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    There is security in numbers. There's no sense in being insecure if others do not share our passion.
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    Quote Matt52 wrote: View Post
    I couldn't disagree more.

    The only person with such an attitude must be residing in Toronto or close to it.
    Actually I am from Toronto but moved to Vancouver about 3 years ago and let me tell you that in Vancouver they don't give a damn about the Raptors or the NBA, hell you can barley find any coverage of it in their local sport section which is always covers 4 pages of the freaking Canucks.

    The Blue Jays are more popular then the Raptors in BC, hell even their new soccer team the whitecaps is more popular then the Raptors.

    Toronto does not reflect the rest of Canada.

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    Quote Hotshot wrote: View Post
    Actually I am from Toronto but moved to Vancouver about 3 years ago and let me tell you that in Vancouver they don't give a damn about the Raptors or the NBA, hell you can barley find any coverage of it in their local sport section which is always covers 4 pages of the freaking Canucks.

    The Blue Jays are more popular then the Raptors in BC, hell even their new soccer team the whitecaps is more popular then the Raptors.

    Toronto does not reflect the rest of Canada.
    As someone with similar experience I agree. Its very different outside toronto.

    Why should there be any interest in the raptors over a local soccer team- whitecaps?

    As for the blue jays. It might have to do with their recent success and a certain level of obsession among North Americans for baseball. The blue jays on their part have committed to holding camps across nation and cooperating with the local baseball league to spot and develop talent.

    If we don't get local talent or local teams outside toronto in the NCAA/NBA there will be no interest among the public for basketball.

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    Quote draftedraptor wrote: View Post
    Why should there be any interest in the raptors over a local soccer team- whitecaps?
    Because Toronto is the only team in Canada that plays in the NBA which by default makes them Canada's team. Plus the NBA is a much bigger/popular organization then MLS not to mention that the whitecaps only been around for less then 2 years.

    However I feel that basketball in Vancouver died when the Vancouver Grizzlies died and there is a mixed jealousy with the success (lack of a better words) of the Raptors survival in the NBA. If the Vancouver Grizzlies were still around then I would agree that basketball would be of a great interest in this province.

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    Quote Hotshot wrote: View Post
    Actually I am from Toronto but moved to Vancouver about 3 years ago and let me tell you that in Vancouver they don't give a damn about the Raptors or the NBA, hell you can barley find any coverage of it in their local sport section which is always covers 4 pages of the freaking Canucks.

    The Blue Jays are more popular then the Raptors in BC, hell even their new soccer team the whitecaps is more popular then the Raptors.

    Toronto does not reflect the rest of Canada.
    I'm outside Toronto and Ontario. It is very different where I am. You should move, haha.

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    I figured I would put this here:

    Anthony Bennett's official measurements from the Nike Hoop Summit.
    6'7" (in shoes) 239lbs. 7'1" wing span. Looks like he will need to work on those perimeter skills if he want to make a serious run at the NBA. I know there have been players his size do well as a 4, he does have the long arms, but he better suits the 3 position.
    http://www.draftexpress.com/article/...urements-3877/

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    Quote WJF wrote: View Post
    Just because you don't know where to look in more rural areas does not mean that basketball is not popular or producing decent athletes. The relative Rural area that I live in now in Nova Scotia has produced many CIS players and an NCAA D-1 player in the last few years. We are 2 hours outside the Halifax area so these are not products of "metro". Last year I had 2 players off the team I coach play on the silver medal winning U17 team at Nationals, losing to team Ontario in the final. When I was living in the other end of the province there was a small fishing village (600 people in the town) that had a tremendous high school program, regularly playing up 3 divisions and winning ball games.

    You just need to know where to look.
    I'm not debating people may play basketball where you live. I'm just saying, if you look at the composition of elite talent, generally the best players are coming from just a few areas of the country.

    Look at the current Junior Men's National Team.

    http://www.basketball.ca/junior-men-s15143

    6 players from the GTA
    2 from Ottawa/Gatineau
    3 within a 2 hour drive of Vancouver

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    Quote slhy wrote: View Post
    I'm not debating people may play basketball where you live. I'm just saying, if you look at the composition of elite talent, generally the best players are coming from just a few areas of the country.

    Look at the current Junior Men's National Team.

    http://www.basketball.ca/junior-men-s15143

    6 players from the GTA
    2 from Ottawa/Gatineau
    3 within a 2 hour drive of Vancouver
    Of course the odds are that the bulk of the team (and talent) would come from the largest population densities, that is simple mathematics, but a province with less than a total of 1 million competes regularly at Nationals, and those teams have more than just metro area players. That sort of busts your theory of talent only coming from large metropolitan areas.

    You use 1 team to back your theory, but the senior men's team in 2011 had 4 players from smaller cities of 100,000 or less.
    The women's team had 3 players from communities under 40,000. The junior women had 5 members from small communities as well. So if you look at population distribution of the country, the smaller areas are producing more talent per capita than the largest metropolitan areas.

