Sun: Challenging Times for the Raptors
Old 01-28-2011, 09:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Say what you want about these Raptors, and a lot has been said, but on most nights they at least put forward an honest effort, even though the team’s limited talent base and thinning roster deny the unit any realistic shot at victory.

To hear Triano tell it, competition in a practice setting, that is when the team has enough healthy pieces to actually have a five on five session, has been quite spirited.

Almost from the moment the Raptors gathered back in the fall, the message being conveyed was that hard work in practice would translate into minutes on the floor and opportunities.

It’s a theme that continues today, an approach that lends itself well for a young unit, even if wins have been as elusive as fielding a healthy roster.

“I’m not sure if I had a salty veteran who was getting outplayed by a young guy, and I was playing the young guy, how the veteran would respond,’’ Triano said.

“I don’t know if the veteran would respond by folding the tent or whether he’d respond by fighting back. All these guys are fighting for their careers.”
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“We’ve got a lot of players who won’t be the focal point (on a team) for the rest of their career,’’ Triano added. “What we’ve tried to do is create competition for spots in practice.

“Every drill we do is a competitive one. Due to our roster situation, we have a lot of guys champing at the bit that they might get more time.”
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I know he's being realistic, but it doesn't really show a lot of faith in the players. Truth be told, if I ever heard my coach tell me that, I'd have to question myself of what's the point? My drive was always to be the best and always have the hope of being 'the man'. If someone said, well, you're never going to be that, it would really set me back.
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Old 01-28-2011, 09:54 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Triano is just ahhh.....

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Old 01-28-2011, 10:06 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I have total faith and confidence in Triano... as tank commander. Someday, I will miss his propensity to swear. We haven't had a bald caucasian coach speak with such candor since Kevin O'Neill. Hide your lamps.
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Old 01-28-2011, 12:36 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Fire Triano, hes an idiot.
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Old 01-28-2011, 12:53 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Lol..... if Triano would have come out and said "we have a lot of guys here who are going to be all-stars one day" he would have got twice as many facepalms as he's receiving now.

Sorry to disrupt the witch-hunt... carry on.
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well he's not wrong. how many times will julian wright get the opportunity to buck up 10 shots in the first half again in his career? most likely never, after how it went over on wednesday.
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Lol..... if Triano would have come out and said "we have a lot of guys here who are going to be all-stars one day" he would have got twice as many facepalms as he's receiving now.

Sorry to disrupt the witch-hunt... carry on.
boom... this. Toraptorforever is correct on this front. Triano is just giving us a little smitch.
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