I've brought this up a few times. You have to establish some sort of cred. It's just like back in the high school days, when somebody tried to pick on a guy, but then that guy stepped up and surprisingly kicked some ass. Next time stuff was ready to start, people thought twice about it.
You're right, the Raptors
don't need an Artest kind of guy to go nuts on people, just somebody who can effectively send the message that they aren't going to be messed with. I've made the reference to the Bad Boy Pistons back in the day a few times now. You KNEW if you were going into the lane or if you fouled somebody hard, you were going to get real close and personal with a few Pistons very quickly, starting with Bill Laimbeer.