Asian Prospects For The Raptors
1. Middle East. Jordan , Syria, Lebanon and Iran line ups include good , strong and tall players but I doubt if these nations have strong followings in TO. Unless another Ron Seikaly (former Miami Heat) of Lebanon shows up here , it is highly unlikely that B.C. will be interested. But who knows . Inshalla .
2. Far East ( except China) . China is well scouted so no need to review its line up . Besides , the Chinese is sending their 2nd team in this tournament . China automatically qualifies for the Beijing Olympics being the host country.
Korea has former Trailblazer 7'3'' Ha and a host of sharpshooters. This country beat China with Yao in the lineup so it must be good. Actually , the Koreans play like China. They are deadly 3 point shooters. So instead of Parker , it's Park you may see in the future Raptors line up and then you will see all the neighborhood grocers in TO at ACC come game day.
India . Imagine if we are able to bring in a good Indian player . It will be a slam dunk here in TO as well as in India. This country is 2nd to China in population (1 billion ). I don't have to tell you how many Indian doctors , computer geeks and others are there in the city . Proof is Raptors' SuperFan (shown here in the photo with VC's Mom) . India's roster is composed of tall, lanky ballers and unless they are talking about Bollywood basketball movie , its not time yet for an Indian Yao Ming . Soon. KG's visit last year and the newly set up NBA office in India will have some impact. ' I can tell you that there is groundswell calling for an NBA in India ' said David Stern . So it's free curry flavored pizza at ACC then .
Phillippines. Possible .Their ballers play the way basketball is played in the US . Entertaining one on one basketball Why ? More than half of its national players are graduate of US NCAA colleges and universities. They are products of mixed marriages - Filipino and American . Filipinos are passionate basketball lovers (it's like hockey to Canadians) and they carried their love for the game in here. It's good for MLSE to consider including a Filipino in the line up . The 500,00 Filipinos in Canada. among them nurses, engineers and babysitters , will be glued to their TV sets or will be at Air Canada if that happens.
3. Former Soviet countries. Ubizktan, Kazakhtan etc. Unless they have a basketball Borat in their line up , Nyet . Their players are big but mechanical in their movement. Also , their players are more European looking than Asian .
But why would the Raptors care about getting a Filipino , a Korean or a Middle Eastern players . The Raptors don't even have a Canadian in its roster after all this year . Sigh .