Arvydas Sabonis, Maurizio Gherardini, & the City of Toronto Freaks the F**k Out!

“The Flyers future jumps on a knife’s edge.
Wininpeg names the franchise, or so they pledge.
And Raptors Nation needs to come down off the ledge.

It’s Friday Tim and Sidizens and another successful week of Tim and Sid: Uncut has come to an end. I don’t now about you, but I spent my Friday evening hanging out on the balcony with the missus, a couple of friends, and cold beer –  a good way to end the work week. Hopefully, whatever you did, it was just as good. Great line-up on the show today; Pizzo is working the update, Bronsteter is working behind the class, and Dave Coulson is filling in for the absent John Noon. Seixeiro is still out of the office working on an assignment. Topics for your edu-tainment today include: Tristan Thompson, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, A Puck Daddy, a Beer Caddy, absolutely no Alan Thicke, Maurizio, and Jonas Valanciunas.

TheToronto Raptors Select?
With the 5th pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, the Toronto Raptors selected, Jonas Valanciunas. After months of speculation and guessing who Colangelo was going to select in this year’s draft, the answer was provided in less than ten seconds when the organization took the 7-footer from Lithuania. While the organization were probably happy with their choice, the outcry from Raptor Nation was something unheard of. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen a fan base so upset with a pick than Raptor fans last night when David Stern walked up to the podium and said Jonas Valanciunas.”, said Tim. Tim asks Bronsteter is the criticsim by fans was warranted in which Aaron responds that in this case Jonas was a top 5 in all the mock drafts. While he might have not been the pick the fans wanted (most were expecting Walker and Knight), the analysts all expected Jonas to go somewhere in the top of the draft.

Micallef can see the frustration but made a good point when he said, “It is baffling to me that perhaps the most multicultural city in the world would stereo-type a 19-year old because he is what some folks would call another Euro.” And as most people know who follow the Raptors, players like Calderon, Bargnani, and Turkoglu are not the most popular to fans. But in saying that, a European (Dirk) just won the NBA Championship. “What I think people fear here is the unknown. You’re not sure what this kid is going to bring. How can you hate a player you haven’t seen before.” It’s also important to note that Tim believes that Bryan Colangelo had major balls for making such a selection. He’s already on a short leash so you’d think that instant gratification should be an easy decision (picking Knight, etc.), but it’s obvious that he thinks Jonas is better than Knight and Walker. Bronsteter throws out a hilarious statistic that the success rate of centres from Lithuania is 100% – referencing both Arvydas Sabonis and Zydrunas Ilgauskas. And speaking of Sabonis, he’s gone on to endorse the kid by saying “His wrist is magic and the basket draws his shot in.”

Micallef ends off the discussion by explaining the fact that a lot of teams in the past who’ve won championships have always had a huge front court. Maybe this pick isn’t so bad? Remember the Lakers? Who put them over the top? It was Odom, Bynum, and Gasol. Don’t forget the Heat…..Wade didn’t win a championship until Shaq came to town. I’m not going to lie, but the more that Tim talks and the more I read on this Jonas kid, the more optimistic I am about the future. Wait until next year, rumours are that it could be one of the deepest drafts in history. Tim thinks it may have been a good idea for Toronto to get their big man now and next year the team can go out and choose a point guard. One name that comes to Tim’s mind is Myck Kabongo.

Maurizio Gherardini Joins Tim Micallef
* You can check out the interview in the blog entry below. A great conversation between Tim and Mo Money. 

Interesting Facts From Rob Pizzo’s Update
Tim and Pizzo have a little warm-up chat prior to updates and discuss the recent news that the Winnipeg __________’s finally picked a name and ownership will bring back the Jets. On one side, Tim believes that they should be called the Jets and Pizzo thinks the name should be trashed. His belief is that the team is still in Phoenix and True North should just start fresh. Either way, both guys agree to disagree.
1. Both Kanye West and Dwayne Wade showed up recently as the Louis Vuitton Menswear fashion show in Paris. The funny thing was that Kanye showed up with a Dallas Mavericks hat. When both guys posed for a photo, West smartly removed his hat. Damn, the Heat lost again.

2. Shawn Thornton was recently on a radio show and said that the $100,000 bottle of champagne the team shared during their Stanley Cup Championship party will be signed by all the players and given to charity.
3.  Ron Artest, the NBA player who once was suspended for 73 games (plus playoffs) for attacking a fan in the stands in Detroit in 2004, an incident that set off a massive brawl, has petitioned the Los Angeles Superior Court to change his name to Metta World Peace.

