THE problem with the current Raptors

Let me ask you these two questions:

If you flipped TJ Ford for Steve Nash (let’s say in a fantasy world) … do you think the Suns would stand a snowball’s chance in h*ll of getting past the Spurs this year?

How about the Raptors vs the Magic?

If your answers to those two queries are a resounding,

No Way, Jose!

and

Like, for sure, dude!

then you’re beginning to see that the major problem with this team is that … unlike what happened in Phoenix when Colangelo, Jr. COMPLETELY LUCKED OUT that Steve Nash WANTED to return to the Suns when Mark Cuban cut him loose BECAUSE NASH’S WIFE & KIDS ALREADY LIVED IN THE PHOENIX AREA (not because BC is a top notch GM who knows what he’s doing) … THERE IS ONLY ONE STEVE NASH AND HE ISN’T PLAYING FOR THE RAPTORS, JUST YET.

Steve Nash is/was the architect of Phoenix’s rise from the ashes … which Bryan Colangelo orchestrated with their once-proud team … no one else.

Because Steve Nash wanted to live in Phoenix, he signed with the Suns when Cuban said, “Thanks but no thanks, Stevie boy, I don’t think you’ve got what it will take to Win a Championship for me with the Mavs, at the price you’re asking.” FULL STOP.

Because Steve Nash is the best ‘Pick & Roll/Pop’ PG in the History of the NBA (so sayeth an authority like Mark Jackson, during the Suns/Spurs Game 2 match-up) … when Colangelo fired Frank Johnson (who he had previously picked to run the Suns) and appointed Mike D’Antoni … IT WAS D’ANTONI WHO INSTALLED THE SUNS’ 4 OUT/1 IN OFFENSIVE SYSTEM, tailored specifically for Steve & Amare (who is the perfect under-sized but super athletic Center to run that system) and deserves 2nd billing on the Suns credit roll for their resurgence as a first-tier franchise in the NBA.

If not for Colangelo’s decision NOT to re-sign Joe Johnson … Phoenix might well have its 1st NBA title already.

Then … “when the going actually got tough” in Phoenix and daddy was out as the principal owner … that’s when the ‘Golden Boy’ decided to ‘Bolt the Ship’ and head for greener pastures … in mid-season 2006 (think about THAT for a second or two) … for the comfy ‘international’ confines in The Great White North, with free reign to call the shots AND a Big Ticket contract.

Want to know THE reason this version of the Raptors isn’t quite ‘tough enough’ to get the job done in the post-season?

When a fight breaks out (like it did in Phoenix) … what does a really tough ‘hombre’ decide to do … FIGHT or RUN?

(what did Colangelo, Jr. do in the Valley of the Sun?)

7 Seconds or Less … is the Coward’s way to play NBA hoops … and will never ever be rewarded with the championship.

The old Boston Celtics … with my MAN, Bill Russell at the CORE … and the ShowTime LAKESHOW … with my MAN, Earvin at the CORE … both shot it plenty quick enough to rack up devastatingly Big scoring numbers but neither operation would EVER have been referred to as TOO SOFT to get it done in the playoffs … cause their success was built upon a BALANCE between

OFFENSE … DEFENSE … and, most important of all … REBOUNDING,

not an “offensive philosophy of 100 shots per game”.

MLSE does not know what it’s doing AND should not be in the business of running ‘pro sports teams’ in Toronto … cause they KEEP HIRING THE WRONG PEOPLE to head up their basketball & hockey operations (e.g. see the current debacle with Anaheim’s GM, Brian Burke).

As the old Chinese Warlord could tell you from his personal experience … the strategy that works best when training an army of men … is decapitating the heads of the two most favoured concubines appointed to lead the masses in the first place.

(know who the concubines are in this case?)

It ain’t rocket science, to be sure … but, dem Chinese Warlords sure did know what they were doing … when it came to BUILDING & MAINTAINING their Dynasty.

Food For Thought … as always.

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In Peace, Victory & Excellence.

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8 Responses to “THE problem with the current Raptors”

  1. Sorrow Says:

    … and the Art of War? You never cease to amaze me. Who would you like to see take the reigns if BC bolts?

  2. khandor Says:

    Personally, don’t belive in speculating about an ‘if’ like that … at this point in time.

