It’s New Year’s Eve, so pop some champagne, celebrate with friends and call a cab at the end of the night. As you prepare for celebrations, check out some New Year’s Resolutions the Raptors probably do or should have in mind as we flip the calendar to 2013.

Note: These aren’t meant as arguing points for these players. I simply scanned their profiles for areas for improvement. I’m not trying to vilify anyone.

Bryan Colangelo
I resolve to trade Andrea Bargnani.
It’s not that Bargnani can’t be good once again, it’s that he’s a symbol of f ailed era in Toronto and a symbol of failure on Colangelo’s part. He should not be made the scapegoat, but at this point it’s probably in the best interest of the fans, the players, Colangelo and Bargnani to part ways with Il Mago.

Dwane Casey
I resolve to settle on a wing rotation.
I understand that Mickael Pietrus and Linas Kleiza have their purposes, but Casey needs to make DeRozan and Fields the starters with Ross and Anderson off the bench, using the other two only for spot duty. Fields hasn’t earned it but needs the chance to show improvement, while Ross and Double-A have proven beyond a doubt they’re a bigger part of the near- and long-term future than Pietrus or Kleiza.

Andrea Bargnani
I resolve to try and look like I care.
It’s certainly possible he does care, but it’s the aloof, expressionless face that rubs people wrong in bad times. Having said that, he’s probably gone by the deadline anyway.

DeMar DeRozan
I resolve to be more consistent in attacking the rim.
DeRozan has shown some nice improvement this season but he’s taken a slight step back in his frequency of trips to the line (0.2 attempts less per game, with 1.0 more field goal attempts). Specifically, he gets to the line much more (5.9 per 36min) in the fourth quarter than in other quarters, so if he could show that kind of aggression early on it may help his overall performance.

Kyle Lowry
I resolve to treat the last eight minutes of the game like the first 40.
In the fourth quarter of games, Lowry has shot way more threes and more overall than earlier in the game, while his first quarter assist, steal and rebound rates are much higher than in the rest of the game. Whether it’s Lowry forgetting the “little stuff” for Hero Ball late in the game or what, if he played every minute like it’s the fourth quarter, you’d hear far less complaining about his attitude.

Jose Calderon
I resolve to be professional on my way out.
Whether he’s dealt or just walks at the end of the year, Calderon’s entire tenure has been marked with professionalism in every sense of the word. I don’t think he’d do it, but it would be disappointing if he ended up leaving on bad terms, such as with a more hard-lined trade demand or via an unfriendly battle with Lowry down the stretch.

Ed Davis
I resolve to be more Boss.
If that’s even possible.

Amir Johnson
I resolve to foul less.
No seriously, he has more personal fouls than any other player in the NBA right now, and he’s played the fewest minutes of anyone in the top-15. It’s always been a problem for Amir, but after two years of cutting his foul rate appreciably, he’s back to hacking nearly six times per 36 minutes.

Jonas Valanciunas
I resolve to take this injury as a blessing in disguise.
Jonas had clearly begun to hit a rookie wall, what with the NBA schedule being so much longer and grueling than the European schedule. Four to six weeks off sucks for the team and the fans, but it might be the perfect remedy to keep Valanciunas fresh down the stretch.

Terrence Ross
I resolve to change my stance on the dunk contest and wow everybody at All-Star Weekend.
#MakeRossDunk

Alan Anderson
I resolve to have more success at being successful.
I’m a journeyman and I take 14 shots per 36 minutes. And you thought I wasn’t on the Kobe System?

Linas Kleiza
I resolve to waive my $4.6M player option for next season.
Please??

John Lucas
I resolve to lock myself in a gym until I figure out what’s up with my stroke.
Seriously, 33% from the floor and 32% from long range? This isn’t last year’s John Lucas, and chances are we’ll need that John Lucas after the trade deadline.

Mickael Pietrus
I resolve to lay the smack down on Gerry Dee.
Did y’all see this? That’s former RR writer James Herbert laughing in the background, by the way.

Aaron Gray
I resolve to get mad ink.
I don’t know, I just think it’d be hilarious for Aaron Gray to be tatted up.

Landry Fields
I resolve to call this a fresh start.
Honestly, I feel bad that the fans and media turned on Fields so quickly this year when he struggled. After a long lay-off, a retooled jumper and a new calendar year, Fields should treat this as his starting point with the franchise, and so should we.

Quincy Acy
I resolve to lose to Blake Murphy in a beard-off.
Laying down the gauntlet, Q. Accept in the comments.

Happy New Year everyone. Be safe. And holla at ya boi on Twitter.

