In the latest numbers released by the odds-makers in Las Vegas, the Raptors have been installed as 35:1 long shots to claim the Larry O’Brien Trophy.
Considering Toronto opened at 50:1, the folks in Vegas have reinforced the improved state of the Raptors.
Another telling number will be the season win total, a figure that’s expected to get posted next month.
It’s not a stretch to suggest the Raptors are capable of winning 50 games in an Eastern Conference that is shaping up to be very competitive and compelling.
“I think we’re looking like a good team, and the part I like is I’m not getting too far ahead of myself,” he said. “I learned that last year. I was like, ‘Yeah, we’re good and we’re going to be good’ and we weren’t. I’m taking a more humble approach this year, and it’s making me work harder.
“I don’t want to do bad this year. I want this team do well and be successful as we can be – that’s enough motivation for me right now.”
He still won’t go so far as to commit to signing a contract extension. Raptors president Bryan Colangelo has said that when the book is finished – that is, when his off-season moves are complete – he’ll approach Bosh about re-upping before free agency.
From there, 6-10 Michael Bradley became a first-round draft choice of the Toronto Raptors in 2001, the No. 17 overall pick.
He logged time with five NBA teams, including 46 games with the 76ers in 2005-06, then went overseas to play in Spain, Germany and Lithuania.
And all along, Bradley was paying attention to how things worked behind the scenes. Finally, after seven seasons, now with a wife and three children, he has vaulted into a new career, passing the NBA and FIBA (international) certification exams and forming Bradley Sports Management.
Toronto Raptors vice president/assistant general manager Maurizio Gherardini is in Puerto Rico as a special assistant to the Canadian team, which advanced Sunday to the second round.
During an interview with international TV, Gherardini said that he’s not "scouting" players. He added that he’s at the tournament only as an assistant with his native country’s team.
The only real argument about the Raptors rotation should be; can Amir Johnson steal minutes away from the veterans Reggie Evans or Rasho Nesterovic. While it’s not impossible, Johnson will face an uphill battle unless someone gets hurt. And if Johnson actually can take minutes away from one of these veterans, the benefits will accrue to the Raptors as a team!
Based on last year’s player statistics and projecting forward, what should we expect from this year’s rotation?
The elements of a basketball court go largely unnoticed. The paint on the floor. The style of chairs at courtside. Details on the rims. But add a celebrity’s touch to one of those elements, and suddenly it’s a valuable piece of memorabilia.
For instance, these basketball rims that were used by the Toronto Raptors for several years have been signed, one by Lenny Wilkens and the other by Vince Carter. Now, they’re no longer candidates for the local rec center, but conversation pieces you can hang on a wall.
The Toronto Raptors have undergone many changes this offseason. With a revamped roster, new coach, and gained confidence, they are certainly a team to look out for. Here is a list of changes they have done and the impact it will have on their squad.
- Rasho, Reggie and Amir
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