It’s Way Too Early For Any of This, But…

I always hate when people try to make too much of a few games, especially in the preseason when it is quite possible that the last thing that matters is the score. Of course, now after having said that, you know that I am about to point out a few things after the first few Raptors preseason games. No analysis, just some likes, dislikes and things I am terrified of…

Okay, let’s get straight to the terror. I’m all for Chris Bosh putting on some extra muscle and working on taking the ball to the basket. It was good to see that against the Wolves, in a short amount of time he managed to score on drives. The thing that I am horribly worried about doesn’t really have anything to do with his game, it has to do with the added muscle. I’m just hoping that the Raptors training staff worked with him on some flexibility training, because when you put on extra muscled that quickly, it puts extra strain on tendons and ligaments and it is easier to aggravate something if you haven’t put in your time stretching. It’s not like Bosh turned into the man whose arms exploded, but putting on 15 pounds of muscle needs some yoga time worked in too. Fans can say what they want about Bosh, but if he is out of the lineup for any extended period of time this year, things are going to be tough.

Expect to hear two chants this year at the ACC. Son-ny! Son-ny! and more probably, Reg-gie! Reg-gie! Sonny Weems has shown some very surprising speed on the court and I have been pleasantly surprised by his decision making. He could be a valuable piece this year when I don’t think anybody really thought he was going to be as good as he has looked (um…so far…in 3 pre-season games). I think we are going to hear the real cheers from the crowd for Reggie Evans, if only because this dude is just going to flatten some guys out. He’s going to be the new JYD. Fans in Toronto will always prefer the guy who knocks people over and spends most of his time mopping the court with his body as he dives for loose balls ahead of a guy who throws down amazing dunks. I’m not really sure why this is (and please don’t talk about the “hard working town” thing, because Toronto isn’t blue-collar at all…and also don’t talk about this “hockey mentality”, because I’m so tired of people bringing hockey into basketball discussions), but I think Reggie is going to like it here. I’ve also had a chance to hear him in interviews a couple of times and the guy says some (unintentionally) funny things. Seems pretty laid back off the court, but there’s a lot of anger simmering inside Reggie when he’s on the court.

I also like what I am seeing from Jay and upper management as they take it easy with their players. Hedo is resting, Bosh is slowly working his way in, Calderon is now getting minutes. They’re being smart with their assets and that only works in their favour. No point in blowing out players now.

Dislikes? None really so far…but Quincy makes me nervous. To be honest, I’m not even sure if it is so much his game as it is how he looks and his mannerisms. The guy just looks shifty to me. Hate to say it, but I don’t know what it is about him.

Anyway, happy to see the Raptors back in action…


LX  on October 10th, 2009

Quincy’s greatest weapon is that opposing players are never going to take a guy that looks like a muppet seriously.

brothersteve  on October 10th, 2009

Don’t be so sure that Evans is saying those things unintentionally.
“The Joker” Evans is in a battle for funniest Raptor with Amir & Sonny!
Got to give the vet the advantage here!

Jay  on October 11th, 2009

Lol…you may be right on that one. When the Raptors play the Knicks, let’s see if he takes Manhattan.

Jay  on October 12th, 2009

Alright, I’ll have to wait it out on Reggie. Maybe he’s already played me! Funny stuff though.

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