Hello everybody...haven't been blogging for a minute...took a little breather at the end of a great Raptor season. Now like all Dino fans I was disappointed with the way the season came to an end...but I was really proud of the many accomplishments that the Raptors gave the fans this season. Chris Bosh making 2nd team All-NBA was one of the best accolades that the team received. Bosh is simply one of the best in the league. He will get better despite a frustrating playoffs against the Nets. I told you guys Lawrence Frank would do a number on CB4! He can always be guaranteed to make teams beat him with their 2nd...3rd and 4th options...but he will never let the Number One guy beat him. As for Vince Carter. Well he may not be in the swamp next year...Rumour has it he may be heading south to Orlando. Who knows he may consider Portland now that they have the number one pick in this Junes draft and some very nice pieces to go along with their future franchise to be...whoever that may be.
Apparently Vince did cherish beating the Raptors at the A.C.C. this past playoffs...
According to a New Jersey paper...
The Nets still have not taken down the chairs hangingAlas Raptor Fans...you still have some more booing to do in the future!
from the wall of their gym, which represented each
road victory they earned this season. When asked
whether chair removal would be his job, Carter
replied, "I'll take the second one from the right,"
which had the Raptors logo on it....
Now I have been watching the NBA playoffs from a distance and here's what I see...
Isn't it too bad Tracy McGrady can't make it out of the first round.....NOT! Listen...T-Mac deliberately deceived Toronto when it came down to re-signing with the Raptors. Instead of staying here and forming a ridiculous tandem with Wince Carter...T-Mac decided he wanted to be a man and bolted for Orlando. Of course we all know what happened after...He failed to get out of the first round...even after he basically came on TV and said that he was happy to be "finally getting out of the first round"...NOT. Then he goes to Houston and guess what...He can't get out of the first round despite saying..."It's on me". What's that saying about KARMA? It's a b$%#ch! Too bad T-Mac but the curse of the Raptor is with you forever...ha ha ha ha!
Better luck next year...and look...you even gone and got your revered Jeff Van Gundy fired. But at least he got a TV gig the right after he was canned.
Warriors/Jazz series...very good series. I thought the Warriors could pull it off...but the size and strength of the Jazz was too much for the overachieving Golden State team. I thought the key to the Jazz series win was the emergence and dominance of Andre Kirilenko. Remember a couple weeks before he was crying out of frustration and by the time the Warriors series was over he had so much confidence again...scoring...distributing...rebounding and blocking every shot in his vicinity. Will he be a valuable fantasy player again?...possibly. For some reason I think his wife Masha had something to do with his strong play...not sure why but any woman who says they would let their NBA husband cheat for one day out of the year...has something to do with his fine play in the series.
Another thing...What in the world is Stephen Jackson's problem? He needs to go to counselling because he argues every call and is always vex with someone...particularly the ref who made the "wrong" call against him. He brought a certain type of fire to the Warriors...but I think Chris Mullin should deal him...lest his "Bad attitude" rub off on players such as Monta Ellis and Mikael Pietrus. From the series you could see that Jackson was influencing Matt Barnes and Baron Davis as the two of them were constantly griping about the officiating during the games.
Suns/ Spurs...was a travesty! Plain and simple. I actually thought that after the Suns tied the series up at two that they were going to take the series over the AGING San Antonio squad!
