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Morning Coffee Aug 15

Toronto Star

It’s going to be a rather boring season on RaptorsTV this year; or so I’m hearing from a variety of insiders.

If you’re a fan of Double Dribble (kind of PTI Lite), or Full Court Press (formerly known as the Norma Wick Goodtime Hour until they tinkered with the format and whacked guys like, well, guys like me) or the TV simulcast of the H oops radio show (kind of like McCown with a single focus), you’re in deep doo-doo.

All three are getting the axe, the spies report, in what has to be a cost-cutting measure. No idea what they’ll be replaced with but whatever it is will come from the vault or NBA-TV, not from some self-produced Raptors-specific programming.

Kinda sucks, doesn’t it? Not that I watched those shows religiously, or even agnostically, but someone had to and that’s two hours a week of Raptors programming gone out the window.

Oh, one more, now that I think of it.

Word circulating around the bar equivalent of the water cooler last night was that the pre- and post-game Raptor game-night shows are being cut back from 60 minutes to half an hour.

Anyway, you wanted some dribs and drabs of news, you got ‘em.

Seattle Sportswriter

Alex English this high on the list? Let the statistics wow you: While with the Denver Nuggets in the 1980s, English averaged 21, 24, 25, 28 (leading the NBA in 1982-83), 26, 28, 30, 29, 25, 27, and 18 points per game. His Nuggets reached the playoffs for nine consecutive seasons, including the Western Conference Finals in 1985-86. He finished sixth on the NBA’s career scoring list and stands twelfth today. He made eight All-Star teams and three All-NBA Second Teams. Who was the first player to score 2,000 points in eight consecutive seasons? Alex English. Who was the top scorer in the NBA in the 1980s? Alex English. And who belongs firmly on this list? Alex English.

Orlando Sentinel

The Orlando Sentinel asked 11 NBA experts from around the country to rank Eastern Conference teams. A team ranked first on a ballot received one point, while a team ranked second received two points and so on. The team with the lowest overall point total finished first overall.

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