Ye Olde Mailbag: Raptors roster, new NBA principles, how they choose where by to perform online games

Ye Olde Mailbag is only ever going to be as superior as the thoughts and Irregulars are setting up this slide off incredibly perfectly.

Have enjoyment with this and,  sure, we’ll be again future 7 days.

Q: Hello Doug,

I just read your column Friday about the new rule preventing extreme celebrating from sideline gamers and surprise what the variation was among what the Boston gamers had been performing in the opening minutes of the pre-year video game and what the Raps gamers ended up accomplishing in the waning minutes and overtime of the same match when their 3rd line bench players were being taking Boston’s players to the woodshed?  Quite a few gamers were being on the sidelines at the Raps bench hooting, hollering, waving towels and so on. Make sure you enlighten us on the rule and how the refs will law enforcement this.

I read Matt and Alvin conversing about this in the initially pre-time recreation and spelled out it absent that the Raps gamers in that sport were being standing near their bench but they ended up not doing something intimidating to opponents but have been smiling.

It appears to me that would be alright but that when players on the bench get energetic in the match by employing their standing on the sidelines as an intimidation issue then it’s against the rule.  So, I request, if gamers are standing on the sidelines in the bench spot and are they’re smiling they are expressing joy in the sport and not staying intimidating.

I’m sensation this new rule has been place in put to reduce escalating negative sensation between opponent players that could lead to additional escalation or possible combating on the courtroom. 

I know that I have seen technical fouls issued if a player will make motions to the opponent’s bench right after a good dunk or other enjoy kind of really don’t consider to display the opponent up on the courtroom.

As you intimate, it may perhaps be difficult to persistently police this new rule.

Brian B

A: There is a degree of subjectivity to it and it may in the end depend on how much any player encroaches on the court. And I wasn’t at the game and haven’t spoken to anyone to check with but it would not shock me if the Raptors ended up provided then very first warning in that fourth quarter.

I think a lot of what the league is concerned about is gamers standing and physically impeding opponents taking pictures corner threes.

I also haven’t had a likelihood to request three or 4 gamers what they believe it. That’s on next week’s to-do list.

Q: Hello Doug

In Friday’s site you pointed out that you you should not believe officiating the game has saved up with the playing of the match in excess of the a long time. Not that I disagree, but I was questioning if you could increase a bit on what you intended by that please? Do you truly feel there are regulations that want updating/discarding or were being you chatting far more about the officials themselves?



A: I was primarily conversing about the Canadian sport and my stage is I really do not believe the refs have experienced adequate of the right instruction – physical and game administration – that they will need. The game’s far too rapid, way too advanced, the players too superior for them but I do know Canada Basketball is fully commited to bettering the degree of officiating everywhere from club game titles to the FIBA stage. It is not likely to be a speedy course of action.

I do think there are a whole lot of really dedicated, quite suit, incredibly dedicated officers. There require to be additional.

Q: Hey Doug:
Holy hoops, Batman! I know that almost nothing is eternally, but the considered that your web site and mailbag might not keep on is like hearing that weekends are being replaced by Mondays.
A pair of baseball concerns from an occasional admirer:
Pitchers now appears to be to have some sort of communications system in the caps to convey to them what to pitch. Are the guidelines coming kind the catcher or just one of the coaches? I get that opposing groups simply cannot “steal” the indicators if they have a tuner on next base, but the capacity to overcome that obstacle is a further tiny facet of the game that would seem to have vanished. I come to feel that all the selection-makers in baseball require to hear to James Earl Jones’s soliquoy toward the conclusion of “Field of Goals.”
I also observed that umpires check out the pitchers’ hand at the stop of an inning. Are they seeking for unlawful substances on their arms?

Eventually, centered on what you have noticed so much, who would you recommend as the #10-15 users of the Raptors? Who would get delivered to the Dougstown 905?
Appreciated as generally, nevertheless you choose to do shift ahead.

A: The digital pitch alerts are from catcher to pitcher and provided the quantity of times I have observed pitchers have to cup their gloves to their ears to listen to in advance of stepping off the rubber to start out the approach once again I imagine it is yet another illustration of MLB “fixing” a thing that was not damaged.

