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Aug 15

All that bad?

For almost all of 2010, sports reporters have been using Toronto as an example of a city where the market share and size are there, but the winning simply is not. I believe that this situation really is becoming falsified! On the heels of seasons where the city’s NBA and NHL teams falling a game short and an extremely long-shot away, respectively, from postseason play - I think that this summer could be the start of a good fall in the province’s capital.

The Jays, the team I have loved for years, is full of amazing and up-and-coming young talent to fill the voids of the Roy Holladay’s and Joe Carters that brought so much excitement and winning of championships. The team is legitimately in the mix for the AL Wildcard spot at the end of the season and is holding ground in the most serious division in sports today: the AL East (Yankees, Sox, Rays). The team is on track for 85 wins and a winning record in the toughest division in their league, and has shown much progress in the now-obvious rebuilding phase from the second Doc left the office.

Raptors, eerily the Blue Jays down the road, have lost their perennial stars Bosh and Turkoglu, who are now hated beyond the likes of Vince Carter around the area - but have a young core ready to run for the postseason.  Although ESPN projects they fall extremely far from a seeding position in April, there is much anticipation that this team should provide the most exciting style of play seen in recent years. Should the team, based on pride and sheer athletic power (Johnson, DeRozan, Weems) hold the 2nd spot in the Atlantic without the stars of last year, it would make for an interesting tweet to @chrisbosh.

The Maple Leafs seem to have the team put together to make a serious run this year with the likes of Phaneuf as captain, Burke making huge moves (catching Versteeg, Armstrong) and Kaberle set to return. This team could be the wildcard of the East and surprise in the Playoffs for the first time in too-many years as the league’s most valuable team.

In other notes, the Argos? and TFC could be in the playoffs this year, so with so many Toronto teams with the right signs, why all the pessimism?


Jul 20

The Raptors Offseason thus far..

After loosing their career guy in Chris Bosh (who is now the number 3 guy in Miami with Wade and James, and in hindsight much less of a difference maker than Vince was) it is now looking like the type of Raptors team that could still be very much a player in the Easter Conference Playoff picture next season.  I can see this team fighting with New York/Cleveland/Charlotte for that 8th spot.

As of this morning the depth Chart is looking like it will be this:

Toronto Raptors 2010/11

Point Guard: Jarret Jack - Bobby Brown

Shooting Guard: DeMar DeRozan - Leandro Barbosa - Marco Belinelli

Small Forward: Matt Barnes - Sonny Weems - Linas Kleiza*

Power Forward: Amir Johnson - Ed Davis - Reggie Evans

Center: Andrea Bargnani - Joey Dorsey

I would really love to see Reggie Evans kept for the continued mentoring of Davis and Johnson, as well as Marco Belinelli for the compliment to Bargnani at his new position at the 4th spot.

As for the next to leave, i’d say it is a good a bet as any that Calderon, Banks and Jones (Acquired with Barbosa) are shown the door in exchange for added depth at the wing (Klezia*), a starting centre (to move Bargnani to the 4th spot ahead of Johnson) or a legititmate back-up point guard in Bobby Brown.

I see this team as being young in the right places to build for future years as well as possessing the right peices to rebuild and generate playoff hype in the short-term.


Feb 15

Toronto Raptors At the Half

Watching this team lately has been nothing short of entertaining! A solid run to close out the half (2nd hottest in the league as of late), a dominant dunk performance by their Rookie, and a statement by their star, has fans and the organization thinking big things come April.

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And then theres this issue, with such a dominant showing by Bosh, and the possiblity that his team could fall short, will the soon-to-be free agent flee? This was the conversation last time he was in Dallas for a regular season loss:

As recently as mid-September, I think it’s fair to say the consensus was that Bosh was the big name most likely to leave his current team in the summer. But all of our checking with Raptors insiders suggests otherwise…to predict what will happen with Bosh next summer, I say he stays. Every indication I get is that Bosh likes his current setup in Canada much more than we Yankee outsiders imagine.” Marc Stein/ESPN.com

TS: After a solid All-Star performance and regular season that has really hyped up in his favour, I think this same article would be more affimative - i think its Guaranteed he will stay if his team makes second round, or takes one of the East’s perrenial teams to a solid 7-game series in the First.  It would take a complete meltdown at this point for the Raptors to fall short of a berth, as ESPN predicts a 90% + chance of this team making it at this point. 


Nov 16

Heres the Recap on a Huge Game for Canada’s Basketball Team.

TS: Raptors Loose by just one point to the League-Best Pheonix Suns, run by Canadian Steve Nash playing against Canada’s Basketball team, coached by Canadian Jay Triano. Hockey will always have its place as Canada’s true sport, but on a night when only American teams won, this game was prime-time.

It was lost as Hedo Turkoglu, brought in during this past offseason to have the ball in his hands in the 4th, saw his open shot just rim out. This game was so fitting to have the Raptors win, as Hedo hit those shots against LeBron and Kobe just weeks before he was sent to the Raptors in the summer.

