Showing up early looks good, but talk to me when we stay late... it means nothing yet.The YG'z are showing how you claim a city as NBA players!!!! Show up early (preseason) and stay late (playoffs)!!!!
If Bargs does read Raptors Republic he should know better than to show up early. His role according to many Rap Republic members is to tank the year and get out of the way of the Young Gunz, thus ensuring a high draft pick.Word is that he does read Raptors Republic
I must say that team commitment is important and showing up early is commendable, but lets be realistic, it doesnt really matter when guys get here, as long as they are ready to go hard when the training camp really starts.
As well, for those arguing over whose team this is... I think Triano said it best when he said,
"Offensively, I thought the ball got stuck a lot last year," he said. "Different guys needed to have the ball in their hands. That's why I like some of the stuff that the European teams did as far as ball movement." link
So, I think this team belongs to... the team. The only way this group has a chance is great team ball (offensively and defensively). Kleiza recognizes this as well,
linkLinas Kleiza, the Toronto Raptors’ newcomer, believes that this upcoming season his team will manage to play without NBA star Chris Bosh. “Everybody didn’t expect that our Lithuanian national team will be on podium in 2010 FIBA Worlds. Perhaps this season we won’t shine but we won’t surrender without a fight. And how it could be with such great guys like Calderon, Barbosa, Johnson, Bargnani, DeRozan. You can write – European trio, Kleiza, Calderon and Bargnani, will survive without Bosh,” Kleiza, the Lithuanian NT team member, said.
I just hope lines like that last one don't recreate the American-European divide from last year.