The Other Side: Toronto Raptors
The Toronto Raptors have been one of the more disappointing teams in the NBA season, even more than the Washington Wizards. At least in the Wizards' case, they can blame injuries to their starting point guard, starting center, former starting shooting guard, backup-and-former center and backup-and-former starting point guard and a coaching change. Bosh missed some time with a sprained knee, but the Raptors really just have an overhyped roster that failed to live up to the vision of its General Manager Bryan Colangelo and an ill-advised coaching change.
The Raptors made a deal near the trade deadline to dump Jermaine O'Neal, which has resulted in the team going 9-14 since the all-star break. More importantly, it freed up some cap space this summer. Toronto has lost three in a row, including a 130-101 collapse in Indiana. It beat the Wizards on Jan. 7, as Andrea Bargnani (day-to-day, sore left heel) had 25 points.
Here's what else you should know about the Raptors as they prepares to host the Wizards tonight at Air Canada Centre:
1. Chris Bosh Is Having A Difficult Season
Chris Bosh is averaging a career-high 22.7 points this season, but no one is going to confuse this as a good year for him. He's been dealing with rumors about becoming a free agent in 2010, denied that he made a trade demand and recently was caught up in a child custody case.
2. The Raptors Have Shawn Marion Now
The Raptors essentially traded an entire starting team to get Shawn Marion -- when you factor that they shipped T.J. Ford, Rasho Nesterovic, Maceo Baston and the draft rights of Roy Hibbert to Indiana for Jermaine O'Neal, then flipped O'Neal for Marion. Originally happy about leaving Miami, Marion is still struggling with the Raptors. After asking out of Phoenix last season, Marion will miss the postseason for the second year in a row.
3. Colangelo Might Be Looking For A New Coach
Jay Triano has gone 22-39 since replacing Sam Mitchell as head coach, but he has still has a huge supporter in Colangelo. Still, former Memphis Grizzlies Coach Marc Iavaroni, who worked with Colangelo in Phoenix, raised a few eyebrows when he "observed" practice recently. Colangelo has a lot to repair.
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Posted by: junn99 | April 10, 2009 7:35 PM
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