Change, of some sort, might not be a bad idea now
That good, eh? Cool.
All right, still the crack of dawn here so it’s a new day, new challenges, new fun.
Here you go.
Just doing some tea leaf reading and no one has suggested this anywhere near the record, on or off, but I don’t think it would be a surprise if you saw Amir Johnson starting and Jonas Valanciunas coming off the bench. Maybe as early as Friday.
Now, please, for the love all that’s good in the world, do not take this as some huge slight at Valanciunas, he is still good and going to very good and he is not personally to blame for what’s going on. And even the harshest critics would admit he’s had a lot of quite good games for a kid 19 games into his career.
But he’s also learning and maybe it’s easier to learn against second unit guys now.
I still think it was right to start him from the beginning to see what he had and to throw him right into the fire; some nights it worked, some nights it didn’t.
But they are at a crucial juncture of the season and I think maybe it wouldn’t be that bad an idea.
It might be tough for Dwane to sell to his bosses but that’s part of the job. It’s not like Valanciunas won’t still get his 25 or 28 minutes or whatever it is, they’ll just come later in the game.
And it’s certainly not a done deal but I think it’s something they should consider.
But why not the other guy?
Oh, you mean Andrea?
Whether you like it or not, they need his offence, or at least the threat of it, out there as much as possible.
You may not believe it and, yes, he’s had some dreadful shooting nights, but teams do pay major attention to him, still.
It should have been no surprise to any basketball person that Kyle Lowry benefited greatly from Bargnani’s mere presence on the court late in that Sacramento game.
Dwane even mentioned it when the discussion got around to Ed Davis’s role in the Kings game.
“We needed spacing for Kyle to get to the bucket; Andrea would space the floor for us. Eddie would have been our next option but with (Bargnani’s) three-point shooting, it would space the floor for Kyle to get into the paint because he had it going.”
Tell me that doesn’t make sense. You can’t.
And, if you want your second unit to provide some energy – and all good teams do – I don’t see how Bargnani coming off the bench does that. It doesn’t.
And the next time he goes for 25 or 30, you’ll agree. For a night at least.
A slashing three?
Michael Pietrus gets the ball on the left wing just after halftme and we all figure a three-pointer’s coming, at best.
Two or three dribbles, he’s in the paint, up in the air and dunking. With some authority.
And someone asks when was the last time we saw that from a Raptors small forward.
Might have been. Now, Pietrus isn’t going to do that every time, or even every game, but if he can at least be an attacking threat, it’s got to help, right?
A tiny bit more before the cab comes to go to the airport to continue this journey.
And the fact we’re only two games into five is a tiring thougt.
But, first. Mail. Please. Give me something fun to read. Thanks.
So, I’m told by the great Scott Howard-Cooper that, no, we weren’t in the “new” terminal at the airport here and that the luggage in that picture was leftover/forgotten from the old terminal and that there is an even newer one that houses some other airlines.
Don’t think we get to it this trip but I like new airports so hopefully next year.
Hey, Super Son?
I know you’re reading this because you read it every day, right?
Well, there’s this guy named Dave Brubeck and I don’t imagine you’ve ever heard of him but …
Go tinkle the ivories a wee bit and do some sax practice. Listen to this and I’ll be back Tuesday night to check it out.
RIP, Dave Brubeck.
So me and Quag arrive in Salt Lake City one year on Grey Cup Sunday and like all good Canadians, we’re trying to figure out where to watch the game.
I find us a spot with a lot of TVs, including about eight that hang over a very nice bar. I sit down, ask the person pouring if it’s possible to see a game from Canada, he checks and says, sure.
And then he changes one of the TVs hanging over the bar to the Grey Cup and takes a New England Patriot game off.
A woman wearing a Pats jersey, breaks the land speed record charging up to the bar with malice aforethought and I’m banished to a tiny booth with about a 10-inch screen to watch the game.
Nice of them to do it, though, and it’s made me go back there every time we’ve been in Salt Lake City since.
Just can’t remember the dang name of the joint.
Oh yeah, one more thing.
Bryan? You’re accountable.
There, that satisfy some of you?
So Kobe goes over 30,000 points for his career, only the fifth player to do that all time and loads of people are making a huge deal of it.
Yes, it’s a significant accomplishment and good for him but this is one of those fake milestones, I think.
Don’t get me wrong, Kobe is a brilliant player and will go down right near the top of the greatest of all time lists when he’s done, I’m sure.
But these kinds of cross-era milestones leave me wanting a little bit. Kobe plays in the era of three-pointers, and guys like Oscar Robertson didn’t. Kobe plays in an era where hand-checking on the wing and guys in the past could be physically impeded from getting to the basket.
Yes, 30,000 points is tremendous but it’s also a product of the times, too. That can’t be forgotten.