Alright, we’re already over a week into the New Year, but it’s never too late for a good resolution. That being said, here is what the resolutions should be for each Raptor.
Bargnani - Don’t fall in love with that 3. It’s lethal when it’s on and it is via a natural stroke, but it’s effectiveness is based on your unique ability to be a threat to put the ball on the floor at that height or to play down low. Tons of skill, just don’t sell yourself short.
Bosh - As we mentioned earlier, quit the mugging for the crowd. It looks ridiculous.
Calderon - Keep beating defenders off the dribble with your left hand. We’ve seen you quick-step countless defenders this season, keep it going into 2007.
Ford - Don’t be afraid to slow down, bring the ball out and set up. Sure, Sam may not have a play he wants you to run, but at least you can check.
Garbajosa - Okay, seriously dude, you need to shave. Clean shave. Not the “#1 attachment” shave. Use a blade. ONE TIME!
Graham - Finally, we are starting to see you use that frame. My highlight of the 2006 portion of this season was seeing you dunk over Mourning. Keep that going and keep your feet moving on D. You get burned because you aren’t the quickest guy. Be mobile.
Humphries - If we see you put the ball on the floor again, you WILL receive the MINE James treatment.
Jones - Fred, can you please decide if you really want to play basketball anymore? You were a dunk champ, right? How about you dunk ONE TIME in 2007.
D-Mart - Just because you come in and drop a few shots, it does not mean you’re the man. It doesn’t mean you should look away from guys down the stretch when you are inexplicably in the lineup. Share the ball.
Nesterovic - I want to see you dunk. ONE TIME. Have a competition with Fred Jones to see who will dunk first. I am envisioning you dunking like Jim Carrey in the Cableguy.
Parker - If the 3’s there, take it. Don’t hesitate.
MoPete - Talk to Sam and try to figure out what you ever did to him.
Slokar - If you’re only going to get a few minutes of PT, do a Pape (formerly known as doing a Yogi) and foul everybody before you sit down.
Sow - Get healthy before Slokar starts calling your 5 fouls in 1 minute move “The Slokar”
Tucker - Show Sam what it means to box out, then rebound. Then write it for him. Then draw it for him. Then let him know that’s what you do. Then write THAT down. Then let him know that you play for him. Um…write that down too.
Mitchell - Look for nice home in Georgia.