Originally posted by drjayphdHere's the thing that pissed me off about all the analysts assigning Nash to Toronto because he's Canadian: he's from British Columbia. It's like ripping Adam Morrison (from Montana) for not signing with an American team... like Detroit.
It's really nothing like that, though. With Canada, anyone one of us who makes it, wherever he's from, is generally embraced as representing all of us. I get why it doesn't quite happen that way in the US; there are more of you in California than there are in our entire country. That's a lot more opportunities to produce standouts in a variety of fields. But Steve Nash, doting father though he may be, has never shown any real pride in this country (not just in this instance), and it is entirely valid to criticize him for that.
Originally posted by ekedolphinNo soul, huh?
I don't actually think he has no soul, but congrats to him on apparently being the first man in the history of the world to love his kids. It was not a serious comment; I was talking about him helping Kobe, who is an unlikeable d-bag, legitimize his claim at GOAT status. Plus, I just wanted basketball to have a chance at mattering in this town. Ugh, all our teams suck and our Mayor is a massive dipshit. It's not a fun time to live here, let me tell you.
That the Raptors are a crappily-run organization, I don't challenge.
As a Canadian, I can say with 100 percent certainty that I didn't expect Nash to sign with the Raptors, nor do I fault him in any way for not coming to Toronto. The man wants to win a title --- he sure won't do that playing for the Raptors in 2012 or 2013. Combine that with the Raptors' general incompetence as a franchise and yeah, Nash to anywhere-but-Toronto was a foregone conclusion.
"It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone." --- Bart Giamatti, on baseball
Bynum pretty much won this by default. The field of centers in the west is powerful weak. DeAndre Jordan got second place and he's not all that good. If anyone's benefiting from the Lob City era, it's him.