Where's the Intensity? Marion can't find it
Old 02-22-2009, 07:21 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Of all the emotions that have run through the Raptors this season from bewilderment to frustration to confusion to resignation Shawn Marion voiced one yesterday seldom heard.

He has been here less than a week, played just two games and had just three practices, but as he stood near the exit of the practice gym at the Air Canada Centre yesterday, there was no ambiguity about how he felt.

"Yeah, I'm pissed off," he said. "Hell, yeah, I want everybody pissed off."

What had irked the short-timer so much was Toronto's utter capitulation at the hands of the New York Knicks on Friday, a 30-point shellacking from a team with almost as bad a record as the Raptors that was marked by a distinct lack of fight.

Toronto was on its heels from the opening tip and there's a case to be made the game was effectively over when the Knicks scored the first nine points. The Raptors played tentatively and without emotion, shell-shocked from the first few possessions and unable to find any fight to get back in the game.

For Marion, it's unacceptable.

"The mood (yesterday) was to come here and get some work done," said the 10-year NBA vet. "Everybody was kind of pissed off, nobody likes losing by 30 points, I don't care who you are.

"If you have any kind of pride or any kind of integrity, you don't like losing by that many points. We have to come in here (this afternoon against the Knicks again) and be ready to fight like cats and dogs."

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Old 02-22-2009, 07:40 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Maybe what this team needs is a few more "Marions" and a few less "character guys".
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Old 02-22-2009, 08:58 AM   #3 (permalink)
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well I'm kinda thinking what that is, IS a character guy.
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Old 02-22-2009, 09:18 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I would be pissed as well if I go traded from a playoff team to team that is heading for the lottery.
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Thank you Marion. Atleast someone is mad and wants there team to do better
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Thank you Marion. Atleast someone is mad and wants there team to do better
Don't worry... few more weeks here and he'll turn in brainless zombie who doesn't care about losing... you'll see.
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Maybe what this team needs is a few more "Marions" and a few less "character guys".
I think Marion is a character guy.
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I think Marion is a character guy.
Oh, he is a character alright.
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I wonder how much influence he'll have on that room. It should be Bosh saying those things, am I right? Where was all this anger on Friday night? Good for Marion to voice his opinion but the rest of those losers have got to find some pride as well.
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I wonder if Marion is as pissed off as when the Suns wouldn't sign him to an extension for more money than he makes right now and make him more of a focal point of the offense?
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I wonder how much influence he'll have on that room. It should be Bosh saying those things, am I right? Where was all this anger on Friday night? Good for Marion to voice his opinion but the rest of those losers have got to find some pride as well.
When Bosh says those things he shouldn't be blaming teammates.
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He should be looking in the mirror.
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I'm glad SOMEbody on that team feels that way. I watched five minutes of that game and wanted to vomit
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man I like Marion.... I kind of hope he stays... even tho i doubt he will...
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Shawn Marion has played just two games as a member of the Raptors, but he is already showing frustration with a perceived lack of intensity from his teammates.

"Yeah, I'm pissed off," he said. "Hell, yeah, I want everybody pissed off."

Marion was especially upset after the team's lackadaisical 30-point loss to the Knicks on Friday night.

"The mood (yesterday) was to come here and get some work done," said Marion. "Everybody was kind of pissed off, nobody likes losing by 30 points, I don't care who you are.

"If you have any kind of pride or any kind of integrity, you don't like losing by that many points. We have to come in here (Sunday afternoon against the Knicks again) and be ready to fight like cats and dogs."
I hope Toronto gets the message. At least Marion is saying something.
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Interesting to me that he would say something like this. The overall vibe I've got from Marion over the years is that he doesn't care, guess I was totally off. If I took a moment to think about it I probably would have came to the conclusion that a player like Marion depends on nightly effort to be effective.
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Interesting to me that he would say something like this. The overall vibe I've got from Marion over the years is that he doesn't care, guess I was totally off. If I took a moment to think about it I probably would have came to the conclusion that a player like Marion depends on nightly effort to be effective.
thats what I thought too, but he wants to win more than ever b/c his career is winding down
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