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Dr. J. Naismith 01-21-2008 09:13 AM

Today in Raptorland - 1/21/07

Teaching Bargnani centre job


General manager Bryan Colangelo said that the Raptors have discussed the idea of bringing in a coach to specifically help Bargnani get used to, and learn the nuances of, playing the centre position. The 7-foot Italian was moved to centre this season after a fine rookie campaign last year at forward.
Ford making progress


But while Colangelo acknowledged that reports out of Houston are good, there is still no timetable for Ford's return -- meaning that the Toronto GM will continue to search for another point guard to back up Jose Calderon, who has been averaging big minutes with Ford out.

Raps making their move at midseason


The Raptors have 10 games left before the Feb. 14-17 all-star break this season and have a favourable schedule. Six of the 10 are at home, there are only two sets of back-to-backs and they have league minors Minnesota, Milwaukee and Miami in that mix.

King's words ring in Raptors' ears


"I remember as I got older, my mom and dad talked about when he got assassinated and how things were and how you just felt like someone close in your family had just passed away," Mitchell recalled on Friday. "People were just devastated. My mom was like, 'For weeks, you just didn't know what to do with yourself.'

D-League dreamers


"The European teams have the same problems that the NBA does, making changes and coping with injuries throughout the season," said Maurizio Gherardini, vice president of the Toronto Raptors. "I know there are a lot of teams right now looking for players. I would not be surprised if a few of these players get offers."

The Third Way of Bryan Colangelo


One of these players is unlike the other four. Chris Bosh was acquired by the Raptors in the 2003 NBA draft lottery, and has proven to be a productive player who could score. The other four players, though, are below average scorers who were not highly sought after talents. Calderon and Moon were never drafted by an NBA team. Parker was drafted in 1997, but played several years in Israel and Italy before Colangelo signed him in the summer of 2006. And Delfino was a back-up for the Pistons, acquired for just two second round draft choices in 2007.

Of the teamís 23.3 Wins Produced at the midpoint of the 2007-08 season, 18.6 come from these four players. And not only are these four productive, they are also relative cheap (by NBA standards). For the 2007-08 season these four are paid a combined $9.1 million.

Who's real? Who's surreal?


The Raptors appear to be over the chemistry problems that led to a slow start to the season, although things still seem to be unsettled at small forward. Jose Calderon has filled in nicely at point guard while T.J. Ford has been out because of a severe spinal injury. But Toronto has yet to really make a sustained run and is just 2-10 against conference contenders Boston, Orlando, Detroit, Cleveland and Washington. Status: Pretender

Acie 01-21-2008 09:30 AM

I love that kilt. :D

Acie 01-21-2008 09:51 AM



Belsius 01-21-2008 09:54 AM

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Dr. J. Naismith 01-21-2008 01:53 PM

So according to the Sun article on Ford, TJ might actually be ready to go soon. I still think BC is wise in exploring other PG options. We can only hope Ford comes back 100%, but for all we know he might continue to have more complications with his neck and spine and if so, what do we do then? Jose can play alot I have no doubt about that, but the 8 to 10 minutes that he doesn't play, we need someone who can still run the offense and not allow it to be as stagnant as when Darrick or Juan come in. :(

Acie 01-21-2008 02:04 PM

We definitely need a better third option seeing as TJ (presumably for the rest of his career) is one hard foul away from missing two months.

Dr. J. Naismith 01-21-2008 02:07 PM


Originally Posted by ACIEEARL40 (Post 5664)
We definitely need a better third option seeing as TJ (presumably for the rest of his career) is one hard foul away from missing two months.

I know, talk about walking on egg shells. Every game I'll watch, I'll fear that it could be his last. :(

Torontosaurus 01-21-2008 11:54 PM


Originally Posted by ACIEEARL40 (Post 5664)
We definitely need a better third option seeing as TJ (presumably for the rest of his career) is one hard foul away from missing two months.

As long as TJ is in danger of getting seriously hurt, the Raps would be smart to keep Jose. Which presumably means we'll be keeping both for the long term.:) But a decent 3rd option would be good. How bout someone like Dan Dickau? He looked pretty good but don't know his contract status tho.

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