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One of the favourite meeting places on the net today for yours truly is located at RaptorsRepublic.com, where the Dino Nation faithful get an opportunity to express their opinions [expert or otherwise] about their favourite NBA team in a mostly unfettered way.
Assuredly, this is a good thing.
The State of the Raptors
No matter where you stand on the optimist-pessimist spectrum one thing is undeniable: so far this season has been a massive disappointment. If you were wise enough to predict what has transpired so far, good for you, you’ve earned a right to say, “I’ve told you so”, just don’t rub it in every time. If you’re in the other category, the category which thought that this team just might have what it takes to progress in the playoffs, this season has been a total letdown peppered with disheartening losses that invalidate anything you might have believed in.
Raptors fans are often called bipolar because of they way they react to the team’s successes and misfortunes. A lot of that criticism is warranted but it is also bred by the fact that we seem to know all too well just exactly what we have in this team. We lose to the good ones, we beat the bad ones and we go .500 against teams that are on par with us. It’s a massive generalization but it is a correct one. After two years of humbling playoff exits it is perfectly natural to want more and so far this team has done little in showing that it can do any more than the last two versions. That is simply not good enough. Raptors fans would rather see a plan in place that strives towards attainable and sustainable success rather than see the GM assemble a team that hopes rather than plans for success and is impervious to the flaws in the product assembled.
And … here’s a sample of what you’ll find there … sometimes … from this observer:
Indeed, it is very interesting to read today, a persective like this one, on the Raptors’ current plight, which echoes some of what was first published on-line back on September 22, 2006 … Credit where credit is due … more than two full years ago.
What someone like this can surely tell you is that one of the most important things in life, when it comes to determining success or failure, is the ability to read accurately the risks and rewards associated with a specific opportunity that presents itself, in advance of others who are operating in the same environment.
Do THIS enough times and, regardless of the field, riches will eventually flow your way.
Conversely, fail to do THIS, regardless of the field, either enough times or, perhaps, even just once when a significant opportunity is presented … say, like, the chance to choose No. 1 overall from amongst Andrea Bargnani, LaMarcus Aldridge, Tyrus Thomas, Brandon Roy, Rudy Gay, etc. … and, it is going to be an uphill struggle from there, where only the very best in their chosen field will be able to recover fully due to their authentic expertise and the gradual passage of time.
When a person like Mr. Buffett speaks, although it might not always be easy listening, it is foolish to disregard those words, given in advance of others, if/when the topic is the successful financial investing of your own hard-earned money.
Within the realm of basketball and sports, in general, who are the equivalents to Warren B. that you should be atuned to … with your ears and eyes wide open [rather than Wide Shut] … on a regular basis?
Food For Thought … on a merry New Year’s Eve day morning.
Enjoy, and please be safe tonight … one and all.
There are no dress hearsals in this life.
All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages.
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