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Dr. J. Naismith 09-29-2008 07:39 PM

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"? :confused2:

Quote:

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.

Quote:

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. :frustrated:

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Originally Posted by Doug Smith
Andrea Bargnani has bulked up to about 262 pounds and says he’s ready to battle other big men in the low post

Source - Click here

Claudius 09-29-2008 07:54 PM

On paper I would agree. The Vince Carter years we never truly had a PG and with Jose we have a near upper tear calibre PG. That alone makes this an impressive team.

And the Bargnani thing is encouraging. I hope that he looks more toned rather than just bulky. Also, hopefully added weight doesn't change his shooting mechanics as well.

Apollo 09-29-2008 09:00 PM

All I've been hearing all summer and now this fall is about Andrea's physical condition. You know something, for all the grief the fans have given him this past year he was never healthy during that time. Now he is and on top of that he's bigger while shedding the baby fat. I'm excited about his conditioning. I think with two healthy legs his jumper consistency is going to go through the roof.

jumplvlan23 09-29-2008 10:03 PM

I CAN'T WAIT for this season

The MVP of West Hollywood 09-29-2008 10:10 PM

It is, we were on pace for the 47 record last year before Bosh's injury and the TJ being TJ period. And now we have JO.

The MVP of West Hollywood 09-29-2008 10:11 PM

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Originally Posted by Claudius (Post 57999)
And the Bargnani thing is encouraging. I hope that he looks more toned rather than just bulky. Also, hopefully added weight doesn't change his shooting mechanics as well.

It better change his shooting mechanics. I hope his form this year has nothing to do with the embarrasment that was his shooting ability last year.

jeffb 09-29-2008 10:45 PM

Best starting 5-Probably
Best bench depth-No

Toebee 09-29-2008 11:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jeffb (Post 58030)
Best starting 5-Probably
Best bench depth-No

For sure!
But if the unknowns do well then who knows!

Kirby 09-29-2008 11:43 PM

AD, Olajuwan, Mo Pete, VC, Alvin didn't look too bad neither..
With JYD, and Keon Clark..
Even if Olajuwan was done by then it still ''looks'' good right?

The MVP of West Hollywood 09-30-2008 04:30 AM

Our bench will be fine if Bargnani gets decent again and maybe becomes a 13-15 ppg solid player. I also think Ukic will be pretty dec, not enough to challenge Jose, but yeah, decent. If those two do to expectations, and then we have Adams and Moon playing good defense, and then with Bosh or JO being on at all times... I think our bench is actually pretty good.

Our problem is depth in the case of injury.

Raptorfan27 09-30-2008 05:49 AM

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Originally Posted by jumplvlan23 (Post 58014)
I CAN'T WAIT for this season

your display picture, i remember when it happened, and ... it was a charge :)

Raptorfan27 09-30-2008 05:51 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Claudius (Post 57999)
And the Bargnani thing is encouraging. I hope that he looks more toned rather than just bulky. Also, hopefully added weight doesn't change his shooting mechanics as well.

God forbid his mechanics change, and he actually starts missing the 3-pointer. oh wait... is it optimistic to say he cant get worse???

Snooch 09-30-2008 08:23 AM

I like the reference to food.

Its one of my seven vices.

"i like pizza
i like bagels
i like hotdogs with mustard and beer
i'll eat eggplant
i could even eat a baby deer
lalalalalala-la-la
who's that baby deer on the lawn there?!"


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