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Pardon me while I piss in the punch bowl, but I'm pretty sure this is the key part of this story... NBA commissioner David Stern met with Hardaway about a week after asking him to leave the league's All-Star festivities. He is aware of the changes Hardaway is trying to make. "We appreciate Tim's efforts at education and promoting understanding," Stern said Thursday. Hardaway wants to get back into the NBA some day as a coach or personnel director, yet readily acknowledges that he did those plans a major disservice with his comments. Over time, he hopes that'll change. It's a safe bet he wouldn't be taking this step if he didn't receive the reaction he did. However, I will say that it's certainly progress that people like him are being forced to at least consider the possibility that gay, bi-, and transgendered people deserve the same rights and respect as everyone else.
posted by Scott Carefoot at 12:24 PM on September 28
This game was not a fluke. I predicted before this game that the Bulls would win the East this year and I feel very secure in that prediction today. And Tyrus Thomas will be a superstar when he learns to play under control. Can anyone name another player who both rejected Shaq and dunked on Shaq in his first NBA game?
posted by Scott Carefoot at 10:15 AM on November 01
Scoop clearly knows how to write well, judging by this column. That's what makes some of his other work so irritating. I remember a profile of NBA player Ricky Davis he wrote for SLAM Magazine where every single sentence consisted of 1 or 2 words. I understood that he was trying an experiment, but it failed miserably (it remains the worst-written sports feature I've ever read) and he or his editor should have seen that and he should have started over again. But I sense his ego wouldn't allow that.
posted by Scott Carefoot at 11:24 AM on October 07
Weedy, I have mixed feelings about the idea of a second NHL franchise in Toronto. On the one hand, even more Toronto media coverage about hockey will drive me to hard drugs. On the other hand, it could drive more desperate Raptors fans my way. Anyway, I can't believe that I'm the first person to suggest that if the team moves, it should be to Hartford so they can resurrect the greatest NHL logo of all time.
posted by Scott Carefoot at 03:17 PM on October 05
Hillenbrand's a Grade-A douchebag. Ricciardi said this morning that the only way the team could communicate with him about anything was through his agent. There are also reports that he ripped the Canadian flag off his uniform and wrote "THIS SHIP IS SINKING" on the locker room blackboard.
posted by Scott Carefoot at 09:07 AM on July 20
It's impossible to claim with any certainty how the 06-07 Raptors will perform. It's starting to look like this could be an entirely new roster except for Chris Bosh and Morris Peterson. This kind of turnover is unprecedented in my memory.
posted by Scott Carefoot at 07:49 PM on July 13
Weedy's right. The Raptors had the 4th-worst per-game rebound differential (-2.67) in the NBA last season and with Hoffa, Sow and (probably) Woods gone, it's difficult to say they've upgraded in that department. Based on how Phoenix's roster was crafted (they had a worse rebound differential than Toronto), I suspect that Colangelo doesn't place a high priority on glass-cleaning ability.
posted by Scott Carefoot at 03:49 PM on July 13
Nihilists! Fuck me. I mean, say what you like about the tenets of National Socialism, Dude, at least it's an ethos.
posted by Scott Carefoot at 09:05 AM on July 07
I hate when trades like this happen over the weekend. Sorry about the late update.
posted by Scott Carefoot at 01:52 PM on July 01
bdt wrote: "I'm probably happier for Alonzo Mourning than anyone. He deserves a Championship, especially after everything he has gone through in his life. Congratulations to the Heat for winning the title." Did you forget about how he screwed over the Nets and the Raptors to get to this point? I wouldn't wish his health problems on anyone, but that doesn't change the fact that he's a selfish jackass. It causes me physical pain that his self-serving methods have delivered him a ring.
posted by Scott Carefoot at 11:59 PM on June 20
drumdance read my mind. I think it would be interesting to start a soccer league with that particular rule change and see what kind of effect it would have on scoring, gameplay and general entertainment value. Honestly, if a defender lets a striker behind him in the box, it's kind of his own fault, no?
posted by Scott Carefoot at 11:24 AM on June 19
Kornheiser is "an egotistical jackass?" Funny, I'm a regular listener to PTI (through the podcast) and he strikes me as very self-deprecating - and hilarious. As far as I'm concerned, they could just throw Kornheiser and Wilbon in the MNF booth and I'd tune in just to listen to their banter. They could even put "Stat Boy" on the sidelines.
posted by Scott Carefoot at 09:49 AM on May 29
I think Bosh's comments are being misinterpreted by some people. A reporter asked him what he thought about the idea of drafting Bargnani and he gave his honest opinion of what he thought would best suit the team. This Raptors club is softbatch and it would seem that the last thing they need to add is another finesse player. Bosh has grown in confidence recently and has started to embrace a leadership role on the team. Along with that, he's shown that he's willing to give honest, frank answers to questions like this. As long as he's not making ultimatums, I don't have a problem with it and neither will Colangelo. About the pick, I think Colangelo has the philosophy that the draft should be used to acquire the best available player, regardless of the team's needs. Then, you address those specific needs through trades and free agency. So it's quite likely that Colangelo will, in fact, draft Bargnani and then use the available cap space (in the $10-15 million range) to sign or trade for a player or players who can rebound, defend, block shots, run the point, etc. Personally, I would love to see Colangelo use the top pick on LaMarcus Aldridge, who has been training with Bosh this off-season. I think the two of them would form a formidable frontcourt who would push each other to improve and excel.
posted by Scott Carefoot at 09:57 AM on May 26
Snikastyle: I wouldn't take Morrison if the Raptors had stayed at the fifth overall pick. I would have to think long and hard about Morrison if the Raptors had been bumped down to eighth overall in their worst case scenario. What is it about Morrison that convinces you that he's the best pro prospect?
posted by Scott Carefoot at 12:55 AM on May 24
Speaking of poor taste, is it in poor taste for me to hope that Sam Mitchell has a nervous breakdown and has to quit, and then the Raptors hire Adelman? If so, then forget I posted this.
posted by Scott Carefoot at 09:04 AM on May 10
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