“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 the 2007 Raptor team's biggest problem was a lack of secondary scoring option. We had Bosh (who was neutralized by Mikey freakin' Moore), and everyone else. Was any team scared of Calderon or Parker dropping 25? Definitely not.
This year, we've got 2 legit scorers in Lowry and DeRozan, and even Salmons and Vasquez have the ability to turn a broken play into 2 points. I'm not suggesting this current team are worldbeaters, but their offense isn't as one-dimensional as the 2007 team, without even saying anything about the improved defense.