Greg Wyshynski, the NHL Draft, & the Winnipeg Jets

After all the basketball chat over the last couple of days regarding the NBA draft, we seemed to forget about tonight’s 2011 NHL draft in Minnesota. To get all the Tim and Sidizens caught up with what was happening, Tim brought in Puck Daddy’s own, Greg Wyshynski. Greg sounds pretty pumped for tonight’s draft – Minnesota is a great hockey city and the there’s a lot of people excited for the events to come. The conversation between Tim and Greg head into the direction of who will be named the No. 1 pick this evening; “Will Ryan Nugent-Hopkins don an Edmonton Oilers jersey?”, asked Tim. Wyshynski believes that Ryan will be the No. 1 pick this evening unless the Oilers trade the pick. Apparently, Florida is making a lot of noise and will be looking to trade up in the draft. Greg does question whether or not the Oilers really need a player like Nugent-Hopkins, but when a draft class like this one happens, you sometimes need to just take the best player. Greg feels the Oilers’ Blueline is the area they should be focusing on rather than their frontline. Tim goes on to compare Nugent-Hopkins to Adam Oates and thinks maybe a player like Ryan could help the Oilers, “A legit centre.”

Tim switches up the discussion by asking Greg whether or not there are any rumours he’s heard about that might take place shortly. According to Wyshynski, twitter has already let people know what they need to know. There doesn’t seem to be any other trade noise other than what we see on the feeds. But that being said, it could be complete chaos and unpredictability tonight because there’s no real huge superstars in this year’s draft. In regards to the recent moves made by the Flyers, Greg can’t believe that Brian Burke and the Toronto Maple Leafs didn’t make any moves for Mike Richards, “Richards is a Burkie guy.”, said Wyshynski. But Greg follows up and makes a great point that even if Burke made a play, there was no way that Philly was going to trade him within the conference. Unlike Pizzo’s reaction about the trade, Wyshynski actually likes what the Flyers are doing right now. He believes the team is not going to take a huge step back and believes without Richards and Carter, the team can still have success with Briere and LeDroux. And now that the team has Bryzgalov between the pipes, they’ve done pretty good for themselves.

To round up the interview, Tim asks Greg to settle the dispute between himself and Pizzo regarding the new Winnipeg Jets. However, Tim didn’t get the answer he wanted because in this case, Greg believes it was wrong of ownership to keep the name. “They shouldn’t have called themselves the Winnipeg Jets. It’s a new franchise; you need to start fresh.” Wyshynski went on back up his belief by saying that all the records are still in Phoenix, on the website, and in the rafters. “At the end of the day, it’s a new team. You had a chance to start fresh.” He’s also starting to believe that people wanted the Jets back more than they wanted the NHL back in Winnipeg and while ownership were partial to Manitoba, it seems that they buckled under pressure and went with the fans on this one.

Rapid Fire
“Do you know what grinds my gears? Apple added Facetime to the iPad 2 because they buckled to the pressure of what the consumer wanted.”, said Bronsteter (taking a jab at the fact True North went with the voice of the people).
– Dirk Nowitzki will throw out the first pitch this weekend at the Texas Rangers game. If you could see anyone in the world throw out the first pitch at a baseball game, who would it be? Jesus, any ball game that I’ve been to, I really didn’t pay attention. I think someone from the WWE would be funny because I’m not sure what their throw would be like between all those ‘roid muscles.
– Lockouts are possibly coming up soon. If you had to pick one, no NBA or NFL season? I hate to say it, but I would say the NFL. I might be able to make it through one season.
– Mike Richards has said that he learned about him being traded by text. What do you think is the worst way to find out that you have been traded? I’m going to go with this. Email or Text – either one is shitty, without a doubt.

Good way to end off the week guys. My theory that if 3 of the guys are still in the studio, it will be a success. Great conversation between Tim and Aaron regarding the Raptors recent selection in the draft and Micallef made so great points. He definitely opened my eyes a bit more and it’s made me accept the choice made by Colangelo. I think I’m more excited right now if anything. A solid update by Pizzo; and the interview with Greg Wyshynski was pretty solid. I would have liked to have heard a little bit more about the draft prospects, but it’s nothing that I can’t find on my own anyways. The Winnipeg Jets discussion was pretty solid as well – I’m still on the fence with this one and haven’t made up my mind on what I would prefer. At this point, I’m just happy Canada has another team. Solid show boys 9.5/10. 


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