Wow do you need anymore motivation if your a player?
That's why I am somewhat inclined to go with Mess' comment. If this is true, it sounds like the direction has already been decided.
The Raps are a relatively young and athletic team and their starting lineup is a pretty solid unit - below-average on perimeter shooting, but reasonably good at everything else. If they can put the tools together properly and upgrade the bench, they're potentially a 5-6 seed. But those are two things that are very, very difficult.
I think that is partly what he means by a "sustainable" playoff team. If one or more of John Wall, Lebron/Wade, KG/Pierce, Melo get injured and miss time, the (injury-free) Raptors will have a greater shot at a higher playoff ranking. So should MU stand pat because the injury gods were in Toronto's favour for one year? I can see if you're a contendor or even a semi-contender. You have a shot, go for it. But if as a team your ceiling as an overachiever is 5th or 6th, is it worth keeping together?
Jesus, I don't want them to tank but I must admit it's starting to make a little more sense. But I'm greedy as a fan and consumer. If can get some exciting playoff basketball (read: any) in Toronto I want them now. I don't look forward to re-tooling and watching another 2-3 years of losing basketball just so the Raptors can (intially) get back to being a 6th-8th seed (even if the ceiling is higher the subsequent years). Call me selfish, but choosing to wait 4-5 years to hypothetically have a better chance at a top 4 seed isn't something I want to do.
But I'm also starting to suspect that all of the statements MU has made since he's been here have been laying the groundwork for trading away most of the assets we have. I guess you can argue it's the logical thing to do and that for a sustainable top 4 seed it's the only way, but I don't have to like it.
I'm guessing this why all the players are putting "#ProveEm" in their Instagram picks
I hate such articles/quotes....wtf does it really mean and who tf said it. Is Kelly pretending to be in the know here....or just putting out shit like this on opening day? I think it's bad form (the timing) for the team because they want to come out swinging. I mean we have been debating this ad nauseum in the forum for the summer and if the quote is legit what purpose does it serve to put it out today?
Disclosure: I am for a team overhaul. But this smells.
and these i just wanted to throw in cuz ithere fuckin hilarious
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What they got to say now? Nothing they can say now. Mobbin' on the low. Winnin' on the lowThe city embraced me, made me feel at home. The only difference [between Compton and Toronto] for me is the cold. -DeMardat Atlantic division dominance
That article, if it is accurate, makes me absolutely sick. Why bother playing the season if you are going to cut the player's fingers off by Christmas? Why bother watching? It shows a complete lack of respect for the players and the fans.
My point is, I'm not expecting much competition from us against the top teams. More to the point though: what is Masai expecting? And: what does he need to see to keep from dismantling this team?
An equal perspective from my chair is why bother playing the season if you are going to likely miss out on the playoffs or get slaughtered in the first round, have a small chance at getting an allstar talent in the 10-16 range of the draft, and have no cap space to hit free agency or trade market. Why bother watching? It shows a complete lack of respect for the future of the franchise.
"Championships are what we live for, now lets go win them."Tim Leiweke
Basketball has clear winners every night --except at the draft, which is all homework, politics and chance.
MU strikes me as a keen evaluator of talent, and I'm sure he knows that the team could conceivably play above their head for half a season. If he doesn't think this is the team or it has to be proven to him first, I think that is already an indictment on the state of current affairs.
Break it up whenever you get the best deals for Gay, Derozan or Lowry and lets prepare for the draft. I was watching two teams Phily, Phx) last night and both teams are horrible as they are supposed to be this year were much more entertaining than watching the Raps plod to a win against a Celtics team that should have been blown out.
I wonder if the warlord MU scratched a month or two off after seeing them play last night
45 days.... sounds like just long enough to show that any summer improvements by our players are legitimate. How much more value do you get back in trade when you have 20+ games worth of proof that Demar can consistently hit a 3? Or that Lowry is a legit PG when in shape? MU is crafty. The 45 days is all about maximizing the value of our assets.
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