D. Smith: Raptors had no intentions on bringing back Pops
Old 08-22-2009, 04:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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D. Smith: Raptors had no intentions on bringing back Pops

What kind of way is that to treat a guy? Seriously, I hope Pops goes on and has a long, productive and financially lucrative career in the NBA.

It just was never going to be here. It was apparent from the day the season ended through conversations I had with people all over the organization that it was a longshot – a huge longshot – that he’d get more than cursory interest from Toronto and was, at the very best, a fallback position if a lot of other things failed.

That’s not to say he can’t play, it’s just to say that people in the organization I speak to regularly didn’t see a way for him to play here.

And if you look at what they’ve done with that position, doesn’t it make sense? Reggie Evans is tougher and they needed tough; Rasho’s a veteran who knows how to play and what his limitations are, Amir Johnson is younger, bigger and may hold more promise; Patrick O’Bryant is younger, longer and was the beneficiary of having a guaranteed contract for exactly the same money.

It just wasn’t going to work here. Never was. Glad there’s closure, glad he’s got a gig.
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obviously. fans need to not get so worked up about a 13th man

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agreed...Pops was an undersized hustle player/ All the best Pops in HTown
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