Round and round the Raptors go

Heading toward this evening’s match-up vs Detroitt, there are two significant changes coming in Raptorland …

Slumping Raptors shake things up

After watching (TJ) Ford struggle to find his way in a backup role, (Jose) Calderon suggested – and coach Sam Mitchell agreed – that the move be made to kick-start Ford and, hopefully, the team as a whole.

which are, by all appearances … harbingers of impending doom for Toronto’s slim chances of advancing beyond the 1st Round of the Eastern Conference playoffs which begin next month.

In the light of other developments with the Raptors’ team earlier this year …

Fork in the road for the Raptors
A new M.O. is (finally) etched in stone for the Raptors

player personnel shifts, like these, are indelible warning signs that something has gone seriously wrong, internally, with the way this franchise conducts the business basketball on a day-to-day and a long term basis.

Tic, tic, tic, tic, tic, tic, tic …

The ominous sound you can hear … in an incendiary situation … when a fragile team is about to implode … not right away, but with an elongated fuse … in the no-too-distant future.

This team is now in trouble.

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6 Responses to “Round and round the Raptors go”

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  3. Raps Fan Says:

    i assume you mean they are now OFFICIALLY in trouble. they were in trouble from the moment they signed moon and kapono to replace mopete.

  4. dawsonb Says:

    Read some of your interactions with flux??? I thought this is also reflects Calderon’s basic ideology. I know it came from main stream press – but maybe it needs to be re – visited.

    I was not in Toronto in 2005 – stumbled across this article about Jose (link after quote). He seems like a confident, passionate player who is willing to take risks.

    “In an ugly Raptors season, Calderon, 24, has emerged as a feel-good story on and off the court. He has improved his English dramatically by taking the subway to occasional three-hour, one-on-one lessons with an instructor. He and his wife, Ana, have embraced Toronto and want to buy a place here — they currently are renting a modest two-bedroom condo near the Eaton Centre — so they can spend time in the city in the off-season. And most importantly, he has elevated his game on the court. The classic-style point guard (he is no Rafer Alston) was promoted to the starting lineup just 15 games into the season.

    Not bad for a guy who is all but playing for free this season. Calderon, who might have been an afterthought for the Raptors if draft pick Roko Ukic had negotiated a contract with Toronto, spent about $2 million of his own money to gain his release from Tau Ceramica in Spain. That is about the same amount of money he receives in the first year of his three-year deal with the Raptors. Ukic, coincidentally, signed with Tau Ceramica and now is injured.

    “You can’t always think about money,” said Calderon, one of only two players from Spain (the other is Memphis Grizzlies star Pau Gasol) in the NBA. “You could have $2 million more and play in Europe or have $2 million less and play in the NBA. But I don’t play for the money, I want to play in the NBA for the best experience. I lost $2 million, but in a few years this is nothing.”

    http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Basketball/NBA/Toronto/2005/12/11/1348356-sun.html

  5. khandor Says:

    Raps Fan,

    I hear ya … loud and clear but, personally, the 2 off-season moves that I disagreed with most were:

    1) the exchange of MoPete (a serviceable starter on the Wing) for Kapono (a one-dimensional back-up); and,

    2) the addition of Delfino … who is yet another career back-up, in the NBA, albeit a pretty good one, at that.

    Individually, Moon and Kapono each bring something tangible and valuable to the table, as a back-up, in the NBA.

    It’s only in conjunction with Delfino … and Parker (and Graham) … that the Raptors Wing situation is now a 2nd major headache for what SHOULD be a much better team in Toronto than the current version.

  6. khandor Says:

    dawsonb,

    At the PG spot, in the NBA, Jose Calderon is the ‘Real Deal’.

    Thanks for the link!

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