Eric Smith: Taking A Closer Look
Old 07-29-2009, 09:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Normally I like reading Bill Simmons. I still do. And I’ll still continue to click on his articles and enjoy his wit and sarcasm.

But I do take some exception to what he recently wrote about the Toronto Raptors:

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“To Toronto’s Bryan Colangelo, who spent money more recklessly than Michael Bay. A $53 million extension for Andrea Bargnani? Sure! Another $53 million for Hedo Turkoglu? Why not? How ’bout $20 million for a third guard (Jarrett Jack) just because he’s college buddies with Chris Bosh and might sway Bosh to stick around next summer? Absolutely! As always, there’s nothing more dangerous than an NBA GM in desperation mode. Smart moves for 2010 — dumb moves for 2012, 2013 and 2014 … and, of course, he’ll be gone by then. Sorry, Raptor Truthers. You deserve better.”
Every man is entitled to his opinion, but let’s break down what Simmons wrote …

- The Raps may have slightly over-spent for Bargnani but if that’s the going rate for a former #1 overall pick, then you do it. In fact, as crazy as it may sound, $10 million/year may end up being a relative “bargain”. If Bargs continues to improve this season (and next season, and the season after that) as he did in 2008-2009, that contract will be very fair.

- Jack is not a third guard. He’s the primary back-up for Jose Calderon. He may even start some games - or see “starter-like minutes” if Toronto toys with Calderon and Jack seeing the floor together at the 1 and 2. So while he may be third on the depth chart at the 1 and 2, I don’t think it’s fair to label him as a “third guard”. He’ll have a larger role. Furthermore, Colangelo wouldn’t make a move just to bring in “Bosh’s buddy”. Please. That’s ridiculous. Is it an added bonus? Sure. But is that the primary reason? Absolutely not. Did Simmons forget that Jack is coming off a career year and he brings the kind of grit and D that Toronto is looking for?

- Dumb moves for 2012, 2013, and 2014? I take exception with that as well. *IF* Bosh were to walk next summer, they’d still have a core in place for the next few seasons that would include Turkoglu, Calderon, Bargnani, Jack, and DeRozan. And based on approximate numbers … Toronto would still have about $25+ million to round out their roster around that core. That looks alright to me. If you’re trying to win now, you can’t ignore the future. You still need to be responsible about the future. But you’re trying to win NOW, period. I believe BC has managed both. And to flippantly throw away Toronto’s flexibility in 2010 isn’t fair either. Isn’t that what it’s all about right now - for almost every team in the league? That’s not a point to kinda ignore or brush aside.

- Was Turkoglu not one of the top 3 free agents available this summer? And Toronto landed him at the going rate for a player of his calibre. How is that a bad thing or a bad move?

Anyway, that’s my take. I’m sure some will agree with me … some will call me an “apologist”. Whatever. Differing opinions are what makes sports go around - and what makes sports so interesting!

Looking forward to future columns from Simmons!
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Old 07-29-2009, 09:42 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I agree with Smith of this one. All the way.

Simmons is still the man haha...... I like how he went after his points without resorting to petty personal attacks.

Bloggers of the world take note
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Old 07-29-2009, 10:36 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Bill Simmons did not know what he was talking about and it does not take a expert to be able to bash him for his comments, so I still think Eric Smith should be working at a grocery store. What was his previous job before, and whats on his resume for him to be able to post threads, and be part of the raptors?????
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a very good rebuttal and pretty much what we have been saying on this forum.. overall a very good summer's work for the GM
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Eric needs to stop taking life so seriously.
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Unlike Carefoot, right?
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Unlike Carefoot, right?
No Carefoot gets that Simmons is like Bill Walton, where their job is to entertain and you take everything they say a grain of salt.
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The deal is this:

Right now Bill Simmons is going to appear right to the masses. They don't know much about Andrea. They will look at his career averages, his last season averages, think back to the one game the may have seen him play and then come to the conclusion that Colangelo lost his mind and entered into a bidding war with himself.

Two years down the road when Andrea is beginning to come into his prime and his numbers look far better than they looked in the second half of last season, his team is winning and he's getting some all-star votes, $10M will look like a steal and people will be crediting Colangelo.

That's a couple years away. Right now, fellow Raptors fans, its time to let some shit slide. You can't win this one right now.

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well stated apollo, Bargs is about to take his game to the next level and we will have the priviledge of watching it!! IL MAGO shall ring for a long time around here!
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No Carefoot gets that Simmons is like Bill Walton, where their job is to entertain and you take everything they say a grain of salt.
The difference between Simmons and Walton however, is that Simmons is actually entertaining.
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The difference between Simmons and Walton however, is that Simmons is actually entertaining.
i figured a guy with your musical taste would love bill. i sure do. every time i hear him talk i just keep thinking, what a long strange trip it's been...
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i figured a guy with your musical taste would love bill. i sure do. every time i hear him talk i just keep thinking, what a long strange trip it's been...
Bill Walton is clearly the tallest Dead Head in the history of Western Civilization.
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