Definition of a ‘good loss’ for the Raptors this year
Charlotte Bobcats 101
TORONTO BOBCATS 96
Complete Game Summary
In spite of the rabble raised by an increasingly displeased general fanbase …
Last night’s loss to the visiting Charlotte Bobcats [2-7] epitomizes what exactly should be considered a “lose-win-win” situation for this year’s version of the Toronto Raptors, at least, if their embattled President/GM, Bryan Colangelo, really does know what he’s doing, as a long time NBA executive whose long term goal should be the building of a championship-winning franchise for the great City of Toronto.
COMPONENTS OF A GOOD LOSS FOR THE RAPTORS THIS SEASON
1. Their opponent is a team with more NBA level talent on their roster than Toronto.
2. The game’s final outcome is only decided in the last 30 seconds of play.
3. At no point during the game does Toronto fall behind by more than 10 points.
4. At no point during the game does Toronto go ahead by more than 15 points.
5. DeMar DeRozan and Ed Davis – only once he is 100% healthy, again – receive at least 20+ minutes of PT, including at the start of quarters #1 and #3, plus during the last 6 minutes of quarter #4 [and, in any overtime session which might be played].
The long term objective for the Toronto Raptors this season should be focused, exclusively, on obtaining the future rights to a Top 3 Pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.
Anything which, in fact, moves the team closer to achieving THIS specific goal next summer is a good thing for this franchise heading towards the future.
Damon Stoudemire, Marcus Camby, Tracy McGrady, Vince Carter and [now] Chris Bosh are no longer members of the Toronto Raptors and what this team needs to do next is obtain another young, high calibre, multi-dimensional NBA player, via the Draft, who is truly capable of becoming the Cornerstone Player this franchise has been unable to develop and retain since its inception 15 years ago.
Without actually having such a player on your team, in the NBA landscape, everything else which an organization does is mere window dressing and, quite simply, a waste of your precious time … i.e. not intended to help bring a League Championship your way anytime in the not-too-distant future … as a die-hard fan who has a thorough understanding of what the game is all about, at the highest levels of play.
The greatest challenge which this franchise will face this year will involve resisting the impulse to … once, again … go for the quick fix, in order to placate the egos of those specific individuals in charge of the day-to-day operation of the team that has very little to do with the building of an authentic championship-winning organization in a North American pro team sports environment.