Kids will be kids, a sad anniversary and a tough decision ahead
Seven. Fourteen. Twenty-eight.
But who’s counting?
A gang of three
As Dwane mentioned in the game story, it’s a tough balancing act for him with the kids and we saw in the second quarter last night what he was talking about.
There was a stretch where he had all three of the young ‘uns on the court at the same time – and when you’re only playing nine guys it’s tough to avoid – and it was, in a word, gruesome.
It’s when the Wizards went on about a 14-2 run keyed by a series of equally open threes in transition because the HOTH on the floor were running around like chickens with their heads chopped off.
But it’s something he says he’s going to do more of as the season winds down and without being too critical because I still think he’s got some promise, it’s on Terrence Ross to get some energy and bring some effort in order to cut down on the gruesome aspect of the time he, Acy and Valanciunas share time.
He was invisible in his eight minutes last night and it’s simply on him to be better, and to work harder.
In case you were wondering …
Rudy Gay didn’t get the night off to rest, it just looked that way.
But Dwane did mention a tweaked ankle as part of the reason Gay was so uninvolved and it’s why, Dwane said, Landry Fields played the fourth quarter while Rudy watched.
But ankle and back aside, it sure looked to me like it was of those games late in a lost season where veterans say, to heck with it, I’m coasting.
Can’t wait to see what the next seven bring.
That was a pretty solid game for DeRozan, I can think of two specific incidents where he went to the rim with more force than I’ve seen in a long time and there were moments when he actually took control.
A couple of them came early in the fourth quarter when he was on the floor with Telfair and DeRozan actually ran a couple of sets. If they could ever get to the point where DeRozan had the ballhandling and passing skills to run, say, a 2-4 screen roll, I could see that being an effective play.
Something for next year, maybe.
Sure, it’s probably better than the other stuff.
We do this and talk about the great man every February but you can’t remind the young ‘uns too much about the mere “presence” that Martin Luther King had.
But on this day, the 45th anniversary of his assassination – part of the darkest summer in American history for as long as any of us has been alive – this, his final public appearance 45 years ago Wednesday resonates today.
It’s incredible and if you have kids, make them listen and learn.
While we’re at it, give a read of this, not the first time I’ve linked it but maybe there’s someone who hasn’t seen it.
Okay, I've got JD Hoyt's as the regular spot in Minneapolis when I've got a chance and O'Donovan's by the arena is a good spot for a nightcap but if anyone's got a joint close to the downtown Marriott there, I'm all ears.
Irregulars? I need mail. There’s hardly any there and it’s Thursday and I have a game Saturday so time is going to slip away.
Help a fella out, would you? It's email@example.com and I'm always looking for hellos.
And we’re of course headed to the Central time zone for a week so things might be a bit behind here over the next few days.
There’s a really tough decision that NBA owners are going to have to make and it looks like this whole Sacramento saga, which we all thought was done in February, isn’t going to go away any time soon.
Both Seattle and Sacramento made presentations to an ownership committee yesterday in New York – the Seattle group that has a deal to buy the team from the Maloofs and move it and a Sacramento group that says it has an arena deal in place and wants to keep it in northern California.
And as Mr. Berger reports, it’s not going to resolved any time soon.
It’s a tough one, really.
I don’t imagine the owners really want to take a team away from a city that’s supported it for a long time but the viability in Sacramento is in question since they’ve been on-again, off-again on this arena deal forever it seems.
And Seattle’s building deal is not cast in stone but the group there seems, to me, to be a bit more stable and able to pull off all the things they have to in order to get a team back for next season.
The wild card, of course, is the Maloofs.
They’ve got a signed agreement to sell the team to the Seattle group and I would think that could be the determining factor.
I just don’t see owners going against the wishes of fellow owners and while the Maloofs are to blame for this whole ugly situation, they are still members of a pretty exclusive club and their wishes should likely be heeded.
This is a situation never before faced by NBA owners, having two competing groups with what look like solid arena/ownership plans in place both fighting over the same franchise.
The decision won’t be easy, I don’t imagine, but I do think they’ll cede to the wishes of a member of the cabal and let ‘em go to Seattle.
Personally? I hate for a city to lose its team but I’m also a huge Seattle fan so I hope I’m back in the Pacific northwest next year.
But I wouldn’t want to be Larry Tanenbaum, who represented Toronto at yesterday’s meeting, or the other owners having to make this decision.
Oh yeah, Dr. King could speak, U2 could sing about him and let’s throw this one out there.
Okay, I can understand no 162-0 and I get that 161-1 was a pipedream but if the TOD doesn’t start scoring some runs, we’re going to have major issues.