This is the closest thing to travelling back in time.
One thing you guys cannot deny; I was screaming for the core to stick together, all the reasons that I gave still stand today. This was back when people were calling Ross a scrub. I was optimistic when this entire board was freaking out, and I never wavered. Now this core will be known as the best Raptors team in franchise history.
Sorry if after 2 years of arguing with you Matt52 about what this team can do, this team showed you up. Not me, I am not the one that showed you up, its the team you wished to dismantle that did it.
The Baltic Beast is unstoppable!
Pretty impressive to remain positive after that long stretch of incredibly narrow losses you mentioned in the OP. That's the one thing I will give you.
That was just brutal and kinda broke my spirit for that season. They played pretty well in those games but just couldn't get over the line in any of them.
Oh well, worked out in the end
And let's not forget that simply making the playoffs isn't much to brag about. This team needs to advance before being cemented a strong core.
"I don't lie. I willfully participate in a campaign of misinformation." - Fox Mulder
Posters on both sides of the tank debate wanted Gay gone (or at least one of Gay/DeRozan), which MU ultimately agreed with. I would argue that both the trade for Gay and the trading away of Gay, altered the team's core (so it certainly wasn't maintained).
To say that optimism won out and that this team proved all the pro-tankers wrong, is ignorant. MU made a significant trade and the results were beyond anybody's wildest dreams (coupled with an historically weak/injured EC), which all Raptors fans are ecstatic about!
I'm still intrigued by what the upcoming offseason holds. First, I'm not convinced that this roster's ceiling is anything more than a 2nd round knockout. Second, we have no idea what MU's end-game is, although I highly doubt he will rest on his unexpected laurels and keep the entire team together (if Lowry walks, all bets are off).
How can anybody possibly make a statement that having faith in the team's core back then equates to being right about the success of this current team? Aside from DeRozan & Amir, those are entirely different teams! lol
Different roster, different core, different GM, different ownership/senior management, different assistant coaches, hell we even had a different mascot for half the bloody season! haha The quest for one-upsmanship is never-ending for some, I suppose.
Bold: lets see if they win a playoff series before anointing that honour. Oh, and isn't that incredibly sad that 19 years and this is the best? Good grief. This team would not even be in playoffs if it was in the West - yay! Go Raps!
You keep cheering your core to win a playoff series. I'll keep hoping and cheering what needs to be done to make this team a legitimate championship contender comes true.
A bit off topic but want to throw this out there....has anyone followed the rumblings about the possibility that Leiweke is looking to leave MLSE?
I first heard this in apost mortem of an appearance on the Bob McCown 590 show where he apparently said his work was about done after the hiring of Shanahan for the Leafs...and the Raptors & TFC in good hands and on their way.
He has always talked about working with his GM's to ensure they had what they needed.
How is he going to plan any parade routes if he is not head of MLSE?
How is it going to look to NBA people when the guy brags about the city but jumps out at first opportunity?
I really hope this is not true.
This was last night. The murmurs were that the board was in a bit of disarray (Rogers & Bell notgetting along), hedoesnt like the weather (which is curious because that is a f/a refrain!) or he is looking for a bigger challenge (like getting an NFL team...hint the Bills).
He can't go until he plans a parade.The Leafs aren’t close to talented enough to win a Stanley Cup, so vision will be required. But all in all, this is Leiweke’s show now, though who knows for how long. Leiweke talks a lot about how dreadful the winter was, and there are whispers that wrestling with the competing telecommunication giants that own the place is not what you’d call a satisfying experience. Of course, nobody knows just how happy the giants are, either. The notion that Shanahan would be groomed as Leiweke’s successor was floated this week, even if Shanahan is a long way from being the same level of political, hyper-corporate figure. For what it’s worth, when flatly asked if he was searching for a successor, Leiweke laughed.
“No,” he said. “We don’t do that damn parade, I’ll never live it down.”
That’s a lot of winters away, more than likely. Better bundle up.
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