There's a human element that has to be considered
When I first heard last week in Chicago that May 20 was the contractual deadline to deal with the option year on Bryan Colangelo’s contract, it sure sounded like it’d be a busy weekend culminating in something newsworthy.
As the day arrives and after talking most of the weekend with a whole bunch of people, I now fear we’ll be sitting around waiting for nothing today and perhaps for the next little while.
(Yes, that’s entirely me trying to jinx it so that news breaks later this morning and we can get it over and done with).
But, really, if they’ve gone this long trying to find some amenable resolution to all, why wouldn’t they just take their sweet time.
All kinds of theories are being kicked around in conversations (a couple of them are laid out in Sunday’s make-work story) and I think the one that makes perhaps the most sense is that they’re trying to find a way to add to the front office staff, perhaps shift some responsibilities while keeping things as intact as they can.
That’s not a hard and fast fact but it would make some sense, wouldn’t it?
But here’s one key point to consider when all of this shakes out, and don’t diminish it at all:
No one wants anyone get hurt in all of this; these are all honourable men who have given their best efforts in whatever jobs they’ve had or have. They have families and lives and are owed a measure of respect for what they’ve done and soft landing if that’s the case and that has to be among the biggest of considerations.
There are relationships that have been built over years, loyalties that have developed and making sure you do the right thing by people you know, like and respect has to be one of the things at the forefront of minds.
Sports – and big business smart HR Ladies will tell you – can be a bit of a ruthless world sometimes and I get it has to be at some level.
But these are also men of great character we’re talking about in this situations and in one of my conversations with a man a greatly respect over the weekend, one phrase came up that cannot be lost:
This is a “human issue” not just sports and people need to remember that.
It’s all well and good for someone to say, “oh, that guy should be fired, that guy should be gone” and it’s another thing entirely when you look at the totality of the situation.
I’m not suggesting change should never be made, that’s ridiculous; I am saying that if change is made, it should be made in respectful, well-managed ways that takes everything into consideration.
Have no idea where I heard this but heard this is Joe Cocker’s birthday.
Dude’s pretty good, no?
It was only one game and there’s still lots of time left and adjustments to be made but, man, did the Spurs ever look good yesterday.
Yes, the Red Mamba went crazy (x three pointers in that cool over-the-shoulder form) but the thing that impressed me was the way San Antonio absolutely took Memphis’s big men out of the game.
And if the Grizzlies don’t find someone who can make perimeter shots with regularity, all San Antonio will keep doing is packing the paint and daring them to shoot and this one might not be as a competitive as we thought.
I know it’s Victoria Day and the May 2-4 weekend and the first one of the summer and there’s all kinds of reasons to think it’s the most special of times.
Good friends, good times, old stories, barbecues; what’s not to like?
Oh, and the day off work – unless you have a lot to do and spend a bunch of the day in the backyard with a computer doing it – is pretty nice.
But if you’re ranking them, like we are here, here’s how it goes:
Don’t care that it’s one day perhaps stuck in the middle of the week; part of the reason we have holidays is to celebrate stuff and what’s better to celebrate than the country?
Besides, isn’t it cool to have a day off in the middle of some week?
No, I don’t do cottages and that might be a reason it’s second. The fact it falls when it does kind of interferes with Birth Week and we know how I feel about attention being taken away from me.
Yeah, family and presents and turkey and blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. I believe that I’ve had to fly on about eight of the last nine Christmas Days so …
Still, it’s pretty nice, except for the chance of bad weather.
Yeah, I don’t mind the August long weekend at all, it seems to be pretty low key, which is just fine.
Another family thing and that’s still nice and all that; but how come it seems every single year there’s either a training camp to be at or a pre-season game to cover?
Takes totally away from it.
New Year’s Eve
Amateur Night. ‘Nuff said.
The kids like it a lot because of the four days of no school, the whole chocolate factor makes it okay but it’s not really my cup of tea, Earl Grey or any kind.
That’s about all I’ve got, how’d we do?
Hey, here’s one for you:
The NBA Draft Lottery TV show is tomorrow night (that it’s a TV show amazes me and makes me realize the depth of broadcast depravity) and this front office Raptors paralysis is hitting it, too.
According to people I’ve talked to, the team has yet to inform the league who will represent it on stage.
Usually it’s the GM or coach or an unlucky player who has to sit there and look a bit silly but they can’t even decide who’s going do it a day before it happens.
I have one suggestion:
THE UNKNOWN EXECUTIVE!
A cousin to this guy.