Wednesday, May 24, 2006

The most significant development in Toronto sporting news in the last 24 hour news cycle was...

The Toronto Raptors defying the odds and winning the draft lottery. Lucky has never been a word associated with this franchise, but they were yesterday, as the Raps had just an 8 per cent chance of climbing from No. 5 to No. 1 for the first time ever.

Mission accomplished.

Chris Young has a far better analysis than I'm capable of, mainly because he's heard of the players available in the NBA draft. The Coles Notes version one of the guys on the desk gave me last night was that, given that (a) the draft isn't all that strong and (b) the Raptors can't draft the best available dude (The next LeBron, or something) due to the change in age eligibility, that this is probably the worst possible year for them to win the top pick.

Factor in that No. 1 picks generally are owed a much bigger payday than those down the line and the fact that no one's likely to trade up and the Raptors didn't really accomplish all that much despite the 'yay, we did something unbad!' reaction of nabbing the top pick.

At least we have Colangelo.


At 9:32 a.m., May 24, 2006, Blogger Jes Gőlbez said...

...and the fact that it's the Raptors, who are likely to just screw it up anyway

At 5:22 p.m., May 24, 2006, Anonymous Karina said...

From what I've been reading, just bringing in Colangelo has really improved players' opinions of the Raptors, and makes it more likely that attractive free agents would sign in Toronto.

I'm eager to see if he can trade down and get a body, or an additional pick.

At 5:28 p.m., May 24, 2006, Anonymous grace said...

Why, when I see the news headlines here on your site, they're in colour, but when I actually buy the newspaper, it's black and white? For the detroit series I was able to cut out and post the pictures of the Oilers victories on the wall here at work and now it's all black and white and nothing?

There's my beef, oh Mr. Mirtle.

At 10:28 p.m., May 25, 2006, Blogger Michael said...

This story actually faded out quickly once Ricky "Smoke if ya got 'em" Williams attended Argos practice today.


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