Raptors Reasonablists, Volume II, Part II: It feels so good to be back

Title: Raptors Reasonablists, Volume II, Part II: It feels so good to be back
Date: October 13, 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 tries to work through the Raptors’ tough salary cap and roster situation.

Welcome to another edition — and another year — 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.

KOREEN: Blake, my man.

Let’s open with some sincerity: I’ve missed doing these written Reasonablists. The podcast is fine — new slogan! — but we’re both too awkward and socially inept to truly feel at home doing them. (Please listen to our podcast. We have a new logo!) No, it feels like RR’s natural home is here in digital ink. Discussing Raptors minutiae with you always makes me feel like I have a stronger grasp on what I think about what this franchise is doing. Hopefully it provides similar clarity for subscribers.

Anywho, my dude, let’s get into the nooks and crannies of the pre-season so far. I believe both of the biggest news items have involved everyone’s favourite barfly. Yes: Norm! First, there was the spectre of the starting battle between Powell and C.J. Miles, a battle that seems much more likely to be determined by fit and not how any individual is playing. And then there was the four-year, $42 million contract extension he signed over last weekend.

Continue reading at The Athletic.


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