Mighty Mouse to be honoured tonight
Old 02-17-2010, 11:10 AM   #1 (permalink)
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And so it is, with Memphis assistant coach Damon Stoudamire the designated honouree.

Makes entire sense to me and got me thinking about Mighty Mouse’s legacy here.

I know how fans felt – the boos for him his first visit back were almost as bad as those for the other guy you love to hate – but I wonder if they were deserving.

The enduring image I’m going to have of Damon is of him sitting at his locker in the SkyDome – go in the media entrance, turn left, there he was – almost in tears after the Raptors lost any of the dozen close games they were in during his rookie year.

The team was crap, no doubt about it, but Damon played hard every night, Brendan coached his brains out every night and losing bothered those guys more than it bothered anyone else.

Yes, it didn’t end well with Damon asking for a trade but let’s examine why:

His benefactor, Isiah, had left about three months earlier after he couldn’t pull of a deal to buy the team.

Stoudamire’s last season began with a loss, two wins and then 17 straight defeats – the most gruesome stretch of basketball the team has ever played.

There were no plans for any Air Canada Centre, there was no partnership with the pucks, there were absolutely no clearly-defined plans and who knew if the franchise would even survive.

And he wanted out? Who could blame him.

Anyway, maybe it’s time for bygones to be bygones; maybe it’s time to salute the first “best player” in franchise history for the good things he brought, and the good memories that exist.

I say stand and cheer whenever they get around to the split-second video “tribute.”
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Old 02-17-2010, 11:21 AM   #2 (permalink)
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While i don't particularilly care to honour him, I wouldn't boo him. I agree that his leaving was not at the Carter or Mcgrady level.
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Old 02-17-2010, 11:29 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Damon gave all he had on the court. As did Malone coaching.

When he asked for a trade, he was on his way out anyways. He was Thomas's boy.

Sucks that his career went nowhere after he left. He made a ton of $$$ however.

No resentment towards Mighty Mouse.
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Old 02-17-2010, 11:31 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Might Mouse! Whatever people say, he was Toronto's first star player. It is what it is and he should get cheered.
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Old 02-17-2010, 11:57 AM   #5 (permalink)
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No resentment towards Mighty Mouse.
Personally, i always have some degree of resentment to players that demand trades.
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Old 02-17-2010, 12:10 PM   #6 (permalink)
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He was the first face of the franchise. Personally I wouldn't honour anyone in this franchise as of now. No one really deserved such a great honour. Well at least no numbers are being raised in the rafters
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