The Nightmare on Bay St.: The State of the Toronto Raptors
If it’s possible, it has become even more apparent that Andrea Bargnani is the ONLY bright spot in the Raptors lineup. Unfortunately, like many NBA stars, he is breaking down under the stress of a shortened season. Although an MRI last week revealed no structural damage, the Raptors have no timetable for his return. I’mno doctor but “strained calf muscle” sounds weak to me. Clearly the Primo Pasta star doesn’t have the toughness to play through a strain.
The Raptors suffered another BRUTAL loss at the hands of the Celtics, falling to seven and 16 on the season. Like many of you, I can’t bear to watch anymore. I mean,Toronto has been brutal in the past, but this year’s team is achieving a new low – for me it’s the tipping point. I’d rather watch a Mike Holmes marathon than waste my evening watching another abysmal performance.
With Facebook announcing an IPO this week I heard mention of people encouraging members to deactivate their account to impact the stock value. It would be equally great if Raptor fans would stop showing up to games, or at least, if the entire lower bowl stayed in the concourse for the opening quarter. Even better, what about a flash mob or a walk out?
No offence to the players who are putting forth effort, but management needs to recognize this isn’t acceptable and drastic times call for drastic measures. After all, Colangelo is making a solid salary in Toronto and he gets paid to make the tough decisions – MAKE THEM! There was hope when we landed Bryan Colangelo but anyone who has been following the Raptors has to note that virtually all his trades and acquisitions have not improved the roster. The Raptors are on their third coach in six seasons!
In the 16-year history of the Toronto Raptors there hasn’t been much to cheer about. Year after year, this team is always playing for the future. Five times in the past 16 YEARS the Raptors have finished with a record above .500 – unacceptable. Eleven top 10 draft picks in 16 years and still no sign of the ship sailing in the right direction?
The person I feel for the most is Raptors Radio Analyst, Eric Smith. I bet at one point traveling and reporting on the Raps must have felt like a dream, but surely it’s turned into groundhog day. The bright spot is certainly enjoying the other teams and I wouldn’t blame him if he showed up with a Heat jersey on!
…and that is the last word. FOR NOW.