Raptors Reasonablists, Volume II, Part VII: There is a light that never goes out

Title: Raptors Reasonablists, Volume II, Part VII: There is a light that never goes out
Date: March 28, 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 the Raptors’ sliding defense and potential frontcourt rotations for the postseason.

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: To start off, I have two questions of equal importance. Should the Toronto Blue Jays sign Vladimir Guerrero Jr. to a 10-year contract immediately and should I procure his jersey now or wait a few months?

I’m joking, of course. We try not to spend time navigating obvious questions here. The answers are, duh, yes and yes, unless I’m not a jersey guy, in which case I should just tattoo his face on my face or at the very least grow some dreadlocks.

To the Raptors. At shoot-around before Tuesday’s game against Denver, one reporter asked the very patient Fred VanVleet whether, following three losses in five games, it was time to panic, channeling Kent Brockman. Let’s take some time out to enjoy this moment in franchise history. I covered multiple teams that finished last in the league in defensive rating, one 60-loss team, a team that signed Landry Fields as its solution at small forward (a move more defensible than people remember, but still) and one special team that decided to start Andrea Bargnani at a position he had never played in the NBA in the first game of the playoffs. (Note to self: Write oral history of Raptors small forwards in off-season.) That someone can ask that question after a one-game losing streak, as silly as it might have been, represents some real growth for this franchise.

 

Continue reading at The Athletic.

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