Category: Basketball

2019, Basketball, Sports

The Soul of Basketball (2018, Ian Thomsen)

This book is basically meant for me as the Mavericks’ championship was the greatest thing to happen in my adult sports fan life prior to the Raptors winning recently. So I should love this. But I don’t quite. I’m going to try to articulate why.

2018, 2019, Basketball, Personal, Sports

Your NBA Champion 2018-19 Toronto Raptors

I attended a Raptors game at Sky Dome. But I’m not one of those fans who can say that I have been a fan of the Raptors the entire time. The seats we had at the Dome were bad enough my only memory is not being able to see the ball well and not understanding …

2017, 2018, Basketball, Sports

Your 2017-2018 Toronto Raptors: Blow it all up?

Every year at this time of year I usually write a recap of the Raptors season. (Before I switched allegiances, it was a Leafs’ recap.) I’m sorry to say I don’t really do this for other people. I know there are actual basketball writers in the world who have actual things to say about Toronto …

2016, Basketball, Books, Non-Fiction, Sports

Boys Among Men (2016) by Jonathan Abrams

This is a pretty excellent narrative history of the one and only generation of NBA stars to come directly from high school. Though I have one minor quibble, I got over it and, for the most part, it’s probably the definitive book about this topic.

2016, Basketball, Sports

Initial Reactions to the Raptos’ 2016 Draft

I saw a CBC story that claimed Raptors fans (on twitter) were not happy with Toronto’s #9 pick. Some twitter users were unfamiliar with Poeltl because they apparently do not follow college basketball or NBA mock drafts or…maybe they aren’t even actually Raptors fans (but just play them on twitter)?

2015, 2016, Basketball, Sports

Your 2015-2016 Toronto Raptors

Putting aside any disappointments we may feel about those last two games, it must be acknowledged that, by nearly any standard, this was the Greatest Team in Franchise History; the most regular season wins, the most home wins, the most road wins, the most playoff wins… I may have had my expectations raised too high …

Basketball, Playoffs, Sports

2015 NBA Finals MVP Bull Shit

In hockey, there is a rare but time-tested tradition of awarding the playoff* MVP to the best player on the team that loses the finals if he excels so much that the Professional Hockey Writers Association thinks he deserves it, i.e. he drags a team to the finals. (*In the NHL, the award is for …

Basketball, Sports

The Top 5 Raptors Draft Picks of All Time

The other day, I covered 10 of the “best” 15 draft picks the Raptors have made. Today we’ll be talking about the Top 5, the 5 players the Raptors have drafted, a couple of whom might actually make it into the Hall of Fame some day. I will be using a different format for covering …

Basketball, Sports

Raptors Best Draft Picks as of 2015

Earlier this season (2014-15), a click-bait article was published on TSN about the “best” Raptors draft picks of all time, given that this was their 20th season and all. They were, according to the author: Bosh Mighty Mouse Mo Pete DeRozan T Mac No explanation was given for why Mo Pete is considered to be …

Basketball, Sports

Your 2014-15 Toronto Raptors

Last year, as the Raptors neared setting a record for regular season wins in a season, I wondered which was the best Raptors team ever. A weeks later I concluded last year’s edition ranked among the best. But at the beginning of this calendar year, I was optimistic that we were seeing the best team …

Basketball, Hall of Fame, Sports

Dirk Nowitzki Changed Basketball

As you may know, the other day Dirk Nowitzki became the only player in NBA history to reach 25,000 points, 10,000 boards, 1,000 blocks and 1,000 made 3-pointers. As others have noted, there have been good-shooting bigs before, but since the 3-point line was introduced, there has never been a player to combine size, scoring, …

Basketball, Hall of Fame, Sports

Does Steve Nash belong in the Basketball Hall of Fame?

Obviously the title of this post is redundant, as they often are when discussing the legacy of star players. Anyway, what do you say about the greatest Canadian basketball player of all time?

2014, Basketball, Sports

The Raptors’ 2014 Draft

The Raptors surprised everyone this year by drafting a seemingly unknown Brazilian player, Bruno Caboclo, 20th overall. And as much as I would like to give Ujiri the benefit of the doubt, I think we can object to this decision even without invoking the sports xenophobia that idiotic Raptors “fans” have already invoked to criticize …

2013, 2014, Basketball, Sports

Your 2013-14 Toronto Raptors

A little while ago I wondered aloud whether or not this Raptors team would rank among the best ever. Now that they have been eliminated by the Nets, I think we can say that they were clearly not the best Raptors team ever – that is still the 2001 edition – but they rank up …

2013, Basketball, Sports

On Your Way, Jose

You may wonder why I haven’t yet started a “Campaign to fire Bryan Colangelo” in this space. Well, there are two main reasons. To this day, I do not know basketball like I know hockey. At this moment, without cable and without league pass, I watch way more college basketball than NBA basketball, and I …

Basketball, Playoffs, Sports

The NBA still desperately needs the CFL’s Crossover Rule for Playoff Seeding

I know it’s way too early to talk playoffs, but I can’t help but look at the NBA standings post-Xmas and see the normal glaring differences in the conferences. My team, the Raptors, has rebounded fantastically – for them – going .500 in their last 10 games. This puts them only 5 1/2 games out …

2012, Basketball, Hall of Fame, Sports

Kobe Bryant’s 30,000 Points

Kobe Bryant put himself in a very exclusive club the other day: Kareem: 38,387 The Mailman: 36,928 The Greatest Basketball Player of All Time (i.e. Jordan): 32,292 Wilt: 31,419 Kobe: 30,016 and counting (will eclipse Wilt next season provided he doesn’t get hurt / old)

2012, Basketball, Sports

Howard Trade

Putting Howard’s ridiculous, childish behaviour (which perhaps only seems so childish because it has been amplified by our new “social media” technology) which caused this trade, I want to try to think about it from a purely practical perspective.   Denver gets: Andre Iguodala (from Philly) Iguodala: 28, SG/SF: 37.7 MPG; 14.6 PP36, 5.6 RP36, …

2012, Basketball, Sports

Raptors’ 2012 NBA Draft

This year the Raptors clearly drafted by need and I can’t say I’m happy about it. In my recent review of the Leafs’ 2012 draft I examined the reasons to draft by talent and by need (and why, if you can determine who is the most talented, it makes sense to draft by talent and …

2012, Basketball, Playoffs, Sports

If the NBA had a Conn Smythe equivalent, this would be the watch list: Round 2!

Celtics: Kevin Garnett: 37.1 MPG, 19.2 PPG, 10.8 RPG, 1.6 APG, 1.5 BPG 1.4 SPG Paul Pierce: 38.3 MPG, 19.3 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 3.5 APG, 1.5 SPG, 1BPG Rajon Rondo: 41.2 MPG, 15.3 PPG, 12.3 APG, 6.7 RPG, 2.7 SPG, .2 BPG   Heat: Lebron James: 40.2 MPG, 29 PPG, 8.7 RPG, 5.9 APG, 2.4 …

2012, Basketball, Playoffs, Sports

If the NBA had an equivalent of the Conn Smythe, instead of their silly “finals” award, this would be the watch list

Boston Celtics MVP Candidates Kevin Garnett: 37.7 MPG, 18.7 PPG, 10.5 RPG, 2 APG, 1.83 BPG, 1.3 SPG Paul Pierce: 37.7 MPG, 21.2 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 3.8 APG, 1.3 SPG, .8 BPG Rajon Rondo: 41.8 MPG, 16.8 PPG, 11.8 APG, 5.6 RPG, 3.4 SPG, .2 BPG, Note: missed one game   Indian Pacers MVP Candidates …