NBA AM: Raptors' Defense Still An Issue
Old 12-17-2009, 09:16 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Before the game Raptors' GM Bryan Colangelo tried to rationalize his team's subpar defense, pointing out that part of it was that the team was missing their key defense stopper in forward Reggie Evans.

Colangelo suggested that many of the roster moves he made this summer were made knowing he'd have Evans to anchor the defense and opted for players with a more offensive oriented pedigree. With Evans out, much of what the team had planned in terms of a defensive scheme was thrown out the window.

Colangelo wasn't suggesting Evans was the sole reasons for such a porous defense, but did suggest that was part of the problem.



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A few weeks ago it was suggested by the Raptor players that the problem was coaching and that first year head coach Jay Triano's defensive game plan was suspect, and at the time GM Bryan Colangelo was adamant that the blame did not fall on his coach, a subject he reiterated last night throwing his full support behind his coach.

Colangelo did reveal that all the losing has made the phone ring with teams offering up new players, but Colangelo joked at the notion the offers included "better players" was misplaced, agreeing that most of the calls he's getting are deals where he gives up his best players for that teams' worst contracts, something he's not prepared to do.

Colangelo said he's evaluating his team's next move, saying he could pull off "tinkering" type deals all day. Colangelo said he was now weighing whether pulling of something major was warranted and hinted he didn't believe he was at that point yet.

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Old 12-17-2009, 09:20 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Even when Reggie is healthy he won't play anywhere near enough minutes to qualify as an anchor on defense. This team just doesn't want to give a shit on that end simple as that.
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Shit, team needs to be shaken up bigtime.

I for one thought it would work out well this year, but if team hasnt started to get it together bny now it isnt going to .


Changes NEED to be made, and major ones at that.

Whether it is Bosh or Jose or Bargs or whatever, this team needs a defensive pg who can shoot/score and a defensive athletic big who is a decent enough shooter/passer to keep defenses honest. And upgrade at the sg spot would be nice as well but if there is a pg upgrade and a defensive bigman, derozan and belli will be good enoough.
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Old 12-17-2009, 09:25 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Bullshit.

Evans was never going to do more than play around 15 MPG off the bench anyways. Bench players can't "anchor" anything. The starting five would have still all sucked on D (yes, DeMar is a shitty defender too, just less so than the others).
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Old 12-17-2009, 10:54 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Old 12-17-2009, 11:53 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Ummmm.... did BC get Reggie Evans confused with Ben Wallace circa 2004?

How the hell could he possibly think that he would "anchor" our defense??
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If you saw Reggie in the first two preseason games, you would be a believer.

Still, we have too many (Hedo,Bargs,PG) floaters not busting their butts for the boards.
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Old 12-17-2009, 01:28 PM   #8 (permalink)
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evans is a tough guy who will not take nights off like our starting bigs do
bosh and Bargnani have been unbelievably bad the past two games. Combined, they got as many rebounds as Bosh used to get in one game alone in november

that being said, for whatever reason, this team is not trying - I hardly think evans would change that.

of course, you can't take colangelo's words at face value, he's not going to say publicly what he's really thinking. And the last thing any GM would do is criticize the coach in public.
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Bullshit.

Evans was never going to do more than play around 15 MPG off the bench anyways. Bench players can't "anchor" anything. The starting five would have still all sucked on D (yes, DeMar is a shitty defender too, just less so than the others).
Actually, no , he is just as bad as the others.
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Old 12-17-2009, 04:29 PM   #10 (permalink)
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BC's phone ringing off the hook. The funny part is that teams are trying to take advantage of our teams poor performance. Teams are interested in Calderon, Bosh and Bargs. Interesting very interesting.
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