It was an odd scene at the Air Canada Centre on Saturday for Game 1 between the Raptors and the Nets, and an embarrassing one for a franchise that hasn’t made it to the postseason since 2008.
The shot clocks in the arena all failed midway through the third quarter, and attempts to place backup ones in the corners of the court as is customary when this happens were similarly unsuccessful.
That led to some awkward moments.
The public address announcer, flanked by a man with a stopwatch and an air horn (seriously), was forced to count down the remaining seconds on each possession, and then say “HORN!” when time had run out. Kyle Lowry hit a three to beat the third quarter buzzer, but with the clock off and the red light surrounding the basket not working, officials had to go to the video replay and listen to see if the shot beat the sound of the horn (and it did).
Raptors officials promise to have things fixed in time for Game 2 on Tuesday.
From Doug Smith of the Toronto Star:
On a day that turned public address announcer Herbie Kuhn into something of a human stopwatch, the 15-year-old building wasn’t up to snuff.
As a result of what team officials called a “signal path failure,” the 24-second clocks and game clocks above both baskets broke down midway through the third quarter of Toronto’s 94-87 loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday. …
“New cables will be run (later Saturday and Sunday) to ensure no issues arise on Tuesday, and the NBA will inspect both the fixed and backup systems for Game 2,” according to a short statement from Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment. Kuhn declined comment.
It was a strange situation, especially considering the magnitude of the opening game of the playoffs. Players admitted to bing affected by it afterward, but Paul Pierce — who was the subject of a Toronto newspaper’s jab at his age — used the opportunity to jab right back.
“I don’t remember if I’ve ever played (in a game without a clock) since I’m a dinosaur,” he said.
Despite the Warriors’ loss in the Finals, it’s been a good summer for Harrison Barnes. He signed a four-year, $94 million deal in Dallas and won a gold medal with Team USA at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. And maybe best of all, he got engaged on Saturday night, as he revealed on Twitter:
Congrats to Barnes and his new fiancée.
Shortly after winning a title with the Cleveland Cavaliers, veteran guard Mo Williams picked up his $2.2 million option for next season, choosing to take the guaranteed money on the table for him rather than test free agency at age 33. But he might not be with the Cavs this season — the Cleveland Plain Dealer‘s Joe Vardon reports that Williams is considering retiring from playing due to lingering knee problems, and the Cavaliers could waive him under the stretch provision in the coming days.
Williams, 33, a 13-year veteran and former All-Star who played a supporting role in the Cavs’ 2016 NBA championship, is strongly considering retirement, multiple sources told cleveland.com.
From Williams’ side of this, he battled a left-knee issue for most of last season while playing in just 41 regular-season games, as his playing time dwindled once Irving returned from knee surgery and the coaching staff chose to stick with Matthew Dellavedova as Irving’s backup.
Sources said his balky knee, desire to coach — especially younger players and children — and the obvious chance to go out as a champion are weighing heavily upon him.
Vardon reports that the Cavs are considering stretching him before the August 31 deadline, but are holding off for now because they want to leave open the possibility of a trade with another team to take on his salary. Either way, it looks as though Williams is done after 13 seasons in the NBA.
I’d say the obvious — it’s sickening to turn a murder of a mom of four, a genuine tragedy, into a political opportunity — but that has become the way of politics. What line of decorum?
None the less, it’s sickening. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump tweeted about the tragic death of Dwyane Wade‘s cousin Nykea Aldridge, who was pushing her stroller down a Chicago street this week when two men got into a gunfight (reportedly gang-related) and a bullet killed Aldridge.
Trump tweeted what you see below (actually, what is below is a tweet edited by his staff, the original one misspelled Wade’s first name, putting “Dwayne” instead):
Later, this Tweet came up, again from his staff.
(So you know, you can tell which tweets come from Trump and which from his aids based on the device used to post it.)
Trump’s Tweet is part of his recent apparent attempted outreach to minority voters, which is not about them and more about trying appease concerns of white, middle-class suburban voters (for example, outside Philadelphia, in a swing state). Polls show Trump struggling with those suburban voters, in part because they see him as bigoted.
As you might expect, Twitter unloaded on Trump for his tone deaf and incendiary Tweet. Not that he cares, people are talking about him and that seems his primary goal. Actor Don Cheadle was one of the most prominent.
It’s sad this has become a focus and not Nykea Aldridge — and what can be done to prevent the next Nykea Aldridge.
The relationship between Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler was the subject of much scrutiny last season in Chicago. Reports of tension between the two stars never fully went away, and they proved to be an awkward fit together on the court. But any hard feelings between the two of them appear to be in the past as Butler posted a photo on Instagram of the two former teammates (and Rose’s son, P.J.) hanging out together at a Dodgers game in Los Angeles, where they both work out in the summer.