“You look at OKC or Portland before I was even there, they let their young guys grow and now you see where they are and the steps they took. I think it’s definitely going to help us and we’re going to be good.”
“It’s on both sides, I think it’s 50-50. It’s on the coach and it’s on the players too, when you have a lot of young guys without experience, it’s tough, it’s tough to learn how to play defense, even tougher how to play team-defense.”
“The hard work I put in last summer definitely paid off and that’s what I was striving for. I just have a chip on my shoulder, and I just want to prove a lot of stuff. Like being one of the top players in this league, and keep getting better.”
Doug Smith shared his two cents this morning on who he thinks the Raptors should keep and who they should let go. How about you guys? Who do you think the Raptors should retain heading into the 2011-12 season and who should they send packing?
As RR member Copywryter says, “Because its better to laugh than cry.” Come and check out his humourous look back on this past season and perhaps share some of your thoughts on what we can say has been a pretty big let down this year.
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"