Speeding things up by slowing them down? Makes little sense
How about another day of a few tiny items that should be bigger except that I’m a bit lazy and loafed entirely Sunday because I could?
Sound all right before we get back to some semblance of order tomorrow?
I entirely get “points of emphasis” in the pre-season so that NBA officials can make players aware of what they might crack down on in the coming season but this preoccupation with delay of game violations is driving me nuts.
Had five of them on Saturday in Minneapolis, I think; four against the Raptors that resulted in three technical foul shots for the Timberwolves (you get one freebie and pay a price for the second and every subsequent one) and it had the direct opposite effect of speeding up the game.
And the ticky-tack nature of them was ridiculous, merely touching the ball after a made basket seemed to bring a whistle and it’s not like anyone was grabbing the ball and holding it for three or four seconds after a basket.
Maybe the players will adjust, maybe not; I think what’s most likely to happen is what’s happened in the past when pre-season “points of emphasis” are quickly forgotten and the game returns to normal.
But if one of the reasons they want to do this now is to speed up the game, I can think of a couple of other ways that would work much better and be easier to point to as reasons why games drag.
First, any time after a whistle that a guy takes a shot at the basket from more than, say, 10 feet, call that delay of game because that’s precisely what it is. The other night, during one of the rare instances that I was paying close attention to what was a dreadfully boring affair, there was a turnover (one of about a zillion) and midcourt and someone from Minnesota hoisted a shot from about 40 feet. It bounded away, some ball boy had to track it down and if that wasn’t delaying the game, I don’t know what was.
And – this is a big one to me – this whole hand-slapping and wandering around between free throws drives me nuts. Get the ball, shoot and get the game going. I don’t know that four teammates need to touch the free throw shooter between shots, do you?
I would presume with added replay rules this year that games are going to drag a few more minutes a few more nights and if there’s a way to keep the game moving at something resembling a good pace, there are two ways to make it happen.
Your You're welcome, David and Adam and the game ops people at the head office.
Heard this on the weekend and when Super Son drags himself back from a tailgate weekend in Buffalo with the extended family, I’ve got a sax assignment for him for sure.
One run games, extra innings, brilliant pitching, grand slams, drama and cool weather?
That was as good a baseball weekend as I can remember in some time and now we’re truly in playoff mode.
But one question:
I used to think Jim Leyland was a cool, crusty dude. When did he become a crotchety old man?
Yeesh. I know there’s pressure but the dude has to lighten up a lot.
Okay, so after my Thanksgiving dinner of hot wings appetizers (Hi, Jack Astor’s at Square 1!) and McDonald’s (thanks, dietary advisors), got to wondering about real holiday meals.
I wonder how many of you out there are like me in that it’s more about the tradition and the fixings than anything because, to be honest, turkey is pretty boring, isn’t it?
And I’m dead against tricked up stuffing – not fruit, no crazy stuff, maybe some bread crumbs, a whole lot of savoury, maybe some diced carrots and a whack of other spices as you see fit – and I wondering what rounds out the table.
Mashed potatoes for sure, a sweet potato casserole, some Brussels sprouts (surprised you with that one, didn’t I?) and green beans. Gravy has to be thick and made from the turkey residue with a nice roux and not out of some bag and there has to be lots and lots of it.
So if you’re cooking this morning for this afternoon and that’s your menu, what time should I be there?
Oh, wait. Casino Rama beckons because an intrasquad game late in the afternoon of a holiday Monday makes entire sense.
Well, they had their first day off since camp began and seeing how energy and effort degenerated over the two games Friday and Saturday, they sure needed it.
But it’s a big week, actually.
With only one game – after our trip north today – there’s lots of practice time and it’s probably going to be the last concentrated period where Dwane can get them in the gym and drill them.
Once next week hits, it’s the rhythm of the season, not a lot of days to practice, games come quickly so the five full practice days this week are like a mini-camp.
And one thing he has to teach them: Don’t turn the ball over. If there is one alarming thing from the first four pretend games, it’s that they commit turnovers at an astonishing rate and fixing that has to be job No. 1.
It was all supposed to be so good when the NBA sent the Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards to Rio for a pre-season game.
Derrick Rose was the highlight, Nene was going home and it was the kind of out-reach program from the league that its so good at.
Not so much.
Rose didn’t play – he said the team held him out to rest his knee and I can imagine the displeasure that caused at the league office – and Nene was roundly booed by passionate Brazilian fans who are miffed that he’s blown off the national team so often.
Read my friend Mike Lee’s piece here on it, it’s really good and includes this all-world quote from Oscar Schmidt:
“Everybody knows what he’s done. If you don’t want to play for national team, don’t talk about your country. Ever.”
That’s some harsh criticism from a true icon and I’m wondering now if there aren’t some people re-thinking the whole Rio thing.
Probably not but it certainly wasn’t memorable for any good reason.