Anyway, the point is that today’s the 50th anniversary of the first Rolling Stones concert – it’s been all over the airwaves – and the one question to Irregulars Of A Certain Vintage is this:
Stones or Beatles?
Remember back in the day when you pretty much had to be one or the other? Did you listen to the Stones and their somewhat edgy style or the Beatles and their more popular brand of world-changing music?
My memory is a bit vague – seems to happen when you reach this ripe old age – but there was a feeling you had to be one or the other.
Me? Probably more Beatles than Stones, at least at the start. Sure, now you can appreciate them both for what they’ve done, for the catalogue of quality performances they produced and for mere fact they are somehow going strong lo all these many decades.
And, like the Beatles, it’s impossible to come up with even a top 10 list of songs, isn’t it?
Let’s go with a typical one.
Mail one more time, please.
So what if the Knicks match the offer on Fields, which was signed Wednesday afternoon, making Saturday the big day and I’m sure it’ll be resolved sometime in the middle of the Blue Jays game when I’m reprising my role as a Seamhead Scribbler for a weekend?
Bryan put it as a 50-50 proposition yesterday – there’s been no indication from Glen what the Knicks are thinking – so there’s a chance Fields might not be in Toronto after all. It’s a change in the generally held opinion of what New York might do but, as we know, things change.
Anyway, it will free up just over $5 million in cap room to see what else is out there but I don’t know in this day and age just what you get for $5 million.
It will, however, put them back in play for a little while and that might make next week busy; don’t these people understand I have to go to London a week Monday and need some time to prepare?
Wonder what we’re going to do here tomorrow?
Is this the slowest night of the sports year ever?
I’d say so.
No baseball, no basketball, no pucks, no football and I don’t imagine the TFCs (glorious victory last night, lads) play back-to-back so there’s not even that.
Thankfully, the Mighty Red Tigers are back in action, full report coming.
The rest of you? Have a nice quiet night.
Hey, did you hear?
Dwight Howard didn’t get traded!!!!!
Of course, all this means is we’ll have to do this all again – likely three or four times – before someone does the admirable thing and puts us all out of our misery by acquiring him.
Sooner, please, rather than later.
Oh, what the heck,
It’s long but it’s a favourite and would be near the top of a personal Stones list.