I get the advocacy for perspective and level-headedness - at the same time, I think the emotional mood swings of the fan base (fans are really, really moody - basically bipolar) are actually part of what make being a fan fun. I'm not really pissed when I'm "pissed" as a fan. It's just sports. As a Raptors fan you have to have some fun with getting riled up and with something as awful as the prospect of a tank or transactions involving $19 million dollar players that 90% of the league realizes should never have been on your roster in the first place (according to Mark Stein etc. sources post-trade).
If we aren't having fun with the negatives as well as the positives, all we've got is a sub .500 franchise that rarely makes the playoffs and got to the 2nd round once. Kind of depressing if I take that too seriously.
However I obviously didn't think he'd be quite this brutal this season; I was even optimistic enough coming into the season, holding out hope for an All-Star appearance.
Alas, as you said, it simply didn't work out, and with this trade we gain something far more valuable than 18 points on 18 shots.
"I have self-doubt. I have insecurity. I have fear of failure. We all have self-doubt. You don't deny it, but you also don't capitulate to it. You embrace it. You rise above it." -Kobe Bryant
I think I was for the Rudy Gay trade. I remember being pretty excited about it. As a human being I reserve the right to be a fierce hypocrite whenever it suits me.
Do you think it's a coincidence that shortly after John Hollinger (the NBA's foremost expert on player efficiency and advanced metrics) was hired by the Grizzlies front office that they began trying to dump Rudy Gay to seemingly anyone in the league who would listen? That alone should be a huge red flag! Gay is an overrated player and a vastly overpaid one. Despite having all of the physical tools to be a great defensive player, he has never shown the ability to do so. Expecting him to magically become inspired on the defensive end 7 years into his career (for a non-playoff team no less!) is as crazy as expecting Bargnani to do it. If he can't give 100% for one of the handful of teams that have a shot at a title this season, I don't expect him to do it for a lottery team.
Why so many Raptors fans are willing to take him off the Grizzlies hands is beyond me, especially when it's at the expense of young prospects, future draft picks, salary cap flexibility, or in Derozan's case - a similarly productive player this season who's much younger AND cheaper.
He is a TERRIBLE contract. Absolutely terrible. Paying max money for non all-star players is practically chapter one in the "How to get stuck in the NBA's no man's land" handbook. And wasn't the consensus from Colangelo (and plenty of posters on this board) that maxing out Bosh would have been a bad idea? Now we want to spend multiple assets just to have the right to give more money to a lesser player? Good grief!
So I hate to say I told you so (joking! I love saying that), but I told you so.
Colangelo: "Shhhh, just do it again, quick. Nobody saw that."
*Rudy Gay closes eyes and pokes self in eye.* "Son of a bitch!"
Colangelo: "Aaannddd, we're gonna mark that as a 10/10. Nice work, Rudy."
Gay: "I'm gonna get lasik in the summer. I'll be good to go after that."
Trainer: "Your eyes were closed."
Colangelo: "Shut up. Your fired."
*Rudy Gay shuffles towards the door.*
Colangelo: "No! Rudy! Not you! I've been waiting for you since 2006! Since 2006! Come back, Rudy!"
BC laments on the Gay trade is laughable. Besides, trading for a brand name that produced squat means nothing. In New York, a case for the trade for Carmelo is being bandied about. Read here:
“The saving of our world from pending doom will come, not through the complacent adjustment of the conforming majority, but through the creative maladjustment of a nonconforming minority.” - Martin Luther King
The armchair hindsights and the "Messiah" Ujiri comments are getting really annoying. It's like Anthopolous with The Jays everyone was praising him and now look..what exactly has he achieved in the most important aspect of the game W/L?
Not a god damn thing.
Colangelo was good at dumping big contracts, too.
Honestly, the flip flop on this board is annoying as hell. Pick a side and stick with it.
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The "Messiah" Ujiri attitude is based on what he did in Denver (i.e. too many good deals to be just luck) and the fact that Bargs and Rudy looked impossible to move without taking on long-term contracts.
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