And why don't they relate to basketball? It's because they don't have anybody to relate to lol. Maybe when there are more Canadians in the NBA, they might have someone to relate to and thus have an incentive to actually follow the sport more intently and root for a team whom they patriotically feel linked to.The fact is that Canadians on average just don't relate to basketball growing up and so they don't watch it over the NHL during primetime viewing periods. Even if Wiggins is the next Lebron, assuming that happens he'll likely be drafted to Seattle or some other abscure American market and although people will notice it won't be profound enough to sell the advertising over Hockey.
There can be a multitude of reasons to validate Lux spending, it's different for every team & it's a choice that ownership is free to make for whatever reason they see fit. It's their money to spend after all. If they believe that stockpiling talent albeit not "elite" talent at a high price tag is worth it, then its their prerogative. If there are other revenue streams that support the spending then it doesn't matter. At the end of the day, no contract is immovable.Going back to the Raptors, if they were to get Wiggins or a Vince Carter - esque showtime player who is primed for greatness, then perhaps you can validate the luxury spending. Ironically, I'm pretty certain we just ****ed ourselves out of Wiggins and any other quality player for that matter in 2014 so it really doesn't matter now.
No it wasn't. It is a redistributive economic practice. It takes money from the "rich" and gives to the "poor". Those owners that want to overspend will still overspend and the owners unwilling to compete economically will be compensated for their inaction.Luxury tax is toxic. It was designed by cheapskate owners in the league to repel the big market teams from even thinking about it. Not that I give a **** about the solvency of Bell or Rogers, they're the decrepid poster child of Canadian socialist tendancies that protect Canadian companies by letting them **** Canadian consumers in the ***. They're money hungry, monstrous monopolies that have had the game fixed for them and they're not about to hand the NBA free cash. No way in hell.
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I actually want to see if Bargnani has changed. I think it would be good to have someone like Andrea who can lure his man out and make some room for Derozan and Gay. I think Gay would benefit from that and actually really thrive with more room in the paint. Gasol and Randolph do hog the paint a lot and I can see why Gay would take jumpers all day long.
I have a feeling that they play Bargnani, to raise some value, and see if someone is going to offer a decent package (and probably someone would be stupid in doing) for Bargs. If not, BC won't trade him.
Bargnani and Val could be back in the lineup this weekend.
Bargnani went through Thursday’s full practice and Casey said he could be back as early as this weekend and Valanciunas’s return from a broken finger is just days away as well.
I have been on this site for a while. Finally decided to open an account. I just don't understand how you guys can bash that trade. I mean we finally got someone that can be the "franchise" yes, he isn't an allstas. yes, he is overpaid but who isn't on the raptors ? I am stoked! Funny how some of the posters wanted to get rid of cal and davis for nothing and now are saying that davis is the future blah blah blah I am happy! we needed this since bosh left.... TO is a big time city and I for one am tired of building thru the draft it doesn't get us anywhere ! 95-2013 how many playoff games have we won ? We need to trade for big time players since its soo obvious we can't sign one via FA. Hopefully this is the first piece and many more to come ! I am tired of "potential" ! How many winning teams build thru the draft ? thunder ? still haven't won anything and they were soo lucky! anyways my 2 cents Lets GO RAPTORS !
Bargs is vital now because the Raps need someone to stretch the floor. If Bargs comes in and operates at the high post and plays as third or fourth option, he could be very effective.
“It’s about winning,” Stoudemire said. “You win, you’re going to get on national TV. Simple. In Phoenix, we won — Western Conference finals three, four years, playoffs every year. We won. If you don’t win, nobody really wants to see you.”
I agree man. I think its ok to be in the lottery for a few years to gain assets so you can put yourself in position to make trades like this.
Toronto isn't in a place that attracts big free agents, its kind of like the Jays. They built up assets to later trade them for established talent, now they are in position to contend. I'm not saying the Raptors are there yet, but another trade could put them in the mix.