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Old 09-29-2008, 07:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default BC: "This Is The "Best" Raptors Team On Paper"

Thoughts guys .... anyone disagree with Bryan? Is this the best Raptors team ever assembled "on paper"?

Originally Posted by Doug Smith
Bryan Colangelo considered the question and considered the moment and considered the circumstances in which the query was posed. And then he offered a qualified answer about the talent level of this incarnation of the Toronto Raptor roster.

“On paper, in terms of just pure talent, I would say, yes, this is the best team we’ve had,” the Raptor president and general manager said Monday afternoon ........... “We felt as a whole that we got better last year, maybe on paper but it didn’t pan out in terms of the win-loss record at the end of the day,” said Colangelo. “Sometimes, on paper things look great and you play the season and things happen and injuries occur and chemistry issues develop.

“Although we were more talented last year, and deeper, I don’t think we had the same chemistry and that’s something we’re going to be striving for this year.” Mitchell, entering his fifth season as the head coach, agrees with the less-is-more philosophy, especially given the talent level of his top players.
Originally Posted by Doug Smith
“We’re excited about the possibility of what we can be,” said coach Sam Mitchell. “Obviously, we have to get to camp, start playing, get guys gelling, get guys playing together and then you’ve got to hope we stay healthy.

“We won the Atlantic Division two years ago and until you can do that (again) and then hopefully advance in the playoffs, it remains to be seen (whether this is the best Raptor team ever). You don’t win anything on paper.”

But in their minds dance visions of greatness. With a six-time all-star Jermaine O’Neal joining three-time all-star Chris Bosh in the front court and with now-veteran point guard Jose Calderon ready to ascend to a starting position on a full-time basis, the players and coaches may have tempered their public remarks but that didn’t hide the optimism that greets the coming season.
Hmmmm .... I believe it when I see it.

Originally Posted by Doug Smith
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