Friday, April 13

Skills Versus Experience

Listening to the Inside The NBA team of Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Reggie Miller last night , it was apparent they viewed Toronto as an easy opponent come playoff time. ' The Raptors are inexperienced and they should not go past the 1st round of the playoffs ' the 3 said something like that individually during the show. It reminds me of what Barack Obama's detractors said about him. That he's not experienced enough to run for president. ' Wait until you spend enough time as a Senator and on foreign policy ' suggested one of these critics. Does the American people agrees with them ? You can sit down , Sanjaya. The 1st term Senator from Illinois is running neck to neck with Hillary Clinton based on the latest polls. I guess the the thing to do is just to ignore the ' lack of experience ' tag and just play . After all , it's not the 1st time Simon , I mean , Barkley is off in his predictions.
Someone said that skills will prevail over experience. That's only true with excellent teamwork. Just as long as the Raptors play their unselfish kind of basketall , they will be alright. Aside from that , the Raptors are not totally bereft of playoff experience. Rasho has plenty of NBA playoff experience of championship kind as a member of NBA champion San Antonio Spurs. Juan Dixon and TJ Ford were members of Washington and Milwaukee's playoff teams respectively before joining the Raps. That's not counting the overseas experience of Anthony Parker and Andrea Bargnani as members of Euroleague champion teams- Maccabi Tel Aviv and Benetton. Jose Calderon was in Spain's team that won the World Basketball Championship team last summer. So you see, the Raptors have plenty of experience . Especially if the most playoff experienced Raptor of them all , Mo Pete , permanently removes the blindfold covering his eyes and starts playing good basketball again !


Blogger john said...

LOL.The Toronto is the Obama of the NBA.If the Raps win the NBA championship,Obama will be the next US president.

12:48 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

lol, obama of the nba. that is good. in theory i agree with you coach: if they play their game, they should be fine. but theory and reality are two different.

one thing this team does have is big time experience on bigger stages (some have playoff experience, some have international experience, some have euroleague experience). that all counts for something.

how much remains to be seen.

2:54 PM  
Blogger Ty said...

Sam needs MP in the playoffs.Forget what happened in the regular season and utilize Mo Pete consistently to get the best from him.The Raptors stand a good chance of winning with Mo Pete on the floor.

3:27 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

it is really possible that graham will get overwhelmed in the playoffs. different stage, different things work, with different expectations. i see dixon and mopete shining a bit more at the 3.

6:57 PM  
Blogger coach said...

Mo Pete should play better than Graham based on experience.J Dixon once topscored for the Wiz in one of the playoff matches with the Bulls and same w/ TJ as a Buck vs. the Pistons last season in the 1st rd pairing.
It's a different scenario really when u talk abt. the NBA playoffs and international championships.You just hoped that the new Raps are used to pressure cooker athmosphere .
Obama is super cool. Let's go Barack. Lets go Raps ! Let's go BaRap !

8:33 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

I'd vote for Obama because he is a casual smoker...cause you know when things get tense, he isn't going to make rash decisions. He will have a butt, marinate on the issue, and make his move.

3:30 PM  
Blogger arsenalist said...

Well, how far they will go in the playoffs obviously depends on the matchups. The TNT team might be right if we get New Jersey in the playoffs. That series could go either way, if we get Washington, we'll win. Simple as that.

But it's nothing new for analysts to not give credit to playoff teams with little experience. No slight against Toronto.

11:37 PM  
Blogger coach said...

Obama is cool as I've saud. Don't know if he has skeletons hidden on his closet.We'll see.
That why it's important for the Raps to go past the 1st rd. It will be a good experience for 'em.The the 2nd rd. , they will be OK.

11:50 AM  

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