Raptors Reasonablists: Volume I, Part 1

Title: Raptors Reasonablists: Volume I, Part 1
Date: November 24, 2016
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: Eric Koreen and I will be doing a semi-regular email exchange column about the Raptors, dubbing ourselves The Reasonablists.

 In the abundantly adored, moderately watched NBC sitcom, Parks and Recreation, there was a group called The Reasonablists. The group was, essentially, a doomsday cult erroneously predicting the end of days at any given time. Most rational-thinking humans — Pawnee, Indiana seemed short on those — recognized crackpots for crackpots, but there was a method to The Reasonablists’ madness, at least when it came to public relations.

If you attack a group called The Reasonablists, you start to seem as if you, the critical party, is unreasonable. Flawless logic.

For our purposes at The Athletic, we are going to try to avoid lunatic theories. (For example: The NBA hates Canada and, uhhh, is willing to further the all-powerful Sacramento agenda to spite the Raptors.) However, we are going to use the name, because we like the name, and it helps differentiate us from the worlds of black or white, hot takes and instant reactions. Throughout the year, lead NBA writer Eric Koreen and regular contributor Blake Murphy will discuss hot-button issues surrounding the Raptors. They will try to find a moderate ground between, say, #FireCasey and trusting the coach no matter what because he has infinitely more experience on an NBA bench than either of the writers does. If we have faith in anything, it is that reasonable middle grounds lead to: a) workable long-term solutions; b) increased empathy and understanding for others; and c) more wins — at least more wins when they truly matter — probably. We hold these truths to be self-evident, and we hold these truths to be good truths.

So, meet Eric and Blake, your Raptors Reasonablists. (Editor’s note: This was written over Wednesday and Thursday. On Wednesday, Kyle Lowry played a relatively low 36 minutes, while Cory Joseph had a season-high 17 points. Of course they did. Please keep that in mind.)

Continue reading at The Athletic.


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