Steve Simmons: Raps should take on coach's personality
Old 03-18-2010, 11:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Jay Triano, the basketball player, was a portrait of tenacity: A veritable coachís dream.

You asked and he did. He rarely took nights off. He rarely took possessions off. He pushed himself to the limits he was capable of pushing. And he lost hard, personal, like he never wanted to experience it again.

Which begs the question: Why canít the Raptors be more like their coach? And more questions: Why donít they have more of his dogged personality? Why donít they engage in every game the way they engaged last night, an impressive end, a needed victory, a win as much about coaching and tenacity as anything the Raptors have done through this debilitating and potentially crushing streak of woe?

Triano needs the Raptors to be more like him, more involved, more intense. On Wednesday night at the Air Canada Centre, the Raptorsí season was almost entirely on display against the very strong Atlanta Hawks. They were horrible early, strong through the middle of the game, troubled for much of the second half and absolutely composed in the final electric seconds in which they snatched an on-your-feet victory, putting an end to this horrendous streak of nine losses in 10 games.

All this on a night where fans booed in the second minute of play, in the third quarter, and an ACC with too many empty seats had a sense of trepidation until the final minutes.

But this win, more than anything, was a victory for a coach in need of a positive. This is still his first full season in the NBA. This is his once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. He is still building whatever reputation will come his way.

All Triano asked before the game was for the Raptors to compete. That was the message. He wanted them to play some defence. He wanted them to rebound with more diligence. He said the problem, too often, is that when they play defence, they donít rebound, and when they rebound they donít play defence.

Toronto trailed by four with just over a minute to play. The game wasnít going its way. Al Horford seemed like a puzzle that Andrea Bargnani couldnít solve. And then, a blink of an eye later, a perfectly drawn-up play that isolated Chris Bosh, led to a game-winning jumpshot. Jubilation at the ACC: Everyone on their feet.

How many nights has that been possible in this up-and-down season? How many wins over real contenders have their been, this close, this demanding, this necessary?
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Old 03-18-2010, 11:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Already posted and discussed in the Daily "News".

Man, why don't you guys read the articles?

I's like it's all about the babes or something...
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Old 03-18-2010, 11:23 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Already posted and discussed in the Daily "News".

Man, why don't you guys read the articles?

I's like it's all about the babes or something...
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Old 03-18-2010, 11:27 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Already posted and discussed in the Daily "News".

Man, why don't you guys read the articles?

I's like it's all about the babes or something...
Babes.....what babes?

Weren't they taken away? See the Kuzzy clause in the RF rules manual. lol
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Old 03-19-2010, 02:15 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Babes.....what babes?

Weren't they taken away? See the Kuzzy clause in the RF rules manual. lol
Does Kuzzy Claus come down the chimney and take away young boys' nudie mags?
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Old 03-19-2010, 02:55 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I heard jack armstron and Eric Smith were talking about this very article on the FAN yesterday (damn i love listening to those two dudes - they work off each other briliantly). Anyways, Jack was going on and on about how this was such a great article and how everyone should read it. You can really see how (being a coach himself), he appreciates the way that this piece discusses Triano and coaching in general. COaching is the last thing Armstrong criticizes.
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Old 03-19-2010, 08:14 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I wish Jack Armstrong was our coach
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Old 03-19-2010, 08:17 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I wish Jack Armstrong was our coach
I'd take Sam back at this point. Triano is clueless.
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