Don't think for a minute that Greg Popovich didn't know that his team was losing it's historical edge over the "Soft in the past" Suns. Pop knew he had to do something because the Suns were brimming with confidence and ready to go another step towards a finals berth. So what does he do? He sends the equivalent of a "hockey bruiser" to cheap shot Steve Nash and luckily for the Spurs this calculated move worked in their favour because the coaching staff of Phoenix could not keep Amare Stoudamire and Boris Diaw from acting like Knicks players while trying to rush the scene. Let me see...The Spurs lose bench player Horry meanwhile the Suns lose an All-Star and 1st team All-NBA player in Stoudamire and a valuable piece of their rotation in Diaw. Seem a little lopsided...YES. ..and sorry Commissioner David Stern's explanation was as lame as Horry decision to cheat the Suns out of at least a game 7 in the series. What has the NBA come to? I can't believe to this day that they actually suspended the Suns guys! Well Nash will have to wait til' next year and he ain't getting any younger folks. The way Nash skedaddles around the court during a game he probably runs as much in one game as most point guards do in 2 or 3 games. He's got more mileage than some NASCAR drivers. Spurs are up 2-zip on the Jazz...going back to Utah. This series is over...although the Jazz have not lost at home this playoffs(6-0). That could change come Saturday though. Spurs in 5.
Is there any good ball being played in the EAST? Wow...I think the only series I watched was the Raptors...and not just becaue I am a Toronto guy...but there just hasn't been any compelling storyline in the East this post season. Pistons K-O'd the Magic...EXPECTED. Cavs thumped the Wizards...EXPECTED. Pistons dumped the Bulls....EXPECTED. Cavs handled the Nets...EXPECTED. Although if VC did anything that series it could have went the other way...But he shrunk under his shell faster than a turtle on the run...and TURTLES DON'T RUN!
This Cavs/Pistons series is awful...no feeling...no drama...and the Cavs should actually have won game one...Lebron...it's your time buddy! Show us what you got!
As for Danny Ainge and the Celtics. Danny my boy...looks like you should have stayed with Baseball. You are simply BAD LUCK to the Celtics organization. He should never had tried to chat up Kevin Durrant's mother and never had tanked all those games towards the end of the season! Wouldn't you like to have been a fly on the wall when Danny found out that his team didn't even make the top 3. How on Earth do the Portland Trailblazers get the number one pick? Well Portland can't mess this one up can they? Wait...weren't they the ones that took Sam Bowie over Michael Jordan way back when? Yes they were! Well they have only one option. GREG ODEN. Just come out Kevin Pritchard and tell everyone you are picking the next dominant center. Don't kid people into thinking you may take Durant...or Noah...or Wright. In fact Brandan Wright of UNC is going to be a TERRIFIC NBA player folks. I think he will be the stud of the draft despite it being one of the deepest ever. Don't forget Acie Law? Atlanta are you going to finally select a point guard? You better.
"To me," said ESPN's college guru, Jay Bilas, "Brandan Wright [North Carolina] is No. 3. He will be very good. Al Thornton [Florida State] is a beast. Julian Wright [Kansas] would be the second-fastest player in transition on the Phoenix Suns right now, after [Leandro] Barbosa. Mike Conley is the best point guard in the draft. Down there around 12 or 13, somebody's going to get Acie Law [Texas A&M], a very nice point guard, although Conley is the best point guard."
Portland missed out on the first pick last year despite having the league's worst record...but they made up for it at the most perfect time possibly in their history. Hoops is back in the Pacific Northwest. Now will the Sonics stay in Seattle considering they will get a franchise player? It's hard to tell...but it is definitely a shot in the arm for ball in that area. Now some may be saying damn...no team from the East will get Durant or Oden. Hey wake up people...Especially Raptors fans...We don't have to deal with Durant or Oden come playoff time...until the finals if they make it there down the road. To get there they will have to go through some tough Western Conference teams and slug it out with most of the best forwards and centers in the NBA. Thank God. You can have them west!
The Finals should be Spurs/Pistons. Two great teams...with no flashy star...but you know it would be a great final despite the low ratings...Maybe Mr. Bron Bron has something to say about that. I am going to try to watch the rest of the playoffs despite my anger at the Suns/Spurs outcome. Tim Duncan...still one of the 3 best players on the planet and it ain't a joke. This cat does it all...scores...rebounds passes and blocks shots like his life depended on it. He and Dwayne Wade have the best bank shots in the business.
Finally. Danny Ainge...it really sucks to be you right now!