TORONTO - No telling how many games the Raptors will end up losing, no telling where the beleaguered ballers will end up in the NBA's draft lottery.
Last time the Raptors were this bad, the team had a chance to land one of the game's most hyped hoopsters in LeBron James.
As luck would have it, the Cleveland Cavaliers won the lottery and used the first overall pick in 2003 to take the Ohio native.
With so much unknown given the uncertainty of a new collective bargaining agreement, no one knows how many underclassmen will declare for this year's draft.
Teams aren't allowed to discuss underclassmen, but the more who declare the more chances a team has in selecting a player who may actually have an impact at the pro level.
When it comes to seniors, though, there aren't many receiving as much attention as BYU's Jimmer Fredette, whom Kevin Durant recently anointed as the best scorer in the world.
The OKC Thunder all-star was exaggerating, at least we hope he was, but the fact remains that Fredette has certainly caught the eye of NBA scouts and executives.
When BYU played host to previously unbeaten San Diego State, a crowd in excess of 20,000 gathered, while as many as 20 pro scouts were in attendance.
One of the bird dogs was none other than Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo, who saw the 6-foot-2 Fredette pour in 43 points.
Arenas handles it well
Gilbert Arenas handled an awkward situation quite well, which is saying a lot given his penchant for exercising poor judgment.
As Arenas made his way to Orlando's locker room at halftime, he was served with child support and custody papers.
“Everything I say is reaction for something I did,” Arenas told reporters. “She got served, so now she wants to say something on TV, that’s all it is. I don’t pay attention to it. My lawyer said I can take it because ... it’s just reactions to reactions.”
The Associated Press obtained copies of the court documents, which were filed in California by a woman identified as Arenas’ ex-girlfriend.
From afar, it smacks of yet another attempt from some jilted lover to discredit a deep-pocketed athlete by whatever means possible.
A few years ago, Chris Bosh had to deal with off-court crap when a woman accused Bosh of failing to pay child support.
Such incidents, and there are many others, are unavoidable as long as millionaire athletes go looking for alleged love in the wrong places, latching on to women who only see dollar signs, which speaks to the stupidity of athletes.
Arenas says he wasn’t distracted, but on Sunday he went scoreless in a loss at Boston.
The LeBron impact
It was exactly four years ago this spring when the Cavs and Spurs met in the NBA final, a one-sided matchup ending in a San Antonio sweep that now seems like a far distant memory.
LeBron James single-handedly took a team that started Drew Gooden, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Sasha Pavlovic and Larry Hughes all the way to the championship.
And now you look at the respective state of the Cavs and Spurs, who are going in completely different directions, and you understand better LeBron’s impact.
After losing their 23rd game in a row, the Cavs were assured of a losing record after boasting the NBA’s best record the last two years with James.
“Everybody was really quiet with their heads down,” J.J. Hickson said after Cleveland’s loss in Memphis. “We’re not playing to lose. We’re not going out there trying to lose. I think we did a good job of playing hard.”
As San Antonio’s annual rodeo tour continues, it’s hard not to notice the mounting wins with the Spurs and the mounting misery with the LeBron-less Cavs.
No wonder James decided to leave Cleveland.
People can question the self-indulgence in announcing his move to Miami, but no one should question why James left.
Magic GM Otis Smith openly questioned LeBron James’ competitiveness when the King joined forces with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in South Beach.
Like most elite athletes, James has a long memory and he made Smith eat his words by pouring in 51 points, the most by any player this season.
“We understand this wasn’t just any regular game," James said. “There were a lot of things said about us in the off-season that came from this organization, so we just wanted to come in here and play to our abilities and make a statement.”
James began the night by making his first 11 shots from the field.
Prior to tipoff, Dwight Howard poked fun at James by emulating James’ pre-game routine minus the powder.
"Is it flattering? No, it isn’t flattering," James added.
After watching the video evidence of his team’s win, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra couldn’t help but notice how efficient James was and how James scored within the flow of Miami’s offence.
“Looking back, it was certainly an MVP-type performance, but it was such a quiet, if you can call it that, 51,” Spoelstra said. “It’s about as efficient as you can be.”
For LeBron, it was his ninth-career 50-point game, each produced on the road