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The reason the Raptors cannot Rebound the ball

December 19, 2008

In contrast to what you might read elsewhere on the net,

e.g. Raptors Rebounding Woes Continue

in the NBA, the inability to REBOUND the basketball on a consistent basis, as a TEAM, is not a “Concentration” issue; nor is it an issue of “failing to get into [opponents’] bodies”.

At this level of competition …

A team’s ability to REBOUND successfully is a “Personnel” issue. Period.

Relative to the position they are playing:

“++” Rebounders are major contributers;
“+” Rebounders are positive contributers;
“0” Rebounders are neither positive nor negative contributers; and,
“-” Rebounders are negative contributers.

When you look at the Raptors’ roster, this is what you see:

PG /Calderon 0
OG/Kapono –
SF/Moon +
PF/Bosh +
C/O’Neal 0
PG/Ukic 0
OG/Parker 0
SF/Graham +
PF/Humpries +
C/Bargnani –
PG/Solomon 0
OG/Adams 0
PF/Jawai 0
C/Voskuhl –

A good Rebounding team in the NBA needs to have at least three [3] “+” Rebounders on the court at all times.

With their current roster, the Raptors do not fit into this category … plain and simple … because:

1. Specifically, given the “+” Rebounders they DO have on this team, the Raptors are choosing to play the WRONG players in combination with one another, so far this season;


2. In general, there are NOT ENOUGH “+” Rebounders on the Raptors’ roster in the first place.

Until the Raptors fix THIS issue they will not be able to solve their Rebounding problem.

The achilles heel of Bryan Colangelo

March 13, 2008

Mimicking the immortal words of Allen Iverson (even if you’ve seen this clip before, just click it again … cause you know it’s absolutely priceless)

“Rebounding? … Rebounding?Rebounding? … Man, we’re talking about Rebounding!

Seems as though other NBA analysts are finally beginning to ask some pertinent and difficult questions about what’s really going on with the Toronto Raptors, as constructed by their current President/GM, Bryan Colangelo.

* Blake Murphy, Architectural Flaw

… the Raptors currently sit fifth in the Eastern Conference, struggling to keep that spot in Chris Bosh’s absence and facing the gloomy fate of an unfavorable first round match-up, Toronto fans have begun to ponder this team’s long term potential under Colangelo. It seems blasphemous, but despite being a complete and utter genius, The Mastermind’s franchise plans have consistently had one fatal flaw – rebounding.

In the History of the NBA, Rebounding and Defense (in conjunction with efficient Offense) have always been fundamental components of each and every championship team.

What it takes to win the NBA Championship

An architectural flaw in Bryan Colangelo’s NBA design template?

You better believe it is!

… one which, unfortunately, his teams may never be able to overcome, in pursuit of championship glory … unless he is prepared to alter his Basketball Philosophy.