NBA Power Rankings: #11 Toronto Raptors

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Thunder Raptors Basketball

By: David Kay and Paul M. Banks

2008-09 Season Summary:
Last year was a rough one for “Canada’s Team.” The Toronto Raptors front office thought they significantly improved a playoff team this last off-season when they made a blockbuster trade for Jermaine O’Neal. Despite O’Neal’s arrival and much improved play from former #1 overall draft choice Andrea Bargnani, the Raptors were bad. They started 8-9 which cost Coach Sam Mitchell his job. Replacement and long-time assistant Jay Triano (who was already given a three-year extension since the season ended) tweaked the starting line-up, but the Raptors fell to 21-34 by the All-Star break. In a move mainly to help Toronto shed some salary, the dealt O’Neal and Jamario Moon to Miami for Shawn Marion and Marcus Banks. Still, the Raptors were eliminated from playoff contention with seven games left.

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  1. paulmbanks says

    Ah yes, the piece that inspired that legendary hate mail directed at me from Canada. that guy was seriously a psycho!

  2. that’s why I took out the “eh?” part… I didn’t want u to get more hate mail

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