JeffB
The Nick Young comment aside, I can't really disagree with what he's saying.



http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/gilbert-arenas-talks-new-show-gun-charge-issues-raptors/

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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.
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elT
Easier said then done. Raptors did go after guys that would be that third piece. In summer of 2016 Milsap trade fell apart after Horford signed with Celtics. Other trades/signings that didn't go through were also reported. Also, Gilber Arenas went and brought his own piece to team, too bad he took the word "weapon" literally and brought an actual gun to the locker room. 
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DocHolliday
Gilbert...a lot of talk for someone who hasn't won a championship at all - guess he was just playing for the playoffs.  Like elT states, easier said than done and MU has stated he's looking for that other piece but then who?  Draft? FA? Trade?  Easier said than done but certainly not for the lack of trying.

Same BS as PP and his talk of treadmill team.  Raps are top of the food chain in the East, same as Boston back in the day when PP played and it took PP 10 years to get one and then toiled for another 9 - guess that's all treadmill and a waste of time other than the 1 year he won.  

F.O. to these know-it-all opinionated retired vets.
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DocHolliday
elT wrote:
Easier said then done. Raptors did go after guys that would be that third piece. In summer of 2016 Milsap trade fell apart after Horford signed with Celtics. Other trades/signings that didn't go through were also reported. Also, Gilber Arenas went and brought his own piece to team, too bad he took the word "weapon" literally and brought an actual gun to the locker room


Guy's a f*cking tool, lost all respect after that gun incident.
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LKeet6
so, in other words, we need to trade away the players we're "letting down" in order to get that piece to take us over the top, thereby losing the players that make us good currently. Yeah, that makes sense...

The owner letting us down thing is bullshit. Don't see what more they could do. If he means they're not willing to invest, then what was with building an amazing new practise facility??

i don't see how this is a new point? It's basically the same argument as "championship or tank" that has been had on here many a time, except made by a headcase who really knows nothing about the organisation. Fuck off arenas, basically...
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