Dampier available again, back to Toronto?
Dampier on the other hand heads back to the free agent pool and a likely re-connection with the Toronto Raptors.
Fuck fuck fuck.
This is just like the hedo situation where I was thanking god he was going to Portland and then somehow we ended up with him. I'm not saying Dampier will be nearly as cancerous, but he wasn't there in training camp to learn our offense or our defense, he'd old, and he just doesn't fit our youth movement (he'll probably take minutes from Ed Davis).
COLANGELO, DO NOT SIGN DAMPIER!
Dampier type of a player is not what Toronto needs
It is a memory that lasts for a long time: a talented but underachieving Dallas team was in turmoil, few years back. The most glaring deficiency was in the rebounds column, where mavericks offered little resistance, and barely scored from the paint. Assuming leadership role on that team, Nowitzki called out in the local Dallas press his teammates, and singled out Dampier as a significant contributor to the team's reduced rebounding capability. At first, I thought that Nowitzki is looking for a scapegoat to offer because of his own deficiencies, but then, it was obvious that he could afford not to rebound since he was a focal point of the perimeter offense and franchise cornerstone. The story goes after that event that Dampier spruced up somewhat his rebounding and ``in the paint`` productivity. He looked out of sorts trying to post up and score, but progressed with the time, because at the time league lacked so called traditional, old type, heavy centers. In the current prospective of the Toronto team, here are the reasons why Toronto should not sign Dampier:
1. There is no authority on the current Toronto team that would be able to criticize Dampier, and make him increase intensity or productivity levels of his game.
2. Reggie Evans is a better rebounder, and would have to share his minutes with Dampier.
3. I would rather give more chance and play time to Dorsey and Alabi.
4. Dampier situation is similar to what Toronto had few years back with signing Hakeem Olajuwon - we were not his first option, but GM offered little more money than the preferred team, and we signed him. We all know how much Olajuwon`s age, injuries, and more than anything, sense of entitlement, impeded that young toronto team.