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NBA Fan Q&A: Toronto Raptors

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From now on after a ranking of players on the NBA Franchise Power Rankings, I will post quotes from the fans – taken from RealGM.com, most of the time. With the Raptors ranking at #22 here,  I debute a roundup of their answers to 6 of my questions from fans of the team:

Q: Do you believe extending Bryan Colangelo was a good idea, and why?

J-Roc: No, GM’s are a dime a dozen and he blew his change here.

J Dilla: No. Handed out rich contracts to crappy players. Promoted and extended Jay Triano. Gave away Bosh for nothing when he could’ve had a young asset in Michael Beasley. Has a flawed vision of building an NBA basketball team.

pass first: Great decision. BC is the man. I like his track record despite what other people say.

witnessraps: Extending Bryan Colangelo was absolutely a good decision. The guy is a proven winner and has a great track record of drafting, and the 2012 draft is where we plan to make noise. People need to understand that things don’t always work out on the first try, he now has another chance to build this team into a contender and I like where we are right now.

Silk Wilkes: Yes. The options out there were limited and a 2-year contract gives him a short period of time to prove himself. It’s a now or never deal. However, if he fails and they extend him again I would be scratching my head.

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Written by jr.

October 22, 2011 at 2:10 pm

The top 50 players of all time (by my standards)

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Bill Russell posing with other NBA Legends and...

Almost there, Bill (Image via Wikipedia)

If you’re a RealGM member, you probably know about this project, attempting to rank the top 100 players of the post shot clock era. (which among other reasons, allows us to avoid the impossible task of ranking George Mikan against everyone). We just completed the top 50, (note: Chris Paul made 50th, the thread hasn’t updated yet). I have some greivances about the overall list – let’s just say it’s 90% right and 10% wrong, but that 10% sticks out to a perfectionist. But shortly after it started I decided to update my own list one at a time in coordination with the main one, it is found halfway down the linked thread. This is my analysis in short at the halfway point, with 50 spots finished:

Tier 1 – The Greatest of All Time contenders

1. Michael Jordan

2. Bill Russell

3. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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Thoughts on men who play with balls saying stupid things

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Alright, so Kobe Bryant just called someone a faggot, as I’m guessing most people who read me regularly already know. Some quick thoughts:

1. I’ve got a real hard time getting offended someone saying that word in anger. We said it when I grew up, I’m sure Kobe experienced the same thing. The stuff from your youth comes up when you’re angry. It’s not right, but it happens. As long as you apologize when people are offended, I’m cool with you.

2. Kobe acted like a much bigger fool when he apologized by saying this:

What I said last night should not be taken literally. My actions were out of frustration during the heat of the game, period

Of course he didn’t mean it literally, that’s much of the problem with the word. As bad as it would be to use the word literally and with negative emotions, when you use it non-literally, you are essentially saying “You’re as bad as one of those people” with a term that everyone knows what it means when used as an insult.

3. That Kobe doesn’t get that is disappointing because he’s a smart guy, but then again he’s also stubborn, and instead of getting a college degree, he’s spent his entire adult life surrounded by an environment of hyper-inflated machismo. To be expected.

4. The real truth that rears its head now and again, is that hanging around athletes and sports fans means that you’re hanging around with people who tend to be about as uncultured as you can get. Homophobia? Check. Misogyny? Check. Racism? Not as much in basketball, but you better believe it in other sports. Every time a WNBA thread comes up over at RealGM, I know I’m going to see some horrific sexism and utterly bizarre bitterness – and RealGM is one of the more enlightened places to talk sports on the ‘net.

I’m simply reconciled to the fact that stuff is going to happen that reveals a truth that’s embarrassing for me to associate myself with. I think it will gradually get better as long as American society doesn’t turn fundamentalist, but it’s always going to be dominated by macho guys, and macho guys are always going to be one one particular wing of the ideological spectrum.

Written by Matt Johnson

April 14, 2011 at 3:44 pm

The Retro Player of the Year Project

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I’ve just finished running a project on the RealGM called the Retro Player of the Year (RPOY).  I think it was one hell of a project, so I want to give y’all a summary of it.

–          The idea behind the RPOY was that the NBA MVP award isn’t good enough. It only factors in the regular season, and really, the award that everyone wants when they do comparisons of players is an all-season Player of the Year award.

–          Now, this isn’t strictly an MVP for all seasons, because that wouldn’t work.  If the guy who has the best regular season is on a mediocre team, he’s not going to contribute as much value to his team in the playoffs as the star of the champion, so you’ve got to be a bit less literal than that.  The need for some fuzziness opens the door to people voting with different philosophies, but really that happens with the MVP any way. And still, we kept a focus where voting had to be based on what a player actually did that year, not what he could conceivably have done in the right circumstances. If a guy has a down year in the middle of his prime, even he was dealing with a moron of a coach and a tyrant of an owner – he suffers in this project.

–          RealGM is a website that has a variety of things on it, but the flagship of the public facing end of it is the basketball message boards.  I strongly believe they have the best basketball message boards on the internet, which is why I’ve been a moderator for them for several years.

–          The voting panel was semi-open.   By that I mean, at the beginning of the project, I let in all established posters from the site who wanted to be included, but afterward I only let in posters who impressed me.  I won’t claim that the members of the panel were necessarily the most prestigious of folks compared to actual MVP voters.  However, there were some powerhouses in this project I feel privileged to have been able to work with, and if you look at the votes, I think you’ll find that there are less “crazy votes” than what you see in a typical MVP vote.

–          The project took about 6 months to complete, starting from the ’08-09 season, and going back to the beginning of the shot clock era, with one digression to evaluate ’09-10 after the Lakers won their second title in a row.

Without further ado:  Here is a site made for the project which displays and tabulates the results, and here is the main message board page for the project.

Now, some results, and some thoughts on all this:

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