I think this offseason was the perfect example of why no single source should be your only source of Raptors/NBA info/insight:
- Raptors PR said they wanted the team to fight for playoffs
- local media bought into the improvements via draft/trade/free agency and were thinking 8th seed
- most US outlets were writing Raptors off as fighting just to avoid the Eastern basement
- many RR posters projected the Raptors to finish as high as 4th or 5th in the East
Read the positives, read the negatives, read the insiders, read the 'Toronto still has an NBA team' American outlets, read fellow RR posters, watch the Raptors yourself, watch the rest of the league yourself, boil everything together, take with multiple grains of salt, then make up your own mind and set your own expectations.
I simply can't imagine Leo or Jack doing the same and I think that speaks somewhat poorly of them.
Watch game with sound off.
Read only direct quotes, and watch post game interviews.
I like the game enough that I can make sense of it just as well as a reporter.
But nooooooooo, there was this uncontrollable urge to tell Raptor fans how they should feel about Doug Smith's writing!
But, in serious tone, if venting allows you to calm down in real life, please do not hesitate! Finding balance is hard enough and this is a safe outlet.
As for judging the team culture change and improvements, as they stand now, sure it looks rough now, but a reminder: even teams with several superstar future HOFers, like Miami a couple of years ago, and LAL now, have a tough time gelling with a radically different line-up. Hell, Lakers just lost to freaking Orlando, and scored a pathetic 77 points in a loss to Indiana. Do you think those games are going to represent that team by the end of the season? Patience is a crucial factor when trying to fit new pieces together.
The Raptors are relying on him to be the #1 guy when he is not capable of that. Everything the Raptors have done for the last 3+ seasons has been about finding players to fit around Bargnani. Maybe, no definitely, it is time to go in separate directions.
Despite my doom and gloom, I don't think the Raptors are that far away from becoming a team like Denver or Utah - solid TEAMS lacking a superstar.
I probably should have tied the second post I made in this thread in to the first one:
Also, not sure where I told fans how they should feel. The original post was asking questions of how those who are fed up should feel and the last paragraph ended with "I think....".Just one point that might not have come through in my rant above:
At some point in time results matter.
7 years of Bargnani and it is time for results to matter.
7 years of Colangelo (and this will be 5 years missing out on the playoffs) and it is time for results to matter.
Last year there was a sense of pride in what was happening and the comments from opposing coaches and players. This year? Serious regression and back to league doormat.
But yes, venting is important. I have RR and are you still doing the dog collar thing?
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Not a fan of Doug Smith over the years. I have watched this team from the opening tip of the franchise, I can judge this team however I like Mr Smith. I think BC and company should feel the heat for how this is going this year, just like every GM of every sports franchise should be held accountable for the performance of the team they assembled. I haven't seen BC much since this went south. He would hang out by the entrance to the locker room early but is now probably in a bunker somewhere.
After 7 years of Bargs my patience has run dry. This kid doesn't get it full stop. I finally gave up on him after some reporter in a scrum asked him if his chemistry with JV was getting better and he said that he didn't need chemistry with JV because JV is not a PG. /facepalm.
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