Oh oh. It might get loud at the start of practices
Rap music at practice? Please, tell me no.
That’s one of Dwane’s ideas and while you have to give him credit for being NBA-innovative, I’m sure hoping he sticks to his original plan and only allows it during stretching or the early part of practice, when the grunts are either sitting in the hall waiting or driving to some arena.
The idea comes from a visit he made for a couple days to the Seattle Seahawks training camp, kind of a professional development outing for him at his summer place.
Casey and the Seahawks punter are neighbours, Dwane was invited to spend a couple of days observing because he wanted to see how other teams in other sports do things – kind of a cool and smart idea – and he was surprised to see coach Pete Carroll allow blaring music during practice.
“Coach Carroll’s philosophy is these guys listen to music the minute they walk off the field anyway and it gets them going and it gets me going as a coach so that’s something we may look at as far as stretching … I don’t know if I can go the whole practice or not.”
Of course, it might not be music I’d like; or that Dwane would feel entirely comfortable with.
“I told DeMar and Ed to pick out some clean rap music … I’m kind of a country and western guy being from Kentucky but to pick out some good music where they can get loose to, whatever it takes.”
Not sure precisely how workable it is but any coach willing to give it a shot seems to be pretty open to change.
“I want to be innovative and try new things, there’s more than one way to skin a cat.”
Casey also came away impressed with how an NFL staff handles its duties on a daily basis, saying they are way ahead of the curve compared to any other North American pro sports coach.
“What I’d like to do in future is take my staff and maybe spend a whole week … it was very rewarding for me and clarified what I’m teaching and how I try to teach and things that I do.
“I would recommend any coach … to go and watch an N FL practice and see how meticulous they are with technique, footwork, and how they really utilize the clock.”
No rap, please.
But if Case wants to go with his first love, I dare him to do this:
Nothing like a little Patsy Cline to start an NBA practice (that’s country and western, isn’t it?)
Not sure which Irregular gave us the Economy Shoe Shop up on Argyle but The First Lady Of The Beat and I were quite impressed with a cool pub with no TVs and life jazz on a Monday night. Solid food, good selection of taps and when the Other Two Grunts arrived after a long day of writing and travel, it was a fine opening night to the road.
So, media day.
It was what it always is, a series of never-ending scrums with a few hoary clichés and players running hither and yon doing scrums and photo shoots and all the mundane stuff that goes with the first day.
I didn’t get a chance to listen to all the scrums because it’s a much a time for me to schmooze and try to find out some interesting storylines to explore in the next little while but John Lucas III was pretty entertaining; Jonas seemed a bit taken aback by the scope of it and everyone else was on their best behaviour.
And it struck me that there were more of us around which I believe has as much to do with the proliferation of social media sites as it does the absence of pucks. Didn’t see single hockey-centric scribbler at all; but it’s early.
I’ve got two hours, 56 minutes as the over-under on today’s first practice and since they tell us we’ve got a nice room to hang out in at the Canada Games Centre and a place for coffee and lunch in the building, I’m quite fine with that.
Only bit of quasi-news?
Bryan is talking to DeMar’s agent about an extension – it has to be done by Oct. 31 – but I wonder if it’ll get done.
Or whether it should, actually.
“I have spoken to his agent multiple times over the last several weeks to start to establish a dialogue, a concrete dialogue and a meaningful dialogue with respect to whether or not it’s going to work out from a timing perspective for both sides.
“We’ve also agreed that should we not come to a conclusion with respect to an extension at this time, clearly it’s not the end of the world. We may have to grow together more before that deal is imminent.”
I think it’s time for prudence and to see where DeMar goes this season before you think about locking him up for any length of time.
I like many aspects of his game but he’s got room for improvement and I’m not sure tying him up for years and years right now is prudent.
I’m not sure how the four of us four a hotel steps from the Alexander Keith’s brewery but if that’s not fortuitous housing, I don’t know what is.
Yes, work could very well get in the way (two practices, writing in between) and I have other spots to get to but an afternoon between practices taking a tour sounds like a good idea, doesn’t it?
And I'm told it's Alexander's birthday this week; that isn't fraught with peril, is it?
You know, normally I’d be all excited to sit on a stool and watch some baseball every night this week but the pennant and wild card races really have fizzled, haven’t they?
Too bad, it’s usually such a great time of the year.
But since there’s only one practice Thursday, I was really hoping for a playoff game; looks like I’m going to have to wait until Friday and hope a nice Irregular Haligonian will give me a good sports bar to sit and watch games in, if I get the chance.