Jamaal Magloire it is, this after talk of Nene, Chandler, and Gasol. Seems a bit of a letdown, no? Almost like waiting the whole year for Christmas only to find out that instead of an XBOX360, you got a $20 gift certificate to the mall. Not even from a good mall like Eaton Centre or Square One, more like one in Malton. Let’s look past the wholly unexciting nature of the signing and focus on the specifics (let’s try at least).

Casey needed a big man to do whatever a big man did in Dallas for him. Grade: C+. If Chandler is the Megan Fox of interior rebounding and defense, Magloire’s like Britney Spears – used to be alright, but time has taken its toll in an unkind manner. Still though, what was once a well-oiled and efficient machine which played 82 games and averaged a double-double, is now a machine that sputtered through 18 games and averaged less than a field goal. Bonus points for the machine being made in Canada.

Raptors didn’t want to spend much on this supposed need. Grade: A+. I don’t even know what the contract is structured like, but I’ll bet my solitary left nut that it’s going to be cheaper than a Maple Leaf Square condo. It never made any sense to sign anyone long-term at the C when Jonas is waiting in the wings. I never realistically believed the Raptors to be in the run for Chandler, and that whole storyline existed only because of Casey and the failed Calderon trade. Maybe the Raptors thought Chandler would come cheaply (if ever so slightly) because of Casey, in any case, glad to put that behind us. Safe move, this.

Three quotes from Magloire that will make you go meh:

“I am the hockey player of this team”.

“I will be the oldest one and I look at myself as being a leader”.

“It’s been a dream of mine for a very long time”.

Sure thing, whatever. Leader, hockey player, local boy comes home, all that good stuff. It’s nice to see a Canadian suit up for the Raptors, even if you’d rather it be Cory Joseph than Magloire, but it doesn’t matter either way because neither of those two would be filling up seats more than the number of their immediate relatives. Unless Magloire has 2000 uncles who have 6000 kids, the ACC will be empty this season. This leadership stuff? He says him and Howard ran the Miami locker-room which is probably not a good thing considering the only instance of a scrub being the team leader on a team that did anything was….um….me on my middle-school team that won a home game?

No point repeating my stance on the whole “where should leadership come from?” debate here, so I’m not going to expect much in terms of that impact aside from a few chest bumps and lockeroom wedgies ($10 on James Johnson being the first victim). Basketball-wise, he’s replacing Reggie Evans, so you know we’re losing the better rebounder and the better “effort guy”. What we gain is a big body who moves around on defense (last I checked) and has the size Rasho did, so conceivably he could be used in a manner similar to the Slovenian.

Does this signing ensure that the Raptors stay on course to give Jonas the starting center spot once he arrives, and lose copious amounts of games in the process, all under the name of development? Yes, grade: A. Great signing, Colangelo. Now for good measure you got to find where Primoz Brezec is and ink him to a contract, thus guaranteeing the greatest most entertaining season in Raptors history yet.

Enough of me talking. You guys hate me anyway so I’ll just rip some video and show you what Magloire’s been upto in Miami, besides calling Chris Bosh a little b&^%$ (I have no proof that he in fact did this, I’m just going on what a normal human’s reaction would be when meeting Chris Bosh). These are all his plays on defense last season – all 34:

Congratulations if you got through the whole video! Do you see the Rasho in him? Certainly not the 2006-07 Rasho, but definitely better than the 2009-10 version. Miami used him against big men like Gasol, Howard, and Noah. Basically counter a big body with a big body and try to push potentially dominant big men off the block. You can see how Magloire has to account for his lack of quickness by giving space in face-up situations, and how he’s a little slow in his reactions on close-outs, recovery situations etc. Let’s excuse all that, because his defensive role in Toronto is not about him being a great man-defender or shot-blocker, it’s about how he can cover certain areas on the floor, how he can provide a barrier between a guard and the rim, and mostly how he can use his bulk and size to shift would-be rebounders off the block. Something like that, remains to be seen. His mobility isn’t great, so I wonder how he’d fit in a zone situation, but we’ll leave that up to Casey.

One more quote from Magloire:

“I’m not going to let my country, and this team down.”

Last time he played for Canada was when he was 18-years old. Not since.

Finally, a piece from 2008 by Michael Grange about Magloire, where he references two other pieces he wrote about him.

