The Raps and MLSE need BC more than most people think. Why you ask? Well, in this market and country, you need a GM that people will take seriously. The only way we can keep this going is someone like him to recruit and sign players for us. Think about it, every "star" leaves the team for the supposedly greener pasture down south. If the likes of Cleveland and now New Orleans cannot keep its star players happy, what chance do we have as a Canadian team? Pritchard, Presti and the Bufords of the league are great but they are based in the States, not Canada. I mean we can always have Babcock tight? The only other GM that I gave props too was Grunwald.
This is now Colangelo's team (hence the stagnant offence comment), and it will be fine. It would be a logical choice to extend his contract to 2-3 more years. Then we'll see.
As for tanking... please. It has never worked for any sport and I'm not going to even bother with examples.
Sleepz. I'd be there slappin him with you.Toronto is so lopsided on this issue. You can say whatever about anyone just leave the euros alone. Just as a refresher, the vast majority are not saying that europeans or anyone else can't play ball, what is meant is that the players with the right approach and attitude we haven't had from Brian's picks. Also you can't have a whack of them on a team, more like a sprinkle.
Like everyone else said...good read Game Breaker, very good on your part. Didn't hear about that Rasho thing, very suprising to me. I think the team we have right now...with some possible tweaks here and there...has the possibility to get to the playoffs.
Raptors fan for life....sadly.
I don't think he's being honest about any max deal or stagnant offence. They offered him a max deal quite some time ago and he has continually said that Chris is a max player and one they want to build around. He struck out in that regard, so now comes the change of opinion and 'spin' which is classic Colangelo. Just like 'rebounds are not a problem when you are making more shots' lol. This guy tells people what they want to hear.
The offence was 'stagnant' now but they weren't saying that during the year and they were running sets to Bosh cause he was the most efficient player on the team. Blame Triano for not running sets with cutters and movement, but to say Bosh made the offence stagnant now is a huge cop out and is typical Raptor crying and spin doctoring. If that was a problem why were all the sets going through him, and to suggest he made it that way is nonsense as no one had a gun to their head. It was their best option to win as the rest of the players on this team are marginal or 'developing' talents. Some players on this team have been 'developing' for 5 years now.
FA decide to join a certain organization based on various factors; primarily: money, fit (position, ability to start), potential to win (mostly veterans), family matters, etc... the so called "respect" is something people refer to in the absence of better explanation
Purposely tanking is absurd. I'm not supporting it, but I truly believe Toronto should build through draft. We have some potential now and we just need to add to it. A young talented point guard is the first piece. And we do not need a number one pick for that (example: Jennings). By the way, some one here mentioned John Hammond yesterday... and there is a nice article on NBA.com about this dude today:
Thanks for the post GameBreaker, good read.
About the 'language issue', the only two players that could speak to each other in another language than english are Belli & Bargs, the italian speakers. Maybe Rasho, as Slovenia is near Italy and a buch of slovenians live there. Jose doesn't speak italian and I don't think Turk does...
A little surprised too about Rasho being loyal to Turk. Seems that we're missing a lot about last season locker room...
Does anybody remember the Turk fiasco? He went out to a club that had just European Raptors. The fact that the team was divided off the court was a problem.
I am sorry, but if you can't hang with the young gunz off the court, then your not part of the future of this team. We want to model this team after OKC (the tighest team off the court) so having players that want to hang with each other is imperative.
I disagree...a good relationship between players is needed, but I don't think that hang off the courts has to be an imperative to be a succesfull team...
The Barnes thing does not wash with me....
He should have known about the Magic not being able to give Barnes that kind of money.
Basic CBA rule...Heck people on this site where like how is this deal going through...
He should have a list of players who fall into this sign and trade category and he did not...
I have always been a BC guy but this is black mark...Not so much because we did not get Barnes but because he proved he was a sleep behind the wheel.
Players don't need to hang together off the court it's all about respecting one another, the team goals and competing as a team to win games. Players usually range in age plus some have families or just different outside interests. A team meal once in awhile is a good idea but it's a choice thing not a force thing.
If players see certain players (Bargnani) getting treated with kid gloves and not being held accountable for their on court mistakes that could cause some division among the players. Jack & Wright both wondered alound in the media wtf was Jay doing in relation to payer accountability. It starts at the top w/ MLSE who delegates Basketball operations to BC trickles then down through the Head coach to the players. Put players in a structured enviorment where they know what to expect and are held accountable, they will most likely play cognitive team basketball otherwise you'll have the Raptor's circus, sponsored by BC, which ends up with Bargnani as the Franchise player.
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