Title: Raptor Recalibration, Game 7: A well-coached closeout, war of bench attrition, rebounding and more
Date: May 13, 2019
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic, my playoff day-after playoff column looked at a dramatic Game 7 victory where the Raptors got a lot right at the margins and needed every bit of it.
Before there was The Process, there was The Prophet.
Kahlil Gibran’s 1923 book of prose handles the idea of pain as a necessity of existence in a more broadly applicable fashion than Sam Hinkie’s 2016 treatise on tanking. While Hinkie spoke of the need for long-term vision and short-term suffering to achieve it, Gibran offers no promise of future reward except healing and understanding.
In “Pain,” Gibran offers no real resolution, only the comfort of the universality of suffering:
Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding. Even as the stone of the fruit must break, that its heart may stand in the sun, so must you know pain… Much of your pain is self-chosen. It is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self. Therefore trust the physician, and drink his remedy in silence and tranquility…
With a second consecutive second-round exit since The Process shifted into its competitive portion, 76ers fans may relate more to Gibran’s “trust the physician” and the promise only of pain and healing as certainties rather than as means to an end right now. That’s particularly so with a massive, difficult offseason ahead. This surely stings, a sting Raptors fans can appreciate all too well after the last few years. This is not the end, though, and they should continue to trust the process. Huey, say something deep.