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    We should have kept Bargnani

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    Quote p3t3ypablo wrote: View Post
    Every single player on the current roster went to school in the US except for JV.

    Seems like the management has taken notice and stopped the stockpiling of international talent once and for all.

    I'm curious if it was the fans' outcry against the Euro flavour, or if they just realized its a league dominated by superior athletes born in America. Maybe it's both? Can't be a coincidence, even if the number of international players was a little lower in the past few years than 06/07.
    So by your logic, I guess we should get rid of JV as well? He is, after all, an inferior athlete (because he was not born in America).

    Also, is there any way we can get JL3 back from the jazz? Or is it too late? Now THAT guy was a superior athlete. Because he was born in America.

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    My understanding was the MU arrived in the NBA with a skill set that included recruiting "foreign" players. He knows the African continent and where to find talent there. How does this perception align with your suggestion that he wants to reduce the non-American content on the team?

    Perhaps he's been in the NBA long enough to realize how important player development in America is to success in the NBA. I mean check out the "Canadian" talent being drafted to the NBA recently - did they develop in Canadian universities? I think not.

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    We should have kept Bargnani
    comedy at it's finest
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    Quote rap wrote: View Post
    We should have kept Bargnani
    I almost clicked the infraction button on that one

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    Quote blackjitsu wrote: View Post
    The Raptors did a poor job scouting international players. Even when they got solid international players they let them go (MB for instance). It's best to reset and get players that fit exactly what's needed. Remember Buyks played in France-- it's not like they're not scouting Europe. Almost every team has international players, it's not a big deal. I'm sure the Raps will add international players in the future.
    Buycks was signed mainly from what he showed in Summer League, from what I've read.

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    Quote rap wrote: View Post
    We should have kept Bargnani
    Quote thead wrote: View Post
    I almost clicked the infraction button on that one
    Can we create a 'Boo' option?

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    Quote ReubenJRD wrote: View Post
    Buycks was signed mainly from what he showed in Summer League, from what I've read.
    I don't know if that's true. I think most of the stories about the signing cited his strong summer league play mostly because bball writers wouldn't know what else to talk about.

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    Hmmm seems like people are misinterpreting me. My logic isn't that international players aren't talented (of course there are many, some of you listed several examples). What I was implying was that perhaps the management has made a conscious decision to stop building a team with international flavour overall to be successful. Maybe they even avoid international players unless they are clear-cut fantastic, game-changing players. Making an effort to go Euro was how Raptors fans and the rest of the league described/perceived it 6-7 years ago was it not (and even more recently than that)? It's just interesting to see the style change, no matter what the reason may be.

    Of course it could be coincidence, absolutely! But its a strange one at least warranting discussion, considering how many people bashed the Euro flavour, and now it's almost completely "domestic".
    Last edited by p3t3ypablo; Thu Aug 1st, 2013 at 12:30 AM.

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    I missed the days when we had Bargnani, Calderon, Turkoglu, Nesterovic, Brezec, Bellinelli, Ukic, Garbajosa, Slokar...
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    Quote e2thed wrote: View Post
    Marco Belinelli.
    Wow. I completely missed that. I was thinking Mengke Bateer... if anyone remembers him :P

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    Quote Marz wrote: View Post
    Wow. I completely missed that. I was thinking Mengke Bateer... if anyone remembers him :P
    Pfft remember him? This face still haunts my dreams:


    NOTE: Unreal we've had 3 MB's on this team.
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    Quote joey_hesketh wrote: View Post
    Pfft remember him? This face still haunts my dreams:


    NOTE: Unreal we've had 3 MB's on this team.
    Had to double check that, because off the top of my head, I remembered more than 3... we actually had EIGHT MBs

    Mark Baker
    Marcus Banks
    Maceo Baston
    Mengke Bateer
    Marco Bellinelli
    Muggsy
    Matt Bonner
    Michael Bradley

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    only in the off season would I give a shit about looking up that info

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    Quote heinz57 wrote: View Post
    Had to double check that, because off the top of my head, I remembered more than 3... we actually had EIGHT MBs

    Mark Baker
    Marcus Banks
    Maceo Baston
    Mengke Bateer
    Marco Bellinelli
    Muggsy
    Matt Bonner
    Michael Bradley
    All the more reason to type out full names....
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    Quote heinz57 wrote: View Post
    Had to double check that, because off the top of my head, I remembered more than 3... we actually had EIGHT MBs

    Mark Baker
    Marcus Banks
    Maceo Baston
    Mengke Bateer
    Marco Bellinelli
    Muggsy
    Matt Bonner
    Michael Bradley
    THis is SOO epic. Lol Amazing. Good work Heinz.
    And I was just talking about Michael Bradley too.

    How'd I ever forget Matt Bonner?!
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    Quote joey_hesketh wrote: View Post
    THis is SOO epic. Lol Amazing. Good work Heinz.
    And I was just talking about Michael Bradley too.
    well.... here's something to add to that conversation... to be filed in the "what the hell are they up to these days" category..

    http://cincinnati.com/blogs/newintow...mbia-tusculum/

    google is a powerful tool

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    Quote heinz57 wrote: View Post
    well.... here's something to add to that conversation... to be filed in the "what the hell are they up to these days" category..

    http://cincinnati.com/blogs/newintow...mbia-tusculum/

    google is a powerful tool
    Crazy.. he looks the exact same as the day he was drafted! Haha

    AND look real close at the T-Shirt Bradley is wearing in that picture. He's repping the Raps still!! Amaizng!
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    Quote planetmars wrote: View Post
    Can we create a 'Boo' option?
    LOL, you're treading on dangerous territory.

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    Default ONLY one non-American on the team - JV

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    There's a certain irony to this whole European vs USA player discussion - as our only European will most likely be our best player.
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