A hope WNBA comes to town
I have a question about the WNBA. You have mentioned that Toronto needs to wait for a new CBA, then go hard after a team. Why would a new CBA make a difference? I think it would be great if we could have a WNBA team one day. — Jo, Toronto
I think any prudent business would wait until financial questions are answered in a new deal with players, things like percentage of salaries that will have to be paid out, what kind of revenue sharing would be in place, if any, and what co-operative marketing plans might be coming.
If, say, you were to get a team and there was a work stoppage, you’d lose valuable time in promoting the players and game at the time it was most needed.
That said, I still wonder if Maple Leaf Sports will see the business benefits in trying to get a team when the chance arrives. I hope they do. As I recall, Roy Halladay signed a one-day contract with the Jays so he could officially retire as a Blue Jay. Assuming Vince Carter never plays another game for the Raptors, when he decides to call it a career, do you see the Raptors doing a similar deal with him to allow him to retire as a Raptor? — Dr. Justin
I suppose it could technically happen but it’s not really a big deal in the NBA, so I doubt that it would come about. How do the coaches prepare teams for the second game of a back-to-back set? I think this week the Raps flew in from Milwaukee and played at home less than 24 hours after the Milwaukee game ended. There can’t have been time for a film session, certainly not a practice. — Jim
That’s where assistant coaches and video coaches come into play. They will know weeks in advance which assistant is in charge of developing a scouting report and game plan for a certain opponent ...
And there isn’t a lot of time (between games) but there’s enough. For that 7:30 p.m. Indiana game, for instance, the players and coaches would have met sometime around 2:30-3 p.m. to go over video and then gone on the court to walk through what they just saw.
It’s part of the work day that few see. Appreciated the piece on Kawhi not playing in back-to-back games and the message it sends to the rest of the league about caring for a player’s health over the long term. But what I’m wondering at this point, is there even a point in Kawhi playing in the remaining back-to-backs — Boston/ Phoenix, Sacramento/Indiana, Miami/Cleveland and Detroit/ New York. Would anyone really care if Kawhi missed games against the Suns, Kings, Cavs and Knicks? Sacramento is the only team remotely close to .500. Also, the other four opponents are all potential playoff matchups. And really, how often do back-to backs happen in the playoffs? Any sense of the number of back-to-backs in recent years? — John
Back-to-backs never happen in the playoffs anymore, so it won’t be an issue.
As for the totals: Since the league extended the days in the regular season to ease the travel and the workload, the Raptors had 14 back-to-back sets last season and will have 12 this year.