  • Beagle17

    Nice post. I agree with all of these resolutions except that I’m not sure about the Pietrus one and I’m not feeling like following the link to understand your esotericism on this one. And I just wanted to be the first person to lay down a 2013 comment on the site. I live in Asia so I get a head start.

  • Holycraptors

    How about a New Year’s “From The Bar”? It’s been a while.

  • mountio

    great post. Bang on on KL, AA, and AJ. loved the MP clip ..  

  • p00ka

    if bargnani has any decency his resolution should be to fake injury, and never step onto the court in a raptors uni ever again. The stupid euro pussy.

    • p00ka

      Getting a tad obsessed with this childish little campaign of yours, posing as me talking like a 10 yr old internet punk. You need help, little one. Maybe try the pills that they say grow a bigger one?

  • Cameron Lee

    LOOOL ED DAVIS
    great post. 😀

  • Gregast

    Landry Fields should resolve that when something isn’t right that he should get some help and not let it fester for months like he did with the nerve relocation injury. Should have been fixed in the off season dude.

  • mike, prague

    Great post!  Totally agree with them all …
    PS: Did you guys catch how MP rolled his eyes in the last second of the (awesome) clip?

    • mike, prague

       By the way Happy New Year from EUROPE!!! (Czech Republic) :)

  • unknown guest

    Happy New Year from Southwestern Ontario.

  • NyAlesund

    “It’s certainly possible he does care, but it’s the aloof, expressionless
    face that rubs people wrong in bad times. Having said that, he’s
    probably gone by the deadline anyway.”

    Really bad words about him.
    Probably he deserves this, but you guys are really tough with him. It looks like that everything gone wrong was his fault.
    No mention at all that possibly he is suffering for this situation?

    • BCBargnaniJoseCaseyGots2Go!!!

      Fuck AB (as a basketball player) str8 up & down that sad faced clown had everything given to him by BC- coaches can’t even yell or push AB hard- huh Sam…and still came up shorter than a midget on his knees going into his 7th season he a MAJOR reason why the Raptors suck on the court and are disjointed in the locker-room.

      Bargnani aka The Italian Cancer aka Golden Child aka Spoiled Brat

      ‘We are the worst team in the NBA’. ‘I am our best player’. (Andrea Bargnani voice)

      Bargnani (via a BC pr spin) I didn’t say that. Reporter- it’s all recorded….lmfao

      Fuck you AB!
      You’re the Raptor fans love 2 hate (Ice Cube voice)

      • NyAlesund

         Is it possible for one time not to swear? We understand that he is your preferite player………

      • sangaman

        What a fucking joke. The raps have won a few games over lousy teams and Bargs stats are still better than a host of 1st rounders. DeRozan and Davis are mediocre talents useless against bigger tougher NBA stars and by drafting American home boys even if you hit the “jackpot” they will either refuse to play in TO or leave ala Carter/Bosh.

    • JHP

      Personally think any emotional pain he’s feeling is being offset by the millions he’s getting paid to sit at home.  Probably in Italy with his girl friend having a great holiday season.  Worse case he gets healthy and has to come back the Toronto and actually have to go to work.  By the way has anyone seen him or has he vanished ?

      For the last 3 years they seemed to be better (all relative) with him on the court.  The current group of characters have raised up and played much better
      without him.  So we lose with him and win a few games without him.  Guess that really tells the story and really lowers his trade value.  Yes he’s the forgotten Raptor but after 7 years he’s got to be an ex-raptor.  
       

      • NyAlesund

         When you as GM decides to pick a combuoguard and change the basketball game from half court to possibly run and gun is obvious that your best player is going to play bad. No excuses. Hence, I don’t understand why Colangelo didn’t trade him this summer.

        Yes, he earns a lot of money, exactly like others and honestly I am not interested where he is celebrating his holidays. It is not my business. Not because of him but in general.

  • BCBargnaniJoseCaseyGots2Go!!!

    Landry Fields should start my ass he hasn’t earned anything- you sound like a Fields apologist as who in the freakin’ right state of mind would go after Fields (coming off of  a piss poor season)…who by the way is another young player not a veteran….smh

    TRoss is earning that starting wing spot opposite DD- point blank!

    #2013 #FireBC #FireCasey #FireMatt #FireJack #FireLeo #TradeBargnani #TradeJose #AmnestyKleiza #StartFlight31 #HireNateMcMillian

  • Fresh_Prints

    Resolution for Raptor fans. Stop booing VC and Chris Bosh when they take the court. Show some class. We are becoming known as the Vancouver Canuck fans of the NBA.

    • Roarque

      It hurts to be in love.