This game is BIG for Toronto and Canada. As the Toronto Maple Leafs got a month head start to their 82 games, and have put up only 3 wins - The Toronto Raptors have 5, enough for a playoff spot (I know it’s early).


Sep 2

FIRST ROUND RAPTORS

Before taking a look at the Raptors squad, I originally guessed the team this year had 6, but surprsingly the 2009-10 Raptors have 11 FIRST ROUND PICKS (and 2 Undrafted Players):

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Rasho Nesterovic

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Hedo Turkoglu

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Chris Bosh

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Marcus Banks

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Antoine Wright

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Jarret Jack

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Andrea Bargnani

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Patrick O’Byrant

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Quincy Douby

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Marco Belinelli

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DeMar DeRozan

Jose Calderon and Reggie Evans went Undrafted.

TS: I believe with this situation, the Raptors have can have two perspectives: one being these players still have either the best basketball of their career ahead of them or are already perennial players and will make an extremely positive impact, or the players who are stars will continue to perform at their peaks, players never break the starting rotation, and will be forced to flourish on other teams. With the Raptors I will not make any predictions just yet, in terms of standings placing, but I will gather that this team will sure as hell be exciting to watch.


Aug 31

Aug 29

Top 5 Raptors Transactions

In what is now a waiting game, for the 2009-10 season to approach, after a flurry of offseason moves:

One -  July 10, 2009

Traded forwards Shawn Marion, Kris Humphries, center Nathan Jawai and cash considerations to the Dallas Mavericks; acquired forwards Devean George and Antoine Wright from Dallas and forward Hedu Turkoglu from the Orlando Magic; sent cash considerations to Orlando and a 2016 second-round pick to the Memphis Grizzlies as part of a four-team deal; signed foward DeMar DeRozan.

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TS: This sign-and trade, and sign will go into the rotation of best transaction of the 2009 offseason. Landing the biggest free agent, while trading away a seemingly unwanted player, and satisfying all parties - the Raptors and Magic still had room for movement after this deal. Brilliance.

Two- March 1, 2006

Named Bryan Colangelo president and general manager.

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TS: Changed the front office attitude completely, by bringing in a reputable name - enhanced the basketball ‘iq’ in a way past Raptors’ GMs could only dream of.

Three- July 9, 2003

Signed forward Chris Bosh.

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TS: The teams new star player, replacement for the one who struggled on his way out (Carter).

Four - July 23, 2008

Promoted Maurizio Gherardini to senior vice president of basketball operations, Marc Eversley to assistant general manager of player development, Masai Ujiri to assistant general manager of player personnel, Jim Kelly to senior director of player personnel, Steve Fruitman to senior director of basketball administration and Micah Nori to director of NBA scouting.

TS: This front office overhaul paved the way to an Atlantic Division championship, and later, Fruitman’s accounting led to the trade of 2009: Turkoglu.

Five - February 14, 2009

Acquired forward Shawn Marion, guard Marcus Banks and cash from the Miami Heat for forward-center Jermaine O’Neal, forward Jamario Moon and a conditional draft pick.

TS: The team’s chemistry was hurting bad, Bosh/Bargnani and O’Neal could not coexist, not going as planned, the team dumped the massive salary of the multi-year All-Star for Marion: a player who could run. The Raptors implemented this style, and after some tweaks, wnet all out to finish the 2008-09 season strong.

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What others should be notables?


Aug 5

Jul 22

Step 4: Jarret Jack Signed by Raptors

The madness continues! Colangelo manages another perfect fit, in the 09 Rebuilding of the Toronto Raptors - in the signing (and inability for Indiana to match) of point guard Jarret Jack.

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Press Release
TS: What this brings: a former teammate of Bosh (Extension looming?) and a guy who can possibly on some nights, outscore the starter he will come of the bench for: Jose Calderon, who averages 12.8 PPG to Jack’s 13.1.
Rebuilding the Raptors: 1-2-3


Jul 17

The Raptors Offseason Wish List:

1. Extension to Chris Bosh: Could Cloangelo go extension happy and throw a 5/6 year deal at the team’s star? Don’t think it will happen, but it could be a big boost for this team where its only question marks now are its bench players after this offseason and the desire for Bosh to win for this team or for his own trade value. Colangelo may have finally solidified a starting lineup that wants to be in Toronto to win.

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2. Sign Jarret Jack: Exactly what Colangelo wants, a player Bosh has played with, and experience and athleticism coming of the bench behind Calderon – Jack will play solid minutes and may even out-score Calderon some nights.

3. Sign Rasho Nesterovic – Rasho puts up solid rebound number night in and night out, and will be an essence of the bench behind either Bosh or Bargnani, and he’s a smart Veteran player, who has played well for the Raptors before! In the Postseason for them too!

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Jack (Left) and Rasho (Right)

4. Sign Delfino/or a Solid 2-Guard – The Raptors have many, but a solid battle at the Raptors 2-spot may not be a bad thing, considering all their other spots are pretty well cemented as of now. DeRozan may develop safely with Delfino or a solid slashing guard that Colangelo desires and DeRozan may grow to play like.

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Any other rumours or thoughts on who the Raptors should pursue as a solid 2-guard?


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