Dunking and things that should disappear with the penny
We should hear this week about who’ll do what on the All-Star (Boring) Saturday night in Houston pretty soon and that means breathless anticipation for a day or two on whether or not Terrence Ross will dunk.
On the face of it, he probably should be asked, he is tremendously athletic, can jump out of the gym as they say and if they want to keep it among “rising stars” you don’t get much younger than the kid who just turned 22 on the weekend.
Dwyane Wade, who’ll captain the East team in what’s now a conference vs. conference night for money that goes to charity, said last week he’d like to have Ross do it, too.
Ross sounded a bit ambivalent about it when we asked him about it on the weekend.
“There’s so much pressure to do it, I’d rather say yes than no.”
Don’t blame him, actually.
With all the props and schticks and stuff that have turned it into theatre rather than athletics, I’d be a bit ambivalent, too. You’ve had guys jump over guys, you’ve had guys jump over cars (although I contend there are 20 guys in the NBA who could do that) and it’s all about the show than the skill.
And Ross, bless his heart, is a quiet kid, not given to great shows of theatrics and I wonder what he’d come up with or how he’d handle the whole thing.
And seeing how his teammate, DeMar DeRozan, was cheated out of what probably should have been a win a couple of years back, maybe Ross will have second thoughts, if he’s asked.
“He said it’s tough, you don’t have any warmup, it’s like: “It’s your turn, go.” There’s a lot of pressure, a lot of people so you get a little nervous. If I get invited I might as well just take my time and hopefully I don’t mess up.”
Now, there is no doubting Ross’s skills in the flow of the game. He’s had some amazing dunks this season already – the one on Friday against the Clippers gave Dwane Casey rise to suggest it was one of the best he’d ever seen – but the whole contest has gone so far away from “amazing” that I’m not sure true skill shines through.
And, truth be told, the dunk contest, like all of the Saturday night stuff, has become a wee bit stale, no?
Even Ross admits that.
“For a person who’s doing the dunks, you wish people weren’t using the props but as a person, a fan, you’ve seen every dunk that there is. You keep seeing the same thing every year, you’re going to get tired of it so of course people bring out some props and are jumping over cars, stuff like that.”
Oh yeah, we’re about to finalize a noon hour Q and A session for this Thursday if you want to put it in your calendar.
Should have it nailed down tomorrow.
Sure, Reg Presley passes away and it’s all Wild Thing for those who recall the Troggs fondly.
This wasn’t so bad either, was it?
No more pennies, I hear.
No big deal, right?
They were basically worthless, didn’t really count for anything and have clogged up enough space on counters and bedroom penny jars that it’s time they went away.
I’d suggest you all bundle them up and if you don’t want to take them to the bank, find some charity – the Canadian Cancer Society would be worthy cause – and donate them there.
You’ll be glad you did.
Anyway, the penny’s demise got me to thinking, what else can we get rid of that no one would miss. A list?
Really, do you need the flashing 12:00 any more? Didn’t think so.
Think about it. Pain the butt to clip the nails, they generally look ugly and I’m not even sure we need them for balance when we walk. Seriously, what good are they?
(I know. Super Son told me he learned in biology that we indeed need them for balance – I’m stunned and proud he was paying that close attention – but if each of us lost both, wouldn’t that cancel things out)
Canadian Tire money
Now? I’m sure there’s hundreds of dollars of it sitting around somewhere clogging up a shelf or a cupboard.
Phone answering machines
Come on. No one uses a phone answering machine any more, do they? Heck, I imagine a lot of you don’t even have a home phone.
8-tracks, cassettes, those little mini tapes we used to use in recorders, what have you. Pretty useless, no? If you’re like me, they’re collecting dust in some bookcase somewhere next to the DVDs.
What have you got?
This might be interesting to see.
For the first time since about the first week of December, it would appear Dwane Casey will have a full complement of players available to him for tomorrow night against Boston.
Wonder how he handles who plays where and with whom.
I still think a nine-man rotation works best, 10 if there’s foul trouble, and with Rudy Gay obviously a big minute eater – he’s going to play between 38-40 each night – it’s going to be a balancing act for the coach.