Here's another, unique message that would be nice to hear
A couple of guys I know from around the league, long-timers with excellent pedigrees and a knowledge of what’s going on, were mentioning the same thing yesterday when we were chatting about Masai’s first news conference.
And the one enduring question, aside from anything hugely specific individual player issues, went like this:
“How are they still selling patience?”
Which got me thinking, which sometimes is a troubling event.
Know what I want to hear a new general manager say when he gets to sit down and address his team’s fans for the first time?
Something like this:
“Screw patience, folks. I want to win now. I’m not going to ask you to wait and see where we go, we’re going to go forward right now.
“No one’s job is safe and it shouldn’t be; we’ve been bad and that’s why I got this job and we’re done being bad. I’m not going to put with it and neither are you and I promise when next season starts things are going to be different around here.
“And it won’t take long, I promise you that. I’m going to make bold moves right away to shake things up around here and if the other GMs are watching, call me today because we’re open for business.
“If it doesn’t work? Well, I’m going to get fired but I’m going to get fired if it doesn’t work if we go slowly and wait 18 months.
“Screw patience. Change is coming and it’s coming fast.”
Do you think fans would rather hear that?
Not that what Masai said or anyone says is wrong, it’s how they feel how they want the message delivered, not only to the team’s fans but to others around the league.
And trust me, others around the league pay close attention, either through media reports or by watching the live feed, just to take the temperature of the franchise.
The TV show wasn’t over half an hour the other day when I got my first text from someone in a significant position in the league to ask what it was like – and to mention I looked “dashing” in my blue golf shirt, which was nice because I quite like looking dashing – and I got at least two e-mails from executives on other teams to mention things they’d seen or heard.
So those “messages” in this day and age of saturation coverage, go far further than a team’s fan base.
Under near perfect morning conditions, this isn’t bad music at all, I believe.
Don’t forget we’re here at noon for an hour or so to talk about what’s on your collective minds and if you can’t make it, there’s firstname.lastname@example.org for the mail bag, which looks kind of empty at the moment.
As I recall, some alert reader gave me a really good Italian place over by Brickell here last season and a couple of guys I was with a year ago were talking about it with me last night and we can’t remember the name.
So if you’re still here – or if anyone’s got a good joint in that downtown area – we’re all ears.
End of housekeeping stuff.
Oh yeah, I did so suggest the Spurs are going to win this series in six games because, well, because the Tall Foreheads wanted a pick.
What do you folks think?
Here’s one thing to watch as the Finals unfolds, not to do with basketball but with personalities.
When they begin, everyone’s in a pretty good mood, the media sessions are always mild and not contentious and everyone likes each other.
Well, if you watch those post-game news conferences and off-day interview room sessions you’ll see a degradation as the series goes on that I find quite funny.
Players and coaches get tired of hearing the same questions for the 11th time in the 10th media session, we get tired of asking the same stuff every day and things get more curt and more short.
It’s like 200 or so of us are trapped in some room for up to two weeks, seeing the same faces, hearing the same voices and as much as we might like each other today by the time Week 2 rolls around, it’s time for this to end.
But for now?
Now everyone brings their ‘A’ game and Pop was outstanding yesterday.
Read this and tell me how many times you’ve heard a coach use the words “formulae” and “copacetic” in the same answer.
Oh, and pay attention to what he said when asked about – yep – advanced stats.
“I think that stats are stats. And I think today we've had a proliferation of geniuses who have come up with new formulae to prove what wins and what loses. Some of it I think is interesting and some of it is useful and should be looked at; it can give you trends. But it's never absolute.
"I'll give you an example: One year in the last five, six, eight years, I don't know, we were last in the league in three-point field goal percentage defense. I mean, like 28th or 29th. We went into the next year, no lie, we were second. I did nothing differently. I didn't put in one more drill. Nothing. I didn't talk to them and say, guys, let's get better at this. Nothing. And we were second. I have no idea why. We're still trying to figure out why.
“So sometimes things just happen. And you can't explain it. It really comes down to being able to make stops when you need them, making buckets when you need them, and not being gross. “By "gross" I mean, in one game you get 23 turnovers and they get 27 points off those turnovers. You might have a hard time that night, or you shot 32% from the field. But you can be 2for26 from three and win. Because maybe something else.
“So everything being copacetic, maybe shots and making stops on demand wins a lot of games.”
Love Pop. How can you not.