When everything old becomes new again
Confluence of 90 minutes sleep coming out OKC, a long day Wednesday and a post-game meeting with an old friend brought solid slumber.
We’ll be better next trip to the central time zone.
He’s like the ghost that haunts the franchise or something, right? The curse?
But I have a question to ask since I’m hearing all this stuff about how he didn’t want to leave and how it all ended when it finally ended and I’m thinking one thing:
The stuff about him going to the staff the day before he got traded and telling them he wanted to make it work and would do whatever it took to make that happen is so old, it’s become new again.
It’s been written here for years and years; it was the day before the trade went down, in a conversation with a coach in the Nordstrom’s at the Circle Center mall in downtown Indianapolis in which he said he’d do whatever it took to make things work – come off the bench if necessary, work wherever in the rotation best suited the team – and that was conveyed all the way to the top of the food chain.
The next day – the very next day! – they panic and do the worst trade in franchise history.
So, yes, there is more than enough blame for that debacle to go around, but to think it’s “news” is dead wrong.
Two more points:
No, I don’t for one second think they should even consider retiring No. 15, Vince was the most gifted player in franchise history and he put the team on the map and was responsible for its greatest success.
Maybe there is a way for them to honour him with the 20th anniversary coming around, maybe there’s a Ring of Honour or somesuch for Carter and, perhaps, four others as the top five of the first 20 years.
But retire the number? No way. Shouldn’t even think about it.
And this whole thing about him coming back somehow to end his career with the Raptors?
Well, what did you expect him to say but yes? If he wants to play after this deal is over, and he will have reached his 15-year goal at the end of this (you can read about that here) but why would he limit his future possibilities by saying no? That would make no sense.
Look, the guy can still play, we saw that last night. But I don’t know if next season he’s a good fit in Toronto, it’s a nice thought that I cannot imagine becoming reality.
And now we will leave Vince until the middle of next month when the Mavs come to Toronto and we dredge up something old as new again, again.
Well, since you asked, I asked Dwane about Ed Davis and his limited role last night and it was, as I should have known, nothing to do with him.
“Amir had it going, it had nothing to do with Eddie … Andrea and Amir had it going and I wanted to ride with them.”
That’s hard to argue with, actually. Johnson had basically his best half of the season in the second half and so, too, did Bargnani and that’s why Davis didn’t see the court after halftime. I might have been convinced to give Davis the four minutes that Acy got but that’s not my decision to make. And it wasn’t the deciding moment of the game, the deciding moment of the game was the first 12 or 15 minutes.
Yes, it was a solid second half and some pretty good numbers (25 and 9 on 20 shots but five misses on five three-point attempts) and on the whole he wasn’t bad at all against the Mavs.
But his lack of hustle and intensity in the first quarter bordered on shameful and was a huge component in the HOTH being so far behind so early.
There’s probably not one solution to that issue – and I am in no way advocating taking him out of the starting lineup – but I think it might be a good idea to run two or three of the first three or four plays for him every night since he’s always been a guy who wants to get involved early and if he gets going offensively, his defence and overall effort perks up.
I know that’s kowtowing a little bit but I’m okay with that, they need him to be better more quickly and, most nights, you’ll find out early what you’re going to get and can react accordingly.
Worth a try?
There’s a bit because I’ve prattled on too long as it is.
Once more to the Dallas tunes, if you don’t mind.
They don’t make ‘em lke T-Bone Walker anymore, do they?
This is just off the heart of downtown Dallas and perhaps the Parking Gougers in downtown Toronto would take note?
Nah, didn’t think so.
Mail’s really down for this point in the week, can you help a fellow out, please.
Two things I’ve come to hate with, as a wise woman once said, the white-hot intensity of a thousand suns after a few days on the road.
People who get off an escalator and stop dead in their tracks.
Next time, I swear, I’m running right through you and knocking you asunder.
Then I’m going to step over your prone body and hope your luggage has spilled all over the floor and everyone can see your private bits.
And I’ll giggle.
People who talk – loudly – on their phone in the airplane the second it hits the ground.
Text, people! Or e-mail! We all know the flight was fine and we really don’t give a rat’s bum that you love your loved ones, are glad to be home and will meet them at the usual place.
Silence sometimes is golden.
And get off my lawn!