The day of misinformation is upon us
On the phone chatting with an NBA executive type yesterday afternoon (yeah, it was one of those loafing work days that allow for delightful mid-days and afternoons of relaxation) and the guy hit the nail on the head when we were talking about this time of year.
And welcome to The Day Before The Draft, Vol. 2013.
Today is one of the great misinformation days of year and it’s hard to ferret out what’s real and what’s not and sometimes it’s just best to sit back and wait.
But we do know a few things, vague though they may be.
The Raptors, who don’t currently have a pick in either of the rounds, are seriously trying to obtain at least one pick and they are all over the map on what they might do.
I’ve been told – and this is vague enough that I honestly believe it’s true right now – that they have their eyes on a guy or two who are possible lottery picks, they have a couple they wouldn’t mind getting late in the first round and there are a few in the second that have their interest.
Trouble is, I don’t have the names – those are impossible to come by right now – and the way this draft is shaping up, it’s entirely possible they won’t get to do a thing.
Unlike some, where teams might want to make trades to move up or down because there’s a range of players they are interested in, I’m hearing that most teams looking to move now are looking at specific players and if they’re not there, there’s no deal to be done.
So we could conceivably sit around feeling all excited tomorrow night and come away empty. You know, kind of like fans have felt every October for the last five years.
And if the HOTH have to sit out the entirety of tomorrow’s NBA draft, it’s not going to be the first time, remember?
Back in 2007, they didn’t have a pick and I guess we had a pretty easy night that night, too.
And as it turns out, they really didn’t missing anything at all.
With the pick they would have in the first round, Charlotte ended up with Jared Dudley, who is a serviceable if unspectacular player on a so-so team, and with their second round pick, Portland ended up with Taurean Green. Yeah, I know. Who?
(The kid who went to Florida, I know)
Anyway, the cautionary tale for today is to listen to and read with a little bit of cynicism everything about the NBA.
There might be a nugget of truth in the breathless reports, they could very well be part of gigantic misinformation campaigns.
In fact, wish someone – not me, I have stuff to do – would compile all of the “reports” over the last week or so and spend Friday figuring out what turned to be right.
As a wise man once said, it’s better to stay silent and let people think you’re a fool rather than speak and let everyone know you are.
Or something like that.
I have no idea how my mind works.
I hear this song on the radio the other day and all of a sudden I’m back in Mrs. Marks’s Grade 3 class, or maybe it was Grade 4, at Drummond Road School and it might have been the first song I truly remember learning.
Quote of the year?
Munenori Kawasaki, through an interpreter, after being shipped out:
“It’s not as if I’ve died. I’m still a baseball player. It’s just that tomorrow the field will be different.”
Sure, the decision made sense (check out Brendan’s story here) but still, I warn you, The Baseball Gods are miffed.
Yes, I know the move is the right move and I know that Kawasaki will be back sooner rather than later, Sept. 1 at the latest but …
Anyway, I’ve been threatening a trip to Buffalo to see that pretty little ballpark as part of a Niagara weekend, now I think it has to happen.
A serious question.
I have to do the Argos game on Friday night, truly looking forward to it but haven’t written a football game story in more than a decade (of the CFL variety; was reminded I did a Bills game a yaer or so ago in Buffalo) so I don’t imagine you should be and I’m trying to figure out whether there’s any interest in an IGBT or how it might work.
Should we try?
I honestly don’t know the answer to that.
Let’s get started at firstname.lastname@example.org; pretty dead over there and there are a few of you I need to hear from.
One of the great things about relationships in sports between star players and the franchises they play for is that it seldom ends well.
Players age, teams want to move on and any goodwill built up over years of service and success seems to dissipate as the inevitable breakup looms.
We’re seeing it with the New York Yankees and Alex Rodriguez right now (check out this story where the GM tells the rehabbing player to “shut up”) and I wonder what the future is going to be like in Boston with the Celtics.
Now that Doc Rivers is gone – he’ll be formally introduced as the head coach of the L.A. Clippers today, I believe, and that’s a news conference you want to see – I wonder how it’s going to end for Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett.
I can’t imagine either of them will start the season in Boston as the rebuilding, re-tooling or whatever you want to call it begins and the only question left of this summer is whether KG retires or Pierce is bought out of the last year of his deal.
And it’s going to be quite interesting to see if they go gracefully; history would suggest maybe not.