Raptors Reasonablists, Volume II, Part VI: Won’t you take me to Funkytown?

Title: Raptors Reasonablists, Volume II, Part VI: Won’t you take me to Funkytown?
Date: March 2, 2018
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 looks at some potential rotation tweaks and philosophical questions for the Raptors down the stretch.

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.

KOREEN: I woke up this morning feeling pretty lazy, Blake. Granted, this isn’t a huge departure from other days, but the sense was a bit heightened today. I just finished one of the longer pieces I have written for The Athletic — just imagine that you wrote half a mailbag — which was a big stressor. My last formal edit for that came on Wednesday night, right after I finished writing about the win over Orlando.

There were other factors. My dog had already been walked, so I didn’t need to get up to do that. The magical February warm spell has subsided a bit, giving way to more typically winterish temperatures. (Lousy Smarch weather!) Mostly, I just wanted to hang out in bed, read some Internet, and maybe start this here edition of Raptors Reasonablists.

“No,” I said to myself. I have had not-insignificant bouts with repetitive strain injuries in my wrists and forearms, often exacerbated by typing in positions that were far from ergonomically correct. You know what is not an ergonomically correct position from which to type? Lying down, head propped up by two pillows, computer on your bent legs, wrists at 60-degree angles. No, I was not going to revert to bad habits. Do you know why, Blake?

Because it’s neither the fourth quarter of a tight game against a good opponent, nor is it the playoffs.

Continue reading at The Athletic.


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