“We’re going to play physical and we’re going to play tough”

Pre-season will never tell you how good your team is but it might tell you how bad it is. That’s probably why Bryan Colangelo’s making the trip to Cleveland to see his team and prized acquisition in action. He’s also sure to keep a close eye on Sam Mitchell, Colangelo’s not a GM that meddles…

Lots of things need to go right for us to be good

Captain Jack’s predicting 48 wins but at the same time says that 7 things need to go right for us: 1) We stay healthy 2) Unheard of second unit provides consistency 3) O’Neal plays 70+ games 4) Two of Humphries, Bargnani and Kapono have career years 5) High level team-defense and rebounding 6) Consistent effort…

Training camp continues…

Devlin’s talking to O’Neal and he’s saying that him and Bosh are passing shots up in scrimmage when they should be shooting. Call it two new friends being super-nice to each other and making sure the other has a good share of the pie. Will one of these two men will rise and make the…

Restoring some Raptors pride

That story about O’Neal going hard at Bargnani in Vegas over the summer is true. O’Neal was impressed by Bargnani’s resilience and toughness in the workouts and came away with a good impression of the youngster. I know, its still very early but it’s something to build on. The deviated septum surgery he had done…

Joey Graham tweaks something

Before I get to today’s piece I want to talk about Hwy 427. What the f*ck gives? There’s been construction on that bloody thing for the past two years and nothing has gotten done. Every night they close the northbound lanes at 8PM so that only one lane gets through. The southbound express (which already…

Bargnani unleashed, media day and some pure horse-sh*t from Colangelo

Yes, training camp is almost here. The first sign of the new season is media day, that’s the day when they take those pictures you’ll see for the rest of the year next to box scores, player comparisons and such. They measure their height (in shoes) and weight and re-introduce the team to the local…

Screw it, I’m following the Knicks

I’ve decided to give up on the Raptors and follow the Knicks as my “favorite team”. This decision came last night after a lengthy and through-provoking discussion with my shrink who advised me to look out for my long-term happiness rather than get mired in the insecurities of the tumultuous near future. He told me…

Black is the new red which used to be the new purple

So the third jersey was unveiled last night. The migration from purple to anything but purple is now officially complete, there isn’t even a shade of purple anywhere on the Raptors logo, mascot, jersey, shorts or crotch guard. Purple was actually eliminated last year but the new logo caught up to it this year. Black…

Competition in summer spending + Potpourri

Besides the economy coming to its knees there are other things happening. The most important one being Raptors TV going full (real) HD this season. This means you can watch Paul Jones and Eric Smith copy Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon in the greatest of quality and with the loudest of buzzers. That show is…

Too many things…can’t think of title…wait, got one: Semi-Hot Girl

Congratulations to Lexi (I’m assuming that’s her stripper name) for making it to the Raptors Dance Pak. Unfortunately our girl Natalie couldn’t make it but I’m almost positive that 10 years down the road they’ll be doing the exact same thing, whatever that thing is. Most likely it’ll be performing for the Idaho Stampede dance…

Raptors, Mortal Kombat and a Charley Rosen link

There’s no Raptors stuff going on so lets look elsewhere for infotainment. Starting off with the classic video game Mortal Kombat. Shao Kahn and his coarse soul-sucking voice always echoed in the arenas as the likes of Sub Zero, Scorpion and Liu Kang fought to their ultimate death in a tournament that yielded two Hollywood…