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He will have a qualifying offer of about $ 3.5 million for one year next summer that I am pretty sure the Raptors will extend and I’m virtually certain he will accept.
After that? He’ll be free and who knows what things will be like in the summer of 2019.
Q: Owners with Multiple Championships in one year
With TFC’s win Saturday, That brought MR Tanenbaum & Bell their third championship over the past 12 months (905’s, Argos, TFC)
Mr Bill Davidson in Detroit did it as well in 2003/2004 (Pistons, Tampa Lightning and the Detroit Shock of the WNBA in 2003)
Is there any one owner with 4 over a 12 month period?
A: Good call on Bill Davidson and the WBNA win, too. I’ve searched high and low and can’t find anyone with four. Can’t even find another with three, although there was a year the Golden State Warriors and their D-League affiliate won titles and they may have had some other minor league team that I don’t know about.
Hope you’re well, miss you around the gyms and the fresh air spots pre-game on the road. Not to mention the odd stool.
Q: Hi Doug,
Thanks for all you do to keep us informed. Some random questions for the mailbag:
Do you think players actually hear when arena announcers announce that there are 2 minutes left in the 4th quarter? Any idea when this started?
C.J. Miles has a pretty impressive quick release, in your opinion how does his release rank against the mighty Ray Allen?
Since the holidays are here, which 4 current NBA coaches would you invite over to Casa Doug for a festive meal?
A: I think the two-minute warning is white noise, they hear it but don’t pay attention and I don’t know where it started, actually. It’s just one of those things they do because it’s what they do. Guess the only real part that matters is that it signals a limit on timeouts at the end of the game.
C.J. is good but he’s no Ray Allen. Nor is he Dell Curry or Peja Stojakovic or Dale Ellis.
How good would a conversation with Pop, Steve Kerr, Stan Van Gundy and, even though he’s fired, David Fizdale be? Pretty cool, I’d say.
Q: Do DeMar’s imaginary friends have names? Can you interview them (probably through DD) to see what their take on things is?
A: We asked and he said he couldn’t divulge them.
I’m going with Casper and Harvey.
Q: Hi Doug,
I’ve been a long time reader and frankly, you stink… Kidding, I’m just hoping to keep you grounded with all the praise you get in your mail bag. You’d be better if you could find a way to make the schedules work for the podcast again.
I am headed to Boston for a quick trip and my wife and I are planning to take in the Celtic’s NYE game. Do you have any recommendations on things to not miss, not just pints and grub but also activities or sights one should not miss in the city?
A second follow up question, you seem to be on the road quite a bit and much of that time is spent cooped up on airplanes in a cesspool of germs, people are the worst, do you have any tips or techniques you employ to help yourself stay healthy throughout your travels? I suspect it might have something to do with quaffing ales to kill bacteria build ups, but curious if there are recommendations you have.
Thanks for writing.
Richard – All the way from NT
A: Boston’s a great walking around city if the weather is good. You have to see some of the Freedom Trail, Boston Common, find the Holocaust memorial by Faneuil Hall and go to any number of places in the North End for excellent Italian. Mama Maria’s is a personal favourite.
I get the start of a winter cold around the first of December and don’t usually shake it until April so I’m not the one to ask about that. But clean living, some orange juice each morning with breakfast and staying to oneself works at least a little bit.
And the odd glass of cleansing liquid never hurts.
Q: Merry Christmas to you and yours Doug,
I recently saw a suggestion for something to complement or even replace the baseball HOF.
Instead of players being enshrined forever, make a top 220 all time players list but allow newly retired players to supplant or even bump off guys.
So the day Mike Trout retires, the player in spot 220 becomes 221 and off the list. Keeps it modern and relevant maybe?
As to the idea of character as a measurement of candidacy, it’s far too messy to judge.
Why does an admitted cocaine user get a free pass but steroid users do not? Good thing it is not my job to make that call but it is pretty hypocritical don’t you think?
In any case, we should probably be thankful these are the types of items we get to discuss because….obviously.
PS after Sho Ohtani makes a diving catch to save the some runs in right, then pitches a 1,2,3 8th, then hits the game wining homerun, what will the Disney movie be called?
A: I’m not sure about your idea, the very existence of a Hall of Fame is to honour the past greats, isn’t it?
I think there’s a large measure of hypocrisy and always has been; I also don’t see a legitimate solution.
Ohtani? I’m waiting to see if the hype is real and am dubious.
Q: Good afternoon Doug
You hit two points on the head in Tuesday’s column. First about the Lou Marsh Trophy. While it is great that a “winner” is named in a lot of years the result does injustice to those in contention. How can one not say it was Shapovalov should not win?? And the same can be said for the others. My hat is off to all of them.
