Credit where credit is due

With all due respect to:

1. Michael Grange - AIR BALLS: WHERE THE RAPTORS WENT WRONG;

and,

2. Dave Feschuk - Colangelo’s credibility is at stake;

it should also be noted that, on September 22, 2006, more than two full years ago, a simple thread first appeared on another Raptors’ friendly web site titled, 

Where is all this unbridled optimism coming from in Raptorland?,

which, in FACT, read like this:

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enkhata
WaivedJoined: 23 Aug 2006
Posts: 104

 

Posted: Fri Sep 22, 2006 2:28 am    Post subject:



 

Where is all this unbridled optimism coming from in Raptorland?

 

Until they can address their many deficiencies, which include at least the following: - a GM with no basketball pedigree of his own as a former player, coach or scout at a high level, who once traded Jason Kidd for Stephon Marbury and Steve Nash to Dallas
- an assistant GM who doesn’t yet know the ins and outs of the NBA
- a head coach who has lost 50+ games in a single with his current team
- a staff of assistant coaches without a single NBA championship to their credit
- too few defensively strong and quick players, capable of rebounding effectively at their respective positions, relative to their opponent
- too few offensively talented players capable of creating and taking advantage of mismatches against their individual checks, particularly inside and out to the mid-range area
- a too small and weak starting PG who can’t knock down perimeter shots consistently
- a relatively poor defensive back-up PG who also can’t knock down 3-pt shots consistently
- a talented and under-sized starting center who will eventually be forced to shift from his best/natural position, where he has the most match-up advantages against NBA opponents, to accommodate (a) the no. 1 overall draft pick who cannot play any other position effectively in the NBA other than center as an everyday player, despite his lack of physical strength, limited lateral quickness, poor vertical explosiveness, limited shot-blocking ability, and propensity for fouling indiscriminently, and (b) the newly acquired veteran center from San Antonio who wasn’t good enough to play a lick in last year’s Western Conference semi-finals because he can’t rebound, defend, block shots or shoot it well enough relative to his own check
- no established scoring/shooting NBA 2-Guard on the roster
- no established rebounding PF on their roster

 

… they will still fail to reach the 30-win plateau this season despite completely overhauling their roster

 

 

and captured succinctly what the State of Affairs would be like, in Raptorville, some 27 months later.

Looking back today … with the benefit of time … it is certainly interesting to see exactly which of enkhata’s assessments eventually proved to be wrong, regarding:

  • The Raptors win total during the 2006-2007 season, when they won 47 games and captured their 1st Atlantic Division title;

… and which ones eventually proved to be right, regarding:

  • The Raptors’ President/GM
  • The Raptors’ Assistant GM
  • The Raptors’ Head Coach
  • The Raptors’ Assistant Coaches
  • The Raptors’ Players who were/are talented enough to Defend & Rebound effectively at their respective positions
  • The Raptors’ Players who are talented enough to create and take advantage of offensive mis-matches, particularly inside and out to the mid-range area
  • TJ Ford
  • Jose Calderon
  • Chris Bosh
  • Andrea Bargnani
  • Rasho Nesterovic
  • The Raptors’ Off Guards
  • The Raptors’ Power Forwards.

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Yes, indeed …

“The proof of the pudding is always in the eating.”

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