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Ray Allen was just informed that he will have to go to the shootaround while the rest of the Celtics celebrate Rajon Rondo's birthday at Chuck E. Cheese.
Is it possible that we're at the end of an NBA era without even realizing it? We're not talking about the stars - come game time Kobe, 'Melo, D-Wade, and LeBron will be doing their thing for years to come. No, what's got our attention is the possible demise of the daily lunchtime ritual known in NBA circles as "the shootaround."
The mid-day practice session has fallen onto the NBA Endangered Coaching Strategies List after the Celtics and Knicks have reconsidered its effectiveness. The Celtics are experimenting with a new schedule to provide their
old veteran players some needed rest. As for the Knicks? Well, maybe they think that they can lure LeBron with the prospect of less practice.
Of course, by suspending some of their daily shootarounds, the Celtics and the Knicks will surely attract the attention of at least one other free agent this offseason: Allen Iverson. A quick heads up to Mr. Iverson: You don't have to participate in a practice that doesn't exist.
Only time will tell if the shootarounds will endure or if they'll join Spalding's synthetic game ball in the NBA's Official Guide to Ideas That Seemed Awesome But Maybe Weren't. One thing is for sure, though. P.J. Carlesimo certainly must wish that he had thought of this back in 1997 when he was coaching Latrell Sprewell and the Golden State Warriors.
Telling Latrell to "put a little mustard" on a pass? Yeah, that one's also in the NBA's Official Guide to Ideas That Seemed Awesome But Maybe Weren't. Telling Latrell to "put a little mustard" on his hot dog as he spends his day hanging out at the ballpark instead of at a shootaround? Well, now you're on to something.