More franchise-altering gaffes
Boy, some of you got pretty riled up with the Babcock/Hammond thing yesterday, didn’t you?
Was just a thought/comment that seemed timely since I saw John for the first time in a while the other night.
But since you liked that …
What, pray tell, have been the four mostly ownership/management mistakes of the past decade or so? And I’m only going back that far because before that, the franchise was basically irrelevant.
So, whatcha got?
I’ve got these, in no particular order.
Firing Glen Grunwald
Made no sense, it wasn’t necessary and it started things on a terribly slippery slope into oblivion for a while.
Glen had to put up with KO as his coach – a hire that had as much to do with the wishes of people above him than anything else – and the team wasn’t that bad at all.
There was no reason to do it.
Trading Vince Carter
In no small part because of the horrible package they got but also because ONE NIGHT EARLIER Carter had spoken to his coaches in an attempt to work things out for the better.
One night earlier!!!
It wasn’t as if the team was horrible, it wasn’t as if the deadline was upon them and they had to do something quick to fix an entirely unworkable situation.
It was a panic move, pure and simple, or a move to teach the kid a lesson or something like that; it was ridiculous because he was, at that time, one of the biggest assets they had and they minimized it.
Gave it away.
Having no roster replacement in place made it even more shockingly bad.
Drafting Rafael Araujo
This might be the most ridiculous of them all.
If they feared, or knew, there might be an issue with Vince and the new general manager, wouldn’t drafting someone who might eventually replace him make the most sense?
Guy like, oh, I dunno, Andre Iguodala, just to have some insurance?
Take the big guy who could not play because a consultant thought Araujo was a throwback to the Pistons Bad Boy era, even if that era was dead and gone. And everyone knew it.
Letting Bosh walk for nothing
The situation was misread, in large part – and this is the absolute truth – because Bosh was less than honest with management and ownership and they believed him.
Now, they tried to move him – they were willing to take back the atrocious Baron Davis contract from the Clippers along with a draft pick for Bosh and L.A. said no – but they needed to be more proactive, as it turns out.
Now, I’m going to hear all day about Jermaine O’Neal and Shawn Marion and I’m sure Jason Kapono but those moves were all defensible when they were made and I’d rather have a proactive guy in charge than one who makes what turn out to be mistakes and can’t fix them.
Each, on its own, made sense.
Turk was the best free agent of a summer and decided to come to Toronto; that he was coddled at his first camp a bit and never warmed to his teammates or his coach or his situation couldn’t be known.
Marion was a rental, pure and simple.
Kapono? Guy didn’t make a shot but no one could have seen that coming.
They were blips, those other four were egregious mistakes that truly set the franchise back many steps.
Got some right here.
So, was the basketball game any good?
Let me guess.
Lots of missed shots, shoddy officiating, over-coaching except they don’t run any plays and lots of syrupy commentary about the heart of the kids and the drama of the tournament.
Did I get it right?
And, you know, I feel terrible for the kid Ware from Louisville, it was as gruesome a broken leg suffered on TV in a big game than I’ve seen and in this day and age, it became an international sensation.
It’s a broken leg, he’ll be back, doctors fix broken legs all the time and the four kazillion shots of him on the broadcast last night was too much.
No, that’s not heartless, it’s just me.
Now, I don’t have an opinion on the politics at all but in my era, I can’t think of a stronger – and polarizing – national leader than Margaret Thatcher.
We should mourn her passing, I don’t know that we’ll see another one like her.
But isn’t strong and polarizing what we want in our leaders? There was no wishy-washy, no bend, no compromising to her; she had principles and stuck to them and even if you didn’t agree with them, you had to respect the resolve.
To me, that’s leadership. And I think it might be in short supply around the world these days.
Oh, and check out my friend Mighty’s obit, it’s really good.
Oh, and RIP Annette, too.
Not nearly as socially significant as Lady Thatcher but …
So the lads practiced at Loyola University here yesterday – the Lakeshore campus as we found out after walking aimlessly around the Water Tower downtown campus looking for the gym – and that’s three colleges we’ve been at this year.
And obviously I’d rank them UCLA first by a mile, Loyola and then George Washington but Not Grace and Gumby talked glowingly about Georgetown, a trip I missed.
So, what’d they do?
Back to basis, Dwane said.
“We want to go out to compete to win but the main thing is our approach, our execution, working on our zone, working on our pick-and-roll defence, all those things that are going to be our staples next year going into the season. (We’re) treating these last couple of weeks like a mini-camp so to speak.”