The comments on winter driving brings a smile to me. Being a born and brought up Montreal when winter was winter and snow was up to the butt many years ago it amazes me to see people slam on the gas and the curse because they are spinning wheels and stuck. Another area is speed – no matter where. Basically the rule of thumb is drive to the conditions and even more leave space between cars.
A: I admit I was a bit surprised that Shapovalov didn’t make the final five but, really, he had a wonderful year but still has lots of room to improve. The win over Nadal was tremendous theatre, though, as was his run at the U.S. Open.
Common sense and early-winter driving in major Canadian cities just doesn’t work, sadly.
Q: Doug, how would you compare and contrast Terrence Ross and O.G. Anunoby? In a straight-up trade situation, who would you take?
A: Ross was a far better shooter as a rookie and more athletic; Anunoby is far bigger and a better defender as a first-year player.
With the usual proviso on what the best fit would be for a specific team, I’d probably take Anunoby because you can’t teach his size.
Q: Hey Doug:
A couple of items, about the Jays and Raptors.
We read that the Jays may be up for sale. Wondering if there is anything that precludes the franchise from moving. For example, if a Las Vegas billionaire were to offer twice as much for the team, is there anything that would prevent moving the Blue Jays to Vegas to become the Black Jacks? Other franchises have moved following sales, much to the dismay of local fan bases. And even if they stay, it will be interesting to see how this impacts the team: will it be a positive change or if the Jays will suffer as a result.
After Powell was hurt, we heard from several people following the Raptors that players don’t lose their spot in the rotation based on an injury (did you offer that view as well). It does appear, however, that that is exactly what has happened with OG remaining in the starting lineup. Which brings us to Delon and Bebe. Barring other injuries, match-ups, etc., one can’t help think that the solid play of both Poeltl and VanVleet would make them very difficult to dislodge from their rotation spots and playing time. Your thoughts?
Appreciated as always.
A: Any move would have to be approved by major league baseball but there’s nothing to say that it couldn’t happen. I don’t imagine it will but the possibility does exist.
On Powell that is what happened and I think it might have thrown him for a bit of a loop. I do think the rotation is better constructed the way it is now but I also think that when OG eventually hits the rookie wall and his play falls off, you may see a corresponding move. That would be months off if it happens, though.
I agree on Poeltl and VanVleet; I know there’s a way to add Wright because he gives them something they don’t have – a long, disruptive, multi-dimensional defender – but I don’t see how Lucas will be able to dislodge Jakob.
Q: Hey Doug,
Long time reader, first time writer.
I’d like to know about how teams win championships. I’m not talking about how they did during the season; a trade they made, or how consistent they were. But how did they win the final game… or, series??
In some sports (Major League Soccer for example) championships are won in a single game, winner take all. The same goes for the NFL, and the CFL.
In others (NBA, MLB, and NHL) championships are won in a best of 7 games. Why the difference?
Now in Baseball, I see how with 5 starting pitchers it’s fair to give everyone a chance to play and don’t get me wrong, I like the series play so if you screw the pooch in game 1 or 2, you still have a shot to come back; makes for great TV.
TV…. I fear you’ll tell me it’s all for media and marketing purposes. Why sell 1 when you can sell a potential of 7. Which means it really comes down to money.
How has this all come about? And do League’s every considering changing how their championships are won?
Would love to hear your thoughts, and thanks for all the great reads.
A: I don’t know that I have an answer for you except tradition, the way the regular- and post-seasons are constructed and the demands of the sport. I can’t see any way they could stretch out a football playoff, for instance, to more than one game.
And, no, I don’t foresee any dramatic change in any of the four major North American pro leagues.
Q: Hi Doug,
All the chatter has been that LeBron is considering Houston next year given that it’s an established team that can win.
Would Toronto, given that we’re winning games, make a run for LeBron? Don’t know about the financials, but wouldn’t that move give a strong chance for a Toronto a Finals Title?
And yes, it’s bitter cold out there and walking dogs may take its toll on their owners, but for some reason this year, I don’t mind it…kinda a reminder you’re in Canada.
A: It would give Toronto’s championship hopes a huge boost except they’d likely have to gut the team in any trade scenario, they can’t possibly clear the money to make it a straight signing and James’s attention is likely on cities other than Toronto.
But, sure, they’d probably make a call. Only to have wasted some time.
Interesting take on what it means to be a Hall of Famer. I don’t necessarily disagree at all. But my issue is that I think that the Hall of Fame should be a museum of the sport. If I am going to a Baseball museum I want to see and exhibit on Bonds, Mcgwire, etc. Because it is an interesting footnote in the history of the sport. Much more interesting than Jack Morris. I mean I was young lad when I pitched and I remember him being good…but hall of fame? So perhaps these law-breakers don’t get “honoured” but their careers get mentioned. It certainly is a thing that every sports fan knows about and would be interested in seeing.
