This week on The Doctor is In with Phdsteve, I have called in the boys from the world wide roundtable to talk ball and we have a discussion about all the action in NBA and NCAA while continually tying it back to the Raptors!  Although we are missing Greg Mason (the brain from the south), I’m still joined by my brother Mike (who knows college basketball), and Blair Miller from The Fifth Quarter Blog as we discuss:

  • The latest trade by the Celtics and why this means Rondo is or is not more available.
  • Should the Raptors trade up to get into this draft if they keep winning?
  • What’s the cost of trading up in a draft as hyped as the 2014 class?
  • The NFL Draft and NBA Draft similarities and differences
  • “One and Dones”
  • The new #1 prospect on the ESPN big board from Kansas and it’s not #tankforwiggins
  • Franchise QBs and transformative talents
  • The Raptors as flat track bullies- taking out the trash!
  • The difference a bench makes
  • The improvement on D is the biggest change in the Raps post Rudy Gay
  • ·        How the Raptors will annihilate the Celtics and continue on their win streak  as they roll towards the top of the conference
  • The next 7 days and 4 games for the Raps
  • What’s up with Kevin Love calling out his teammates?
  • Is Drake the real all star on the Raps
  • The Raptors Re-brand going black and gold?

Just remember we record this pod on Wednesday afternoons- so ignore all the “we are going to beat the Celtics talk.”

Don’t forget to visit Blair’s site The Fifth Quarter Blog  and follow him on Twitter @TFQuarter

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  • raptors phdsteve

    The audio gets a little choppy near the end. sorry. I’ll fix that up for next week along with my analysis of how in G*ds name the Raptors lost to Boston!

    • Dr.Scooby

      It seems when a team trades a key offensive weapon (Crawford in this case), opposition teams can be discombobulated in their defensive assignments in the first few games post trade.

  • One relaxed fella

    Hey, Steve, very nice podcast. You guys were talking about how important PG position is and that Rondo might be available for a trade and that Raptors should consider moving their 2014 first rounder to add a veteran player. It’s all interesting and I like the idea of giving away the pick for the right deal (steal), but why didn’t you guys explore the possibility for Raptors to go after a guy like Rondo? Is it highly unlikely or would you rather not touch him because he didn’t play for a year? I’d be more than willing to part with a 2014 first rounder + some other valuables (off course, the price would be big) for a guy like Rondo. That’s an elite PG unless he’s not the same player anymore after the injury and that would turn out to be a complete bust.

    But then again, Raptors should be looking to acquire an all-star or even an elite (super-star) level of player in the 2014. 2015 or in 2016 via trade or free agency. In the next two off seasons Raps will have enough cap space to spend big (not entirely sure about this year, but Raps should have a lot of money to spend in the 2015 off season). After that the possibility to chase big players will be gone unless Raptors won’t extend Amir after 2014/2015 season which would allow Raps to keep a lot of cap space available for new signings in the 2016 off season.

    So there won’t be a lot of elite players available and it’s always extremely difficult to acquire one in general. Durant, Love and Rondo will (maybe) be available in the next few years but to be honest, it’s difficult to imagine that Raptors would be able to sign one of them when/if they will be free agents. Which means that trading for Rondo now might be the most realistic shot at acquiring a player of that level. Any thoughts?

    • raptors phdsteve

      I agree- Ive talked about Rondo a fair bit on the podcast this year. If you go back and listen to some of the older episodes its all in there (including last weeks).

  • Tinman

    Great podcast.
    So many ways the at MU can go. Think he has to play it by ear.
    I like the idea of trading our pick, but still too soon. We are a five game swoon out of the lottery. Lakes make sure this recent play is for real. Would be super pissed if we would trade that pick and then end up in lotto.
    I’d be surprised to see Lowry traded, and just as surprised if they extend him. No reason to make a decision on him until the offseason.

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