The future, the pressure and what happened to skating?
Well, that was a bit of a dog of a game, no?
Stay close for a bit, fade greatly at the end, lose by a lot on the road against a better team.
I’m telling you, we live Groundhog Days existence through most the year and Groundhog Season one year after the next.
Fun, isn’t it?
Don’t get your hopes up
Yeah, kinda sucks about the Bargnani injury, kid’s had a horrid year and no matter what you think of him, anyone who likes to see someone hurt needs to re-examine their lives.
And here’s one more that I’m sure will stick in the craws of many:
I can tell you with 99.999999999 per cent certainty that, at this moment, using the amnesty clause to get rid of him has never been discussed at the highest level of Raptordom.
But it really makes no sense at any level to use the one-time provision on him.
It doesn’t get them below the cap (it would get them below the tax level but there are other means available to do that) so it’s not like you can say goodbye to him and find some of equal value on the free market.
Now, if you could use that $10 million or so to bring in a $10 million player it might make sense but that’s not possible in an amnesty situation.
And besides – I know few of you out there want to hear this – the guy has some value, he still has skills and I’d rather wait until you see what you’ve got before you simply throw him overboard.
No, he’s not going to get you eight rebounds a night – never was, never will and those who thought otherwise were kidding themselves – but he is going to make a shot, defences are going to have to pay a bit of attention to him and, who knows, maybe he’d settled into a bench role just fine.
I do think this latest injury makes a summer trade unlikely – not impossible but unlikely – and while I’m certain Bryan will get it a shot, I don’t imagine anything gets done.
It’s been a terrible year for Bargnani – and he hasn’t helped himself at all with his manner or his personality or his work ethic and he has to take more than his share of the blame for how things turned out – but at least it’s over and we can all put it out of our minds until at least late June.
Right? Can’t we? Please?
I’m on the couch paying rapt attention to the game – or it’s white noise as I’m reading, you guess which one – and I notice something we’ve seen before, something a wee bit troubling.
Can’t remember which game it was – at Washington right after all-star comes to mind – but some near full court pressure was giving Kyle fits and we remarked on it.
Saw it again last night with Avery Bradley and it’s a part of the game they need to work on.
It’s not necessarily the strips and steals and easy baskets that result, it’s that it might take 12 or 14 seconds to get into a halfcourt offence and that only leads to more individual play and rushed shots, precisely what this team doesn’t need.
Maybe it’s as simple as getting him some backcourt screens or simply working harder on his skills but it has to improve.
Oh yeah, the future
Forgot this yesterday, sorry. Not really news, or all that interesting but whatever.
When I was talking to Tom Anselmi for the ticket story the other day, the conversation did turn to the front office future with the Raptors – specifically the option year on Bryan – and the answer was totally expected but at least now on the record.
“We’re just going to park it until the end of the season … let’s focus on finishing the year in a quality way.”
And that’ll be that until May, I would presume. I think that’s when we have to find out officially what’s going to happen because if there’s a move to be made, it has to be made with enough time to give a new guy a running start at the off-season.
More? Always is.
If you promise not to collectively ask more than a thousand questions about Andrea Bargnani, we’ll have one of our hour-long noon chats today.
See you then.
So Argentina’s got Pope Francis and Lionel Messi and if Messi ever gets his national team to some level of prominence in some shady manner, we’ve got Hand Of God Redux, for sure.
Hang on a sec.
Not named after Francis Albert, right?
Yeah, probably not.
From the department of things that have fallen off the radar a wee bit, we give you …
The world figure skating championships.
Yeah, they’re going on now down in London (Ontario, not the other, better one) and I know there are stories in the paper every day but isn’t the buzz about them gone a wee bit?
I can remember when even I paid a bit of attention to them, now I’m told by Stumpy on the tweeter yesterday that there were empty seats at one of the sessions.
Is it a lingering hangover from the scoring scandals that reach way back to the Salt Lake City Olympics? The lack of a compelling, magnetic, dynamic personality in any of the individual disciplines? The splintering of the sports world with so many other events to crowd the calendar? Everyone tired of sequins and costumes and theatrical performances?
Or is everyone still crazy about it and I’m just off my rocker?
I see the Italian dream at the World Baseball Classic came to an end last night and now we’re down to Dominican Republic, the USA and Puerto Rico on this side of the draw.
That’s probably how it should be, right? I imagine if you were asked before the event who would come out of this side of the bracket you would have picked of them, right?
But I’m warning you, my Netherlands is waiting to pounce when the semifinals start on the weekend in San Francisco and, internationally, I’ve them at TOD for sure.
Gotta find something orange to wear when watching.