Benefit of the doubt gone for Raptors’ GM
Reactions to the Heat/Raptors trade from 3 Toronto local columnists who cover the Raptors on a regular basis.
Welcome to wacky world of Bryan Bizarro hoops: Raptorland might as well be the new Bizarro World, the old cartoon planet where bad is good and ugly is beautiful. The GM once heralded as a saviour suddenly needs saving.
Raps’ GM delusional: The Golden Boy of the Raptors is no more. Where once every word seemed believable, now he talks in bafflegab. His post-trade conference call, following the Jermaine O’Neal-Shawn Marion deal, sounded like an exercise in creative dance, full of expression but meaning what?
Two years ago, his plan for the future was built around the acquisition of T.J. Ford. That didn’t work. This season, it was built around the acquisition of O’Neal. That didn’t work. And now, the plan has been altered once again.
Raptors’ rewind: Put it all together and what do you have? A team a lot better than 07-08? A lot better than this past season?
I just don’t see it, personally.
I see a team that is older, expensive, still lacking a late shot-clock scorer or shot creator on the wing.
Can this team make a run at the eighth spot this year? Possibly. More likely they make a run at ninth spot and hurt their draft position.
Can the outline of the team next season be much better than a 45-win team? It’s hard to think so; I mean, the guts of it won just 41 games last season. And if it does I’m not sure it projects as one with a lot of upside. But hey, maybe it will be enough to convince Chris Bosh to sign that six-year, $127-million contract in the summer of 2010.
But does that make you a team that has a serious chance to win championships? Is that the point?
I thought it was, but I’m not sure anymore.
For the most part, this corner is in agreement with the sentiments expressed in these three articles.
Thus far, there does not seem to be a Master Action Plan at work for the Raptors to become a perennial member of the NBA’s upper echelon.