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Old 07-07-2008, 05:17 PM   #21 (permalink)
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they all have off season programmes to work on, I'm sure Jamario is doing what they asked him too.

I'm not sure Vegas is gonna help Moon much.
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Old 07-07-2008, 05:19 PM   #22 (permalink)
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they all have off season programmes to work on, I'm sure Jamario is doing what they asked him too.

I'm not sure Vegas is gonna help Moon much.
Exactly .... summer league is for rookies, underacheivers and guys looking to get a contract somewhere. Moon's good to go this fall.
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Old 07-07-2008, 05:22 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Moon is on the weight bench and doing shooting drills.
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yea i think Bargs and Bosh did go to the summer league in there second year. and i would think that moon should be there but whoever made this roster up must have given moon a little too much credit
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Shit I wanted to see Jawai here.
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Old 07-08-2008, 12:19 AM   #26 (permalink)
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The battle for 3rd string PG is between Ewing and Lucas.

Personally I think Lucas would end up backing up Roko this season. He always kills Summer Leagues. I actually think we have a rather strong Summer League team, but only because we have a "veteran" summer league team...I think Banks has potential, Benson can add some big man depth, it will be nice to watch Hassan, and Daniel Ewing wouldn't be a bad pick-up either.
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Old 07-08-2008, 11:56 AM   #27 (permalink)
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Hmmm .... some interesting names on there. Lucas might be some nice insurance if Jose or Roko go down with injuries. Ewing is another name to watch out for. Loved him at Duke eventhough I hate the Blue Devils and recently I heard that Benson could be another "diamond in the rough". Should be interesting.
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First things first, let me start by saying that my month-long hiatus from Too Much Rod Benson is over. I got my new MacBook set up so I can post all the things I've been behind on. Now that you've got that, time to get to business.

I got up for day one of the Toronto free agent camp just in time to catch breakfast in the hotel restaurant. I mention this because when I got down there, the first thing I looked for was Canadian bacon. I felt that if I was in Canada, they should have Canadian bacon and no other breakfast meats. Clearly any other breakfast meat would either be a sign that the hotel caters to the States, or that Canadian bacon is as much a fallacy as French fries and French toast (I've seen a French girl spit out French toast and demand to know what she was eating).

As I walked around the breakfast buffet area, I did not see any thinly sliced ham that was labeled "bacon." I figured there would be no reason to label it "Canadian bacon" because I was in Canada. The bacon that was appropriately labeled was the same chewy-crispy sliced pork that I was accustomed to. It could just be that hotel, but I have lost faith in Canadian bacon as a result of that morning.

I went back to sleep because I was still ridiculously tired from my 4am arrival that very morning. When I got up for real, it was time to head over to the Air Canada Centre. On the way, I noticed thirty people huddled around a T.V. watching a soccer match. I thought hockey was the sport of choice. I came to that conclusion after watching two hours of NHL Draft coverage on some sports network in my hotel room (nothing else was on). I now guess soccer is important too.

I spent my first 20 minutes inside the Air Canada Centre looking through every cooler for a Gatorade nutrition shake. I couldn't even find one. I figured that they must have been hidden.

I got dressed and headed up to the practice court where Canada's Senior Men's National Team was just finishing their practice. There were a lot of guys I knew in there. There were also quite a few D-League guys on that team. I determined right then that if I was Canadian, I'd have an excellent shot at making the national team. Unfortunately, I am from the U.S. and I don't think I'm gonna beat out Carlos Boozer and Dwight Howard for a spot.

I met most of the Raptors coaches before we got to work. They were all pretty nice guys to be honest. I first met Jim Kelly — he kind of reminded me of Officer Barbrady, but obviously not wearing a police suit or looking for the Chicken Lover — who may have been the nicest of them all. He used to live in my hometown of Cardiff. I'm not sure if he knows that I'm the best player to ever come of Cardiff or not.

The second was Alex English. He came up and introduced himself to me. I told him that I used to wear his jersey when I was in college. I think everyone did, actually. The Nuggets jersey with the rainbow and the city on it was one of the tightest throwbacks. He asked me where I was from and I told him San Diego. He then asked me a question I've never been asked before.

"Oh, San Diego, huh? Do you know Cliff Levingston?"

"Not exactly," I told him. "But I did date his daughter." It was true, I did. Never thought it would come up.

"Really? I don't think he would let an NBA guy see his girl."

"Well, sir, I'm not an NBA guy. I aspire to be one though! For now I'm just an irresistibly handsome, smart, funny guy. Parents approve of that."

We laughed.

