It'll be a change that might take some getting used to
Well, since we don’t see nearly enough of practice ourselves, I have to go on information provided by people who are in the gym and conversations we have and all I can say is the over-riding emotion right now is cautiously optimistic, like it was before the whole process began.
Dwane’s been lamenting the number of turnovers and, as one fellow told me “they’re throwing the ball all over the gym” but I guess that’s to be expected a little bit at this time of this season.
If Dwane’s entirely committed to changing the offensive system to some kind of up-temp style – not Seven Second Or Less but at least at something that tries to take advantage of opportunities to push the ball – it’s going to take some time for the players to get used to it.
And it’s going to be ugly at times as they try to force things rather than sit back and wait to patiently execute what they want to do.
I’m dubious, to tell the truth.
Sure, it’s all well and good to try and score easy baskets in transition – every team in the history of the game has wanted to do that – but if you don’t have the horses, and I wonder if these guys do, it’s not something that can be forced.
I just wonder how long it will last; or if we’ll be hearing a month or two into the season that the turnovers are too high, too many opponents are getting too many easy baskets and they need to slow down a bit and take better care of the ball.
Other than that, the information is as expected:
Amir Johnson looks pretty good; Fields is as smart a player as they’ve had in a very long while and DeRozan’s being pushed hard every day by the likes of Ross and even the likes of Dom McGuire and Chris Wright and DeRozan does look a bit more aggressive.
But that’s what you’d expect to hear, I’m kind of anxious to see them Monday night against Madrid to get a close, personal look at them. It won’t be a telltale test – first exhibition games never are – but it’ll be interesting.
How about this!
We’ve somehow now finagled tickets to this big old Alexander Keith’s birthday bash (a guy knows a guy who knows a guy and the hours some people have put in at this joint called the Lower Deck has paid off) and I can’t think of a better way to end a week than that. I'm hearing that ALan Doyle of Great Big Sea will be playing so that's an entirely added bonus.
I now firmly believe Mike Trout should retire today to hasten his entrance into the Hall of Fame five years hence.
And a spot to go answer questions this afternoon, please. Somewhere close. Thanks. And maybe somewhere I can watch at last the start of the ball games, which will be one by Atlanta and Texas, by the way.
Just in case you care, I will say with great confidence that the Henry House here – the joint once owned by Father of Confederation William Alexander Henry that I mentioned the other day – might be the best pub I’ve ever been to in Canada.
It’s got great history, a quiet basement, a great variety of taps, excellent food and an atmosphere that’s just basically good.
And what it doesn’t have makes it even better:
Yeah, I know, a stool and a game and some company is a fine way to while away some time but there’s something to be said for a very cool joint where you have to talk to the people you’re with and can’t get lost in the haze of a TV.
Anyway, if you get here and don’t go, you’ll have missed something.
Now, after Jack and I hung at Henry House for a while – and if you’re talking bar conversations and fun and a great way to spend time you can’t go wrong with Jack – there was a pit stop at a sports bar to meet some others and watch some football because there’s a huge interest in USC from one of ‘em.
(Not sure if that carries over to the basketball program run by the one and only Kevin O’Neill; we shall see).
My back’s to the TV with the game while I’m talking with The First Lady Of The Beat but when I did glance up at the NFL game on the dozens of other screens, there was a guy lying motionless on the field and it was just about the breaking point for me and football.
I mean this guy looked like he was done, face down, no movement at all and I’m thinking, do I really need to pay attention to this stuff? Is it worth it? Is that guy ever going to get up?
I’m finding it more and more off-putting every time I see something like that and it’s happening so often, I wonder if there aren’t others like me who wonder if it’s worth paying attention to any more?