Deciphering the correct code for the Raptors

FINAL SCORE: Raptors 93, Nuggets 132
Game Info

Jeez-louise … that one was ugly.

Three points to make.

1. The person responsible for the Raptors’ current situation is not Sam Mitchell, the team’s head coach … it is Bryan Colangelo, the team’s President/GM, who has made the decisions which have led this franchise dangerously close to “Treadmill Status” [right now], something that was relatively easy to see as a likely predicament for this group of players since this past summer, at least, for those who have not been drinking of the Kool-Aid from MLSE.

It’s not necessary to re-hash that long list again, is it?

[Let’s hope not. 🙂 ]

The 2nd-3rd week of December is approaching quickly, and the FACT IS … the man has a history of changing head coaches during this first part of the regular season, if/when there’s a need for a scapegoat to be found to explain the sorry plight of a team which he has been responsible for constructing in the first place.

Will he do it again this year?

Hmmm …

For the sake of the Raptors’ long term goal, which should be trying to eventually bring a NBA Championship to the City of Toronto, let’s hope not.

2. That said …

There are some individuals in this world who are positive thinkers … despite what certain others might have to say about them and their ideas, which can sometimes be complex and difficult to understand, especially at first glance … and incapable of ever accepting a No-win Situation, for what it appears to be, on the surface. These individuals, IN FACT, are properly characterized as out-of-the-box-thinkers who have learned the lessons well of Sun Tzu, and knowing both themselves and their opponent, at all times, are able to “Make chicken out of chicken salad”, on a regular basis, because it’s who they happen to be and what they happen to do in this world. Different strokes for different folks.

Finding THE WAY OUT for this year’s team is akin to the classic “trap scenario” involved with the single room, two doors [one which leads to eventual escape and salvation; the other which leads to death and damnation], two gate-keepers, one who always tells the truth and the other who always tells a lie; and, the single question which you, as the solo game player, must be able to ask correctly, of either gate-keeper, in order to choose the one RIGHT door, without knowing in advance which keeper is the truth-teller and which is the falsemaster.

i.e. All the pieces to the puzzle have been laid out in front of you already; what you have to do is decipher them correctly. Once the answer to the riddle has been told to you, it makes perfect sense. It is not earth-shaking, in any sense. It is simple “common” sense; which really isn’t common at all, at least, not until everyone IN FACT has it “in common” with each other, which unfortunately not all do in this topsy turvy world. Still, if you think it through carefully, there is nothing preventing you, or anyone else for that matter, from arriving at THE correct answer for yourself. One of the keys? “See” and “listen” very carefully, as “Looking” and “Hearing” alone, won’t get you very far. The answer to the riddle is always to be found in the original source material. Sorta like THE pudding and THE eating. 😉

When a team’s roster of players looks like this:

Calderon, Parker, Bargnani, Bosh, O’Neal
Ukic, Kapono, Moon, Graham, Humphries
Solomon, Adams, Jawai

a coach who is incapable of negotiating his way through the labyrinth correctly SHOULD NOT be held accountable for failing to be an out-of-the-box-thinker, in the first place …

as the simple FACT IS … relatively speaking, few men/women are, including the President/GM responsible for the operation of the Toronto Raptors.

3. There are some NBA observers who actually do know what they’re talking about when it comes to understanding, both, the League, in general, and the Raptors, specifically. If you wish to disregard what they have to say, on a regular basis, that’s your decision to make.

Complex, out-of-the-box-thinking is not everyone’s preferred method of operation.

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4 Responses to “Deciphering the correct code for the Raptors”

  1. Raps Fan Says:

    i am a supporter of replacing sam mitchell, but agree that this isn’t the time. to his credit, he has done his best coaching job this season, imo anyways.

    if mitchell is to be replaced, i vote for bringing in someone who is not a rookie head coach, and has prime time nba experience. not to knock european sensibilities, but that is how i feel.

    i wonder what candidates bc is considering? all the people i would consider don’t philosophically mesh with bc. should make for a few weeks of interesting chatter around the net tho.

  2. FLUXLAND Says:

    RapsFan, I think they could have waited until the end of the year. This makes no sense to me. Either before the season or after, not during.

    I know nothing about Jay, but it may be safe to assume that if he were HC material, he would have a job by now.

    I also have no idea who may be brought in, I agree it should not be a rook. I’m sure that the “one of the best big men duo in the L” is a selling point.

  3. khandor Says:

    Flux and Raps Fan,

    Jay Triano is now the coach of this team.

    Whether that remains an interim tag or not will become more clear as the days go by … but, as I’ve said elsewhere, it would not surprise me in the least to eventually see Jay become the permanent head coach of the Toronto Raptors.

    IMO, it would be an error in judgment to simply assume that Jay is not head coach material, in the NBA … because the Jay that I know could certainly succeed in this very spot, if he has the unwavering support of, both, his President/GM and MLSE. 😉

  4. FLUXLAND Says:


    I am waiting to see how this “experiment” goes. I said I know nothing about the man, so not passing judgment. The point I am making, is that he has been around basketball for a long time and around the NBA for a bit as well. No coaching experience overseas, in the NBDL, any other American league, etc. And no one has come knocking on his door over the last 7 years and asking him to be a HC in the NBA. Whatever all of that collectively means. It should be taken into consideration, either way, IMO.

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