At least someone finds value in something I type! lol
I like the informed, intelligent comments made on this blog. I think it proves that the Raptors fans are geared toward the nuts and bolts of a winning team, not just shallow band-wagonites who are more impressed with style than substance.
Also, I'm not sure that we can accuse the NBA of some conspiracy against the Raptors until the Raps have actually put out a winning product for a lengthy sample size. This hasn't happened yet.
- Tanking + rebuilding is unlikely to do that in that time frame
- its unlikely we have the trade assets to make the team that good, particularily without giving up significant long term peices (Jonas, our limited first round draft picks)
- no cap space of note for 2 years (depending on Gay) and if the team does its because of major changes (Lowry, Gay, Amir possibly gone), and even if that happens what is the likelyhood of signing players good enough to get this team into a deep playoff run?
If we assume Masai/TL want some significant change for 2016, I'd say #2 is the most likely alternative. I'd also say its the least valuable to the team.
I think whatever this team's goals are, need to look well past 2016. If something happens to become available along the way, then great. But I just don't see how any plan to get there as feasible. It will absolutely require an out of the ordinary and historically improbable event for that to take place.
You don't necessarily need a team thats winning, but you do need a team headed in that direction with great, legit, young talent to focus upon. If Toronto can march a couple people out on the allstar platform when the game is here it would be huge for the team...be that rookie sophomore, or the big game itself, the focus is entirely positive. But remember, that is only a small thing in the grand scheme. If your focus is on ANYTHING but staying the course of whatever rebuild plan you have in place, just so you can somehow gain a few marketing points at a meaningless Allstar show, than you won't really be as successful as you might like in the long run.
there arent enough canadian fans that it would make a difference, and the ones that are there, vote for canadians no matter where the game is being played.
Why are we talking about Wiggins as if he's on our team...?