The time has come to make a decision
So, is this week we get some resolution?
No one’s talking on the record – or even off it an awful lot, for that matter – but there are rumblings that there might be some chatter at the top levels of Maple Leaf Sports this week in the regular course of business that could lead to some kind of answer to the one burning question surrounding the basketball team.
Now, this is not going to be some “showdown at high noon” or anything like that, I think there might have been a bit too much drama apportioned to this whole situation than is real.
It’s not like two “sides” are going to stride in a boardroom like opposing lawyers discussing contentious settlement issues. It’s very much been business as usual over there, even with the future at cloudy as it might seem.
People need to get on with what they have to get on with, planning the summer and the fall, doing research into players and possibilities for summer moves; there is work to be done and it’s getting done.
As I’ve said often, however, I do think a quicker resolution is the best for all concerned.
I would suggest any HR Lady worth her training manuals would suggest that anything left hanging – especially something as significant as who is running the show – is counter-productive; it’s not that people aren’t doing their jobs because they are all professional enough to realize that work needs to be done but clouds and major decisions left hanging are not good.
You know what I think should happen: I think they should at least guarantee the last year of Bryan Colangelo’s deal, let him and Dwane Casey get on with trying to make the team better and more relevant and remove any issues in that regard.
I know there will be howls to accompany that opinion – I think there’s still some zany mystic interest in Phil Jackson, as if he’d be able to come in and magically change a team on a specific course immediately – but I do think it’s the prudent thing to do.
But I also am firm in my belief that it needs to be done sooner rather than later, I can now understand why it didn’t happen in the week after the season given the change at the very top but it’s been long enough now that everyone should have been able to do his research and know what course of action he wants taken.
Take it. This week. Sure, it’ll mean more work for some of us but I’m wiling to put up with the inconvenience
(I keed. A little).
A fella’s mind works in weird and wonderful ways; had this ringing in the ears all weekend.
But, no, you cannot have too much Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels in the morning, can you?
Quick fashion question, please.
Gotta run up to the closet to get ready for the day; what clashes with blue?
And another one bites the dust.
All PJ Carlesimo did was take over a team in disarray, get it to 49 regular season wins and a playoff berth and today he’s looking for work.
Yeah, coaching in the NBA can be one tough gig.
Brooklyn’s an interesting case, though, isn’t it? If you want to look at a capped-out roster with pieces that will be extremely difficult to move and a roster that seems to lack just something tough to describe (passion? Energy?) that’s it.
And now, dissatisfied with a guy who did an admirable job, in my opinion, they’re off in search of some big-name coach who’d probably be a bit leery of the roster he’s getting.
I think it speaks to the basic impatience of an owner who has pie-in-the-sky expectations; a general manager who thought he was doing what his boss wanted only to realize he’s stuck with a questionable roster; and players who simply didn’t get the job done and likely wouldn’t have had Red Auerbach been on the bench.
And PJ paid the price.
But it’s forever thus and this year, the coaching situation in the NBA is entirely out of control and it’s going to be a wild summer of movement.
You’ve got, so far, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Charlotte, Detroit, Milwaukee and Phoenix looking to fill holes. We have no idea what’s going to happen in Atlanta and with the Clippers and Minnesota is a question mark as well. Toss in inevitable questions about Toronto until things get settled and that’s a possible 10 of 30 teams hunting for something new.
Not to me but then I’m not running an NBA team, I’d like to think I’d have more patience but who knows if that’s the case.
Anyway, what I wonder is how many of the displaced coaches from this past year – PJ, Lawrence Frank, Alvin Gentry, Avery Johnson – will end up back on the treadmill.
How good is this?
We’ll do a fair bit more as the week progresses but the good people at the Rotary Club of Toronto Skyline have, for some reason known only to them, asked me to be a judge at their wing fest this Friday night.
It’s going to be great and now I can rationalize all those nights in all those saloons ordering various wings as doing “research.”
If you can get tickets, you should.
Much angst around the NBA writer/broadcaster world yesterday when we found out LeBron James was somehow one vote shy of becoming the first unanimous MVP in league history.
I, of course, did vote for him, as I told you at the end of the regular season when ballots had to be in and I cannot comprehend how someone could have put Carmelo Anthony ahead of him for any logical reason.
And I think, in the interests of transparency, we need to make voting more public. It’s a point we’ve made to the league for the last couple of years and this year – when we’ve Luke Babbitt (???) get a Sixth Man vote and David Lee and Ty Lawson get MVP votes – we may have hit the tipping point.