Quick post. Bryan Colangelo introduced Ed Davis and Solomon Alabi at the ACC on Monday. Colangelo definitely sounds like a man who is trying to build a different roster than last year, he’s speaking of the upcoming team as something brand new based on the DeRozan and Weems era, not the Chris Bosh one. He starts by mentioning that he would have taken Solomon Alabi if the Raptors had managed to acquire a late first round pick.
Jack Armstrong has called on Chris Bosh to stop acting like an “attention starved teenager” and make up his mind in free-agency. Armstrong states that the Raptors would have probably been better off if they had drafted Dwayne Wade in the 2003 draft, and suggests that even though Chris Bosh “gave it his all”, the… Read more »
Chris Broussard from ESPN is reporting that Chris Bosh is not willing to give up the $30 million because he doesn’t make the same off-court money as Wade or James. He also indicates that the Raptors would not settle for Luol Deng in a S&T with the Bulls, and will insist on Joakim Noah.
According to Doug Smith, Toronto is “close” to reaching an agreement in principle with a free agent for some, if not all, of the team’s mid-level salary cap exception. He doesn’t know who it is or who it could be, but does mention names like Matt Barnes, Ronnie Brewer, Shannon Brown and J.J Redick as… Read more »
How Bosh has managed to transform the public’s perception of him from “good player tired of losing” to “greedy attention-seeking diva” is truly a thing of beauty. He has handled the 2010 free-agency period about as poorly as one can. Whereas Dwayne Wade and LeBron James have met with other teams without alienating their existing ones, Chris Bosh has done exactly that.
i think about this topic alot... a few other effective/efficient ways to create a more soccer-like atmosphere in the arena:
-Use the jumbotron: all euro soccer fan groups have a leader to shout out instructions/songs etc.. the jumbotron could be used in the same way at the acc - for example: if a player gets hot his name can flash up on the screen (kind of like they have now with "D-Fence!"), "everybody jump" to get everyone in the arena to jump (looks great), flash up longer chants than just few syllables - some euro supporter group chants are full songs
-Eliminate the music: please please please stop with the music during play... it adds absolutely nothing and creates a Disney-like mood which is an atmosphere killer... possibly just leave the drum to serve as rhythm for chants
-Eliminate the circus surrounding the game: mascots, cheerleaders, stupid games during time outs... this is absolutely unnecessary... you are watching the best basketball players in the world, appreciate it! there is no need for anything else there to entertain you... focus on the basketball game
-More flags, especially like the big "We The North" one we had in the playoffs... should have those large flags for every big game and with different things drawn/written on them (not just "We The North")
-Banners - encourage fans to bring banners and hang them from the upper bowl terrace... it would look amazing if the entire upper bowl was covered in flags/banners... the banners can also indicate different parts of toronto/ontario that different fans come from
Just a few things off the top of my head, but i think these can be easily implemented and would significantly improve the atmosphere in the arena
For anyone that wants to see a good basketball atmosphere, youtube "partizan basketball fans" or "red star basketball fans"