If rebuilding is your cup of tea then you have nary a complaint about this trade since it’s a step in that direction. Jerryd Bayless is pretty much Jarrett Jack without the high-profile friend circle, swapping those two does little in the way of improving the point situation, the only impact it has is that Jose Calderon gets awarded the starting job only four months after almost being traded.
It goes without saying that General Managers are measured first and foremost by their teams’ overall successes and failures. Being a great GM and building a top caliber team are, it would seem, co-dependent resume characteristics. It stands, then, that a great General Manager cannot, by definition, be so on a mediocre team; mediocrity and… Read more »
First up, respect to AltRaps for breaking this story first on any blog or website. You have to love moves that have no negative possibilities and the Belinelli trade is just that. This one falls in the “doesn’t hurt” category. As in, it doesn’t hurt to have some more insurance at shooting guard. Or, it… Read more »
Update @ 12:26AM: Final Deal. The Mavericks and Raptors recruited the Orlando Magic and Memphis Grizzlies to help facilitate the deal. The Raptors will get Hedo Turkoglu in a sign-and-trade deal with the Magic rather than signing him outright. They also will receive forwards Devean George and Antoine Wright from the Mavericks. Marion will receive… Read more »
Reports claim he has been living on Red Bull and Twinkies the last couple days/nights. The shot-clock is expiring, and Colangelo has put in more work over the last few days then he has all season, I can feel it. His Teflon is wearing thin with whispers that his job could be on the line…. Read more »
Kapono GTFO. Reggie, what took so long? Now I don’t know how many of you were readers of my old site before the RR days but if you were, you’ll know that Reggie Evans was a guy I was madly in love with. He was the rebounder we needed after New Jersey busted our butt… Read more »
Reports are trickling in, but it seems that we have unloaded one of our lumps of coal for someone RR (especially Arsenalist) has been hoping we land for a while now. More to come. A quick salary note: Reggie Evans is signed through 2010 at a reasonable $5.1mill contract.
They say the team that got the best player in the deal won the trade. It’s simplistic but often true. So if you want to feel good about this one, that’s all you need to know. When I first heard O’Neal got traded for Marion, I was happy. Then I heard Marcus Banks was coming… Read more »
Hopefully HO can help the Raptors as trade bait. With the Raptors on-court so miserable, I’m turning to the world of ‘what-if’ for my fix. Word out of Miami is that Riley is interested in trading for Jermaine O’Neal. O’Neal will have to show him some good stuff to make it happen, which shouldn’t be… Read more »
i think about this topic alot... a few other effective/efficient ways to create a more soccer-like atmosphere in the arena:
-Use the jumbotron: all euro soccer fan groups have a leader to shout out instructions/songs etc.. the jumbotron could be used in the same way at the acc - for example: if a player gets hot his name can flash up on the screen (kind of like they have now with "D-Fence!"), "everybody jump" to get everyone in the arena to jump (looks great), flash up longer chants than just few syllables - some euro supporter group chants are full songs
-Eliminate the music: please please please stop with the music during play... it adds absolutely nothing and creates a Disney-like mood which is an atmosphere killer... possibly just leave the drum to serve as rhythm for chants
-Eliminate the circus surrounding the game: mascots, cheerleaders, stupid games during time outs... this is absolutely unnecessary... you are watching the best basketball players in the world, appreciate it! there is no need for anything else there to entertain you... focus on the basketball game
-More flags, especially like the big "We The North" one we had in the playoffs... should have those large flags for every big game and with different things drawn/written on them (not just "We The North")
-Banners - encourage fans to bring banners and hang them from the upper bowl terrace... it would look amazing if the entire upper bowl was covered in flags/banners... the banners can also indicate different parts of toronto/ontario that different fans come from
Just a few things off the top of my head, but i think these can be easily implemented and would significantly improve the atmosphere in the arena
For anyone that wants to see a good basketball atmosphere, youtube "partizan basketball fans" or "red star basketball fans"