    Will say this much though …

    A) When you look closely at the teams on this exclusive list:

    Year-by-year results
    NBA Finals: All-Time Champions

    YEAR CHAMPION OPPONENT RESULT MVP
    2006-07 San Antonio Spurs Cleveland Cavaliers 4-0 Tony Parker, San Antonio
    2005-06 Miami Heat Dallas Mavericks 4-2 Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat
    2004-05 San Antonio Spurs Detroit Pistons 4-3 Tim Duncan, San Antonio
    2003-04 Detroit Pistons Los Angeles Lakers 4-1 Chauncey Billups, Detroit Pistons
    2002-03 San Antonio Spurs New Jersey Nets 4-2 Tim Duncan, San Antonio
    2001-02 Los Angeles Lakers New Jersey Nets 4-0 Shaquille O’Neal, Los Angeles
    2000-01 Los Angeles Lakers Philadelphia 76ers 4-1 Shaquille O’Neal, Los Angeles
    1999-00 Los Angeles Lakers Indiana Pacers 4-2 Shaquille O’Neal, Los Angeles
    1998-99 San Antonio Spurs New York Knicks 4-1 Tim Duncan, San Antonio
    1997-98 Chicago Bulls Utah Jazz 4-2 Michael Jordan, Chicago
    1996-97 Chicago Bulls Utah Jazz 4-2 Michael Jordan, Chicago
    1995-96 Chicago Bulls Seattle SuperSonics 4-2 Michael Jordan, Chicago
    1994-95 Houston Rockets Orlando Magic 4-0 Hakeem Olajuwon, Houston
    1993-94 Houston Rockets New York Knicks 4-3 Hakeem Olajuwon, Houston
    1992-93 Chicago Bulls Phoenix Suns 4-2 Michael Jordan, Chicago
    1991-92 Chicago Bulls Portland Trail Blazers 4-2 Michael Jordan, Chicago
    1990-91 Chicago Bulls Los Angeles Lakers 4-1 Michael Jordan, Chicago
    1989-90 Detroit Pistons Portland Trail Blazers 4-1 Isiah Thomas, Detroit
    1988-89 Detroit Pistons Los Angeles Lakers 4-0 Joe Dumars, Detroit
    1987-88 Los Angeles Lakers Detroit Pistons 4-3 James Worthy, Los Angeles
    1986-87 Los Angeles Lakers Boston Celtics 4-2 Magic Johnson, Los Angeles
    1985-86 Boston Celtics Houston Rockets 4-2 Larry Bird, Boston
    1984-85 Los Angeles Lakers Boston Celtics 4-2 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Los Angeles
    1983-84 Boston Celtics Los Angeles Lakers 4-3 Larry Bird, Boston
    1982-83 Philadelphia 76ers Los Angeles Lakers 4-0 Moses Malone, Philadelphia
    1981-82 Los Angeles Lakers Philadelphia 76ers 4-2 Magic Johnson, Los Angeles
    1980-81 Boston Celtics Houston Rockets 4-2 Cedric Maxwell, Boston
    1979-80 Los Angeles Lakers Philadelphia 76ers 4-2 Magic Johnson, Los Angeles
    1978-79 Seattle SuperSonics Washington Bullets 4-1 Dennis Johnson, Seattle
    1977-78 Washington Bullets Seattle SuperSonics 4-3 Wes Unseld, Washington
    1976-77 Portland Trail Blazers Philadelphia 76ers 4-2 Bill Walton, Portland
    1975-76 Boston Celtics Phoenix Suns 4-2 Jo Jo White, Boston
    1974-75 Golden State Warriors Washington Bullets 4-0 Rick Barry, Golden State
    1973-74 Boston Celtics Milwaukee Bucks 4-3 John Havlicek, Boston
    1972-73 New York Knicks Los Angeles Lakers 4-1 Willis Reed, New York
    1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers New York Knicks 4-1 Wilt Chamberlain, Los Angeles
    1970-71 Milwaukee Bucks Baltimore Bullets 4-0 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Milwaukee
    1969-70 New York Knicks Los Angeles Lakers 4-3 Willis Reed, New York
    1968-69 Boston Celtics Los Angeles Lakers 4-3 Jerry West, Los Angeles
    1967-68 Boston Celtics Los Angeles Lakers 4-2
    1966-67 Philadelphia 76ers San Francisco Warriors 4-2
    1965-66 Boston Celtics Los Angeles Lakers 4-3
    1964-65 Boston Celtics Los Angeles Lakers 4-1
    1963-64 Boston Celtics San Francisco Warriors 4-1
    1962-63 Boston Celtics Los Angeles Lakers 4-2
    1961-62 Boston Celtics Los Angeles Lakers 4-3
    1960-61 Boston Celtics St. Louis Hawks 4-1
    1959-60 Boston Celtics St. Louis Hawks 4-3
    1958-59 Boston Celtics Minneapolis Lakers 4-0
    1957-58 St. Louis Hawks Boston Celtics 4-2
    1956-57 Boston Celtics St. Louis Hawks 4-3
    1955-56 Philadelphia Warriors Fort Wayne Pistons 4-1
    1954-55 Syracuse Nationals Fort Wayne Pistons 4-3
    1953-54 Minneapolis Lakers Syracuse Nationals 4-3
    1952-53 Minneapolis Lakers New York Knicks 4-1
    1951-52 Minneapolis Lakers New York Knicks 4-3
    1950-51 Rochester Royals New York Knicks 4-3
    1949-50 Minneapolis Lakers Syracuse Nationals 4-2
    1948-49 Minneapolis Lakers Washington Capitols 4-2
    1947-48 Baltimore Bullets Philadelphia Warriors 4-2
    1946-47 Philadelphia Warriors Chicago Stags 4-1