Thoughts on a steroid/cheaters wing in the baseball hall? I know this is not really a new thought, but I think it would be interesting ad could even be a deterrent. Who wants to be commemorated in that way?
Curt in Ottawa
A: I’m not sure the scarlet letter of a “cheater, druggies” wing is anything the Hall would want to do. But I have no problem at all with any memorabilia being on display, it’s the hallowed members wing that’s my issue.
Q: Thanks for the wonderful Natalie Achonwa feature and the recent CIAU spot.
In the past few weeks, it seemed that every time I thought of a question, you’d answer it the next day and I was prepared to add clairvoyance to your admirable gifts as a blogger. Along with playing my favourite Band tune (the one about 1755, also the name of an old Moncton band, by the way), you and our friend from London managed a combined list of Jimmy Stewart movies that included neither Destry Rides Again nor Vertigo, facts I mention only to demonstrate that I have been paying attention.
As gift giving draws near and one is puzzling over which clothing line would be most appropriate – the Armstrong or the VanVleet – it’s also timely to offer a considered thought about the first third of the season and my choice is to select the two most improved Raptors:
First, aficionados should fall to their knees and thank their deity of choice for the Sports Illustrated compilation of the NBA’s best players. Now I can’t prove that Toronto’s workaholic shooting guard has used this (and similar lists) as motivation, but Demar DeRozan has never been a better, more complete player. Were I Masai Ujiri, I’m not sure how many even-up trades I’d take for this guy but they sure wouldn’t include (assuming good health) Khris Middleton, Mike Conley, Demarcus Cousins, Kevin Love, Gordon Hayward, Rudy Gobert, Hassan Whiteside, Al Horford, Blake Griffin or even Paul George, to name ten.
Second, a lot of people (not you) apparently can’t wait to run Jonas Valanciunas out of town, the latest chapter of Toronto’s ancient Frank Mahovlich syndrome. Well, be careful what you wish for. This (still only) 25-year-old playing a notoriously late-maturing position, greatly in flux in the age of the Warrior, is the team’s best option against the Andre Drummonds, Deandre Jordans and aforementioned Cousins and Whitesides of the league. To my eyes, he is vastly improved, not just the amusing here and there threes, but on defence, rim protection, screen setting, and rebounding. He is clearly superior to both Poeltl and Nogueira on offence and is the team’s toughest player this side of Lowry.
Do you think I’m overlooking anyone?
James A., Victoria
A: As most improved? DeRozan and Valanciunas? I certainly can’t argue with that or with the points you made about comparisons.
I think we’re spoiled on DeRozan, the guy is amazingly good and now he’s a more effective passer, a better ball-handler and quasi-point guard. All improvements over last year.
But I’d probably make VanVleet either a close third or put him in a tie with one of the others.
Q: Hi Doug
I thought I ask a baseball question for the mailbag, since it seems to me to be your second favourite sport. One of the things that has struck me about the Jays since Shapiro took over is the fact that the organization just seems very, I guess tone-deaf is the best phrase, to the outside world. Not really sure they handled the Anothopolous situation as well as they should, and the optics were somewhat poor. Similarly, the way Encarnacion was allowed to leave didn’t seem quite right, nor even did their reaction to Roy Halliday’s tragic passing. Creates the perception of an organization out of touch with the fan base and the city. In that vein, I was genuinely surprised about the leak that suggested Rogers might be interested in selling the team. It comes right during free agency. I would think when someone is a free agent, they interview the team, as much as, if not more so than the team interviews them. Would a free agent now seriously consider joining the Jays (especially if he has other options) knowing that there is ownership uncertainty thrown into the mix? Seems to be another misread of optics to these eyes. Thoughts?
A:I see no reason why any high-value free agent would sign here. I think the team is at a crossroads on the field, doesn’t seem to have a willingness to spend gross amounts on star players and is in a tough division.
But those are the reasons rather than the way the handled the departure of guys like Alex and Encarnacion.
Q: Jonas Valantunciuans
Will the Raptors resurrect their summer efforts to trade Jonas before the trade deadline? Why not to Sacramento for an unprotected first round pick in 19 or 20? Sacramento gets a young big who is just entering his prime and fits with their youth movement while maintaining this year’s pick which could be a top 3. They would quickly have a nice young Core going forward. Toronto relieves the clog at center and salary while allowing for quicker development of Hertel. The Sacramento first round pick helps in the Inevitable rebuild or is used in a trade. Other factors are involved but this seems like it could help both teams which a trade should do.
A: I honestly don’t know where to start with this one.
Is it with wondering who Jonas Valantunciuans or Hertel are?
Is if a young big just entering his prime why do you want to trade him?
When does the “inevitable rebuild” start?
Can you take care of the salary cap issues with this proposed transaction of yours?
But thanks for being a loyal reader. Really.