Staying true to oneself and a chance to show something
Big day, the 12-12-12 concert was over the top and, as I had suggested to a few, it was night over way early since I’m getting way old and 12-day road trips knock the crap out of me.
So, no game-specific stuff but …
It’s part of the gig
Did get to shootaround in the morning – felt it was an obligation I needed to fulfill after writing some critical words – and it was interesting to hear Dwane talk about all the stuff swlrling around him and the team.
Look, Dwane’s a grown man who’s been around this game forever, he knows what pressure, he knows it’s a win-oriented business.
But he also knows he’s not about to compromise himself or his principles no matter what and that’s an admirable position to hold.
“I’m a fighter, I’m scrapper, I’m still with this team … I’m not shying away from this challenge or this opportunity … we’re all men, we all have a job to do.”
I don’t know what the future holds for Dwane, I do not think this situation calls for his dismissal because I think that’s in many ways a knee-jerk reaction to two bad months.
But, to him, it really doesn’t matter what I think or what you think or what anyone thinks. He is going to stay true to himself, not compromise his principles and do his job to the best of his ability until someone takes his clipboard away.
Wouldn’t want it any other way.
A chance to shine
Yes, it sucks that Bargnani is injured and that Lowry is injured and that Kleiza and Pietrus can’t stay healthy for more than a game at a time and than Anderson (who likely plays tomorrow) and Fields remain on the shelf.
But what’s it mean?
Well, one guy to look at is Ed Davis, who should now get the longest sustained period of playing time in his career and we’ll see what he’s got.
I’m told he was pretty good last night against Brooklyn (really, I watched way more of the concert post-dinner than I did the game) and now the question is: Can he do it for 10 or 12 or 15 games in a row.
Probably not – few are truly good for that long a period – but Ed’s shown flashes all season dating back to training camp and it might the most fascinating thing to watch as the next few weeks unfold.
He’s a good kid, I hope he does well, and he’s got solid skills and basketball instincts. Now it’s a matter of showing them on a consistent basis.
I hear …
Am told there weren’t an awful lot of boos in the arena and that’s a good thing since it appears the few healthy bodies played hard and pretty well for long stretches and the game was at least marginally interesting.
Or maybe everyone was saving venom for Friday when the player formerly known as HWSNBN arrives with the Mavs.
Hope not; we’re past that, right?
And, besides, Vince is going be the best small forward on the court, I bet.
So, yes, I did see a fair amount of the 12-12-12 concert for Sandy relief; enjoyed Springsteen and Bon Jovi, was pleasantly surprised by The Who and Rogers Waters with Eddie Vedder was interesting.
Missed Nirvana with Paul McCartney and I’m told that’s too bad because it was pretty good.
But thing that struck me a lot of the night was the logistics of putting something like that had to be nearly impossible, that the artists need to be commended for giving their time and talent to raise funds and that it was a pretty cool show.
Now, someone would have thought of something like this, I’m sure and a huge concert in a great venue with a worldwide audience shows you how far we’ve come since, I believe, the first of that kind of endeavour.
Remember Band Aid?
I did last night.
Lots of mail but room for since a lot of what I’ve got is game-specific to the road trip and by the time the mailbag gets up here Sunday sometime, it’s going to be somewhat forgotten.
This is a rather interesting story out of Philadelphia on Wednesday night after the Bulls went in there and beat the Sixers.
Joakim Noah had another big game – 21 points, seven rebounds and five assists – and then chalked it up to wanting to stick to Philadelphia fans who cheered when he was suffering from a sprained ankle last year in the playoffs.
Now, we know Philly fans can be merciless a lot of the time and sometimes the good-natured abuse they hand out can be fun.
But for the life of me, I cannot understand the depth of depravity – and I do think that’s the right word – that people reach to allows them to think they can cheer because someone gets injured.
Sickens me, actually. And it should sicken all right-thinking people. Shouldn’t it?
Hey, thanks, all you brainiacs.
Thanks to you, I share some anniversary memories and now I’m on the hook for dinners, flowers, diamonds, jade, other jewels and, I believe, gold and frankincense and myrrh because Super Wife got wind of all the best wishes and read them.
But, a wee bit seriously, it brought both of us great joy and happiness that so many took time out to write.
As I’ve said many times before, this little place is like the coolest cocktail party ever, interesting people, fun conversation and the ability to move to vacant stool or table should the desire hit.
Many thanks from the bottom of our hearts, even if mine in stone cold.
All right, a practice day – got a bit easier when the Mavs cancelled a late-afternoon workout here after a double-overtime game in Boston last night – and the big question is what kind of story we can possibly dream up out of Raptors practice. Methinks this is going to be a slow day in that regard because we’re almost at the point where we’ve got nothing to ask and they’ve got nothing to say.