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!  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:

  • Michael and Greg’s preview of Marcus Smart on ESPN True Hoop’s bucksketball.com
  • The Jimmer to Toronto? Does the prophet strike again?
  • Is World Peace possible in smoke city?
  • A review of the trade deadline that came and went and what it can tell us about the Raptors, Ujiri, and the plan going forward.
  • Tim Chisholm’s piece on transcendent players
  • What about a Bosh reunion?
  • Kyle Lowry, Kyle Lowry, and more Kyle frickin Lowry
  • The development of Tre Rosé, The onus on Jonas and the teams last 7 days that provided 2 wins against Cleveland, a win over Orlando, and a tight loss to the red hot Bulls
  • What to expect or hope for in the next 10 days in what may be the toughest part of the remaining schedule
  • Some college ball (about 10 mins at the end) where we talk Gators as #1, preview the ACC and SEC, and Steve tries to convince Blair and Mike that UCLA can still win it all!

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  • afrocarter

    I don’t understand why the Raps would need a shorter Steve Novak. How would Fredette and his matador defense crack the wing rotation?

    • rapierraptor

      Matador defense DEFINITELY a problem, especially with Vasquez already in the guard rotation. Having said that, much more dynamic as a scoring/shooting option off the bench than Novak and shooting really helps teams come playoffs time. Fredette strikes me as a low risk option and an upgrade over some of the end of the bench guards. From Bill Simmons mailbag this week:
      “SG: Welcome to the Jimmer Bandwagon, Adam from Foxborough! Can I get you
      a doughnut or a soda? It’s just us two right now. I couldn’t agree more
      — Jimmer in MSG almost feels scripted. Look, I’ve been on the record
      for three years: At some point, Jimmer is going to find the right team,
      he’s going to be unleashed, and the rest will be history. It’s going to
      happen. Either he’ll become a quality Heat Check Guy off the bench for a
      contender, or he’ll be drop 23 a night for a lousy team à la Dana
      Barros on the ’94 Sixers. But he’s going to have a moment. We WILL have
      Jimmer Time. You wait.”

      • Blair Miller

        I didn’t get the opportunity to say this in the ‘cast, but I just don’t see Jimmer Time happening in the NBA, except in rare doses. His weakness (apart form awful D) is the same as it was when he was scouted for the draft: His shot release is far too slow against the longer pro players and his handles & quickness are too poor to make up for that.

  • morgan c

    Bosh is never coming back here. He has said numerous times (incorrectly or not) that Toronto is not a good market and free agents don’t want to go there. He said that as recently as this season specifically. He also left on not the best terms (indicated to BC that he may resign when it’s pretty clear he had no intention of doing so, tweeted “where should I sign”? while still a Raptor). I don’t see any reason why HE would want to come back to Toronto. He may be a good fit, and maybe he SHOULD want to be back here, but it’s pretty clear he wouldn’t want to come back to TO.

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