Taking your best shot sometimes doesn't work out; time to move on
All right, everyone calmed down a little bit?
Steve Nash is a Laker, a bit surprising, a bit out of nowhere but it’s done and, finally, the saga is over.
Closer to his family (he shares custody of three kids and is an hour flight away), with an exponentially better chance to win a ring (hands up all of you who were clamouring for him to demand a trade to a contender the last two years as a fitting denouement to his career) and for about an $8 million haircut on the Raptors offer ($28 million according the Arizona Republic against $36 million in Toronto according to ESPN.com).
Good for him.
Life factors, chance to win, no holding one against the other for more money. What’s to complain about?
Look, we’ll never know how serious he was about listening to Toronto’s pitch (his agent, Bill Duffy said after the fact he’d have been okay with either Toronto or New York but I’m skeptical) but doesn’t it really matter?
The Raptors saw what they thought they wanted and went after it. You can’t blame Bryan for trying, can you? Guy gave it his best shot, loaded an offer financially, made it all glitzy and sweet and was told no. What’s wrong with that? That’s his fault?
It’s not a repudiation of Canada – that’s so trite it should be dismissed out of hand; it’s not a repudiation of Toronto – 100 NBA free agents given the choice of the Lakers team and this Raptors team would take this Lakers team 100 times; if anything, it’s a repudiation of a team that’s been out of the playoffs for four years and needs to get closer to respectability before it can make a bold move like this.
No, you can’t blame a GM for trying; perhaps the only thing you can do is think, ‘okay, what’s next?’ And seeing how little has worked out of late, that’s fair comment. The pressure’s on him to do something to make the team better, a big trade most likely since the free agent market’s really limited right now but that’s to discuss here later today because I have to have something to do with my day.
Can he do something significant to make the team significantly better? The next few days will tell; history would suggest the answer is no, I’m willing to wait and see because, well, because what else is there to do?
But, really, what did this whole Nash thing cost the Raptors?
It’s not like a gaggle of legitimate free agent prospects signed while they were waiting (and you should thank your lucky stars Goran Dragic went to Phoenix over night for something like $30 million over four years); it’s not like they still don’t have money to spend either on a free agent or in taking on salary in trade because they still do.
And, no matter what you might think, it’s not as if Bryan and Ed and the rest of Henchman have been twiddling their thumbs since Sunday. They’ve been talking and now they can act, knowing the landscape once and for all.
Look, the Steve Nash thing came down to this:
They made a great offer and went all-in and it didn’t work out for a variety of reasons real and perceived. Tough noogies. Time to move on.
It’s not like they can, or should, throw their hands in the air and give up, there’s a roster to build, games to play and a future to worry about.
No pity parties.
Totally missed this yesterday in the whole Andy Griffiths thing but an alert reader from Hazelville pointed it out.
Ben Davidson, a great football player and perhaps even a greater TV pitchman/thespian passed away.
Young ‘un aren’t likely to have any idea who he is, nor what he did on TV but, I tell you, there wasn’t much better than the series of Miller Lite commercials way back in the day.
If there is such a thing, they were destination viewing, weren’t they?
That’d be nice. Promise I’ll do some Nash but not too much, think everything you need to know is explained here.
You know the drill.
Click. Write. Send. Even if you have to do it in code.
Steve Nash vs. Yu Darvish.
Look at yesterday this way:
No one here even paid a bit of attention to Dwight Howard.
So, what’s up for the HOTH?
Well, they won’t get Dragic (no big loss), doesn’t look like they’ll get Lin (he’ll shop himself, Knicks wlll assuredly match whatever offer he gets) and all of that is fine with me.
However, the trouble is, and we’ll discuss this is more detail later, Dragic leaving the Rockets and Lin probably going back to New York takes Lowry out of play.
Too bad; of the three I liked him best as part of a succession plan, post-Jose, who is as good, if not better, than any of them.
One last word on a rather hectic Wednesday.
You know my feelings on the need for immediacy in reporting, even if it’s not confirmed, and the insatiable need of people to have information now, if not sooner.
Well, it was a perfect case in point, watching the Nash thing unfold from about noon on.
He was going to New York, he was still toying with Dallas, the Raptors weren’t giving up; it seemed every 30 minutes there was some breathless update. And some of it might even have been right.
We rush too much, as a craft, as a society, and it causes untold stress and angst and, yes, work.
I’m not going to tilt at windmills and shake my head and roll my eyes because it’s a losing battle. We are where we are; I don’t particularly like it but if you don’t adapt, you get left behind and no one gets left behind.
But I still think it’s prudent to take a few minutes to provide context, to check information, to take a deep breath before any sky-is-falling or this-is-done proclamations.
Yes, the way it is now makes for interesting times, but a lot of wasted time. It isn’t right, but it’s the way it is, I guess.