Some movies, Steve Kerr and where the CEBL might go next in Ye Olde Mailbag
Not the most expansive Ye Olde Mailbag of all time but it’s the off-season and there’s not a lot going on so we’ll take what we can get.
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Q: Hi Doug,
Boy, did Steve Kerr nail it about the gun situation in the U.S. We’ve had our incidents here, but I can only imagine what it’s like to live in the States, where mass murder by guns goes on and on and on, with the enabling of politicians and the base who loves them refusing to tighten their laws. I think Kerr spoke for tens of millions – and maybe the majority – of Americans who desperately want change.
And thanks for that clip of the magnificent Ray Liotta as Shoeless Joe. Like you, I was a bigger fan of the book, but that clip was a reminder of how behind all great sports movies is a great story and moments of humanity that genuinely move us. For what it’s worth — IMO greatest sports movie/performance: Bang the Drum Slowly/Robert De Niro.
A: Yeah, I’ve talked to a few friends in the States this week and the sadness is palpable. Hard, hard times.
I’ve always put Raging Bull at the top of my overall sports movies list but Hoosiers would be up there, too.
Of course, comedies are a different matter and it starts with Bull Durham and moves quickly to Caddyshack.
Q: The news out of Canada Basketball this week was the best I’ve heard in years with respect to the senior men’s team, almost as though decades of underperformance finally hit a critical embarrassment mass. As you say, the proof will be in whether the deed matches the word but at this stage they all get the benefit of the doubt from me. And it has to be remembered, only the most wretched of luck has kept them out of past Olympics, including the last one. I hope you can clarify one important aspect. The soccer culture in the rest of the world seems to mandate without question that European players, for example, will usually be available for national teams. But is there anything official covering this either on the NBA side or the Players Association side, and should there be? Is it the case that a team could veto the international participation of their contracted players? I don’t recall anyone ever vetoing Luis Scola and I think he would have ignored it in any event.
James A., Victoria
PS: Bravo to Steve Kerr for his passion, which I believe comes from a very personal place. Perhaps he’s Golden State’s secret weapon.
A: I think they have the right combination of leadership and commitment to make the senior men’s team something of a force but I’ve thought that so many times before that I’m waiting.
But, yes. Bad breaks in Mexico and Victoria and, before that even Portland in 1992 have cost them untold years of rebuilds and time lost that could have been used to leverage success.
There’s no “official” rules but NBA teams are asked to not stop players who want to represent their country in the off-season.
The trouble with this idiotic qualification process is that FIBA never even got a commitment from the EuroLeague to allow players to leave in-season. It’s been a colossal failure, as far as I’m concerned