It 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.
Phoenix 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.
Imagine 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?
I 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.
It 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.
Wow. 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?
Best All-Time Toronto Raptors
- Vince Carter
- Damon Stoudamire
- Tracy McGrady
- Antonio Davis
- Doug Christie
The 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.
The NBA season tips off Tuesday night and the Toronto Raptors host the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night. In the ten seasons prior I don't recall a Raptor season approaching so quietly and so far under the radar.
With the NHL back in full force, no Vince Carter in camp and a team that is being predicted to finish either 14th or 15th in the Conference, it's no wonder there's little buzz about the Raptors. It's going to be a long, painful season.
Lets take this opportunity to flash back to opening night in Toronto ten years ago. Before 33,306 fans at SkyDome, Alvin Robertson led the way with 39 points as we beat the New Jersey Nets 94-79. I clipped the write up in the next morning's Toronto Star and you'll find it on the right side of this page from my old scrapbook. It's there along with #45 Michael Jordan's first return, the death of Blind Melon's Shannon Hoon, a big Leafs playoff victory over the San Jose Sharks and Cal Ripkens 2,131st game.
That 1995/96 Raptor team finished the season 21-61. I fear this year's squad will do even worse.
It goes without saying that James and I have a new favourite Toronto Raptor. Mike James was acquired earlier in the week from Houston in exchange for Rafer Alston.
Best name in the NBA!
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