much like last year with jv when, not sure about you but i shit myself when knight was on the board. right when they said toronto on the clock i knew it was knight the whole way. i was reading up more on him and was preparing to welcome him to t.o. then i heard jvs name called and a wtf jumped out. got depressed. did some research and started to like the pick. now almost a year later i love the pick.
now we know the best player of that class went number 21. aldridge was a bosh clone and only two players have made an all star game to date and this was aldridges first time.
for your second point i mostly agree but i admire colangelos attitude and willingness to jump in front of the bullet. whenever something goes wrong he is the man at the podium telling every reporter to blame him and the mistake is on his shoulders. but it is part of his job to get people in seats and sometimes exaggerating works well for that.
They had no camp...the reason this bring about a unique problem for them is....
1.) Of the 16 teams making the playoffs only 2 have a new coach and they are the Lakers
who have been playing much worse this year and are only in playoffs because they have two HOF players
two gritty defenders and Bynum clogging up the middle. NYK has a lot of great pieces as well...but even them
with a mid season switch are struggling to be even a 500 team with THREE ALL STARS and some excellent role players
2.) Toronto had a dramatic shift from what they were doing the previous year. A lot of other teams had the benefit of consistency and even THEY struggled and generally made the first 20 games of the season pretty unwatchable.
3.) They are one of the youngest teams in the league. A summer league, development time with coaches and a FULL training camp are crucial to their development. Poor Ed Davis has yet to work with coaches in the off season or have a training camp along with two completely different coaches in two years.
So when we say we didn't have a training camp and use that as some kind of an excuse for this year...that's because it IS an excuse, and we NEEDED it a lot more than at least 26 of the other 29 teams.
Colangelo 'inherited' Bosh as a franchise cornerstone ... just like he inherited Sam Mitchell as the coach.
That doesn't mean either of them fit his style or vision.
As for rebuilding, I think it's safe to say you can be doing this while also looking to build around Bargs ... don't need to throw out everything, like he and Jose just because they want to change the team ... The team could be drastically different next season, while still featuring Bargnani, AND Jose, for that matter.
Going into next season, there's no doubt we'll be flush with lottery talent - then it will just be a matter of putting the right pieces together. Upgrading at SG and SF ... along with the guaranteed solid prospect at C ... we'll be money.
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When he learned more about Andrea and realized he was playing the 3 in Euroleague I was skeptical. The only thing that made me pause to consider it was they said he was going to develop into a 5, which made me open to the concept of drafting him.
Of course, 6 years later we are told that is not the case and that he is a natural 4. In hindsight, if I was told the truth I would have been adamantly opposed to Colangelo drafting a project 4 over an established (in college mind you) 4 in Aldridge.
There wasn't a concensus number #1 pick so his assessment of Andrea being the best player available at #1 was an oversight that cost the franchise a chance at getting a real cornerstone.
One thing I would add is turning around an NBA franchise is not like slamming breaks in your (insert super sports car here). It is much more like slowing down a freight train with a maximum load at top speed..... unless you are the Spurs and David Robinson sits for a year and then you get Tim Duncan.
Bottom line: radical changes are not going to be seen over night. Even if the Raptors hit the ground running next year and compete or make the playoffs, that will still have been 2 years and a very fast turnaround by NBA standards.
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Par Example: Ed Davis would have had his broken shot fixed last summer instead of the now planned this summer.
Nobody got to work with Alex Mcecknie(sp?)
There was no full training camp in order to fully implement all the changes Casey wanted. He still does not have them doing the zone his way with all the nuances.
Yes every team league started with the same handicap...EXCEPT they didn't.
What I'm trying to tell you is of all the other 29 teams in the league...we needed the summer and camp more than any of them.
Chicago - Almost all the same players: exact same coach: vets
Miami - Almost all the same players: exact same coach: TWO HOFs 1 ALL STAR and several vets
You can say the exact same thing about almost every play off team except the Knicks
Toronto - 7 new players (to date) - New Coach - Young Team - No Camp - No Summer League - No Access To Training Staff. If you can't see that the lockout effected teams like Detroit - Toronto - Sacremento more than it would the Lakers - OKC - Chicago and Miami...there really is nothing more to argue about and it would be pointless to do so.
Conclusion: The lockout hurt the Raptors more than most of the other teams in the league with very few exceptions.
Rebuilding the right way seems to take about 4 years unless you get lucky. Need time to collect the best assets you can. Once you are loaded up with cap space trade assets TPEs picks etc...than you flip it all into a playoff team. Having said that. With one key free agent signing and the arrival of Big V I see us in the 8th seed next season
you're saying that out of all the teams in the lottery, we're the most talented, and the worst underachiever.
i think alot of people would disagree with you.
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