Quote: I have to ask about the Raptors. You clowned them on Instagram in recent post-seasons when they played the Wizards and Cavaliers. What do you make of the current core of Toronto players?
My thing with any organization is if you’re not there to actually win a championship, you’re doing an injustice to those players and those fans. The Raptors have a great core. You’re right there — top two, top three in the East, three years running. All you need is one piece. I know it’s frustrating that the owner is not going out there to get that one piece. As players, that’s the frustrating part too. They’re like, ‘We’re here to win championships, not just make it to the playoffs. Our legacy is built on championships. Built on winning. The fans are looking at us like we’re not good enough. Well, yeah, we’re not good enough when other teams are going to keep loading up and we’re not doing anything.’
The Raptors’ core was young players, now they’re young adults. That core is getting older. Something needs to happen. They have to make a decision: Do we have to trade these players and get younger and start the development over again, when that’s not necessarily how it’s supposed to work?
Wasn’t the acquisition of Serge Ibaka last season a move to address that?
They still need more. Ibaka is a great addition, but he needs someone to help out [Kyle] Lowry and [DeMar] DeRozan. You need a third guy who can put the ball in the basket. I thought that was going to be [Terrence] Ross when he first stepped on the scene. But he was just another piece. The Raptors need one more stud. One more guy who can really go. Because then, it won’t be so much pressure on Lowry and DeRozan to perform in 82 games a year, which is impossible.
If you look at Golden State, they grabbed a player who nobody paid attention to, but he’s going to be a great piece for them. That’s Nick Young. He showed it Tuesday night. He’s a starter in this league, but they got a starter coming off the bench. When you got [Andre] Iguodala and now Nick Young coming off the bench, it makes them that much more difficult to beat.