Maybe I expect too much. Maybe I don’t get it. (Though I do Get It™.) Maybe it’s harder than it looks. I don’t know.
But why, why, did the new Bulls, obtained at the trade deadline on Thursday, not suit up? Shaq sat around for a few days a couple of weeks ago, and it seems like it happens most often in the NBA. If a trade of this significance is made, wouldn’t you think the teams involved would like to get the new guys on the court as soon as possible? “Hey, we’re addressing our needs with this trade … but our needs can wait a few nights.”
In 2004, when Nomar Garciaparra was traded to the Cubs at the deadline (a Saturday afternoon), he was in the lineup the next afternoon for a 1:20 start at Wrigley Field … where he promptly grounded into a double play in his first at-bat. I know baseball players do it all the time. Traded on Tuesday, in the lineup for a different team on Wednesday.
So what’s the deal? Don’t tell me it’s the “plays.” Come on — there are no plays being run in the NBA. Besides, baseball players have to learn new signs, and you don’t see them sitting for a few days to get it figured out. Are they waiting for their posses to get into town? Out of team-colored arm sleeves?
Anbody have any theories? Let ’er rip. — Bryan