The Raptors Will Challenge Boston For The Atlantic Division
Old 08-13-2009, 10:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The Toronto Raptors are putting themselves in position to be direct challengers for the Atlantic Division. Of course, the squad would have to go toe-to-toe with the likes of Philadelphia and New Jersey.

The Raptors now look like a 45-win team, a nice improvement from that of a team that languished in the gallows last season.

Bryan Colangelo recognized his mistakes, and in the process, remade the entire coaching staff with the hire of Jay Triano, the first full-time Canadian head coach in the Association, and one who’s work was given rave reviews by USA Basketball officials.

Triano has already shown he can coach at the professional level, and his extensive international experience and seven years as an NBA assistant make him a more than qualified candidate for the head-coaching position.

The additions of Reggie Evans and Jarret Jack, along with Belinelli, Turkoglu, athletic wing DemarDeRozan, Nesterovic, and the core of Bosh, Calderon, and Bargnani would give the Raptors the chance to be a contender in the East.

Like Colangelo, Triano is a big proponent of the fast-break basketball; something of which the Raptors hope will carry the team to greater heights, but also develop a basketball brand of Colangelo’s vision.

Boston have still maintained their core, and added Rasheed Wallace to the equation, the 76ers are returning to their old roots with the uniform change, but much would have to be expected of Elton Brand, who hopes to return to form after going another injury-plague season.

Boston is expected to challenge for the Atlantic Division once again with the core of Allen, Pierce, and Garnett.

However, with Philadelphia, Toronto, and New jersey all sporting younger and faster lineups, Boston knows that its window of opportunity may be closing sooner rather than later.

The Raptors are hoping that their summer overhaul at least gives Chris Bosh the re-assurance that the team is serious about contending.

Toronto would be looking to make a fast start to the season, but would have to do so with the likes of Cleveland and San Antonio within their early part of the schedule.

by Malungu Vincent (Scribe)

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2...antic-division

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Old 08-13-2009, 10:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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First of all, where's the link?

Second, i'm guessing this wasn't written by an american.

Third, we're a 45 win team (according to him)...yet we'll challenge a possible 55-60 win team for the division?

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Old 08-13-2009, 10:19 PM   #3 (permalink)
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You never know, we do have Marcus Banks this year to cover up Jose's crappy defense.
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no way we are better than Boston
the only way would be that 3 of their starters gets injured
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Old 08-13-2009, 10:23 PM   #5 (permalink)
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First of all, where's the link?

Second, i'm guessing this wasn't written by an american.

Third, we're a 45 win team (according to him)...yet we'll challenge a possible 55-60 win team for the division?

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Old 08-13-2009, 10:24 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Old 08-13-2009, 10:29 PM   #7 (permalink)
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This article is interesting because Raptors have the artillery to challenge a championship team.

Our starters against there starters and that's a coin flip. Raptors will challenge for the top 4 seat and might even end up above Cavs or second to Orlando. Nobody expected magic to go so far last year but they surprised everybody. This is Raptors opportunity.
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This article is interesting because Raptors have the artillery to challenge a championship team.

Our starters against there starters and that's a coin flip. Raptors will challenge for the top 4 seat and might even end up above Cavs or second to Orlando. Nobody expected magic to go so far last year but they surprised everybody. This is Raptors opportunity.
I think you're jumping the gun just a tad. lol But it's nice to hear some optomism here compared to prior to the draft/summer. I'm so looking forward to this season.
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Boston is expected to challenge for the Atlantic Division once again with the core of Allen, Pierce, and Garnett.
i dont know how rondo cant be included at this point in his career.
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Old 08-13-2009, 10:38 PM   #10 (permalink)
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You never know, we do have Marcus Banks this year to cover up Jose's crappy defense.
Just a question?? Were you being serious or were u sarcastic??
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I think you're jumping the gun just a tad. lol But it's nice to hear some optomism here compared to prior to the draft/summer. I'm so looking forward to this season.
After calculating Raptors the past few seasons and BC's trial and error with new additions, Raptors have finally come to position where they can put up challenge at home and at road every night. The only reason I said second to Orlando, because they don't have a center or anybody who can stop Dwight.
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i dont know how rondo cant be included at this point in his career.
Rondo is not an all star or the most important piece in Celtics. Rondo has great players around him and that's reason he has high assist. I still remember when Jay Triano almost threw the ball at his face but controlled himself.

Jose > Rondo
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Rondo is not an all star or the most important piece in Celtics. Rondo has great players around him and that's reason he has high assist. I still remember when Jay Triano almost threw the ball at his face but controlled himself.

Jose > Rondo
i would actually say rondo has a slight advantage, its mainly because of his speed and defense. if jose can find some way to defend other PG's he would be considered way > then rondo because of his shooting ability.
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Rondo is not an all star or the most important piece in Celtics. Rondo has great players around him and that's reason he has high assist. I still remember when Jay Triano almost threw the ball at his face but controlled himself.

Jose > Rondo
I think you need to re-watch the Chicago-Boston series on ESPN clasic.
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new jersey challenging? i dont think so...credibility -1
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i would actually say rondo has a slight advantage, its mainly because of his speed and defense. if jose can find some way to defend other PG's he would be considered way > then rondo because of his shooting ability.
I agree Rondo's has more speed but the defense is questionable. Derrick Rose got a record on rondo in the chicago vs boston series. I would still choose jose over rondo due to high basketball IQ. Rondo is not as smart as jose when it comes to decision making. Speed can get you only 5 to 6 years in the nba and the rest comes with experience. NBA Has a draft every year and the new players are young and engertic, but old point guards like jason kidd can still keep up young pg. That is because jason maintains his energy throughout a game and season and uses his experience over speed because he doesnt have speed but he has experience.
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I agree Rondo's has more speed but the defense is questionable. Derrick Rose got a record on rondo in the chicago vs boston series. I would still choose jose over rondo due to high basketball IQ. Rondo is not as smart as jose when it comes to decision making. Speed can get you only 5 to 6 years in the nba and the rest comes with experience. NBA Has a draft every year and the new players are young and engertic, but old point guards like jason kidd can still keep up young pg. That is because jason maintains his energy throughout a game and season and uses his experience over speed because he doesnt have speed but he has experience.
Rondo averaged 16.9/9.7/9.8/2.5 stls throughout the playoffs. In the Chicago series he had two triple double games, both were crucial wins for boston. Rose did have good games, but was nowhere as dominant as Rondo
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I agree Rondo's has more speed but the defense is questionable. Derrick Rose got a record on rondo in the chicago vs boston series. I would still choose jose over rondo due to high basketball IQ. Rondo is not as smart as jose when it comes to decision making. Speed can get you only 5 to 6 years in the nba and the rest comes with experience. NBA Has a draft every year and the new players are young and engertic, but old point guards like jason kidd can still keep up young pg. That is because jason maintains his energy throughout a game and season and uses his experience over speed because he doesnt have speed but he has experience.
its crazy to say you would pick jose over rondo.....rondo alm,ost averaged a triple double during the playoffs....and he will get more experienced....and he has a wayyyyyyy higher ceiling then jose.....and rondos got wayyyy better defense then jose...
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and about this article....lets not kid our selves....this team as a group hasn't proved shit all.....its insane to even think that we will challenge Boston this early....lets actually play a game first....
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You never know, we do have Marcus Banks this year to cover up Jose's crappy defense.
We have his big ass to cover the bench actually.
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