Rival Assistant Coach's Assessment
Old 12-16-2009, 11:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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was talking to a rival assistant coach one night recently and asked him for an honest assessment of the Raptors.

What I got was this, and I paraphrase because my tape recorder wasnít on and the hand-written notes I jotted down are almost indecipherable.

But the gist of itís right:

ďItís a good team, a playoff team. Probably fifth best in the East. But I have no idea why they canít play hard every night. If you get them down, they go away.Ē

Pretty good assessment, donít you think?

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Old 12-16-2009, 11:29 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Yup...that's it right there. Sad.
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Old 12-16-2009, 11:30 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Bang on assessment. Then again, stevie wonder could have seen that.
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Old 12-16-2009, 11:37 AM   #4 (permalink)
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that's why i'm going to be mainly watching the Leafs Coyotes match tonight.
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Old 12-16-2009, 11:38 AM   #5 (permalink)
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The team is a direct reflection of it's leadership.
No one is holding anyone accountable, not management, not the coaches and certainly not the players.
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Old 12-16-2009, 11:40 AM   #6 (permalink)
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that's why i'm going to be mainly watching the Leafs Coyotes match tonight.
I think i'll be watching inglorious bastards. Then again, i'll probably tune in to the first half to see if we show up at all.
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Old 12-16-2009, 11:47 AM   #7 (permalink)
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The team is a direct reflection of it's leadership.
No one is holding anyone accountable, not management, not the coaches and certainly not the players.
I agree 100%. Leadership is the one intangable that this team must need. I really wonder how many times Bosh says to his guys "guys i'm gonna have a good night just follow my lead" or Triano say to the guys "we gonna win this one just do what I say"

If its more than what I can count on one hand I would be shockingly surprised.
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Old 12-16-2009, 11:49 AM   #8 (permalink)
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they seemed to have good success after that players meeting.

Maybe they should have pre-game players meetings?
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Old 12-16-2009, 11:51 AM   #9 (permalink)
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they seemed to have good success after that players meeting.

Maybe they should have pre-game players meetings?
LOL player meetings you can't hold them all the time I think cause they just get routine wouldn't you think?

I really think some of the better players have to grow some balls and show the team how to win.

Let me ask you and everyone else this...... Why does it seem the bench warmers out work everyone else on the team?
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Old 12-16-2009, 11:57 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Let me ask you and everyone else this...... Why does it seem the bench warmers out work everyone else on the team?
Because they're hungry. But it happens all the time, guys who don't play much get a chance do to injury or someone's inconsistent play and they seem to bring a spark but after awhile they crash back down and you're reminded why they were th 11-12th man on the roster. Weems is very likely no different, same goes with Pops. Both players are athletic and can bring energy but aren't that bright.
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Old 12-16-2009, 12:01 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Let me ask you and everyone else this...... Why does it seem the bench warmers out work everyone else on the team?
Do they though?

I don't notice anyone outworking anyone really. Some guys are grittier (Johnson, Pops, to a lesser extent Bosh), but i find that in the end they all look equally lost on the court.
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Old 12-16-2009, 04:26 PM   #12 (permalink)
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That is so true. If we had Sam Mitchell and Marc Iavaroni as his assistant. We would be 16-11 or better right now.
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Old 12-16-2009, 04:29 PM   #13 (permalink)
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We need a coach that can motivate
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Old 12-16-2009, 04:32 PM   #14 (permalink)
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^^^Absolutely. One thing I loved about Sam was his emotions he use to always defend his players and never let the team giveup. It's sad that Iavaroni is more vocal then Trianno.
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Old 12-16-2009, 04:47 PM   #15 (permalink)
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I think i'll be watching inglorious bastards. Then again, i'll probably tune in to the first half to see if we show up at all.
I predict the movie will be much more enjoyable than the game. It was a good movie, enjoy.
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Old 12-16-2009, 05:05 PM   #16 (permalink)
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The problem is the way they get down, without any concept of doing something to turn things around.

Last night I saw a team with a legitimate gameplan, and another team that had no real idea what it wanted to do, and ended up coughing up turnovers, while having no means of counteracting what Miami was doing. I look at the bench guys now and they look miserable. Not only are some guys getting underplayed, but when they do get to play, they get thrown into the ridiculous situation where the coach is asking pretty much the opposite of what he should be of the guys on the floor.

Last night it was all about running and trying to get some 3's up. That meant guys rushing shots, and passes becoming robotic and easy to pick off. That left the defense with no real chance again, because the stupid offensive sets were leaving them with such poor court balance. Is it any wonder that they lay down and die from there? Especially when the plan from there is to launch more rushed threes, just as Bosh was finding a mid-range game, and maybe softening up the middle a bit? For so long I thought it was the players exhibiting defensive lapses, but it looks more and more to me like what they are asked to do on both sides of the court is hurting them terribly, and obviously they are buying into it less and less.
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