The message is nice, seems fans want more, though
So, how’d he do?
As we expected, no?
A lot of passion and power and chatter of championships and building a team and I don’t think it took 18 minutes until “culture” worked its way into the conversation.
But, as we kind of expected, no specifics on anything – the coach, the players, the style of play.
And a lot of “let’s get some people in here and figure out what we want to do in the next few weeks,” stuff I entirely anticipated.
I wonder, though, if fans are feeling any better now having heard Masai for the first time and seen him.
He was certainly more powerful and passionate than I had remembered and that was pretty impressive. He won some of ‘em over with the “I’m home” line right at the start and the genuineness about his desire to be a role model for African basketball was something else.
But, as I wondered, how many people are feeling more confident today than they were, say, three months ago?
One thing I’m kind of finding, and I haven’t done an awful lot of in-depth research because I don’t want to right now, is an abundance of “okay, let’s wait and see” among you.
That’s the way I think it should be.
Yes, Masai has had a great couple of years in Denver and is as highly regarded as any young executive in the game for the way he built that team, the way he handles people, the way he interacts with colleagues and everyone in the business.
That’s all well and good and important to some degree, you’d rather have someone in that position that people like and respect that someone not well regarded.
But I think lots of people are getting tired of chatter and want action and the optimism is a bit tempered with a “wait and see” attitude.
In fact, I’m not sure “optimism” is the right word; perhaps right now it’s more “hope.”
Am I right?
As the wise sage Jack Armstrong has said on a couple of occasions (besides, “yes, we’ll have two more”) it’s that it doesn’t matter if you win the press conference, you’d better win the games.
I don’t know precisely what Masai is thinking and I imagine that’s the way it’s going to be in this administration, he keeps a tight circle, takes his time making big decisions to weigh all factors and is never rushed into anything.
He was very good yesterday, impressive and passionate.
He won the day, now he has to win the moves.
That’s when people are going to get truly excited.
Yeah, I’ve had some time sitting around doing some work when this guy has popped up and since he’s a basketball fan (used to see him in the corner at Raptors games every now and then) why not?
My man Mark Woods over in Edinburgh, the all-knowing, all-seeing seer of British basketball and winner of the gold medal for stories cranked out at the London Olympics has the winner.
Tim L, you listening?
Forget this Canada crap and the 33 million or whatever it is souls you want to turn into Raptors fans over here.
Go big or go home, Mark says:
“If they're re-branding, suggest they become the Commonwealth's team. Nickname: Royals.”
Seriously. Forget about Canada, go whole hog, get the princess and the prince and all those hoity-toity types to become fans, you won’t be able to print enough t-shirts and crap to sell them.
I’m pretty sure before I dozed off I was reading the tweeter some where that when Melky Cabrera’s name was mentioned in the introductions to the TOD-Giants game last night, and again when he came up to bat, he was lustily booed? Or even slightly booed?
Now if that’s not the height of hypocrisy by Giants fans, I cannot imagine what is.
These are, I’m sure, many of the same people who loved and cheered for and defended Barry Bonds for all those years and now they’re booing a guy who got caught using a banned substance and sat out his suspension?
Hypocritical to the Nth degree, no?
Now, I am in now way defending Cabrera, he was complicit in the cheating and then tried to magically cover it up in one of the great failed scams of all time (a fake website?) and he deserved the punishment he got.
But for fans in San Francisco to do that?
Stunned me. Well, a little, I guess since nothing fans do really stuns me any more.
Now, I also know the Bonds defenders will be out in full force with how he never failed a test and there’s no proof and everyone was it anyway because it was that era and the rules were lighter and blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.
Anyway, I guess it’s kind of interesting given the news of the day and possible impending suspensions to maybe 20 major leaguers as part of an investigation into a Florida operation, a group that include some of the biggest names in the game.
(Zorro’s got some of the details here)
Not sure what it is precisely we’re learning as time goes on and baseball continues to wrestle with performance enhancing drug except this: The issue is never going away.
In case you were wondering, yes, we will do a chat here tomorrow at noon for about an hour, just like the olden days.
Bring your best stuff and if you can’t make it, we’d better start the weekly plea for mail at email@example.com.
So, Miami in a couple of hours (Air Canada willing) and since I didn’t make the trip there this season with the HOTH, it might be nice.
Nice: Mike’s, a divey-local bar on the ninth floor of a condo next to my hotel that you can’t find with a search warrant.
Not nice: The airport; not quite LaGuardia-esque but close. At least some of the terminals.
Nice: Arena’s about a three minute drive from the hotel and they’ve got running something like a Finals down pat.
Not nice: It rains just about every day at 4 p.m. and you think it’s going to break the humidity and it’s more humid after.
Nice: The downtown area, totally under-rated and since – believe it or not – I’m not a big South Beach guy, it’s a good place to dine.
We’ll have more as I get there and start remembering.