Strong message forcefully delivered
Told you I didn’t think there’d be an awful lot of news out of the DC BC Chinwag yesterday and seems I was right.
Outside of a rather obvious defence of his coach and their relationship (you can take a read of it here if you missed it yesterday afternoon) the somewhat defiant Mr. Colangelo made one point crystal clear to all concerned:
He’s okay – to a point – with where things are.
Don’t really blame him, and haven’t for a while.
Sure, there are holes – they need toughness, experience, point guard depth at the top of the list – but there is a consistency to the top end of the roster that hasn’t existed in years and I don’t think it should be messed with.
The most interesting to me was some open criticism of Kyle Lowry, even if it was couched in a dated reference to a surgery he had about a year ago.
Yes, Lowry has to be less recalcitrant and less of a contrarian and in better physical condition and it was a long up and down season for him but to hear the general manager make all those points in a very public forum was good.
The entire message – and don’t for a second think that ownership was listening, or had people listening for them – was that the president and general manager is backing his coach and the path they are on.
Whether you like it or agree with it or not is entirely up to you, I thought Colangelo’s hit-first effort – and he brought up the two salient points with no prodding – was an excellent way to deliver a message.
Now, whether it works or not long-term is impossible to tell but given where the roster is and the franchise is headed and the possibilities that exist, I think the only prudent thing to do is stay the upwards course.
No, things have not gone as quickly upwards as many would like – and that includes everyone with a title connected with the team – but progress sometimes comes in baby steps, not giant leaps.
So I heard of this in the course of a conversation over the past week, music to aid in the relaxation process.
Can’t said I’d ever heard of The xx but …
Not bad at all.
Here’s one for you Raptors fans out there to chew on:
Did you know that none of the current assistant coaches have guaranteed deals for next year, all have team options that have to be exercised?
They, along with every other staff member throughout the organization, will be going through annual end-of-season reviews over the next little while – a typical course of action – and there’s no work on when anything might be decided.
Now, I don’t think there needs to be sweeping change at all, I think there is something to be said for continuity on the staff, too.
Players have rabbis or make allegiances with certain assistants who act as sounding boards or buffer zones between player and head coach and since so much is dependent on everyone getting along – or at least feeling comfortable enough with someone to vent to – familiar faces need to be around, relationships built need to be continued.
That said, however, I do think there needs to be an ex-player on the staff – someone not too long out of the league – who can reach players at a different level.
I have it on pretty good authority that nothing in that vein is going to happen too soon but I also caution this:
If feet-dragging ownership waits too long to do the sensible thing and gives Bryan the year deal it should, it’s going to slow up every bit of every process and that means the pool of assistant coaching talent could diminish as well.
I’m telling you something, this whole TOD thing is starting to tick me off.
Some days they can’t pitch.
Some days they can’t hit.
Some days they can’t catch.
Some days they can’t throw.
Sure, it’s only, what, 20 or so games in and there’s all kinds of time left but this sure isn’t close to the start to the season anyone there expected.
And I’m wondering one thing:
How are they going to find happy, shiny people to show on the TV broadcast of home games EVERY SINGLE SPARE MINUTE!
I did the NBA voting in the drag-down style they set up where you had to click on the name of the guy you were voting for.
And I promise you – and least I hope so because there needs to be a federal inquiry if not – that Jordan Crawford got a vote because someone clicked on his name instead of Jamal Crawford.
But the first of the results does bear out very important fact:
Ballots are distributed in some cases to people who don’t take the time – or have the knowledge – to fill them out correctly.
I suspect – and the league doesn’t make individual votes public despite some urgings from the PBWA, most writers put theirs out for all to see – that there are more than a few homer broadcasters, both radio and TV, who simply think, ‘oh, what the heck, I’ll put our guy down’ who lessen the overall process.
Not sure what the answer is, but there has to be a more equitable, and legitimate, distribution of ballots somehow.
Okay, you know me and Halls of Fame, right?
Too easy to get into too many, we bestow honours like that too quickly in some cases and I guess it’s because standards are in some ways slipping.
Heard yesterday that the good folks out in British Columbia had the good sense to induct both Allison McNeill and Teresa Gabriele in their Hall of Fame on the weekend and I cannot think of two more worthy recipients of the honour.
Allison helped build the national women’s program from ashes to global significance and on pretty much every step of the way, she was alongside Gabriele, one of the most dedicated international athletes – in any sport – to ever represent our country.
It was my pleasure to have chronicled, a little bit, both of their journeys and to have careers capped with a Hall of Fame moment is entirely fitting.
Not enough of you know about the talent possessed and sacrifices made by women involved in the national program, now at least when people read or learn about that Hall, maybe that’ll change a bit.
As it should.