    http://www.nba.com/history/finals/champions.html

    it is difficult to NOT see the inherent advantage associated with having a GM who has either played the game at a high level, or coached it, or scouted it, etc., for a team that won the championship with that individual on-board.

    Not everyone who fits into this category is a top notch GM … e.g. Isiah Thomas, Kevin McHale, etc. … but the GM’s who do lead their teams to the NBA title seem to almost always fit into this specific category.

    B) Not a GM on that champion’s list (in the left column) … that I’m aware of … could possibly be considered a ‘Silver Spoon Holder’.

  3. Sorrow Says:

    What would you mean by “Silver Spoon Holder”? Do you mean, as in, one who hasn’t “paid his dues” so to speak?

  4. khandor Says:

    Sorrow,

    For me, “paying dues” does not have anything to do with being a Silver Spoon Holder (or not).

    Anyone can “pay their dues” by working their way up the chain of command. Doesn’t mean that they learned what they needed to about succeeding in a specific environment and being hungry for victory.

    More relevant for me is a quote from former Princeton Coach, Pete Carrill, that goes something like this,

    “A player’s ability to Rebound the ball is in direct proportion to the distance he lived from the ‘railroad tracks’ while growing up.”

    Meaning that … the closer you were to this ‘undesirable part of town’ in your formative years … the greater inclination you will have as an adult to ‘clean up other people’s mistakes/misses’ and ‘go and get the ball’ (yourself) off the glass.

    What do Rebounders have to do with Silver Spoon Holders?

    In general, players who are relentless Rebounders do not grow up with a Silver Spoon in their hands.

    And, in general, Silver Spoon Holders do not grow up in the vacinity of the choo-choos.

    If you want a ‘tough’ team, you want guys who know first-hand what choo-choos look, sound & feel like … running through their front/back yard … from the owner(s) on down, running through the GM and to the coaching staff & the players.

    There’s a difference between cats who are/were once hungry (e.g. relentless Rebounder types) and those who are not (cause of the perks that came their way during the formative process, i.e. Silver Spoon Holders).

  5. Sorrow Says:

    Although I do understand the analogy, I have to say that “A player’s ability to Rebound the ball is in direct proportion to the distance he lived from the ‘railroad tracks’ while growing up” isn’t exactly being displayed a lot these days.

    I do get your point though.

  6. arsenalist Says:

    Didn’t BC apparently take a jet over Dallas to convince Steve Nash to sign with the Suns? I do remember reading that somewhere.

    I was going to read 7 seconds or less, I’m guessing you already have and don’t recommend it?

  7. khandor Says:

    Arsenalist,

    Bryan Colangelo may well have taken a jet to Dallas (which is not a far flight from Phoenix) to woo Steve Nash. Given who Steve is as a person, however, do you really think he is someone who would have been “impressed” by that? I don’t think so. As far as I know, the main reason Steve signed with the Suns is because (i) Phoenix was willing to pay what Mark Cuban was not; and, (ii) Nash’s young family was already living there year-round, from his first go-round with their team.

    I have not yet read “7 seconds or less” but would certainly recommend it to others, principally, because Jack McCallum is a good basketball writer and it seems like a ‘good read’ about a season in the life of an NBA team which is always interesting if you’re an NBA observer.

    I have nothing bad to say about the book; it’s the Basketball Philosophy of a concept like ‘7 Seconds Or Less‘ (to get ‘a shot’ off each possession) put into practice in real life with which I disagree, as an over-riding principle to play the game at its highest level.

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