Originally Posted by Apollo
Champions don't necessarily need to go over the threshold to win it all. Whatever player could be had at the MLE wasn't going to push this team over the edge. MLSE has spent big bucks on this team and they got burned for doing so. Those Carter
era teams were second highest paid in the league behind the Knicks and they did jack shit. Luxury tax requires that you match dollar for dollar how ever much it is you go over the threshold. So, if you're paying $10M over the threshold you're actually required to fork over $10M more to the league; go 0ver by $10M, actually pay $20M.
My arguement to you would be that this ownership IS willing to spend. In fact they've spent so much over the salary cap that they're pennies away from being penalized for it by severe luxury tax.
They're a publicly traded company who has a responsibility to its share owners but that does not mean that they're just trying to make money. Hiring Brian Colangelo cost them over $5M/season, thats outrageous compared to what most GM's are getting. They brought him in because they want to win and they paid extra to lure him out of Phoenix to come north. The Raptors
ownership has shown a couple times now in the teams short life span that its willing to do extra things to make this team a winner. They don't need to throw their money down the toilet like the Knicks or Mavs.
This is a company who employs a dipshit named Richard Peddie, who is the laughing stock of the league and remains employed due to the fact they think he makes them a lot of money
. They hire John Ferguson, a rookie GM to run the most valuable team in the NHL into the ground and then they scare off Scotty Bowman with their lunacy. A lot of the shots are called by suits who have no right to.
As far as the Raptors
go, Colangelo was brought in to turn things around because the Raptors
were in trouble and in danger of losing money
. To get Colangelo, they had to promise Peddie wouldn't meddle. Don't think for a second, that once things get stable and a few years pass, that the Raptors
won't be in a similar situation like the Leafs.
MLSE is not a publicly traded company, by the way.