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    Quote Matt52 wrote: View Post
    Maybe I'm overreacting.
    Yes, this tendency to take offense at whatever not-so-impartial foreign journalists write just helps reinforce the myth (or is reality?) Canadians have an inferiority complex.

    Not specifically directed at you Matt, there are many similar posts throughout the year.

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    Quote NoPropsneeded wrote: View Post
    Well its all north america. And they originally left the US and escaped to Canada because of slavery if I'm not mistaken. So deep down most of them are still african american
    The vast majority of the people who came via the underground railroad eventually returned stateside to be reunited with their families and better weather. As much as we'd like to believe otherwise, Canada in the 1800's wasnt the welcoming multi-cultural place it is today as well. The vast majority are more recent immigrants. There is a reason we have Carribana and not Americanna.

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    Quote Hugmenot wrote: View Post
    Yes, this tendency to take offense at whatever not-so-impartial foreign journalists write just helps reinforce the myth (or is reality?) Canadians have an inferiority complex.

    Not specifically directed at you Matt, there are many similar posts throughout the year.
    It could also reinforce the myth (or reality?) that Americans have a superiority complex or are arrogant.

    Take one read through any article or the comments that follow dealing with contraction in the NBA. Never mind the fact the Raptors are one of the more valuable and profitable teams in the NBA, most fans south of the 49th parallel are looking to remove or relocate the team. Why would this belief continue to be popular when even a sh!t franchise in Toronto is doing much better than the majority of the league including many playoff teams? Ignorance.

    I definitely agree historically there is a inferiority complex among Canadians. In my opinion that has dwindled in the last few years. The current state of American affairs with bailout nation, foreign policy, the growth of government, and the continued growth of debt at all government levels in the US is hardly an enviable situation for the majority. The inferiority complex has been replaced with a pedestal complex, in my opinion, which is inappropriate in the other extreme.

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    He's right. When you sign up your kids to play sports, basketball is not on the top of most people's list, but the sport is growing. People who play a sport, usually watch it later in life.

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    Quote Matt52 wrote: View Post
    It could also reinforce the myth (or reality?) that Americans have a superiority complex or are arrogant.
    Having one stepchild who graduated from the American public school system, I'd say it's closer to reality than myth based upon what she was taught in History and Civics classes.

    Me, arrogant? No! Actually it's one of the things my wife loves about me. And being the God's Greater Gift to women too. But unfortunately for me, my cute neighbor does not know it yet and still have a neck free of collars. Sigh, can't always win.

    Quote Matt52 wrote: View Post
    Take one read through any article or the comments that follow dealing with contraction in the NBA. Never mind the fact the Raptors are one of the more valuable and profitable teams in the NBA, most fans south of the 49th parallel are looking to remove or relocate the team. Why would this belief continue to be popular when even a sh!t franchise in Toronto is doing much better than the majority of the league including many playoff teams? Ignorance.
    Fans are not decision-makers so why even listen to their opinion about what is essentially a financial decision?

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    I definitely agree historically there is a inferiority complex among Canadians. In my opinion that has dwindled in the last few years. The current state of American affairs with bailout nation, foreign policy, the growth of government, and the continued growth of debt at all government levels in the US is hardly an enviable situation for the majority. The inferiority complex has been replaced with a pedestal complex, in my opinion, which is inappropriate in the other extreme.
    That's an interesting comment; I will certainly pay closer attention to what my siblings and friends say the next time I visit Ottawa.

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    Quote Hugmenot wrote: View Post
    Having one stepchild who graduated from the American public school system, I'd say it's closer to reality than myth based upon what she was taught in History and Civics classes.

    Me, arrogant? No! Actually it's one of the things my wife loves about me. And being the God's Greater Gift to women too. But unfortunately for me, my cute neighbor does not know it yet and still have a neck free of collars. Sigh, can't always win.


    Fans are not decision-makers so why even listen to their opinion about what is essentially a financial decision?


    That's an interesting comment; I will certainly pay closer attention to what my siblings and friends say the next time I visit Ottawa.
    Just to be sure we are on the same page, none of my comments were meant to be directed personally at you.

    You know the ongoing dog collar comments are a little troubling - lol.

    There are more than just fans clamouring for Toronto to get the contraction or relocation slip. 'Respected' American 'journalists' have also fell victim to this silly suggestion.

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    Quote NoPropsneeded wrote: View Post
    Read what i wrote. You can call them what you want but you know what i meant to say genius
    Lol, and you complained about me leaving out the s in Wayans, you're a weird.
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    Quote Soft Euro wrote: View Post
    Lol, and you complained about me leaving out the s in Wayans, you're a weird.
    you also said brothers instead of bros lol. I not a weird

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    Quote NoPropsneeded wrote: View Post
    you also said brothers instead of bros lol. I not a weird
    I actually took a word out of his post.

    This conversation is going nowhere productive, gents. I think it is time to call it quits on it - unless some basketball relevancy is thrown back in to the mix. If you persist on discussing matters with one another, head to the private messages.

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    close er up

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