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rico_suave
07-22-2008, 02:13 PM
http://www.hoopsworld.com/Story.asp?story_id=9552

If this has been posted somewhere else, I apologise. However, I would be interested in your thoughts

snow22
07-22-2008, 02:56 PM
Good Article Cant Wait 4 The Season 2 Start

ink
07-22-2008, 02:59 PM
From the article ...


At the end of the 2007-08 season it was clear the Toronto Raptors had a very good team, but it was also clear they needed help in the rebounding and toughness department. General Manager Bryan Colangelo addressed it the best way possible by sending an extra point guard (T.J. Ford) and a big man who didn't rebound (Rasho Nesterovic) to the Indiana Pacers for All-Star Jermaine O'Neal. Now the Raptors, on paper, have all the tools to challenge the Boston Celtics for Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference titles.

"I think Jermaine is one of the top centers in the league, or power forward, whatever he decides to play," said Anthony Parker. "His addition to our team brings us what we were missing last year. He brings toughness, he brings defensive presence in the paint, and he's a great rebounder. All those things we struggled with last year, so it's very exciting to have him on the team. The organization and the fans are just really excited for another season."

Over the course of the 07-08 season the Raptors outscored, out-assisted, out-shot, and out-just-about-everything-elsed their opponents – except rebounding. At 40.07 boards a night the Raps finished 28th in the league in that category. Their rebounding differential of -1.54 was 22nd in the league.

Raptors27
07-22-2008, 03:01 PM
From the article ...

Awesome. I can't wait for the season to start!

mjt20mik
07-22-2008, 03:02 PM
Superb Article. I am so pumped for this season!

Bob_at_york
07-22-2008, 03:20 PM
I didn't know Rasho didn't rebound. That is news to me.

ink
07-22-2008, 03:46 PM
I didn't know Rasho didn't rebound. That is news to me.

Good point. They must have been thinking about AB.

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I'm really excited about this season too but :pray: it will be injury-free.

Denverb2b
07-22-2008, 04:24 PM
I didn't know Rasho didn't rebound. That is news to me.

While he atleast tried to rebound, Rasho has always been an avg to below avg rebounder.

bosh4mvp
07-22-2008, 04:52 PM
Rasho is usually boxing out and lettin bosh snag it...Maybe Indiana will release him and we can bring him back cheap for depth at centre.

Tom Stone
07-22-2008, 05:10 PM
Good article....Rasho was a good box out guy.....but o'neal will go and get rebounds......Great article

canzano55
07-22-2008, 06:41 PM
On paper its the most rounded, competitive team we've ever had.

I don't want to expect to much but at the very least I plan to enjoy this season more than any other in Raptors history.

travesy3
07-22-2008, 07:43 PM
I am hoping for 50 wins. I am going to opening night, the roof is gonna fly off that place, it's been a while since this team has had some serious expectations, can't wait.

Tblaze
07-22-2008, 07:59 PM
~~~if healthy

T.O-Fan
07-22-2008, 08:03 PM
yea i've said it they wil win 55 games this season at least im hoping and this is my most exciting season of all cant wait

dirtybird
07-22-2008, 08:35 PM
I want to see how if the lack of a solid wing is going to be a red flag. Hollinger seems to think that the Raptors will be OK there, but I have some doubts. Also, alot of it hinges on JO's and CB4's health, so it's certainly not a sure thing.

_Sn1P3r_
07-25-2008, 10:17 PM
In AP's words 'Beautiful'. Can't wait for season to start.

Jwizel_hitshrs
07-26-2008, 02:07 PM
know whats funny? for those who live around or in T.O u know the area codes....

jermaine chris and andrea ..........."the 647 line" ring it up!!!!!!!!!!!

tkshy
07-26-2008, 03:07 PM
CB, JO, and who will wear the No. 1??? You have the 4-1-6?

koreancabbage
07-26-2008, 10:26 PM
i think Adams is wearing number 1

reevanson
07-27-2008, 12:32 AM
~~~if healthy

dude, you could say that about any club!