This week on The Doctor is In with Phdsteve, I have called in the boys from the worldwide roundtable to talk NBA and NCAA while continually tying it back to the Raptors! Joined by my brother Mike (who knows college basketball), Greg Mason (the brain from the south), and Blair Miller from The Fifth Quarter Blog we discuss:

  • The Rudy Gay trade: thoughts from around the table
  • Is there a log-jam now at the PF? What about the PG spot? No picks came back? Is this nothing more than a salary dump? Will it change the offense?
  • Lots of people (i.e., Marc Stein) are reporting more is to come- if so: who is next?
  • SACTO fans think they won the deal- did they?
  • There are split views on this trade: some see this as a signal that the team is tanking- is this true? Or can it also be seen as an attempt to win the division?
  • Ujiri’s work so far: is his strategy of taking five nickels for a quarter a good thing?
  • Starting with the Lakers win and the SA game we explore the last 7 days
  • The week ahead: PHI, CHI, CHA
  • #tankforwiggins

There is 5 minutes of bonus material after the outro for those who want to hear more about Wiggins vs Florida.

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  • Denz Mahoney

    kawhi leonard was traded for George Hill. Not Paul George.

    • raptors phdsteve

      good point.

      • jjdynomite

        Miller was probably thinking of Jeff George.

        • raptors phdsteve

          he does love his football!

    • morgan c

      … a pretty ridiculous mistake there – huge difference. Come on dude.

  • c_bcm

    Ok. So a 2.5 min intro of loosely related sound bytes is infuriatingly unnecessary. Please stop with the gimmicks and get to the talkin’

    • raptors phdsteve

      no way man. only gimmicks- each and every week. There are way more serious podcasts out there that are hosted by real reporters and serious journalists. The Dr. Is In is not one of them. On the round table we are simply a group of fans talking hoops and having fun. Besides, if you dont like the intro just slide your finger to the 2 minute mark each week and start listening there.

      • DDon

        Don’t need gimmicks…the talk is interesting! Get to it.

  • raptorspoo

    Wiggins would be nice but yes, anyone of Wiggins, Parker or Randle would be sweet. Those are the big 3 game changers of the draft. Don’t necessarily need #1 – just top 3.

    • 2damkule

      marcus smart has a pretty good, if not great, chance of getting into the top-3. the gordon kid at arizona is going to get a lot of attention, as well as exum. the tank isn’t for a pie-in-the-sky shot at one guy.

  • Dr. Scooby

    To tank, to not tank or in the Raptor’s case to rebuild…for some reason it remains an enigmatic concept for some of these Rapcast dudes.

    The fact remains that being a middling team is no longer an option according to both ownership and management. Sooo with that being said, deliberately going for a playoff spot this season is absolutely out of the question – move on guys.

    • ItsAboutFun

      And then there are those that are paid big bucks (*cough* MU *cough*) to evaluate and make moves based on reality of what is available for who, etc, rather than cliches and fantasies. I love that management is declaring that “middling/treadmill” isn’t an option, but that doesn’t mean blindly blowing it all up in some knee-jerk reaction to attempt making some giant leap in 1 year, where it’s just as likely to totally blow up in their faces, as in
      – not quite out-tank all the others to guarantee a top 3-5 pick
      – losing the lottery and dropping further
      – some of budding “superstars” not declaring
      – the one they get not working out, or getting seriously injured and never panning out.

      Whatever you think is or isn’t a possibility, MU is going to decide based on the real landscape he dealing with in talking with the GMs of the league.

      • Dr. Scooby

        You got that right.

        I don’t see any indication yet of a 1yr rebuild and so I do disagree with your concern about blindly blowing it all up; besides, don’t you have to actually have a valuable roster to be worried about blowing it up? After Amir, Big Val & DD (Lowry doesn’t count in a contract year) is there anyone who can be considered an integral foundation piece for a rebuild?

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  • Trace Fairley

    Don’t say “Tank” – perjorative, derogatory, disreputable.
    Say “Rebuild” positive, constructive, forward looking.
    It’s all about the spin you put on it. What other option is there since the management has stated they will not settle for a “middling” team record?