Say hello to the Rapcast!  William joins me for the Rapcast and we cover the host of topics:

  1. What’s Blake doing tonight? Take a guess.
  2. Tommy Heinsohn and Don Cherry – similar or completely apart, or not the same, or same but different? You decide.
  3. Homerism – have the Raptors produced anything even close to Heinsohn? (Spoiler: no)
  4. Preseason and it’s correlation with the regular season – what to focus on and what not to
  5. Quincy Acy and his role as a stretch four and whether he has the shooting ability to make the leap
  6. Casey’s coaching – has he shown any change to his substitution patterns relative to last season (remember JV being benched vs San Antonio)?
  7. Will this be the year where Casey will be allowed to coach without intervention?
  8. Where’s the optimism form this season coming from? We give two different takes on it.
  9. Williams gives some advanced stats about spot-up shooting and something about 22% – I’m sure he has a point.
  10. What DeMar DeRozan is doing different this pre-season – hint: it’s not his handle
  11. Benefits of having Gay on the floor with DeRozan: the weaker defender covers DeRozan
  12. Is DeRozan’s post-game real?
  13. Has Rudy Gay improved this pre-season – we examine his play thus far, including post-usage and drop and NBA comparison with the initials of RL
  14. Seven years into a career, how much of a shift can a player make? We talk in context of Rudy Gay and Casey’s desire to bring him closer to the basket
  15. How realistic were Bill Simmons and Jalen Rose’s comments about Rudy Gay being traded at the deadline?
  16. Is Rudy Gay part of the “core” or a remnant of the Bryan Colangelo era? If the former, why not extend him at the cheap right now?
  17. How is Masai Ujiri going to handle Rudy Gay?
  18. Ujiri’s comments about wanting to see if DeRozan and Gay show “growth” before making a decision
  19. We discuss back-up depth, especially at the center with the role of Aaron Gray
  20. The Aaron Gray type of player – how different is it from 10 years ago
  21. Joint surprise at none of the three training camp invites were for a center
  22. Is Dwane Casey planning on using Austin Daye as a stretch 4/5 role to open up the court, similar to what he tried with Bargnani?
  23. Or maybe, maybe, just maybe the lack of depth at center is Ujiri’s ploy to force Casey to play Valanciunas extended minutes!!
  24. Casey’s ask of Terrence Ross – how is he handling it?
  25. Looking at Ross’s performance so far and focusing on his demeanor
  26. Kevin Garnett and Terrence Ross used in the same sentence
  27. Is William old enough to remember who Chris Jefferies was?
  28. RR gives an open update on its financials and what that ad money goes to, good news for readers
  29. Landry Fields analysis – what William noticed when watching him shoot in the shootaround prior to a game (wasn’t broadcast on TV)
  30. Looking back at the circumstances under which Landry Fields was signed
  31. In praise of Kyle Lowry – is he underrated?
  32. Improvements Lowry has displayed this pre-season and why he’s a perfect fit for Dwane Casey’s style of coaching
  33. Lack of PG controversy benefiting Lowry – best believe
  34. Extend Lowry right now? If you believe him in as a PG, do it
  35. Jonas Valanciunas comments – thoughts from the summer tournament and what he’s shown so far
  36. Hoping for the playoffs – enough of that tanking nonsense

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20 Responses to “Rapcast #167: Training Camp and Pre-Season Review”

  1. Adjiq

    I am very glad you bought microphones and this year the quality is very good. Great job guys.

  2. ppellico

    ya…it is me again, the gray voice of reason.
    You talk as if you don’t think Gray has the defense many of us think he is in fact good at. OK…so you don’t. Its your mic..and your show. You are free to toss about all the opinion you wish…and it cost you nothing.
    Then you kind of weirdly suggest he should only get playing time against some certain bigs…and then list some of the best in the league today.
    Pretty funny.
    So his time should come against the Lopez(s) and yet he has no position on the team.
    Really funny.
    The point is this, fellas. The issue is NOT Gray. It is instead the money consuming duds sucking up the teams funds and in return giving us balnd to poor talent. Instead of worrying that you don’t have enough bigs with talent…kick up hell about the fact you have a team chuck full of medium to low leadership and skill at the all important leadership positions.
    We suck on the rim…our ball handlers suck. How in hell can any of our bigs be all they ca be if the competition doesn’t fear us from outside?
    Go ahead…as you are such well rounded NBA guys…suggest the 7 footer to take Gray’s spot at his 2.5 cost.

    • DDayLewis

      Oh, it’s you again.

      Hey, just out of curiosity, could you rank the following centres by their effectiveness on the defensive end of the floor?

      Joakim Noah
      Tyson Chandler
      Marc Gasol
      Aaron Gray
      Chris Bosh

      • ppellico

        Gray doesn’t come close to these guys.
        But truth be told…nt a fan of Noah. I think he is ore a result of spin and better players arund him. Since college I have always considered him a punk.
        Is Bosh considered a center??????

        • ppellico

          Gray is a sold 10 to 15 minte a night cnter. A solid D guy and one you can count on to do his job and allow for others to be better…in his minutes
          Perhaps on so many of these new NBA nights..he shouldn’t see the floor. The new run n gun game sort of leaves out the old big middle center and now requires a lot of running out and back in…not Gray’s skill.
          But then again…I am not of fan of this style of basketball…I think it is a terrible way to get your ass kicked. I thinkthe skill needed for all floor players in this style is very hard to find.

          • DDayLewis

            That’s what most think as well. He’s a situational big that can be effective when defending larger post-up bigs like Hibbert and Lopez. Nobody is complaining about his role, or how he performs in it. There’s just a need for another centre on the team.

    • 2damkule

      ‘reason?’ odd choice of word…

      is this going to happen all season? what is it that you want to see written/said about him that would satisfy you to the point that you wouldn’t post about how he’s being dissed whenever an article is written that mentions him? because, gawd almighty, let’s just have the crew put a stock item on aaron fucking gray into every article written. here, i’ll do it up:

      ‘Aaron Gray – another fabulous/routine/sub-par outing for Gray; he played more/less/the perfect amount in this game, and his effort did/did not go unnoticed/was wasted completely/was inconsequential in the grand scheme of things. Fortunately/unfortunately for the Raps, they were/were not able to overcome the enormous disparity in talent, in part due to/despite the best efforts of Aaron Gray.


  3. Balls

    I don’t know about Demar being guarded by the weaker defender because Iman Shumpert and Avery Bradley both players known for their defense guarded Demar.

    • 2damkule

      couldn’t that simply be a size match-up issue tho? i mean, as good as bradley is, does it make sense for the C’s to put him on gay? wouldn’t gay simply take him into the post?

      • Balls

        It could also mean the sg defended the sg, and the sf defended the sf. Still doesn’t change the fact that DD was being guarded by 2 tough defenders. Courtney Lee another good defender also was tasked with guarding DD.

        • 2damkule

          i think we’d need to look at who was on gay during the same stretch they were playing together; chances are, there wasn’t another match-up that made sense. i dunno, i’ve always felt that the SG/SF relationship was a bit different in terms of defensive pairings vs., say, a frontcourt defensive pairing, where it’s easier (at least somewhat) to switch a PF & C to create the defensive pairing that works for you. there’s simply a wider gap in terms of physicality between your avg 2 & your avg 3 when compared to a 4 & a 5.

    • DDayLewis

      That’s true. It doesn’t happen all the time. Demar got destroyed by Bradley in that Celtics game.

  4. DDayLewis

    Nobody is bashing Gray. Nobody is even complaining about him. Calm down and climb out of your hotel room Mr. Lennon

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