Sometimes friendships have to be put aside
I would think by now you’d realize I’m not the biggest Kevin Garnett fan in the world, I have admired his willingness to play hard every night but his whole howling, trash-talking, self-motivating over-exuberance has worn a little thin over the years.
Strikes me he’s more of a wannabe bully these days and I’m not sure it carries very much weight with other players now; they see it as the trickery that it is.
That said …
I loved the way he snubbed Ray Allen last night during the Celtics-Heat game.
I am a fan of Allen, love his game, love the way he handles himself, he’s always been a pro and a gifted player.
But this whole hugging and saying high and being friends and lovers during games and before games kind of irks me.
It’s certainly not just Allen, it’s endemic in all sports and doesn’t it fly in the face of the whole reason they play them? For good, hard, legitimate competition?
I understand entirely that a lot of these athletes are close friends, they’ve grown up together, probably been teammates before and there truly is some kind of kinship among them.
But leave it for after the game. Or the summer. Or the off-days. Sure, maybe a handshake of good luck before a game isn’t too bad but there seems to be almost too much familiarity and maybe it makes someone wonder about the legitimacy of the actual competition.
I know that some – and probably all – players can put aside personal feelings once a game starts but I kind of liked it better when opponents were opponents before, during and after games.
That’s the healthiness of competition; all this love-in crap before the game gets to me.
I’m glad Garnett ignored Allen’s friend entreaty while the game was going on, hope it becomes the norm. It won’t but we can hope.
Know what I’m not?
Big on Halloween.
Really, I can’t remember the last time I had a costume on and I don’t quite get it. But Happy Halloween, everyone. Guess the thing I’ve missed the last few years is Super Son’s cache of candy that I could “borrow” from over the course of the few days following Halloween.
But you had to guess this might be coming, right?
Let’s nip this in the bud right now.
Please do not expect Andrea Bargnani to become a good rebounder; his coach doesn’t and this kind of echoes what we’ve been saying here in rebuttle to the slags we read weekly.
“One thing I’ve come to understand, and we did the same thing with Dirk, he’s never going to be a great rebounder so to turn him into a rebounder is like turning Reggie Evans into a three-point shooter. It’s not going to happen.
“But the one thing he has to do is box his man out. Not let his guy get the ball so that’s the deal we have, that’s the rebounding he has to give us.”
Sound fair? If that’s Dwane’s standard I think fans should be comfortable with it, too.
Mail? Sure, why not get it started.
Not sure what we’ll do this year, with so many Friday night games calling out for some sort of discussion, maybe we’ll only do one mailbag a weekend?
I don’t know, let’s see how it goes.
But for now …
Oh yeah, chat time at noon for an hour, okay?
It’ll be post-shootaround, I’ll likely be lounging in the media room at the arena so stop by and say hello.
I’m not entirely sure what to think about this Ricky Romero news yesterday that he had minor elbow surgery to clean some stuff up a couple of weeks ago after experiencing some discomfort – that’s the best way to put it, not pure pain – for most of last season.
I love an athlete who doesn’t make excuses (check out Romero’s quote that ends with “I stunk and that’s it” in Brendan’s piece here) and Romero going back out there day after day when he knew something was off was commendable.
I suppose some might think he should have let someone know at some point early in the process so he could maybe get it taken care of and finish the season better but, all in all, I guess I’d rather have a guy willing to work through some things in silence in order to try to help his team.
Besides, if they decided to shut him down at some point last season, it would have been just another blow to the psyche of the team and its fans.
I haven’t been in New York, I have only spoken to a few friends there electronically in the aftermath of Sandy but from the pictures I’ve seen and the stories I’ve read, I’m not entirely sure I can get behind the NBA’s decision to go ahead with Thursday’s Knicks-Nets game at Brooklyn’s new Barclay’s Center.
Sure, I get that it’s a big event, there are TV and future scheduling concerns to think about but, really, doesn’t it strike you that the city seems still under siege and putting off a somewhat meaningless sports event might be the right thing to do?
But part of me hopes it works because we’ve got to be there Saturday and it’s already going to be New York City Marathon weekend and it’ll be a circus. If they get through Thursday, Saturday should be okay but I question the wisdom of going ahead with the first game.
Hey, do me a favour? Anything “extra” you want to see in either IGBT (and we’ll be here for sure tonight) or in the post-game regular fare here?
Let me know; if there’s stuff we can do, we’ll do it.
Now I’ve just been informed I have to gut a pumpkin before Super Family carves it and there’s a shirt to be ironed, a shootaround to go to, a chat and a game.
Busy day and I love it; about time we really got into the rhythm of a season, isn’t it?