Love and respect abound for Carmelo Anthony

Love and respect abound for Carmelo Anthony

A few little things midweek on a cold morning that reminds me that I prefer summer to winter because you can escape brutal heat better that brutal cold.

Tees and shorts and flip flops and air conditioning are just far easier to deal with than boots and coats and gloves and hats and heat that takes too long to come up.

But maybe that’s just me in my dotage.

I think it’s entirely cool that Carmelo Anthony was named the NBA Western Conference player of the week yesterday in this, the Year of Your Lord 2019 when zillions figured he was cooked as a player.

Now, I’m not entirely sure how this works in the five months instead of three weeks and the immediate returns when he signed in Portland were not wonderful. Maybe that wasn’t surprising since he hadn’t played in forever but it was not wonderful nonetheless.

I am also not entirely sure how great an honour it is to win a conference player of the week award. Yeah, it’s better to win one than not win one but, really, three or four games isn’t exactly like winning, well, some significant award, especially when there’s a guy who won it for the other conference in the same time period.

Nice and noteworthy, sure. A big thing? Not so much.

But what caught me when the news happened yesterday – and by what’s happened since Anthony got back in the league – was the overwhelming public support he’s had from all corners of the game every since he returned.

Current players, former players, one-time teammates and guys who have never shared a court with him were overwhelmingly happy for him.

That’s got to tell you something about him, doesn’t it?

I know that all players basically want all other players to play forever and get paid forever, that’s the nature of the industry. But you’ve got to impressed with the universal happiness players had for not only Anthony getting back on a roster but contributing — even if it was for just one pretty good week.

We need to stock up on the mail because I’m gonna lose most of Saturday because I’ll be in Philly working at night and hopefully enjoying a well-marbled hunk of red meat or some perfectly el dente pasta at night.

So click on askdoug@thestar.ca and do what you.

I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t know Billie Elish if she played a concert on my front lawn although I’d probably listen just to see if I liked it.

And if people are truly worked up that 17-year-old singer in 2019 can’t name anyone from Van Halen and doesn’t know who Huey Lewis is, I’d respectfully suggest they focus their attention on other, more important matters.

Like, well, like anything.

Yeah, I took a day to get the newsletter done and get checked out and work on TEB – slowly – so Gregor did the heavy lifting with this.

But I also missed Serge saying this when the chatter got around to perception:

“I said this earlier, in this world where we live, some people want to love you and some people want to hate you. That’s what it is. You cannot try to force anybody to love you. It’s not going to work. Whoever loves us, they love us. The people who don’t love us, that’s what it is. But we keep moving, we keep doing our thing and we keep getting better and better. Now we have young guys doing good things for us. It doesn’t matter.”

That, right there, is putting it about as well as it can be put.

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A tip of the hat – or a raising of the broom, I guess – to curling poobahs who did the right thing announced this week that there will be true pay equity for the men and women at the two major national championships, the Brier and the Hearties.

It’s a logical move and one that was rightfully applauded across the spectrum when it was made public.

It doesn’t work everywhere, I get that, and don’t come at me with “popularity” or “revenue generated” because there are valid points to be made in some – SOME – circumstances. But this, to me, makes sense.

Just the same that it makes sense that tennis should have absolute pay equity at the four Grand Slam events, that the USGA and RCGA should move towards pay equity for their national championships and the WNBA should increase the share of its revenues it pays in salaries to the same percentage the NBA uses to pay its players.

But all that aside, good for curling.

I don’t know what stuns me more.

All these people coming out the last few days to absolutely bury ex-Pucks coach Mike Babcock in an unprecedented attack on him as a coach and a human.

Or

That his apparent flaws – and I suspect the truth of his character actually lies somewhere between Greatest Guy and Evil Personified – were kept under wraps for all those years e was working here or somewhere else.

This is a different level than, say, the ex-Flames coach or the now-suspended guy in Chicago or even the between periods bloviator now banished to his own podcast where he can spew what he wants to his legions of sheep, er, followers.

Those are serious cases that need to be examined not only on their own but with the hope that whatever long “cultural” norms are exposed and rapidly dealt with.

But Babcock?

This is hilarious to me because people who now cannot wait to absolutely kill for being apparently The Devil Himself was never, ever once criticized like that when he was making players and organizations lots of money.

Funny, isn’t it?

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