Toronto Raptors

The Raptors Choose...

raptorsThere is much speculation as to whom the Raptors will draft tomorrow with the first overall pick. I'm not a smart man, but I know who the Raptors will take. They will draft Italian forward Andrea Bargnani, making him the first European to go first overall.

Andrea Bargnani played last season for the Benetton Treviso. Who was the Executive Director for the Bentton Treviso last season? The answer to that question is Maurizio Gherardini, the newly hired vice-president and assistant general manager with the Toronto Raptors.

Sometimes 1 + 1 does in fact equal 2. Welcome aboard Andrea.

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Raptors Win NBA Draft Lottery

RaptorsWe had the NBA's fifth worst record at 27-55 but we ended up jumping four spots to win our first draft lottery tonight. With Bryan Colangelo at the helm, this couldn't have worked out better.

Actually, that's not true. We could have won this thing when Lebron James was available. Underclassmen Adam Morrison of Gonzaga, Texas center LaMarcus Aldridge and LSU forward Tyrus Thomas are considered top candidates. None of them have a Lebron sized "can't miss" label tatooed on their foreheads. Let's hope this is a sign that our luck is changing for the better.

Draft well, Colangelo. Vince Carter good, Rafael Araujo bad. Got that?

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An NBA Record For Our Raptors

RaptorsIt hasn't been a very memorable season for our Toronto Raptors, but we've still managed to play ourselves into the positive side of the record book. Morris Peterson's 3-pointer late in the first quarter yesterday set an NBA record for most consecutive games with at least one 3-point field goal. The previous record of 594 was set by the Miami Heat.

A record is a record. We'll go for 596 Tuesday in Philadelphia.

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A Rare Raptor Coup

RaptorsPhoenix Suns president and general manager Bryan Colangelo resigned yesterday and joined the Toronto Raptors as president and general manager today. For the first time in the history of the Raptors, there's experience and proven success running the show.

Colangelo was the NBA's 2005 executive of the year after the Suns won a league-high 62 games. The Suns were 29 game winners before he retooled the line up and brought them to the conference final. He's only 40 but he's already spent 17 years with the Suns, the past 11 as general manager.

I'll bet this guy has a vision. I'll bet this guy has a plan. The hiring of Colangelo is indeed a rare Raptors coup.

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The Big If, Raptors Style

RaptorsImagine if the Raptors didn't start the season 1-15. If you discard those first sixteen games, we're a respectable 19-17 and comfortably in a playoff position.

Against all odds, the Raps are actually playing some entertaining basketball these days. Chris Bosh has been rewarded for his effort by being only the third Raptor ever selected to play in an all-star game. Mike James has been everything I hoped he would be and Charlie Villanueva doesn't appear to be that bad a pick after all.

Can we call a mulligan on those first sixteen?

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Babcock Gets The Boot

RaptorsI was never a fan of the Rob Babcock hiring. He quickly began to prove me right when he selected Rafael Araujo with the eighth pick of the 2004 draft. Then, there was the Vince Carter trade.

A year and a half after he was hired, Babcock has been fired by the Toronto Raptors. "I'm disappointed that Rob was the wrong choice for us," said Richard Peddie, who hired Babcock. "In hindsight (I) should have got someone who was more proven."

You didn't need hindsight Dick. You just needed to chat with me.

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Rallying The Troops

RaptorsIt seems I've lit a fire under the Raptors' collective asses. Just two mornings ago I call them out for playing like a bunch of 1-15 bums and now they're on a two game winning streak.

With great power comes great responsibility. I shall use it wisely.

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Worse Than I Thought

RaptorsWow. I knew they'd be bad, but I didn't think they'd be this bad.

Our Raptors are 1-15. It's the 1997-98 season all over again. That year we came out of the gates 1-19 en route to a 16-66 mark. If we manage to win 16 games this year, I'll be amazed. The NBA record for futility, the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers who finished 9-73, is well within our grasp.

If we're going to lose, we might as well lose big. Unfortunately, we're tanking in a very weak draft year. Typical Raptor luck. Where's Acie Earl when you need him?

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The Friday Five

The Number FiveBest All-Time Toronto Raptors

  1. Vince Carter
  2. Damon Stoudamire
  3. Tracy McGrady
  4. Antonio Davis
  5. Doug Christie

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What Might Be

RaptorsThe NBA record for futility belongs to the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers who finished that season 9-73. They began the season with 15 straight losses, and also recorded losing streaks of 20, 14, and finally 13 to end the season.

The Raptors, out of the gate 0-4 and looking dreadful, are a serious threat to set a new standard for futility in the NBA. Divert your eyes kids, this is gonna get ugly.

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