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SportsCould it be an honour-free year for LeBron James?

21:51  14 march  2019
21:51  14 march  2019 Source:   thestar.com

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Little things that should probably be bigger things but I was really tired yesterday when I started and this morning calls for many cups of coffee.

So …

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So, I can absolutely see not only leaving LeBron James off my five-man Most Valuable Player ballot if I’m among the lucky ones chosen to get one this year and, frankly, I’m not sure where I’d put him on the all-NBA list, either.

It’s not that he’s not still great – the story yesterday kind of tries to make that point – but the two first-team forwards have to be Giannis Antetokounmpo and Paul George and I can certainly see putting Blake Griffin and Kevin Durant and even Kawhi Leonard on the second team in those two spots. That would leave LeBron with whichever of those three I wouldn’t pick for the second team as a third-team guy and that’s kind of interesting, isn’t it?

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I think it goes to how much weight I put on team success when individual awards are in consideration. It’s paramount to me and while history will judge James as one of the best players the game has ever seen, individual years are different and while he’s been basically as good as ever, others have been better.

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I’ve got to ask a question that’s kind of been on my mind for a while and any feedback would be appreciated. Use the [email protected] address if you want or reach me other ways if you know them and I’ll compile a bunch of responses for maybe on the weekend.

Here’s the dilemma and it’s a craft question:

If I go to a practice or a shootaround or to do an interview somewhere else and there’s a few good quotes that come out of it.

Would you rather I put them up on the Magical Tweeter Machine right away without any real context or would you be okay with waiting to read a full story that expounds on what’s said and puts it in some kind of perspective and narrative form?

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I’d personally prefer the second and that’s how I conduct myself but if there’s a groundswell for immediacy even if it means missing nuance and context, I’m willing to think about change.

Let me know and I’ll let you know what you all think.

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Yeah, we’re a tad low on the mail, folks. And it’s up to you to load it up by clicking on [email protected] and unloading. Anything’s on the table – within reason – and we’ll see what comes out on Sunday morning.

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I see from our friend Rosie down in Delightfully Different Dunedin that the local nine has settled on Marcus Stroman as the opening day starter.

I’m sure how big a deal it is but it is something of a big deal  to those concerned and it sure seems by reading her piece that Stroman’s pretty pumped about getting the gig.

Now, I’m not a big fan of his and I don’t know that rewarding him with the opening day start after his very public criticism of the front office (justified) and the lack of veterans in the clubhouse (unjustified) is the right message to send. But they’ve sent it, he will at times be insufferable leading up to the game and will make it all about him because that’s what he does but then season will be under way and we’ll forget all about it.

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Since the Raptors are basically locked into second place in the East – I can’t see a realistic way they’re going to move up or down – if you’re scoreboard watching, you might want to keep an eye on 21-loss Golden State and 22-loss Denver if you’re really dreaming long-term.

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So, what are you doing at 6:30 a.m. Saturday?

I’m not making any bold promises but I expect I’ll be up at that ridiculous weekend hour just to see who Canada gets in the draw for the FIBA World Cup later this year in China.

It’s a bit of a big deal, which four-country group they’re in and which qualifiers from other four-country groups they’ll play in a second round because the top seven teams automatically qualify for the 2020 Olympics and that’s the major goal Canada has to have going into the World Cup.

They’re too young to win a medal, I firmly believe but if they can get to the 2020 Games they’re got a legit chance at challenging for a spot on the podium.

I did notice yesterday that the Americans have basically set their schedule – Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan and Kawhi Leonard are in the original pool of players – and it’s going to take about a six-week commitment from them.

There’s nothing official with the Canadian schedule but I’m hearing whispers of about the same thing. A week-long camp in Toronto in early August, a couple of domestic games at sites to be determined and then an exhibition tour before the Aug. 31-Sept. 15 World Cup.

That’s a bit chunk of time and it’ll be interesting to see not only who the coach is – and who that will be is still to be determined – but which players are willing to devote that much time to playing for their country.

Things really are starting to get serious for the program and Saturday’s going to be a big day in the process. Just wish it wasn’t so dang early.

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Bosh says LeBron going strong: People are 'jaded by his greatness'.
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