According to Mitch Lawrence from the New York Daily News the Raptors are again trying to acquire Diaw. Not sure how it would work especially if we’re able to sign Dampier too, but would Raptors fans still be interested in Boris?
While it remains to be seen if this year’s team is any more capable — they’re going to have to be exponentially better defensively to be able to run effectively — Triano has put a new premium on conditioning
Barbosa speaking on behalf of Steve Nash singing his praises of Triano as a coach goes on to say that Nash would of likely come back to play for Canada if Jay was still coaching the team. Unfortunately we’re still stuck with Leo.
A lot of things we are going to be running this year are going to involve two guards being on the floor … A lot of the European teams (at the World Championship in Turkey), they had three guards on the floor.
Expect to see backcourt pairings of Barbosa with DeRozan and Weems this season. Like I’ve said before, I think this team will be depending on Barbosa more than most haven’t given him credit for from what I’ve read here over the summer.
Doug suggests that the Raptors might be holding out for Erick Dampier hoping to entice the veteran. If it does happen, this would also mean that Dampier would likley be our starting centre forcing Amir back to the bench and Bargnani to start at PF. Thoughts?
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"