Colangelo Woos Globe
Does anyone really think that excitement in Raptorville has anything to do with our new GM anymore? The Globe does. don't click here
We believe in Bryan I once wrote, but it is not Colangelo's fierce gaze that sells tickets, it's those toight moves he's making. When you spend every last dime, bring in 9 new guys with a ton of mystery factor including the #1 pick, it's gonna get us fired up. We are easily excited. We've seen potential where few others have through the great eyes of upside, RIP big Mongolian fella. One of our house hold legends was Matt Bonner...cause he walked to work. Like I said....we get excited easily here. Include the fact that we have a summer benched chip on his shoulder Chris Bosh (hopefully), and' all' we are looking for here are a couple of step'er uppers and a whack load of quality role players to have a shot at the playoffs. There are so many raptors subplots with international intrigue and winning experience, hyped up titles and some simply amazing, yes i say amazing You Tube videos. If the Parker and Garbage Man montages on You Tube don't qualify as legendary then I want to see what you are bringing to the table. The mystery of course is that you can't compare any of this to the NBA. Nate Huffmans, we'll have a few. But then again....too few to mention. But it's the wondering of who will step up that builds the buzz. Bargnani, number 1 pick, the Dirk of the future? The Euro invasion. The Garbage man's grit, leaners and three's? T.J. Ford's all star potential, Mo Pete's breakout 3 pt year (okay...just me excited on that one). And don't forget, the former SLAM DUNK CHAMPION.....ladies and gentlemen....Fred Jones! What a glorious and useless notch on a resume. Fred Jones vs. the Raptor. Book it. That sells tickets.
Sure Bryan woo'd me like a Hungarian in a Champagne room....but that dance is over.
A Wild New Look
For all of you who have been following my quest for online raptors ramblings you'll notice my slick new design for this blog. It took blood, sweat and tears (from somebody) but I think i've picked a much nicer template.
We're looking to bump our readership into double digits this fall so I thought it would be nice to fancy it up for the new onslaught of readers. Also this template has a nice '24' in it, which is in fact my favourite T.V. show, if not my favourite Raptor. Sorry Mo, there's just too much competition this year. But I like you anyways cause you're a throw back from the Raptors hay-month of old.
Coming soon.....Raptors worthy of your fantasy hoops selection in 2006 / 2007. It should be a short post.
The World Champion - Toronto Raptors
Beautiful. Simply beautiful. Spain wins the world bball championship and in the process Jose Calderon / Jorge Garbajosa gain a boat load of confidence. With Jorge getting a place on the All Star team for the tourney it's the cherry he needed before coming to the NBA. He won't take anybody by surprise, unless he stinks....but after this performance that seems unlikely. Jose didn't inspire but being on a winner will help develop the 'edge' a winner needs. I'll predict that translates into an extra 4 wins this season. Bold and wildly unprovable or trackable. My kind of prediction.
Side note: In a weird kind of way I was really rooting for the U.S. to win the world championships. I rarely root for the favourite, especially when it's the U.S. cause you gotta like the little guy and a great story. But when it comes to hoops I am a staunch defender that the NBA is basketball and those players are the best players. Which if true certainly shows that the best teams aren't just the best players assembled.
So upon further review i'm happy they didn't win, cause they've got to start winning with a team. I still have no clue why the U.S. doesn't have some crazy sharp shooter sitting at the NBA three and jacking wide open shots all day. Drive, collapse, kick, drain three. But I digress. They also don't know how to play zone defenses. Painful. Maybe Wayne can explain to them the need for role players. When I read how the team will be saved in ESPN etc. you hear about Kobe, Pierce, Stoudamire etc. etc. etc. You don't hear 'maybe they should have kept Bowen'. You don't hear 'maybe they need some more Battiers'. Baffling. With zero lessons learned it should be a rough round at the Olympics in two years when Kobe decides he can win the Olympics single handedly.