Old 12-12-2009, 04:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The Toronto Raptors are not a good basketball team.

An over simplistic statement, perhaps, but after Chris Bosh uttered as much following Toronto's last meeting against the same Atlanta Hawks that thrashed them last night, little of substance has occurred to change that interpretation. The question becomes, then, what is there to do about it? To that end I've got some bad news for you, Raptors fans, because the answer to that question is simply 'nothing.'

Again, maybe that's an over simplification of a much more complex answer, but the crux of the issue is that right now all the Raptors can do is stay the course and hope that things turn around because just about every other option has been exercised to little or not effect. It's never the route that a contemporary sports fan wants to hear about, the savvy modern Internet dweller that spends his or her idle time drumming him or herself into a tizzy on message boards, but a 'let it be' approach may be the most reasonable and realistic course of action this team has left.

The primary reason for that is that at the heart of the issues plaguing this current iteration of Toronto's basketball franchise is chemistry or lack thereof. This is a group of virtual strangers who spend a lot of time on the court playing up to that description. Turnovers are a constant theme, poor defensive communication is a nightly staple and a lack of consistency and flow mar just about every effort this team musters up. This group does not have the connective tissue to stand up to anyone but the weakest of teams and the only solution to that problem is time.
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Old 12-12-2009, 04:50 PM   #2 (permalink)
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What a pathetic author, he's just given up on the Raptors and that's it. How about some depth? There's always something to improve over a 80+ game season, we obviously need threes to start falling, etc. Atlanta is the better team, that's why they blew us out of the building twice in a row.
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Old 12-13-2009, 03:17 AM   #3 (permalink)
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chemistry? You cant put it all on the chemistry. The men in red just flat out suck, use as much 'connective tissue' as u want
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Old 12-13-2009, 12:18 PM   #4 (permalink)
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The roles are not well-defined and in some cases too big, while in other cases too small. That's all chemistry, and coaching. I could go for Alvin being made interim head coach and then let things play out. I don't buy that the task at hand is just too big for any coach. I think Triano shits himself before making any real decisions. Yeah - if they could get a real coach with experience today then that is the best option, but I'm not expecting that to happen. Hand things over to Boogie or Alex and let things play out according to some kind of overall sense of direction at least.
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