Schedule turns, a day in history and some halfway stuff
I’ve got nothing of substance, really, since they practiced in Miami and I was back here. Just a couple of text messages back and forth with a couple of people to find out nothing of substance happened.
But a quick check of the schedule does show it could be an interesting time – and a time Dwane will love – over the next little while.
After the back-to-back tonight and tomorrow, they don’t play on consecutive nights until at home to Denver and at New York on Feb. 12-13 heading into the all-star break.
That means practice-game-practice-game-practice game for more than two weeks and with the expected returns of both Valanciunas and Bargnani, that will give the coaching staff all kinds of time to get them back into the swing of things.
And players will like it, too.
May have mentioned this before but there is a rhythm to a season that players really enjoy; having a game followed by a game followed by a day off followed by a game gets their bodies and minds into some routine and it’s generally when they perform their best.
Just like mid-December and then early January when the arduous schedule changed dramatically, the next fortnight could be intriguing.
I’m not suggesting they’ll do anything like climb into the top eight in the East – more on that in a bit – but given that we’re less than a month out from the trade deadline, it could give Bryan Colangelo even more pause to think about things.
What if there is a more improvement and a natural growth of a team that’s still kind of young? Is he then reluctant to do anything – not so much for this year but to not disrupt the predictable pattern of improvement? Or if something irresistible pops up – and, no, I have no clue what that might be – does he pull the trigger knowing there will be a predictable step back as new people get familiar with other people and perhaps new roles?
It’s easy to sit back and say, yeah, they have to do something to improve the roster; it’s harder to know what that might because everything’s a gamble and one wrong move can undo any good that’s been done so far.
What do you do with an idle hour or two in a late-afternoon when stools are out of the question?
You flip through the channels while loafing on the couch and run into, as we’ve mentioned often, one of the most under-rated and early-cancelled sitcoms in the world.
And yes, Phil Hartman’s really and the whole cast is solid but – and I absolutely did not realize this under yesterday afternoon – Khandi Alexander’s in it!
And since I see a lot of CSI while I’m typing in the morning – HBO on Demand every now and then, too – and I love Treme, it’s pretty cool to have traced her career arc.
Those are three pretty solid shows. Impressive.
And now you know how little it takes to impress me.
So we got this very cool huge poster from Preservation Hall in New Orleans framed – not up, but framed – and it led me to the iTunes and who doesn’t need a little Rebirth Brass Band to brighten the day?
Yeah, that was a wonderful day of coasting yesterday.
You might want to read it, just to make me feel good.
The league one was interesting because it would seem we’re headed for a typical mid- to end-of-season pattern unfolding.
There’s always been a theory floating around that teams spend the first third of the season getting used to each other, they spend the next third of the season solidifying a playoff spot and the last third of the season jockeying for position in those top eight slots.
And I can see that happening again and it will render the next three months or so kind of boring in most cities.
The case can probably be made that the eight playoff teams in each conference are close to settled – I guess you can see how there’d be races for eighth and maybe seventh but that’s about it – and that leaves a handful of teams in each conference with little to play for in the last half of the season.
Wonder when the tanking talk will start for real?
Hey, remember Canada Basketball?
Needs a head coach for its women’s team?
Well, all we’ve got so far is that the application process closed last Friday and it’s almost interview time.
I’m told they cast a pretty long net, to CIS schools, NCAA schools, through the contacts of their corporate sponsors to whittle down a list.
Not sure what the next step is or when it’ll unfold, just wanted to let the few of you interested in Canadian women’s basketball know what was going on.
So I’m out walking Super Dog about 5:30 this morning and it’s a zillion below and where she normally wants to go to the corner to get all her business done, today she gets to the end of the (very small) front yard and she’s all finished and running back to the door.
And not-so-smart owner who could conceivably be in Florida rather than here.
No, there will be no IGBT tonight or tomorrow; I figure tonight’s a couch night and tomorrow might be a stool evening so I’m a bit sorry about that.
But I’m sure to have this stupid machine on and since I caught you entirely off guard by an early call for mail yesterday, why not send a note or two to say hello since I may putter around on it during the game.
Speaking of the Raptors.
Seven years ago.
No, I wasn’t there – I’d done an early part of a west coast trip and Jim Byers got to it – and, no, wasn’t all the disappointed I missed it. Saw it on TV and it wasn’t like it was 101 or anything all-time record breaking, it would have just been an awful lot of work on an awful tight deadline.
But it was something, that’s for sure
Enjoy. Or don’t.