This week on the Dr. Is In…I rant, I rant, I rant and I rant. I hate on fans who cheer for Jose Calderon. I hate on the current state of the Raptors and I say we fire Colangelo and Casey- and we fire them both TODAY! Then I say we trade everyone for anything we can get- and then rebuild. Because this- sucks.

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  • chandler5

    thats a lot of complaining man

  • Milesboyer

    The reason people cheered for Calderon last night is because he’s classy, positive, focused, puts forth effort, never complains, has good body language, gets other people involved and all in all is a pretty darn good player. No he’s not a top ten point guard and yes his defense is weak but he’s extremely likable to the general public and hence the cheering. Not hard to comprehende if you ask me.

  • Lino

    Your down for trading Jonas Steve?! I will give you a chance to correct your statement, “‘Rudy Gay, Kyle Lowery’ everyone else is open for trade..”

    • raptors phdsteve

      I like Jonas a lot and I also think he could be an excellent piece to build around going forward. BUT he is easily the best chip the Raps have to deal and would net the most loot and so I would entertain offers for him and would move him if it made the team better

      • I’ve got to disagree here. Yes, Valanciunas is the best trade chip, but he’s also the most irreplaceable. He’s got the potential to be a very good to excellent two way center. The Raptors have NEVER had one of those, and few NBA teams have them right now. Plus, if the Raptors are able to land an elite player in next year’s draft, they can hit the ground running. Base case scenario, they draft Wiggins and start off with him and Valanciunas as their core. You can’t get much better than that.

        • minks77

          Thank god you said that. I am so happy to have Valanciunas on board. Every other player is available.

          As for Jose I have long been a supporter and found the comments about how the fans are basically two faced (for hating on him and then giving him a standing O) to be a broad overstatement. I mean if he didn’t have as many supporters as haters you guys wouldn’t of had much traffic on those Jose threads cuz one sided discussions die off quickly.

  • So stop watching if it makes you so angry. Me personally, this is my final stand, if this core is back next year (KL,RG,DD) then I am out. I HATE derozans skillset and feels like it overlaps too much with rudy gays.

    Now excuse me while I learn to appreciate the most boring game on earth so I can enjoy the blue jays success. That’s how starved I am to support a goddamn winning team.

    • raptors phdsteve

      I cant stop watching- its like a car accident- I have to look.

  • c_bcm

    yeah…I don’t think I’ll listen this week. I only comment here to cast a negative vote. I appreciate these Rapcasts, so keep up the good work. But I have enough evidence that this team is struggling. I would rather listen to a Rapcast that tried to highlight the positives on this team. That’s what I have trouble seeing.

    • raptors phdsteve

      sorry bro. next week Ill post a happy times Rapcast. promise 🙂

      • morgan c

        it’s nice to see you respond to comments. appreciate it. i know you were ranting, but do you seriously feel this way (i do, for the record). it’s just that you seemed much more rosy the past couple weeks – i forget the cast you did but you had someone on where you basically said stay the course and he said blow it up (what you are saying now). so i’m wondering if you seriously have changed your tune (very understandable) given the past couple of weeks, or if you were just caught up in moment and still think this core is okay.

        • raptors phdsteve

          thanks morgan. You pose a good question and this sounds to me like the perfect topic for next weeks rapcast!

      • c_bcm

        No worries. Its hard to criticize for a free and often high quality product. Especially because I can truly appreciate the need to vent every once in a while.

        Happy Days are needed these days. We could all put on a brave face every once in a while and show our team and its players the support they should expect from their fan base. Along the same veins that I think ripping on Bargs is non-productive, and yesterdays April Fools prank being particularly in poor taste.

        Its rough being a Raptors fan right now, but fans we are, and must remain.

  • smh

    Clean sweep!!!!

    • raptors phdsteve


  • voy

    – cheering jose, yesterday, I dont think had anything to do with wanting him back. i think it was just in appreciation for being a good guy and toronto is a classy city. it was nice to be a part of, yesterday.
    – what difference does it make at this point if they climb out of the last 10 spots or not? zero decisions should be made, going forward, based on whether or not the team climbs a few spots or stumbles a few spots from here on.
    – this “winning culture” talk is nonsense, in my opinion. you lose. you draft well. you win. you lose. you dont draft well. you dont make good transactions. you lose. it has nothing to do with this mythical “winning culture”. its funny how teams somehow find a winning culture when they get elite players.

