So here’s about half of it and it still tops out at about 3,700 words. Read this, watch the game at 1 p.m. with me and we’ll get rest up later tonight sometime.
Q: Hi Doug. Was the Sinclair interview the result of building a relationship this summer? Or were you just in the right place at the right time?
Kevin M, Maple
A: Mostly right place at the right time, actually. She just happened to be there for a day when I was. Good timing. That said, I have spoken to her in group situations many times and there was a level of familiarity there.
Q: I've got two, Doug -- I've never had two!
Do you have any idea whether Mr. Nash has ever touched base with our new Canadian athlete of the year? He has to be a fan, right?
Truth be told, I had hoped I would be a bigger fan of K. Lowry's than I've turned out to be. Given that Jose is the type of PG I most like to see, I was also looking forward to having a new smart & flashy guy on board. But now - not so much. So, are the coaches and/or players satisfied that Lowry is the guy they thought he was? What's the overall feeling about his style of play, as well as his performance in that role?
TL I, London
A: I believe they have spoken and are at least casual acquaintances from being at some of the same things.
I think most people with the organization are disappointed in the injuries that have delayed any major impact Lowry may have had early in the season. But overall, they know what he is, and knew when they got him.
Q: If getting a guy off the floor after an injury takes more than 40 seconds, are there injury time-outs? Official time-outs?
David M, Grimsby
A: If a player is hurt and there’s a 20-second timeout called and it takes longer to treat him, most referees will give some leeway; if a longer time is needed than, say, a minute or two, it’s not a timeout charged to either team.
Q: Hi Doug. We've been wondering the following for quite a while: why does there seem to be so much imbalance in the NBA schedule? Specifically, why does it so often happen that one team in the second game of a back-to-back not only has to travel, but also goes up against a rested opponent? Do you know how often the tired team wins this? While I understand the necessity of back-to-backs to fit in the 82 games, surely the NBA schedulers could make it so that teams playing back-to-backs played other teams in back-to-backs?
J & G H, London
A: I don’t have that information, sorry. But I do suspect – again without doing a lot of grunt work – that it evens out pretty much over the course of the season.
Q: Hi Doug. Question for you? Would you rather keep your gig covering the Raps, or trade it to cover the lock out?
Ben S, Burlington
A: Are you kidding? If they never won another game and every game was on the road in the Pacific time zone and every comment began with “you fat know-nothing homer” (and some have), I rather do this than write HRR or “systems issues” or make-good clauses or whatever.
Q: Hope Super Wife enjoyed her fresh Pacific salmon fresh from Van. Airport(I keed...I keed). Loius & Frank was a great start. Instead of adding Smokey, Marvin & Al you added Roger, Bruce and Mick..
Hope you had a special evening.
John C, Mississauga
A: Roger? Of course we did, and I presume there was some singing.
And it was a nice break, thanks.
Q: Hi Doug! I was wondering what impact the loss of Jamaal Magloire has had on the Raptors this year. I'm sure he's doing a swell job in the offices, but maybe he can come back?
We need his $hit talking and cheerleading, can't help but think he was a big part of the defensive improvement last year.
Mike P, Oakville
A: Jamaal’s a vet and is around every practice so, yes, he’s helping. But I think we can all agree that his days on the court are over.
Q: Thanks Doug for all your fine writing! Pick one or two players (please be reasonable) who you think would be able to immediately impact this team. Along the lines of what Garnett did for Boston. Yes we are brutal right now but I think one experienced guy who knows how to win would make a huge impact.
Last thing is I am taking the whole family to the game Friday and when I get to games (5-7 per season) the Raps usually win!
All the best.
Rob H, Cambridge
A: Glad you got your win. But, really, it’s hard to pick a guy or two, to tell you the truth, because we have no idea who might be available. Let’s say a guy like Grant Hill, or even a Derek Fisher, someone who’s been around forever. I’m not advocating for either of them and know they’re both impossible but that’s the kind of veteran I think they need. Trouble is, you don’t get them in the middle of the season because teams that have them tend to hang on to them.
Q: Hi Doug. Welcome back to the Eastern Time Zone. I want to thank you for your daily dose of raptor and basketball tidbits but what's really nice is that you spread your blog to other things going on in the world. Good on you. My questions are related to the blog:
Have you ever missed a day? I recall you sometimes typing small ones for whatever reason but don't think i ever recall missing a day.
For the other news around the world, do you jot it down on a notebook to add to the blog later or do these things come to your head as you type along each late evening/early morning...just curious.
Frederick L, Mississauga
A: I’m sure I’ve missed a day but the honest truth is I don’t recall when it might have been. Some days are slower and later and less than others but …
As for the compilation process, because my mind is often feeble, if I hear something or think of something that might be usable, I’ll send myself an e-mail or jot down a note on the iPhone (although sometimes I do that and forget to look) or I’ll open a file on my laptop for some day’s blog in the future and jot down some notable occurrence.