I still maintain and I will say it again in Italics and in the blue: The Marc Gasol trade was a stupid trade, too expensive and unnecessary.
that trade cost Toronto Valencunis, C J Miles and Delon Wright. what that did was rape Toronto's Bench, take away a very, very good and ambitious young center in Valencunis..for a 33 year old with the intention of dealing with Joel Embiid.
there was and is no way Marc Gasol at 33 was ever going to deal with effectively or stop Joel Embiid. that was a most inefficient analysis by the Raptors front office. Valencunis would have done just as well against Embiid
with a player as good as Embiid you have to forget using one man to defend him. you have to defend him in the whole plan of the game..change the game to disrupt his flow. you have to know what he can do and cant do relative to how a games goes and make sure you have a game flow to create for him maximum discomfort and disruption of his style while running defenders at him all the time.
Embiid is simply to good to be one on one with. you have to get Shaq for that, Olajuwon and centres of that quality to go one on one with Embiid. Marc Gasol is not that good..even when he was younger. and you go and give so much for him.
now the Raptors bench is crap...the starters are playing heavy minutes. and they better hope that Embiid does not recover. if he does the load may become too heavy for the Raptors again
I maintain that Masai became way too clever for his own good here. weer I owners of the Raptors I would have a serious talk with him about that Trade... and the Leonard Trade as well
Jacob Poetl, Delorn Wright, C J Miles..Valencunis...all these are guys gone and the Raptor bench is dead..for who Marc Gasol
NOW THAT STATS REVEAL THAT WHEN A RAPTOR STARTER SITS DOWN FOR A REST PRODUCTION ON ALL LEVELS DROPS PRECIPITOUSLY
so what is to happen when the starters wear out..which is a point that will be arrived at?
so what..a desperate Masai Uriri wanting to win at all costs sells his chances for one Man Gasol..thinking that one man would be enough to deliver a championship?
if that was the case then Masai is a lunatic..for no one man can do anything anywhere anytime. it is always a collective even when they say is one man and he gets praise. Ujiri sold his Starter and his bench for Gasol..and actually sold his chances of winning at the same time.
lunatic, incompetent reasoning! I hope his lunacy acts like the shield he will need when the Raps lose and the 'commentariat' gets after him. they are gearing up already as more and more you hear talk about the state of the Raptors bench
I SIMPLY CANT FIGURE OUT WHY MASAI WOULD DO THAT. NOW IF HE ENDS UP RUNNING MEMPHIS IF THE RAPTORS FIRE HIM WE MAY HAVE AN IDEA. BUT RIGHT NOW IT LOOKS QUITE INCOMPREHENSIBLE
Anyway what do I care? I don't care at all..not anymore! win or lose I am no longer a Raptor fan. I got my heart involved and once Ujiri started to fuck around I got out of there.
I had taken it that he was indeed very smart as per all the reports about him. but once I discovered that that was not the truth I cut...split. I made the mistake of getting my heart around the Raptors. totally wrong
experience has taught me not to do stuff like that..to like, to have feelings about things, objects, people... beyond oneself, that one has no control over.
I have nutten more to say about the Raptors. one reason I went on and on was to engage the board
and I see the media saying Kawii will evaluate staying his option of staying in Toronto..and Masai chiming in with a lot of TO centric commentary
that's jess propaganda. there is no reason at all Kawii will stay in TO with that jackass team Masai built. Masai wud have to pay Leonard huge bucks then find a real bench after he destroyed his bench for old man Gasol
and dat is if Gasol will stay but he is neither here nor there. Gasol is not worthy of the price that was paid for him. he cant make up the difference of what To lost/paid to get him
so Masai has to find a center to replace Gasol and a bench. Leonard can see that. he has seen what Masai has done. Masai has o get a point guard as well. Lowery is almost done and Van Vleet cant cut it.
will Leonard stay with such A team and its silly management when the excellent Doc Rivers is looking at him..or Fizdale with eh Knicks in New york and Durant? does Siakam compare to Durant?
never! Leonard is gone. it makes no sense to stay with this stupid Raptor team
who have some money to risk..fifty cents, ah dollar..1.50??
I bet Philly cuts the Raptors rarse on Saturday night.
I will bet the same amount that Leonard leaves Toronto never to look back
I will bet another same amount that Gasol also leaves..retires
and that would leave the raptors bare naked in NBA basket ball for the next 5-10 years..all their young and younger star potential players traded away for stars who have walked and about 50% were no longer stars anyway.
and I will wager another same amount that as a result of such atrocious building Masai Ujiri will be fired.
Saturday night will be a revolutionary night in Toronto basketball...a whole lot will change rapidly.
Idiot fucking Masai. I liked him! I thought he was the real deal