And sure, umps are examining pitchers for international substances that, all over again, looks a stage much too far. I’m wanting to know when hitters are going to have to operate their bats through X-ray devices ahead of every single at-bat.

It’s early on the Raptors roster predicament but 14 of the 15 places are crammed with 13 completely certain specials and they’ll keep Banton for selected. Of Josh Jackson, Justin Champagnie and DJ Wilson, I still assume the position is Champagnie’s to eliminate but he’s bought to get on the court.

I could also see them shifting Ron Harper Jr’s two-way offer to Gabe Brown.

Q: Hi Doug,
Hope you get pleasure from your Turkey Thanksgiving.  I seen from viewing Wednesday’s video game from Boston that about midway through the activity, Matt and Jack stated that they had been executing the activity remotely from the Television studio in Toronto.
I didn’t definitely recognize it till they talked about it.
Do you imagine they ought to have notified the viewers of this right at the commencing of the broadcast and what effect, if any, do you believe this had on the broadcast?
I’m sure that they would have desired to be in the Arena but thanks to travel expenditures, etc. ., do you assume this will be a development in the potential?
Also, in some of the arenas, their broadcast placement is not in the vicinity of courtside and I’m sure that they are relying on a keep an eye on for use anyhow.
I know that your push spot at Scotiabank is no lengthier in close proximity to the court docket and is close to the upper section corner of the reduce bowl.  Blame it on the profits from these courtside seats!!  Yet again, how does this effect your capacity to report on the online games and do you miss out on the locker space accessibility from earlier yrs?

A: Relaxation certain, Matt and Jack and Alvin will be on the scene for just about every typical year game. They did lead off the broadcast with declaring they have been executing it remotely, as they did Friday’s from Houston, and I’m dead selected that was for economical considerations. It’ll be typical Sunday and Friday from Montreal.

The radio men, sadly and small-sightedly, are not travelling.

We’ve built our arrangements at Mother Star for Oct, November and December and we’ll miss out on the odd a person-off street video game but will be at about 90 for every cent of them to start.

We’re again in the locker home pre- and post-sport so that’s as it always was and it is superior. Our seats are ok but you skip any conversation between teammates, coaches and officers and that is far too bad.

Q: Doug, for a person on the Raptors’ fringe territory, you have been critical in serving to me continue to be in get in touch with with them. Your blog is the first detail I browse on Sundays, which is how essential it is to me. I only publish once in a while due to the fact I sense my queries are unworthy of your time.
So, you’ve taken the lid off my box. During the summer season I chanced on a supporter web page and was bemused sufficient to read through it for a whilst. I became confident that the writer made use of to lie in mattress and throw a dart at a listing of NBA gamers and then compose about why the Raps should really or should really not trade for them. It was entertaining for a while but ultimately so preposterous that I stop.

Now my dilemma is do writers this kind of as these have credence? Do they travel with the team? Are they element of the media classes at the finish of online games?

At the time again, thanks for your views and significantly your weblog. But don’t forget you’ve questioned for input and enter you shall get.
Bev, Vancouver

A: The only folks that journey consistently are us, the Sun, the Athletic and the broadcasters, which is it. The publish-recreation media availabilities at house attract a more substantial crowd but the concern you could possibly want to inquire is what media attends tactics, the place you can spend time with many customers of the business. It’s the exact crew as the travelling group.

Q: Hello Doug, do Canadian towns bid to host pre-year Raptor games? I’m in Edmonton for holiday vacation now (and then Jasper, Banff, Calgary) and assumed of catching the recreation here. On the lookout at the charges of scalped tickets, you will find unquestionably an urge for food for the Raptors here. I can see lots of Canadian cities would adore to host a Raptors recreation. 

Appreciate all of the difficult function holding the blog heading. Nonetheless have a print report of me inquiring in the ye previous days!


