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Thread: Feeling down on the Raptors? Please tell me why.

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    Quote CT2010 wrote: View Post
    I don't think your last statement is pessimistic at all. The Raps are a long way from competing for a Championship, but I would suggest that outside of 4ish teams all franchises are in the same boat to verying degrees. If you think the Nets are going to compete against the Lakers, the Heat, OKC for a title, they are not. They are major pieces away from that as well, and have a crippling salary to show for it. Are they farther along than the Raps, probably, but will win the exact same number of titles as we will this year.
    Honestly, I'm past the point of taking solace in other franchise's missteps as well. The Nets overspending for practically everyone on their roster and watching it potentially implode over the next few seasons will be somewhat entertaining to watch from a distance, but it will ultimately have very little impact on where the Raptors go over the same time frame.

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    i've tempered my expectations quite a bit in the past couple months (don't expect playoffs anymore, would be pleasantly surprised) and even still i'm overloaded with excitement for this team.

    haters gonna hate
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    Raptors have the best roster they've had for some time. They might have the best bench they've ever had. Jose has started 107 games in the last 2 seasons. Amir has started 93. Kleiza has started 24, Dav is has started 26, Anderson was solid last year, JV and Ross have started none, but we shall see what we shall see.

    We pretty much know what to expect with Demar and Bargs, while Fields and Lowry and Gay are known quantities. There is a chance for Bargs to return as the "13 Weeks" Bargs, and one can hope that Demar has made improvements.

    Even more to the point, we know what Casey brings.

    Lots of reason to expect improvement. Lots of reason to expect improvement the following year as well. Financial flexibility is there in the 2013-2014 season, so no reason not to expect another significant signing, especially with the salary cap thumbscrews tightening up.

    So, better this year. Better next year. Team is more attractive for free agents. Young players (Val, Lowry, Fields, Demar, Anderson, Ross, Davis) improving or moved for other parts. I'm pumped.

    Raptors are stacked.

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    Quote Fully wrote: View Post
    Honestly, I'm past the point of taking solace in other franchise's missteps as well. The Nets overspending for practically everyone on their roster and watching it potentially implode over the next few seasons will be somewhat entertaining to watch from a distance, but it will ultimately have very little impact on where the Raptors go over the same time frame.
    I was not trying to take pleasure or solace in other franchises situations, but rather trying to say that there are only a handful of teams that can compete for a title and only one that will win. I believe that we are taking the right steps to give the team a chance to compete on a nightly basis. Keep adding talent, develop the young talent you have maintain flexibility to make moves if and when they become available. I think that is the right way to move forward.

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    Quote sleepz wrote: View Post
    Nonsense
    Well, maybe a bit hyperbolic, but I watched a bunch of highlights of summer league play and it became pretty clear why the Raps passed on Lamb. His defense was no existent letting guys get to the rim at will, including Devoe Joseph. Lamb looks like a pretty good one way offensive player, but I thought his defense was very soft.

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