Wednesday November 4 2009 – 10:07am Eastern – Toronto, ON
There has been a ton of talk of late about the Raptors defence (or lack there of) in their past two games — both losses to the Memphis Grizzlies and the Orlando Magic.
Jack Armstrong and I broke down some of the deficiencies in yesterday’s “audio blog” and you can read more about the D in my other blog on Raptors.com or in Jack’s column/blog on TSN.ca
But here’s a little more for ya … from one of the better defensive minds in the NBA. Hardcore fans will know this name, casual fans probably won’t. But trust me when I tell ya that Gordon Chiesa is one of the most respected coaches in the league. The long-time assistant to Jerry Sloan in Utah, Chiesa is one of those guys that sees X’s and O’s when he closes his eyes at night and he has a knack for simply teaching the game – especially on the defensive end!
Now a Pro Scout with the Grizzlies, Chiesa talked to Jack and I about a lot of issues that are affecting the Raptors right now. Check it out … it’ll be worth the 6 minutes …
MOVEMBER AND ME
I mentioned this in my blog a couple of days ago … and I decided to go through with it. I have joined the MOVEMBER cause … trying to help raise awareness (and money) for prostate cancer and research.
After 10+ years, I shaved down my beard and I’m now sportin’ a moustache for the rest of the month.
If you’d like to make a pledge/donation to my ‘stache, you can do so by clicking on this link:
And what do I look like right now – with the new Mo? Check it out:
Jack says I look like Tom Sellick. My buddies are going with “Earl” from “My Name Is Earl”. I’m just going with: “I don’t care, it looks terrible.”
Last night, for the first time since April 13 2003 – in his rookie season – Tayshaun Prince was in a suit for the Detroit Pistons.
A lower back strain ended Prince’s iron man streak (2nd in the NBA to Andre Miller) at 496 games and his consecutive-starts ended at 439.
Prince will not be in uniform tonight against the Raptors and Pistons head coach John Kuester announced yesterday that Richard Hamilton (ankle sprain) will sit out the tilt at the ACC as well.
While that should be considered good (GREAT) news for Toronto and its fans, it should also be noted that without Prince and Hamilton last … Detroit beat the Orlando Magic.
And how did the Pistons knock off the reigning Eastern Conference champs without two of their top players?
Rodney Stuckey, Ben Gordon, and Will Bynum combined for 63 of Detroit’s 85 points. Thus, Jose Calderon and Jarret Jack, et al better be ready to rock tonight.
DING DING BING
Former Piston Dave Bing has been re-elected as Mayor of Detroit.
According to the Associated Press, “Bing received the most votes in a February primary and defeated incumbent Ken Cockrel Jr. in a May runoff to complete Kwame Kilpatrick’s second term. Kilpatrick resigned as part of pleas in two criminal cases.”
The 65-year-old Bing played in the NBA for 12 years — 9 with Detroit.
HIP HOOP PLUG
Just wanted to give a quick shout-out to Sean and Romy at HipHoopJunkies.com
The guys contacted me a few days ago … looking to do a Q and A for their blog … and it was posted yesterday. Here’s the link:
I’m always amazed at how many Raptor-related blogs there are out there (aside from the traditional media). That says a TON about the passion folks in this city, province, and country have for the Raps and/or the NBA overall.
Don’t forget, Jonesy and I are on the air tonight at 7pm with the Pistons and Raptors.
* THERE WILL NOT BE A POST-GAME SHOW TONIGHT … THE FAN 590 WILL JOIN GAME 6 OF THE WORLD SERIES IN PROGRESS IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE RAPTORS AND PISTONS