Filling a hole at no cost on an uneventful deadline day
Yeah that’s the reaction to the trade deadline, right?
Remember this next year, would you? And if someone’s got the time (too much time, actually) go back and check the breathless reaction to things that weren’t going to happen.
These guys at least did a little thing, as we all know, and it’s just what Bryan said he’d do the night of the Gay trade, shore up a hole in the roster and fill a need for a third guard.
To do it at no discernible cost and with no financial obligations past this year is a very good thing; they’ll rent Sebastian Telfair for 29 games, give him a good look to see if he might be worth keeping around next year and it’s done nothing to hamper them in the summer.
In fact, getting out of the small guarantee there was on Hamed Haddadi’s contract (he went to Phoenix with a second round pick for Telfair) is good because it takes them a bit farther away from the tax level.
But what’s it mean on the court?
Not an awful lot, I don’t imagine. Telfair’s more of a pure point guard than John Lucas but I’m not sure he shoots it as well. The big thing is he’s a better ball-handler and a facilitator and could end up getting the backup minutes behind Lowry.
And it’s good insurance to have a third guard to protect against injury, foul trouble or ejections and I’m sure Dwane feels more comfortable knowing there is someone in that role.
It’s not going to change the balance of power in the conference, nor is it going to make it any easier to make a move on Milwaukee to close that five-game gap. It’s a minor deal that needed to be done and it was done without any disruption to the future.
Not good, not bad, not big but necessary.
I have no idea why Super Son had this blaring out some electronic music making thing upstairs this morning but now I cannot get it out of my head. And you should feel the same.
This is a pretty good cover version, no?
But I’m entirely full up on the Andrea Bargnani questions so we can let that subject go, right?
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Right, Benoit Benjamin.
His name came up the other night as the first guy who played for both the Vancouver Grizzlies and the HOTH and there’s a story. A couple, actually. I’ll clean up some of the language because, well, because it’s among the most vulgar things you imagine.
Big Ben was actually one of the lesser, um, motivated players and the tale of his departure from Toronto is legendary.
They’re practicing at Glendon College and Ben’s not quite putting out the effort that then-coach Darrell Walker wanted.
Darrell gets on him a little bit, gets on him a little bit more, gets on him a little bit more as the team’s running sprints, the story goes.
Ben looks over says:
“Bleep you, you bleep-face, bleep-bleep.”
Ten minutes later, he’s waived and the Benoit Benjamin era comes to a close.
Oh, and I didn’t see this in person so it’s second-hand but there was also the night they were out in Calgary for a pre-season game and it’s mentioned to the players that they might want to keep a bit of a low profile.
Not sure this is what they had in mind about low profile when Benoit, a 7-foot bald man, walks into an establishment where women remove their clothes for a living and he’s clad in a full-length white fur coat.
That’s inconspicuous for sure.
Yes, there have been some interesting characters run through town.
I’d say I’d have way more interest in the Oscars if I’d seen even one of the movies nominated in any category.
So, who wins?
And we have a rare Sunday off so instead of reading IGBT comments on who’s wearing what, I can watch and mock on my own from the comfort of the couch.
So, who won trade day?
How about no one?
I’d say the one team that filled a need and improved itself in the short-term was Milwaukee; getting JJ Redick gives them another offensive option and might be the thing that keeps Toronto from closing that gap for eighth place all the way.
Houston did okay with the Thomas Robinson acquisition I guess, but other than that? It was a bunch of deals that were financially driven or backup for backup or bit piece for bit piece. It is forever thus and, sure, maybe there’s some fun in the three weeks leading up to the deadline to imagine blockbusters or hear reports about this GM talking to that GM but more often than not, it’s just chatter it the wind and nothing comes to fruition.
Yes, much ado about nothing, indeed.
IGBT tonight. Just before 7 p.m., be there or be square.
With the Knicks in town, it means an overflow crowd on media row because there is not a single team that attracts a crowd of writers like New York does.
Last I heard, there were eight people coming – and that’s outside the team broadcasters for TV and radio – and aside from the Lakers, there is no team that operates with as many scribblers.
And considering with us, it’s usually two for the road, I can’t imagine how anyone gets any work done on their own.
One of the good things about travelling in a small group on the road is that it gives you a better chance to talk to people privately, develop relationships and perhaps get information that you can eventually use in some news story.
Sometimes the travel can be a grind, but professionally, it’s when we get a fair amount of groundwork done peacefully; not sure it’s that way with my fellas who cover the Knicks.