A different feeling as the off-season arrives
On this, the penultimate day of Groundhog Season Vol. 5.0, there is a different feeling around the lads than there’s been in the past.
This year, for the first time in years, I don’t think there’s any sense of sweeping roster change out there and that the focus, right now, is what’s going to happen on the management side.
The roster is pretty much set at the top – the five starters should all return – and there will be more tweaking than major change.
A couple of backups are needed, no question, and there will be some new faces but I honestly don’t think they need to dissolve a lot of what they already have.
DeMar DeRozan seems to agree.
“Since I been here it seems like it’s been a constant change somewhere. It hasn’t really been a steady flow of if we have the same core this year, or coaching staff, this, that, sometimes, that can be frustrating. After all the stuff we went through this year with the trade and everything I just think this is time we stick with this and go full head of steam with this. I think everything will pay off from the years of us not making it. People will really understand and see why.”
Makes sense, no?
There’s not likely to be a high draft pick to assimilate or wait on, the time to let a calm settle over the top of the roster has arrived; it’s not like we’re should see a total overhaul.
But the management side?
Well, who knows.
Until ownership comes out and tells us officially the fate of president and general manager Bryan Colangelo, that’s going to be the elephant in the room.
The longer they drag their feet, the more antsy some people will become; it would make entire sense for someone to come out Thursday or Friday or at the very latest the first of next week to tell fans what’s going on.
Ownership here is, of course, entirely invisible. They don’t talk, a lot of the top decision makers don’t show up. We see Larry Tanenbaum at games but the poobahs from Bell and Rogers are entirely invisible.
And that can’t go on.
They have had all kinds of time to evaluate the situation; nothing that has happened this week is going to change their minds, I don’t suppose, so the quicker they give fans a yay or nay on Bryan, the better it’ll be.
I think he should be back and will be back – we’ll have more on why Wednesday on the web and in Thursday’s paper, some player stuff is coming later this morning – but until someone says it officially, fans are left to wait.
It’s time to fish or cut bait for the big shots; hope they realize it.
This seems fitting, no?
Was I right to tell the young woman making my quad vente latte just after six this morning in my lobby Starbucks that, sure, it’s okay to wear yellow to her prom?
No clue why she asked me in the first place but, as I told her, why not? Why try to look like everyone else?
Yep, odd things happen on the road.
So, you know how I hate the international side of Terminal 3 at Pearson with, as a wise friend once said, the white-hot intensity of a thousand suns?
Well, maybe it’s only 500 Suns now.
Arrived there for my Delta flight here (codeshare with WestJet) to find – unreal!! – a Starbucks right down by my gate and I see that they’re building a burger joint right across the hall.
It’s still got some wasteland to it and the security area is in adequate and there’s a logjam right at the entrance but it’s better now.
Every airport should have a high-end coffee shop and a place to get a reasonable meal on every concourse, that’s the new rule, if you’d like to know.
Now, I have no words, nothing to say, nothing to add, about the lunacy that transpired in Boston yesterday afternoon.
We live in a world that can be scary at times, where some people who have no conscience, no compunction about cause death and destruction and anguish to cities and countries and a population that, in the back of mind, has to be continually worried.
The symbolism of a terrorist strike at the finish line of Boston Marathon cannot be lost on many.
To run a marathon, to even qualify for it, is a true testament to the spirit of the competitors, to their indomitable will, their ability to challenge themselves on a very personal level.
It is supposed to be a celebration, with family and friends and a joyous occasion that speaks volumes to the toughness of those who are able to get through it and finish.
It made the afternoon and evening even more sad.
We did not lose our collective innocence yesterday afternoon, that started going out the window on 9/11, but a bit more of it was ripped away from us thanks to the senseless slaughter of people who should have been celebrating the human spirit.
No words can adequately explain it.
Hobbs is coming back to save the day for TOD?
Hallelujah. Season saved.
(It’s a bit of code but Irregulars will get it)
You all got the change in the game time tonight, right? It’s at 8 p.m., instead of 7:30 because the NBA did the right and logical thing and cancelled the Indiana at Boston game.
TNT needed an early game for the double-header and, yep, they picked up Raptors-Hawks.
Well, it was the only on the game on the schedule, I guess that would have a lot to do with it.
Oh, and Turner’s headquarters are here so it won’t be hard to put together a crew to do the game.
But to answer a whole whack of you, the broadcast in Canada will be the usual TSN2 feed, you won’t get to see the TNT guys talk about the Raptors.
Oh yeah, that also means we’ll be here just before 8 p.m. for the IGBT and since we had to blow it off last time we were in Atlanta because of news, it’ll be our only one from here.