A: It’s not a bidding method, for every se. Operating with NBA Canada, the Raptors will establish towns that make perception, relying on arena availability, where by their schooling camp is and getting an opponent eager to participate in in a neutral web-site. But, in reality, there are only perhaps seven towns that are possibilities.

Q: I guess I am just one of these who does appear and read your blog when posted but realize fully effort compared to reward and none of us are acquiring any more youthful.
I would hope at a minimum you keep on with the blog the day immediately after online games when you have a little bit a lot more time to give some extra viewpoint that do not make the sport in excess of. I normally locate them insightful.
As for a question, would you choose this year’s Raptor’s bench a very little further if not a little creakier and is it sustainable with plenty of pieces over an complete time?

Paul F

A: In principle, it should be a formidable bench with the addition of Otto Porter Jr., the ongoing advancement of Important Achiuwa, a entire year of Thad Young and a constant Chris Boucher. It does not have enough 3-issue capturing, even though.

Q: Hey Doug,
Hope you had a superior summer months and I know your all set for one more period of Raptors hoops!
Been attempting to capture some of the Raps preseason games but the Jays have me occupied. Did catch the comeback in Boston: Jackson and Brown guaranteed search appealing.
Other than keeping healthy what do you assume are the top rated 3 plans of the preseason?
Bottom of the roster problem, who has inside of track on last spot?
Have a terrific Thanksgiving!
Normally a enjoyment
Richmond Hill

A: Overall health certainly is No. 1 but at the rear of that I’d say it is figuring out who plays in the non-VanVleet minutes, which mixture of bench players appears to be like cohesive as a device and how the staff defensive schemes work with what personnel.

As for the very last roster location, as I style this Saturday night, it stays extensive open up. But Champagnie’s got to get back again on the court.

Q: Superior day Doug,

I certainly enjoy your creating and really like the inclusion of baseball vignettes from time o time.

My small observe is a “personal rant” about use of the phrase “The Boys of Summer” every time some scribe or announcer wants to point out something they feel significant about baseball.

The phrase is NOT generic to all baseball but certain to the late 1940’s and early 50’s Brooklyn Dodgers.

Use it appropriately as did Roger Kahn.

Get pleasure from the playoffs. As you might surmise, I’m rooting for the Dodgers.

Don Campbell

A: I see your point and have read all of Kahn’s baseball but it is a phrase that is been generic with regard to the activity for many years so I  have no situation with its use.

Q: When I observed this comment from KD, I was straight away struck by a wave of aid that we did not fork out the absurd trade money to protected this dude

 “I truly feel like I never need to establish just about anything to Nets followers… I’m fully commited to moving ahead with this crew. So if [fans] obtained uncertainties, I cannot command that, which is on you.”

Very seriously, guaranteed, ahead of commencing the 1st calendar year of a 4 yr $50M/calendar year contract, trade me, I am done … wait around, then Alright, I will continue to be but hearth the GM & coach … wait around Alright, I will play, even even though I don’t want to truly play in this article nor do I have any regard for the dude who coaches me nor for the dude who place me and Kyrie alongside one another….Alright, so definitely, what is to surprise?

I guess we are lucky the Masai et all have assembled a group in which these nonsense wouldn’t past 5 seconds. I experienced prompt to you a whilst back that KD would request a trade, having said that you believed that was perhaps a 12 months away. What say you now to a proposition that he’ll be enjoying elsewhere prior to the time is out? 


A: I imagine there is a genuine hazard in getting as gospel every thing attributed to an anonymous source or someone “close” to somebody else in a situation like Durant’s this earlier summer. But that’s just me.

I can’t imagine Durant currently being traded all through the time. The trade companions are also limited.

Q: Speedy dilemma for you, who do you think will take the most important leap this 12 months? Obviously Scottie has massive possible, but with Gary Trent and O.G. continue to becoming reasonably young, do you feel their influence will increase on this (with any luck ,) monumental season for the Raps?


A: If Anunoby performs 70 or 75 online games, it’ll be him. Regardless of whether he can or not is a genuine query nowadays.

And if performs that a lot, I do not know if it’ll be a “monumental” period but it’s acquired a prospect to be a quite very good 1.

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