The first step in the summer process is over
So, Summer League is over for the HOTH, they go 2-3 (I guess co-coaches Nori and Hughes can keep their jobs) and if you want a quick assessment from afar, this is what we got from talking to a people:
Terrence Ross is a keeper, he’s a basketball player more than an athlete, good shooter, hard-worker, still raw but he may surprise a year or two down the road. It’s going to take some time, but there’s promise there.
Ed Davis is a bit bigger and a bit better and he logged an awful lot of minutes as something of a focal point in the offence. Because it’s summer league and the calibre of the opponent is often suspect, we can’t say for sure how much better he is but his shot’s far more smooth and the summer has just begun.
Quincy Acy barely played after taking a fall and bruising his back, no real clue about him.
The one thing that stood out in a text conversation I had with Dwane yesterday, though, is that he came away impressed with how this group gets along.
I guess there was a big dinner, with the two rookies, Ed Davis, Amir Johnson, Kyie Lowry and Landry Fields and the coaches after the two new guys got out there and Casey said he thinks it’s going to be a bit of fun working with these kids.
“Guys you enjoy being around as a coach,” is how Dwane put it.
Now, I don’t know how that translates to on-court success but it’s a pretty good start.
And now the real work continues; Casey and the coaching staff are going to fan out to go see players and work them out at their homes over the course of the next couple of weeks, making sure the players are staying with the plans and regimens they were given at the end of the regular season. This is when relationships are forged, it’s when coaches can see just how diligent the players have been – a huge indicator of commitment – and when things that will be put in place in camp can at least be marginally addressed and worked on.
This day, 1969.
Never mind the people who think this happened in some movie studio somewhere; this was one cool event in our lifetime, wasn’t it?
Of all the things that man has done – for the good, that is – I can’t think of a parallel. The space shuttle is pretty neat and the space station is kind of significant but if you can remember what it was like at that time, it has to be a moment forever etched in your mind.
Oh, these are tough times for the Mighty Red Tigers.
Drilled two nights in a row, we’re 4-7 and scuffling.
Maybe it’s the coaching?
Last call for mail, please. At least for Saturday but I need to get an awful lot of it out of the way.
Seems a long baseball practice is in order Saturday morning and then I have a sneaking suspicion there could be a coaches meeting.
Dwight Howard hasn’t been traded yet.
Just keeping you up to date.
But since he seems to be in the news a little bit – well, not him as much as “sources” close to him – here’s one thing to remember about this never-ending mind-numbing saga.
Everyone – EVERYONE – who is used as some anonymous source in any story out of any city at any time has an agenda they are trying to advance.
Sometimes they want to float things in the media that also affords them plausible deniability, sometimes they want to get things out there in an effort to spur the other side to respond, sometimes they just want to deflect attention from what’s really going on in private discussions.
It’s the way the game is played. Sucks at some level and I’d really, really, really, really like to go back and use a year-long scoreboard to see what eventually was right and wrong but it is the way the game is played.
Went to very nice soiree for the women’s Olympic basketball team last night at this very cool spot on King Street (I’d highly recommend Spice Route just west of Spadina if you’re looking for somewhere to hang out).
And there was one thing Allison McNeill brought up that folks should probably remember during the Games – and not just about the basketball team.
There were a handful of parents at the event, at least those who are close enough to Toronto to be able to get there, and when the coached thanked them for the sacrifices they made so their daughters could have every opportunity to do whatever they could with the talent they have, it resonated.
All those lessons, all those trips, all that cost in time and money is substantial but it’s vital. Parents make sacrifices every day for their offspring it’s often forgotten or chalked up to parents doing what parents do but it was nice to hear some public recognition.
Way to go.
How the heck did I miss this?
The Emmy nominations came out and we haven’t talked about it?
Trouble is, with all the work of a compressed season and now the pre-Olympic stuff (think I was out 23 of 30 days from mid-May to mid-June) I haven’t seen nearly enough TV to be, you know, an expert.
But if the comedy nominations are The Big Bang Theory, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Girls, Modern Family, 30 Rock and Veep, I’ve got to rank ‘em:
It might be the best multiple storyline comedy ever and it’s cool they found Ed O’Neill a character after his star turn on Married, With Children.
Curb Your Enthusiasm
I wish I could be more like Larry David, I really do.
This has everything to do with my longstanding crush on Tina Fey.
The Big Bang Theory
A bit whiny at times but still pretty consistently entertaining.
Never seen it but Julia Louis-Dreyfus must make it okay.
Never seen it, don’t imagine I ever will. Tell me about it, please.