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    Raptors Fans,

    I had a great idea. We should work towards creating a list of the most memorable Raptors moments of the decade. They can be both positive and/or negative. What I would like us to do first is use this thread to hammer out ten to twenty candidates. Then, I will create a second thread where we vote for our favorite choice and then discuss the results. I will get this thing moving with some of my own nominations:


    - 2006: John Salmons backs out of verbal agreement with the Raptors, cites God as the deciding factor that talked him out of Toronto and then signs a deal with the Kings worth $3M more than the Raptors were offering.
    - 2006: Raptors win Atlantic Division
    - 2006: Raptors win the NBA lotto, select Andrea Bargnani 1st overall.
    - 2006: Raptors hire Brian Colangelo as GM
    - 2005: Sam Mitchell causes Skip to leave building at half time in tears.
    - 2004: Kevin O'Neil fired. Fans who enjoy eating free pizza at the ACC rejoice.
    - 2004: Vince Carter traded. Laughter breaks out in 29 U.S. cities league-wide.
    - 2003: Raptors draft Chris Bosh 4th overall despite Vince Carter publicly expressing his desire to trade the pick.
    - 2001: Raptors lose game seven of round two to AI and the 76ers.
    - 2001: Raptors score their first playoff series victory, defeating the Knicks.
    - 2000: Raptors make the playoffs for the first time. Lose to the Knicks in a three game sweep.

    I could keep going but I don't want to be an idea hog.
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    The Good

    The whole 2001 playoff series was memorable. Carter and A.I. traded 50 point games like they were nothing. It was exciting to watch, something I don't know we will ever see in this city again. That whole series was #1 for me.

    The Bad

    In terms of the bad - Sam Mitchell's interview after the loss to Denver, where he said that it makes them feel like they want to fight each other. The most honest, but possibly the worst post-game interview that could have been given right there in that moment.

    The Ugly

    Oh, and in the Salmons vein, I think 'Zo, that 'consummate professional' (ahem) refusing to suit up for us was something I will never forget.
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    Quote Apollo wrote: View Post
    - 2004: Vince Carter traded. Laughter breaks out in 29 U.S. cities league-wide.
    Laughter at Vince or the Raptors for getting next to nothing for him?

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    One of my favourites:

    08-JUN-06 UTAH JAZZ TRADED KRIS HUMPHRIES AND ROBERT WHALEY TO THE TORONTO RAPTORS FOR RAFAEL ARAUJO.
    Not that Humps was a saviour, but to actually get a player who contributed to our team was amazing.

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    2006: Raptors win Atlantic Division

    That was totally unexpected, Most fun I'd had for an entire season.
    Fans didn't even seem to believe it - there were always seats available until playoffs.

    ACC went absolutely insane when the NJN arrived for game 1 of the playoffs!
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    Quote brothersteve wrote: View Post
    2006: Raptors win Atlantic Division

    That was totally unexpected, Most fun I'd had for an entire season.
    Fans didn't even seem to believe it - there were always seats available until playoffs.

    ACC went absolutely insane when the NJN arrived for game 1 of the playoffs!
    Just a shame we couldn't build on that momentum that year and make it deeper in the playoffs.

    But yes, absolutely unexpected and a delight to experience. All thanks to Sam and his coaching of course.