Tue Oct 2nd, 2012, 12:37 PM
Raptors Republic All-Star
he prob. spent the whole night previous at the casino getting smashed & loosing more of his money.. hence why he had nothing constructive to say.. instead he fumbled all his words didnt even mention anything raptor related...he couldnt even count how many teams he thinks are ahead of us in the division & they call that a team preview..what a joke!!
we have a tough division this year but i think we finish ahead of 76ers...
Last edited by DoNDaDDa; Tue Oct 2nd, 2012 at 12:45 PM.
Tue Oct 2nd, 2012, 01:23 PM
Raptors Republic All-Star
Charles is one funny guy and is known to say some ridiculous things, but I'm just curious which team you guys thought wasn't going to finish ahead of the Raptors in our division?
We're going to be last in our division whether Charles thinks so or not.
Tue Oct 2nd, 2012, 01:35 PM
Guys, bashing Barkley for not knowing about basketball is just plain dumb. The dude has more basketball IQ in his foreskin than all message board posters in the world combined.
I understand he's go an..um.. unique delivery. I understand he's not vigorously reviewing stats and working sources behind the scenes, but the guy knows his shit. He knows what it takes to win in the NBA. He can quickly assess a basketball related situation and determine a valid point of view based on his own unique perspective.
Chuck is spot on - we don't have the horses to compete in the deepest division in the NBA. His indifference towards the Raps is not something exclusive to him or to the Raps. It's what national media members do to perennial lottery teams. If you are dismissing his point of view because you don't think he's qualified to speak on the subject, then you are kidding yourself.
What I do agree with is that our spot of last in the division is not a foregone conclusion. However likely it may seem, injuries happen, relationships implode and guys exceed expectations all over the league. Like everyone else here, I'm hoping for a better result than a 5th straight lottery and the Atlantic division cellar. But at the same time, the only realistic response to Chuck here is that he's correct and we've got work to do to prove him wrong.
Tue Oct 2nd, 2012, 01:49 PM
As a few others have said, I think it's fair to pick the Raptors to finish 5th in their division, to start the season. What irks me about guys like Barkley, is that they seem to do so based on their indepth knowledge of the other - American - teams, and then get to 5th place and go "oh ya, and I guess the Raptors will finish last". I don't care where the Raps are picked to finish, as long as the reporter respects us (organization and its fans) enough to properly evaluate and analyze the Raptors.
Personally, I think Boston is still the team to beat in our division. After that, I could see any of the other four teams finishing anywhere from 2nd to 5th, given the roster turnover/uncertainty with each team, for a variety of reasons.
Tue Oct 2nd, 2012, 03:35 PM
Raptors Republic Superstar
I think my main problem with the preview was Barkley kept referring to the Rap's historical state rather than considering the current roster, hence the topic "preview of the Raptors 2012-13 season". I think it is highly unfair to