Toughness is a craft to be perfected
Well, didn’t see that coming, did you?
The Tyler Hansbrough stuff brewed up publicly in a hurry and the signing to a two-year deal is a bit intriguing, for sure.
No, I was not a fan of him when he played in Indy and I’m not sure I’ll come to appreciate his game any more now that he’s here.
Always thought he was too much out of control, a big thuggish and close to over-the-top.
There is a craft to being tough, borderline dirty and a bit sneaky; it’s something that develops over time and with experience.
It’s quite something else to just run around and bang into people willy-nilly; it doesn’t accomplish and awful lot and doesn’t – I don’t think – really help a team.
I was never a fan of Hansbrough’s offensive game – the very first note I got from a guy whose opinion I respect said “plays hard, no basketball smarts and a black hole on offence” – and I wonder how that’ll translate to a team that doesn’t have what you’d call the prototypical ball-movement offence right now.
But maybe times change and new situations bring out the best in players. Maybe after four years in the league and in a new environment things will be different, perhaps some of that over-exuberance will be tempered and he will have calmed down just a little in order to be more effective.
Guess we’ll see; I’m a tad dubious but who really cares, right?
I will say this:
I think for what he had available to spend and what was on the market, Masai did as good a job as possible changing the culture, as the timeworn cliché goes.
We all knew they had to add some frontcourt toughness and if Hansbrough can temper his ways, that’s been accomplished at little cost.
We all knew he had to find another point guard and while I don’t know Stone from Adam, word from scouts is that he’s a solid on-the-ball defender with more traditional point guard skills than they had in John Lucas, who is one of the good guys I’ve met but miscast as a true point guard.
We all knew – or some did, I was ambivalent – that he had to move Bargnani and he did; the success of that transaction won’t be known until we find out if he can flip both of Camby and Richardson for bigger and better assets in the days ahead.
But he didn’t have a lot of money, he didn’t disrupt a core I remain quite all right with and he made moves that right now make entire sense.
No, it was not hugely splashy but I don’t think you’re going to get huge splashes with this regime. You’re going to see subtle moves aimed as complementing the existing parts and calmly making changes to a team that needs tweaking not blowing up.
Not sure what’s next, though. We might be close to done and that’s not a bad thing.
You know they’ve always got those lists of best songs ever, one of the more subjective things we’ve ever seen?
Does this ever make the Top 10?
We should start, right?
The plea for mail? Got a couple of strange ones already that I can utterly ignore but if the real folks out there have something on their minds, it’s firstname.lastname@example.org.
Restore my faith in your intelligence, would you? Thanks.
Yes, I do have strange conversations with people every now and then and by strange I mean terribly fun and interesting.
So we’re talking yesterday and it’s about restaurants and when you leave some of the roadhouse-type places I tend to frequent (Rapidly becoming an expert in chicken quesadilla) they sometimes give you little parting gifts.
Like suckers or lollipops?
And how disappointing is it when you open the dark coloured one and you’re thinking maybe it’s grape and it turns out to be …
That shouldn’t be allowed; I’m all for a Barq’s every now and then and A And W used to be in the rotation of fast-food joints but as lollipop flavours?
Dead against it.
And if you had to pick the order, you’d go with:
Yes, we do some interesting things around here.
No, no big surprises on the HOTH summer league roster that came out yesterday.
The four regulars – Valanciunas, Ross, Acy, Stone – are there and it was nice of them to add local Devoe Joseph to the team after he spent last season in Ukraine.
Other than that, I’d suggest the only guy with a shot at earning an invitation to the main camp in October would be Koby Karl.
Yes, that’s the son of George and he’s had a couple of cups of coffee in the NBA and is certainly well known to Masai from those years in Denver and to Dwane from his friendship with George.
And if they are looking for a third point guard – I’d say right now Stone is penciled in as the backup – they’d do worse than to have a young kid who’s been in the NBA before.
But remember this, please: The very best any non-roster guy can get out of this is an invite to camp and with a real 15-man roster that’s pretty full, even that might not be enough.
How cool is this?
Caddyshack, besides being the second-best sports-related comedy movie of all time, works towards improving the actual game of golf?
And if Al Czervik isn’t one of the great characters of all-time, I don’t know who his.
One thing, though:
As good as Caddyshack was (and check out that video clip, it’s hilarious) it did spawn the worst sequel in the history of sequels and I cannot even bring myself to mention it by name.
Is it the worst sequel ever? Has to be, right?
And I just thank the cinematic gods that they never caught up with Nuke LaLoosh later in his career, that would have been shameful.