Friday, September 21

Jose , Si ! Sam, Si....hit !

The past days, 2 divergent views from the Raptors' camp surfaced. First , there was this negative comments from coach Sam Mitchell about the disadvantages of holding training camp outside the USA , particularly in Europe. As you know , the Raps are hoding camp in and playing one pre season game in Italy and Madrid, Spain. Sam said that playing outside the friendly confines of the States is not good . What ? What ? ' We basketball coaches don't like changes . We don't like like an environment where we have no control ' complained Sam . ' We are going to a foreign country after a 8 hour flight doing things we are unfamiliar with ' he added. Seems to me Sam is already giving excuses in case the Raps falter at the start of the season. It may be recalled that some folks attributed the bad start of the LA Clippers to holding camp in Europe last season. The Clips eventually missed the playoffs . What brought about this boldness in Sam in criticizing the NBA's policy to play outside the USA ? Aha. Sam is now secured with a $ 12 million multi year contract and the Red Aurbach best coach trohy. He feels he is now the spokesman for all NBA coaches. Maybe Sam even thinks that his new multi million contract puts him in the recently released Forbes list of the wealthiest people in America ! .
On the other hand , Jose Calderon has the opinion that opening the training camp in a foreign soil is a very good idea. ' I think it's great.We will be better by getting to know each other ' said Jose. Of course , it does not hurt that he and his amigo , Jorge Garbajosa , will play before his countrymen as NBA players for the 1st time. I remember Jose complaining before that the Americans think that the whole world revolves around them. Remember the time the Yanks categorized the NBA Finals as the world championships ! Not anymore . The NBA has the NBA championships while world basketball supremacy is with the FIBA World Basketball Championships. That's right. Even , the lowly Canadian loonie is at par now with the mighty US dollar !

Jose and Jorge : The loonie is the same value as the dollar ?
That's loony , er , I mean , that's loco , er, I mean , that's crazy !


Blogger john said...

Sam is dumb.A real hickboy who have never been outside the US.I won't be surprised if Sam does not have a passport ready.

6:47 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

isn't canada outside the us? sam is getting on my nerves already. i can't believe i have to put up with another 4 years of his crap...

11:56 PM  
Blogger coach said...

John - He has a passport because Sam has to go in and out of Canada.

Sam - Geographically , yes. To the NBA,Canada is not international.

3:11 PM  

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