ESPN: Toronto's national agenda
Old 12-17-2013, 02:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Toronto's new national agenda - TrueHoop Blog - ESPN

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The Toronto Raptors began their journey in the NBA in November 1995. The feelings of inferiority among the fan base were born just two and a half seasons later.

Damon Stoudamire was the first draft pick ever made by the franchise and the face of NBA basketball in Canada up to that point. But after two losing seasons with the expansion team and faced with another, the point guard demanded a trade. He wanted out.

He wouldn’t be the last.

Tracy McGrady left in 2000 in search of an opportunity to become a franchise player. Vince Carter, credited with putting the Raptors on the map during his six-year stint, famously followed. Chris Bosh never fully embraced the void left by Carter and was all too happy to ditch Toronto for Miami seven season later, burning bridges on his way out as he complained about getting the “good cable” and that “it’s all about being on TV at the end of the day.”

Those kind of remarks infuriate Canadian basketball fans. Sonny Weems also criticized the cable service. Antonio Davis worried about his children learning the metric system. And Othella Harrington, believe it or not, said the cream in the center of Vancouver’s Oreos tasted funny.
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Each player who has left the country had his reasons, but whatever the rationale, the takeaway was often the same: Canada isn’t a place an NBA star can be happy.

Perhaps that’s why Steve Nash’s stretch with the Phoenix Suns resonated so much with Canadian fans. While technically born in South Africa, Nash grew up here, became the player he is here. If the Raptors’ stars wouldn't embrace the country, perhaps the country could embrace one of its own.

In January 2007, the Raptors, months away from their lone division title, hosted Nash’s Suns and staged a 15-point second-half comeback. But Nash scored 13 points in the final seven minutes, sending the crowd into a frenzy with each basket. He was burying the home team at the Air Canada Centre and ruining a chance to upset one of the league’s elite teams, but the fans loved it. He wasn’t some visiting player. He was one of us.

The dream, then, became to have Nash play in Toronto -- Canada’s greatest basketball export leading what was now Canada’s only team. Canadian fans went crazy in 2012 as then-general manager Bryan Colangelo tried to lure his former point guard home as a free agent. That effort ultimately proved fruitless, but it showed a clear desire among local fans to embrace one of their own.

Jay Triano, a Canadian who served as the Raptors’ head coach from 2008-11, has seen it firsthand.

“I felt it was an honor to be in that position,” said Triano, the coach of Canada’s national team and the only Canadian-born head coach in NBA history. “I think players are happy to be in the NBA. There wouldn’t be extra pressure, but maybe extra demands on their time.”
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Nineteen years after the birth of the NBA in Canada, basketball’s presence in Canada probably isn’t as large as what was expected. This is unquestionably a hockey country, making the experience of a Canadian basketball fan a peculiar one. Perhaps that’s why, despite being smaller in numbers, Raptors fans are regarded as one of the most rabid and passionate groups in the league. Outcasts in their own country and afterthoughts on a league scale, they’re ready to put everything into a winning team or, failing that, a top Canadian player, as we saw with Nash.
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Old 12-17-2013, 03:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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All I am saying is.. if Raptors draft Wiggins, that needs to be front page of the news paper.

I remember when we beat NY in the playoffs.. our franchises first playoff series win, and they put leafs on front page

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Old 12-17-2013, 09:38 PM   #3 (permalink)
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if we get wiggins, mlse will strike rich - especially if the guy plays to expectations

imagine OKC if Durant was actually from Oklahoma, and that's not even close - only Raptors fans can understand how it is to be an outkast in the league
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Old 12-18-2013, 01:20 AM   #4 (permalink)
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whats up with all these espn articles for toronto?
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Old 12-18-2013, 01:01 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Those kind of remarks infuriate Canadian basketball fans. Sonny Weems also criticized the cable service. Antonio Davis worried about his children learning the metric system. And Othella Harrington, believe it or not, said the cream in the center of Vancouver’s Oreos tasted funny.
Oddly.. this is why the cream filling tasted different I bet.

Canadian pizzerias in a bind as cheese-import loophole closes - The Globe and Mail

Milk product concentrates... who knew.
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Old 12-18-2013, 01:10 PM   #6 (permalink)
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if we get wiggins, mlse will strike rich - especially if the guy plays to expectations

imagine OKC if Durant was actually from Oklahoma, and that's not even close - only Raptors fans can understand how it is to be an outkast in the league
more like outcasts in our own country's sports landscape. being a ball fan in canada is horrible

...being anything other than a hockey fan in canada is horrible
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Old 12-21-2013, 07:09 AM   #7 (permalink)
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we will not get wiggins

we will end up 9th like the last 19 years of this stupid franchise

complete psyop warfare on Canadians by MLSE to bring back hockey as Canada's favorite national game for kids.

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Old 12-21-2013, 11:15 AM   #8 (permalink)
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only US is a country with that much prime time sport.

If france had an NBA team, i think it will be the same situaton.
Soccer is about all they talk here in the paper.
Rugby made a push in last years, but don't have the same impact in the country.

So i can understand the problematic for the Raptors inpact in your country.
the sense that americans know only america is strong here, so i'm not surprise that US NBA Player search exposure in their country.

what i don't understand (maybe you can explain to me) is why UK has an ESPN Channel and not Canada.
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Old 12-21-2013, 01:45 PM   #9 (permalink)
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We have TSN which is just ESPN with hockey.
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Old 12-21-2013, 02:33 PM   #10 (permalink)
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If this is about basketball in Canada, it's never been stronger.

More players in the NBA, the NCAA and playing in Europe than ever before.
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only US is a country with that much prime time sport.

If france had an NBA team, i think it will be the same situaton.
Soccer is about all they talk here in the paper.
Rugby made a push in last years, but don't have the same impact in the country.

So i can understand the problematic for the Raptors inpact in your country.
the sense that americans know only america is strong here, so i'm not surprise that US NBA Player search exposure in their country.

what i don't understand (maybe you can explain to me) is why UK has an ESPN Channel and not Canada.
If anyone thinks every city talks about the NBA beofre they talk about Football and depending on the city College ball, high School football, Nascar and even hockey in some... you are mistaken.
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