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Number Crunchin’ – Do the Right Thing!

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Chris Bosh turned 25 today and the media had a birthday present waiting for him. Early today the news leaked of his pending lawsuit accusing him of being a deadbeat dad and from there out media and blogs took over. … Continue reading

Raptor Rant – Cuckoo for Coco POPS!

cocopops119,000 + fans jumped out of their seats yesterday as they watched Pops Mensah-Bonsu throw down his 3rd dunk of the day. You see, Toronto Raptor fans have been involved in a game of Tug-of-War with the team over the past year. Being a fan is all about give and take and the team hasn’t been giving them much to cheer for. These days more often than not,the fans in the stands are heard booing the home team and cheering visiting players.

It was about a year ago that Chris bosh called out the fans in a video asking them to get behind the team and in return he received his fair share of backlash. What gives the player the right to tell the fan’s how to react at the game? Raptor fans have been bashed around the league for lacking basketball knowledge, cheering the visiting team and on most nights chanting for pizza in a loss but one thing no one ever should question is the passion of these Raptor fans… just ask Bill Simmons or Charlie Rosen.

Keeping the core intact, Bryan Colangelo pulled off some risky moves in the off-season that were to help the team get to the next level – GM FAIL! Luckily, its never been about winning or losing but rather about heart and hustle that will rally Raptor fans to get behind the team. Call it “The Hockey Mentality” or whatever – Toronto fans can bring it… they have proven it in the past. The talent may be lacking from this team, but more so on any given night there is no passion displayed by the team to win and I can’t help but point my finger right back at the leader of the team for setting examples. The same guy who called out the fans for not getting behind the team has me questioning what he has brought to that team this year. In the 30+ games atended this season there has not been a single instance where I was convinced that Bosh was trying his hardest. There are lots of excuses – Olympics, injuries and off nights but bottom line you want us to cheer? give us a reason to do so. This is not the worst season record wise for the Toronto Raptors in their short history, but this is the first time as a fan I felt I was being robbed by the team.

All these thoughts went through my mind as I cheered through the game v/s the Indiana Pacers yesterday at the Air Canada Center. I have not seen that much hurt being put on a rim at the ACC by the home team since the days of #15. There have been games the Raptors had no business winning and some they threw away but on this day the fans rose from their seats not for the dunk or the win, but for the man who gave us a reason to cheer. In no way do I think Pops is the “Messiah” and will lead the Raptors to go 15-0 for the rest of the season, but for one day I walked out of the arena smiling knowing that the game of tug of war had been called off (for now!!).

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Number Crunchin’ – The Benchwarmers

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At what point does it become about player development rather than trying to win in a lost cause. Over the past few weeks I have been trying to understand the logic of a coach playing Nick Young only about 15 … Continue reading

Repeat Offender – “Shut your trap”

What’s with NBA players and their mouth guards? This season more than ever I have noticed those mouth guards spending more time everywhere but in the mouth -that is straight NASTY! Above are some of the repeat offenders and on any given night you will find them chewing on the the mouth guard, tucking them in their socks, behind their ears, into their headbands, and even just holding them in the palm of their hand. The minute the whistle blows, out pops the saliva filled rubber/plastic piece… is there no mouth guard etiquette in effect? Players hold them in their hands, then high-five other players with no concern of all the germs and nastiness they pass on. Gerald Wallace might not have so many concussions if his mouth guard was actually in his mouth, most times I see it half hanging out as he is driving to the bucket. Shaq treats his like a piece of candy and he goes with the popular red and white guard that looks like he chewing on gummy worms through the night. Earlier this year Steve Nash found Chris Bosh’s mouth guard on the court and during a play picked it up and handed it back to him without flinching only to check his hands a minute later… those same hands that he has licked over 20 times in the game already and slicked his hair with!

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Raptor Rant: Clutchness revisited

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As you know by now I am all about the numbers. I know they don’t tell the whole story but you can get a pretty good idea how the game is going to go if you just look at the … Continue reading

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Number Crunchin’ – O Brother, Where Art Thou?

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The back story of the Lakers v/s Grizzlies game will always be the more compelling one. Last night the Gasol brothers, who were traded for each other, met in a match up at Staples that was one we would rather … Continue reading