Jamaal Magloire, welcome. Stay healthy and give us a taste of the Magloire we all wanted to trade for back in 2004!

Training camp starts Friday. Practice in the PM.

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  • RapthoseLeafs

    Three quotes from Chandler ? [Magloire]

  • FAQ

    Let’s keep an open mind on Jamaal, and if JonasV does join up next season, I see him as an offensive centre rather than a defensive rock.  If Jamaal does establish himself as a decent defensive presence then he can be signed up for another season.

    I’ve mentioned Pryzbilla as a servicable defensive center with some life left in him, but nobody seems to take my suggestion up for consideration.  Is there something wrong with Pryzbilla that I am not aware of…???

    • Marc Johnston

      nothing that i know of. he is tough unassuming defensive player that blocks shots and rebounds. if he is healthy he is certainly a much better option than maglor.

      that maglor bitch should ve come here when he could give us something more than the alpha dog speech that doesnt really mean shit.

  • CDQ

    This is exactly the perfect type of move for the Raptors to make. All the pressure is on Magloire to show that he’s got enough left in the take to not embarass himself infront of his home town. He’s got a lot of supporters in Toronto and people who want him to do well so maybe he will actually take the right approach and really put in the effort it takes to make a difference on the court.

  • Buschfire

    I like this signing Raps have nothing to loose and Magloire has everything to prove. I watched his interview today on Raptor’s TV if Magloire turns his words into action then I’m gonna look forward to seeing him play this year.

  • drizz

    Season.  
    The only season I see coming is winter.  
    If the Raptors were a season they would be winter.  
    If the Raptors were a seasoning, as in food, they would be a bay leaf.  Something you put in a stew for some reason but take out when it’s done because it’s inedible.

  • Matt52

    Ugh.  How can a player so irrelevant in the NBA for 4 years be so full of himself?   Does he think he is doing a favour playing for the Raptors?  Anyone who anoints themselves as leader of a team (nevermind the fact he has achieved official journeyman status and is signing a minimum contract after playing 18 games last season on a team that desperately needed a C) is not going to be a leader.

    • 511

      If I was gonna post a comment on this today it was going to pretty much be what you said. Watching his interview, all I could think was “is this guy ever full of shit”. I can only imagine some of the eye-rolling that probably went on with some of the other players as they listened to what he said. Hopefully, he brings a little something that the younger guys can maybe, eventually learn from (cuz I imagine it’ll take a while before they pay him much attention at all). But I wouldn’t hold my breath. I’ll miss Reggie. 

      • 511

        Ok, I just watched the whole interview with Magloire and … the first couple minutes, he wasn’t as ‘full of shit’ as the last minute or so seemed, when I first saw it. So, fair’s fair. Good luck to him. Go Raps. 

  • Guest

    once again the front office completely insults the fan base, this time its “hey buy tickets cause we have a Canadian on the team”, when really this spot should be used to give a young D-leaguer a chance

    • Nilanka15

      I personally think the front office is being as honest as they can given the circumstances, without pulling a Babcock and flat out saying we’re going to suck ass.

      Anyone expecting wins this season has a lot to learn about this team. But all signs point to a team that will compete on most nights, and therefore should be fun to watch. The product will eventually sell itself, with or without a Canadian on the roster.

      As a fan, you have every right to not buy tickets. But I’m actually excited about watching these kids grow. And if the rumour mill is true, Pietrus will be another nice addition to the roster.

      • Statement

        I agree,

        Colangelo is (finally) doing the right thing.  He joined the ranks of his brothers Burke and Anthopolous in recognizing that the team needs a rebuild.

        I was very surprised with how candid he was in his presser.  In fact, his presser seemed a little harsh.  I mean, we know that the team will suck but he should try to keep the confidence in his players.

        Anyways, good on him for learning to bide his time.

        • news flash

          “we know this team will suck” but he’ll fill the house next season with this lineup………

          pg…myck kabongo
          sg…demar derozen
          sf…harrison barns
          pf…ed davis
          c … jonas v

          • K.J.P

            What a dream if we end up with that, lol. I don’t know how we would get both though.

            • news flash

              we could buy a pick with the CHANDLER  money or do something like the CAVS .i hear we are going to have all this money next year

          • Statement

            Getting 2 top five picks??  Not sure that’s possible (without at least giving up Davis, thus taking him out of your lineup), but anythings possible I suppose.