The fun and games were over though as it was time to get to work on the court. I did the things I always do. I got boards and played hard D. It was still hard on my body considering the long few weeks before and the travel schedule I had just endured, but defense is mental, so I made a point to focus on that.

After day one was over, some media asked me some questions, wrote up some day one reviews and posted the interview online. You can check them out here: RaptorsHQ, Hoops Addict and the National Post.

Two more days were left in Toronto. If my body could hold up, I figured I'd be all right. More to come.
Sign him up! I love this guys' blog and I think he can do something for the Raptors
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haha ... nice find Flash. I love Benson's sense of humour, but that doesn't win you contracts. If it did, Benzo and funkie would of been NBAer's years ago.

Anyhow, I'm looking forward to his performance in summer league next week.
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I had bolded the part where it said ''I got boards and played hard D''
Sounds really good and maybe we can sign him and have him as our rookie :]
Although we'd have an overload of bigs.
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The most interesting part of that blog was you could tell the culture shock of being in Canada the preconceived notions which exist about Canada. What a fascinating read.
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I had bolded the part where it said ''I got boards and played hard D''
Sounds really good and maybe we can sign him and have him as our rookie :]
Although we'd have an overload of bigs.
I'd be more optimistic if I heard those comments coming from our coaching staff instead of him tooting his own horn.

I'm intrigued though.
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Lol, let's just hope it's true. Go sign him BC! 6''10 defending rebounder ftw!
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Old 07-08-2008, 03:48 PM   #33 (permalink)
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The most interesting part of that blog was you could tell the culture shock of being in Canada the preconceived notions which exist about Canada. What a fascinating read.
Clearly, sir, you lack Boom-Tho-Ness

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Clearly, sir, you lack Boom-Tho-Ness

I hear you bro. TOO MUCH ROD-BENSON!
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Old 07-08-2008, 05:45 PM   #35 (permalink)
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someone should probably tell him that we call it back bacon...
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Old 07-08-2008, 06:02 PM   #36 (permalink)
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he is a fairly popular kid, his blog is nothing special, but he is fun and doesnt take himself too seriously and he is a good friend of Luke Jackson. More importantly I actully think he could be a decent player. He is suposed to be a rebound machine in the D - league, so I supose he cant be that bad.
I think it would be a good idea to sign him if theres rookm to be filled.
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someone should probably tell him that we call it back bacon...
Many did, in the comments.

As well as pea meal bacon apparently...which I've never heard before.


But seriously, if any of you guys are actually hating on Benson for that blog post you should really go and read more of his stuff. It's hilarious, and it's really entertaining to get updates from a guy who is trying like hell to make a good living playing basketball.

Although, as I've seen in the Gilbert Arenas thread, some of you would likely hate him. He has fun, which many seem to equate with immaturity or a lack of focus on basketball or whatever.

So if you prefer to hear from ball players who have graduated from the Lebron James School of Not Saying a Damn Thing That Could Potentially be Taken as Somewhat Offensive (reasonable student loan rates!) then steer clear of Rod Benson and head on over to espn.com

However, if you enjoy fun, then toomuchrodbenson.com (and his Ball Don't Lie column) are ready like spaghetti for you to get in there like swimwear!
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Many did, in the comments.

As well as pea meal bacon apparently...which I've never heard before.


But seriously, if any of you guys are actually hating on Benson for that blog post you should really go and read more of his stuff. It's hilarious, and it's really entertaining to get updates from a guy who is trying like hell to make a good living playing basketball.

Although, as I've seen in the Gilbert Arenas thread, some of you would likely hate him. He has fun, which many seem to equate with immaturity or a lack of focus on basketball or whatever.

So if you prefer to hear from ball players who have graduated from the Lebron James School of Not Saying a Damn Thing That Could Potentially be Taken as Somewhat Offensive (reasonable student loan rates!) then steer clear of Rod Benson and head on over to espn.com

However, if you enjoy fun, then toomuchrodbenson.com (and his Ball Don't Lie column) are ready like spaghetti for you to get in there like swimwear!
I usually read him in yahoo sports. Even though sometimes he sounds a little childish (specially on his videos), he is a fairly funny guy. Theres no harm in what he does, and he really loves basketball and you can tell he takes it pretty seriously.
He is a down to earth guy, not arrogant at all, and his teammates seem to love him. I loved the prank he did on his teammate where he made him think he was going to be traded.

And again, outside of his character, he is a talented basketbal player that could do some decent things in a team like Toronto.

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I've never seen any of his writings, except for the one above. Kinda funny actually.
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i like the sounds of this guy he may turn out to be a good player
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