    – why would you trade jv? dude does everything you want out of a centre. and he’s young. and he’s cheap. and he looks like a good kid. the guy, in my opinion is going to be a stud.
    – I’m not “married” to any of the guys on this team, except jv, but what do you think will happen if we get rid of everyone, save kl and rudy, and bring in some other dudes. the team will automatically be basking in a culture of winning? the team will largely be what it is now and you’ll be having the exact same rapcast next year, if the team doesn’t perform.
    – I think you give the current crew, save maybe bc and andrea, the majority of next year to see how this current team performs. if they are not solidly in a playoff position, then is when, in my opinion, you start lopping off heads.

    • raptors phdsteve

      agree with most of what you say but heres why you keep Lowry and gay. Lowry for the price- is high value at the point guard position and regardless of whether or not you are contending or rebuilding, you must have value at the PG. As for Gay, he makes to much $ to deal him away and not get hosed in return, so you keep him with an eye to 2 years down the road when his expiring deal should be able to net you a ton of assets as teams unload for cap space to try and sign Lebron and/or Bosh. So keeping Gay for the next 2 years actually helps the rebuild.

      • The problem with keeping Lowry and Gay is you repeat the same mistakes Colangelo did the first time he “tried to tank”. He didn’t do a full one and the Raptors ended up with the 9th pick. You either go all in or don’t do it at all.

        Gay will be difficult, but not impossible to move. I think he could be moved for two or three smaller contracts and less skilled players, and possibly get first round pick, out of it. You’re not going to get much in return, but you’re rebuilding, so that’s not really a problem.

        And Lowry’s decent contract makes him the only real valuable asset the Raptors have, outside of their rookies. If they can get maybe a 2014 pick for him, then you have to do it. Especially since his contract is only for one more year.

        • Jamshid

          Gay, AB, Fileds, Kleiza, DD and Amir will be difficult contracts to move without giving up any assets. The next GM will have a tough time ahead of himself. On the other hand, Ross, Big Val, Lowry have contracts that are very appealing to the market. At the end of the day, if we are going to go for a total overhaul of this team, we need to use our good contracts to be able to move the bad ones.

          • Amir would be VERY easy to trade. His contract is the only one that Colangelo signed off on that is decent value.

            As for the others, I discuss it in my next column tomorrow morning.

  • On Calderon:

    I always supported and defended him and never saw him as one of the problems of the team. I came to that conclusion by what I saw on the court, and what I saw in his advanced stats. I felt he had always been underrated by Raptor fans who didn’t see all the positive things he did on the court.

    But I don’t think that’s why he was given a standing ovation. You look back over Raptors’ franchise history, and you won’t find any classier, more professional, hard working or team-first players than Calderon. With a history with few long term players who left amicably, it’s nice to have a guy like Calderon who, despite playing during such tumultuous times, you can say represented the organization well.

    I think his reception was so great because it shows players that Raptor fans can show loyalty and respect to their former players and not just boo them every time they return.

    On the state of the organization:

    Hate to say I told you so, but…

    • raptors phdsteve

      I hate to say it Tim W but you were right! btw- nice rapcast last week with Blake. spot on.

      • Thanks. I don’t know how you do it every week.

  • Andre

    i agree bro. BC needs to go. His season is done. time for the raptors to have a new season. I like casey, but really, the offense has been bad, hopefully they get an offensive guru.

  • Trading Jonas is moronic

    Anyone that suggests that is a moron

    GFY idiot suggesters.. may you rot in Clipper hell for 40 years

  • JHP

    Next 12 months are going to suck. Watching the Jays and hope they compete. There is absolutely no buzz around the Raptors and lack of interest will eventually get BC fired or he dies of old age. Whichever comes first 🙂

  • raptorspoo

    I agree:
    – that raptor fans are so flippin fickle. They don’t want JC, they want JC. They like BC, they don’t like BC. Bargs is great, Bargs is an idiot. DD is awesome, or is he? Drives me nuts these fans!