            • p00ka

              I don’t think Kabonga is near Top 5. Closer to the 15-20 range I think.

              • news flash

                even better

              • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XHJKFMCGSMBEQGBRKJVLKUGSEQ john g

                WTF is everyone with Kabonga. Just because he is from Toronto. There are better point guard options ahead of him you know. Like a Marshall and a Teague, who better than him. And who said we are drafting a point guard or getting another pick? Lets be realistic, that involves giving up actually something. So most likely we have one top 10 pick and we should use that one on a wing player to supplement DD like a Lamb or a Terrence Jones (i don’t like Barnes that much).

          • Dconnolly

            What’s up with putting 3 dream rookie’s in the starting line-up and thinking that it will be a better then this team… in 3 years, ya 

            I’m sorry but Bargnani would tear up any rookie. The guy was a lead player on the ‘senior’ national team! I’m well aware of his weaknesses, but this hating’s getting out of control. Let’s see any of these players do this:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8oq9fpUNE3w

          • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XHJKFMCGSMBEQGBRKJVLKUGSEQ john g

            ur so unrealistic ur just making stuff up, what makes it a lock that we’re going to get high enough to even get a top 5 pick like barnes. what if the raps outperform and we end up in the top 10 but not top 5 where barnes is. there he goes. kabongo, whoever the fuck he is, if we magically get a draft pick out of our ass. hey BC, lets trade nothing and get a draft pick. i don’t think it works that way stupid. NEWSFLASH!!! your dumb

            • news flash

              DIRK 2.0  LEADING THE CHARGE WILL MAKE SURE WE DO

    • news flash

      so true,couldn’t we find a cheap center in the D league i hope that where the other fillers are coming from  

      • Nilanka15

        D-leaguers don’t provide us with any NBA experience.  Magloire becomes a teacher, in addition to roster filler.

    • tonious35

      The entire country knows Magloire is not at all his 2002 self from Charlotte.  This is just a cheap one-year, stop-gap deal to fill up the roster and allow the tanking procedure to take place.  It at least gives the Raptors a center with an okay build, plenty of NBA experience, and enough defensive IQ to change the soft and defensively-retarded identity of this team.

  • why

    FTIW – based o what i could see from the TV interview, he looked like he was in much better shape than I recall from last season where it seemed to me he was carrying many extra pounds.

  • 511

    Rogers and BCE have purchased MLSE. Yikes. Not sure how I feel about Rogers owning ALL the major sports teams in this city but … in this age of big-screen HD TVs, I suppose there’s a logic to it. But … yikes. 

    And … Michael Pietrus is a Raptor. 

    • 511

      Sorry, that’s Mickeal Pietrus is a Raptor. Unless the league, you know, pulls a Chris Paul on us. 

      • KaioKev

        Haha. Im sure the deal will go through. The difference with Chris Paul is that the league owns the NO Hornets and thus owns Chris Paul??? lol. Chris Paul’s rights.

        The Mickeal Pietrus soon-to-be-signing isn’t bad though. At least we didn’t a first rounder.

        • KaioKev

          *At least we didn’t give up a first rounder*

  • Lawson_mike420

    Whiners Go Home!

  • DRYDRY

    Magloire = loser = waste of talent and potential = garbage

    I would rather watch a rookie center get eaten up but learn for an entire season than watch this piece of trash.

    • Nilanka15

      Don’t worry, Magloire will barely see any court time this season.  He wasn’t signed to be a contributor on the floor.

      • DRYDRY

        Ohhhhhhhhh I know he ain’t gonna play.

        Also, it’s always a brilliant idea to have a lazy underachieving zero work ethic loser journeyman in the locker room as a “veteran presence”.

        • Nilanka15

          lol, you must be confusing Magloire with Olawakandi

          • news flash

            i wonder if the raptors could do better with the 7ft #1 pick ” i could rebound but i’m lazy”you guys do the work and i’ll just shoot and score because the things i do are complicate never played for any other team veteran that they already have

        • Cjthompson2

          Did he bang your sister or something? 

          • news flash

            JOSHUA REYNOLDS is drydry

  • Gipped

    LOL Westwood Mall mention!

    That place is so ghetto, but it probably has one of the least expensive food courts out of the malls in the GTA. That $20 gift certificate will last 4 meals there instead of 2.

  • Tay

    I’ll take that $10 bet in light of James Johnson’s black belt.