Title: Raptors Reasonablists Volume I, Part IV: Wait, how did Shakespeare In Love beat Saving Private Ryan for best picture?
Date: January 12, 2017
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. The latest edition finds us talking a lot about Ben Affleck.
Welcome to another edition of Raptors Reasonablists with Eric Koreen and Blake Murphy. Throughout the year, lead NBA writer Koreen and regular contributor Murphy discuss hot-button issues surrounding the Raptors, but with an even-keeled approach in pursuit of finding reasonable, middle ground. 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. (If you are interested in hearing reasonable thoughts instead of reading them, Murphy hosted the first edition of the Raptors Reasonablist podcast, with Koreen as guest, earlier this week. You can find it on Soundcloud, iTunes and, let’s face it, probably elsewhere.)
Koreen: You know who would make a good Reasonablist, if definitely not a Raptors Reasonablist, Blake? Celtics head coach Brad Stevens. Before the Raptors’ rather compelling win over the hated Afflecks last night, Stevens spoke to the media, as he is required to do in the collective bargaining agreement (or maybe it’s not in the CBA; but it’s somewhere!) and spoke about the progress of his team.
“We haven’t played as well as we need to play to be good, to be at our best,” Stevens said. “That’s the most important thing you can do as a team. Sometimes you get caught up in taking tough losses too hard and taking wins that maybe could have gone either way as a sigh of relief instead of just focusing on what you need to do to get better.”
Continue reading at The Athletic.