Cities players love to hate
Old 04-08-2011, 09:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Cities players love to hate

As the only Canadian market in a 30-team league comprised of predominantly American players, the Toronto Raptors are going to have their challenges. Aside from the days of bringing in over-the-hill stars like Charles Oakley, Antonio Davis and Hakeem Olajuwon, the Raps have had a difficult time retaining their elite players. Sure, former face of the franchise Vince Carter re-signed with the team, but then couldn't leave town quick enough when things didn't go his way. Chris Bosh and Hedo Turkoglu also skipped town in the offseason, saying goodbye to the city in a less-than-friendly manner in the process.
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Old 04-08-2011, 09:55 AM   #2 (permalink)

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The author only included one other NBA team in that article and that's the Utah Jazz. They're a good team. Also, there are no baseball teams on that list, 4 hockey teams and 4 football teams. I don't think the article was especially well researched.

I don't see any mention of other struggling franchises. Minnesota, Cleveland, Detroit, New Jersey, Charlotte, the Clippers, Milwaukee and New Orleans could all have made that list and probably should have before Utah. At least Minnesota and Cleveland should have made that list before the Raptors.

Minnesota has a number of very serious problems as a franchise. It's even colder than Toronto, a much smaller market and their personnel decisions are very questionable.

Cleveland couldn't attract quality free agents even though they had one of the best talents in the league, and couldn't get their home town hero to resign.

New Orleans doesn't even have an owner. If CP3 leaves then that franchise will move or fold.

Also, OKC would probably be doomed without Durant.
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Old 04-08-2011, 10:00 AM   #3 (permalink)

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Also, the Raptors are the home team for a lot of players from upstate New York, and there's a lot of good Canadian players entering the league in the next few years.

The future is bright for the Raptors, and I think that a lot of players can see that.
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