    – they should blow it up. The whole darn thing. Everyone except Val. Do a proper rebuild. Shoot for the moon for the 2014 draft.

    I don’t agree:
    – that they shouldn’t resign Jose. I think he would be a great mentor to develop a new PG and teach players like Val how to play with a real PG – that’s if we did a proper blow up / rebuild / ‘natural’ tanking (not intentionally losing games).

  • arsenalist

    Did you just say we have to get these guys to play for their jobs? That kind of thing doesn’t work when you have undeserved guaranteed long-term contracts handed out: DeRozan, Bargnani, Fields, and Kleiza, and very soon, Gay.

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  • Roarque

    If the team drops or trades AA, Bargs, Aaron and Kleiza, there will be just two players from the 2011/12 roster playing for the team in 2013/14. DeMar DeRosen and Amir Johnson are the only survivors from the team Dwane Casey started with when he came to Toronto.
    Jonesy, Rudy, Kyle, Landrief, TRoss and Acy are going to be in Toronto colours for sure which ties up only eight roster slots.

    Where are the other five players going to come from?
    PG, PF(s) and a C needed to shore up the bench.
    Big job for the new GM….

  • DumbassKicker

    Can’t be bothered to listen to something that includes a “hate on fans who cheer for Jose Calderon” rant. That’s something that would come out of the ass of a 10 year old spoiled brat who grew up in an alley. Get the fk over yourself.

    • raptors phdsteve

      no need to be rude. We all read your comments on every single post, regardless of whether or not they are valid. Ill accept your apology without asking you to post it publicly- but let it be noted that I wont, nor will anyone else at this site allow anyone to come on to the comment section and speak rudely to any of our writers/contributors. When it comes to basketball we can agree or disagree but watch your mouth son.

      • DumbassKicker

        Hating on fans that show some class and cheer for Jose isn’t rude? What world do you live in? There’s often much uglier comments accepted on here than my “bad words”, so no apology forthcoming, son of……

        • raptors phdsteve

          go back and take a look at every one of the 100 or so podcasts I have done on this site (and any of the articles too) and you will see that the uglier comments you speak of are never there on my posts. In part because I troll my own articles! but also because I moderate them to ensure the quality of the site. My simple rule is this- If I would not want my kids to hear it/ read it, then I dont want it attached to my name. You are not the first person to be upset at me about this policy, but frankly that doesnt change it. Your comment was rude and derogatory and rather than simply erase it or block you from posting comments I took the time to write you an explanation of why such comments will not be tolerated. You can choose your own actions moving forward from here- that is fine, but dont be shocked if your rudeness results in your inability to participate on RR in the future.

          • DumbassKicker

            Fair enough, but I must add that I could swallow such a threat a lot easier if there was ever any sign of moderation being applied to many posts I’ve seen in these comments sections. There’s been far worse than anything I’ve ever said that has never received a moment’s attention, never mind banning. Just saying that I can accept, and live within, reasonable rules of behaviour, but don’t they apply to all posters?

            • raptors phdsteve

              agreed and they do apply to all posters for any articles or podcasts I do. Thanks for understanding.

  • Paul

    Trade Lowry and Derozan.

    Lowry has to go before next year’s trade deadline so we don’t lose him for nothing. He is not the solution at point guard. He does some nice things, but the team simply cannot rely on him to run the offense moving forward.

    Derozan has to go because his extension is ridiculous. This guy has NEVER earned minutes in the NBA. He is Bargnani 2.0. He has not really improved this season. Yes he gets more assists and rebounds, but only because he plays more. All advanced stats show him either the same or worse than last year. He is a long two point chucker that plays no D. Honestly, if Anderson weren’t totally out for himself, he would be the better option because he actually can shoot, plays D and somehow can break his man down. Derozan SUCKS! He will be getting the Bargnani treatment in 1-2 years.

    If we can rid ourselves of these two, and have the common sense to lose big (not half assed) next season, we will be in good shape. Then next off season (ie summer 2014) we’ll have:

    – Valanciunas
    – high 2014 pick
    – expiring contracts in Bargnani, Amir, Gay

    This is something that can be built on.

    • Paul

      * by expiring contracts I mean one year left (and therefore trading chips), not actually expiring in the summer of 2014.

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