Tuesday July 21 2009 – 1:08pm Eastern (Toronto, ON) 

Up ’til 6am with my son today … which means I’m very late checking in on the blog.  I went to bed at 6:30am and got up at Noon.  It’s nice to not have a “regular” 9pm-5pm job I guess!

Anyway …

I’m back on the air with Jack Armstrong today – co-hosting “The Game Plan” between 2pm-4pm.  And basketball junkies should be able to get their fix today.

Raptors head coach Jay Triano will join us at 2:20pm – live from Las Vegas.

Triano is getting set to get back on the floor with USA Basketball – heading up the National Team’s mini-camp program.

And Triano’s appearance on our show will coincide with the unveiling of Jarrett Jack as well.  His press conference will be held at 2:30pm at the ACC.  It will not be live on the FAN 590, however, Jack will join us on the radio at 3:40pm this afternoon.

The Indiana Pacers chose not to match Toronto’s 4-year offer to Jack.

With Jack now officially a Raptor, the next step(s) will likely be trying to secure deals with Carlos Delfino and Rasho Nesterovic.  If those 2 moves DO happen, the Raps will then have 15 players under contract and – barring any deals in August or September – the roster will be essentially set for Training Camp in Ottawa in October.

PG – Jose Calderon, Jarrett Jack, Roko Ukic, Marcus Banks
SG – DeMar DeRozan, Antoine Wright, Carlos Delfino *, Quincy Douby
SF – Hedo Turkoglu, Devean George
PF – CHris Bosh, Reggie Evans
C – Andrea Bargnani, Rasho Nesterovic *, Patrick O’Bryant

On the air in less than an hour.  Gotta fly folks.

E. Smith

20 Responses to “Jack And Jay”
  1. 1.

    any way M.Banks be released or waived? How serviceable is he?

    - Lanny from Whitby
  2. 2.

    I thought that Douby went to Memphis as part of that incredibly complicated Hedo trade, kudos to the accountant for that, and for BC acknowledging it.

    Obviously I got a faulty report from somewhere.

    So what happened with Douby anyway?

    - T.J.
  3. 3.

    A considerably deeper team than we’ve seen in a very long time.

    It’s interesting to see a GM completely blow up his supporting cast…the one he practically built to become a winner.

    I wonder how unlikely it will be that a team with so many new pieces will gel?

    Basketball is so much about chemistry, coaching, communication, etc. We’ve all seen plenty of talented teams fall far below goals and also seen many teams rise far above their talent level.

    In spite of my lack of support for BC, I can’t complain about effort this go around. He’s almost completely changed the team…it’s usually exciting to see one or two new pieces, but 8 or 9? Wow.

    Let’s hope the coaching staff is up to the challenge of building a team concept in months, not years. I will not be patient with this team. This is BC’s absolute last chance to show he has the ability to gauge talent and put together a successful team.

    - brento
  4. 4.

    hey eric,

    i have what would seem like an easy question for you. what is an assist in the nba? i’m an nba nut and i know that for the most part it is the player who last passed the ball to the player who scores. but does it count as an assist if,say, i pass it to the guy and he takes a couple of dribbles and a headfake and then scores. or i pass from out of bounds, and so on. in other words how much discretion or subjectivity does the official stats guy use in determining the assists that are “on the fence” so to speak. the reason i’m wondering is i’m trying to place a value on the amount of assists a team has in a game and its impact on the game. in thinking about it – a team could be passing well and setting up shots well but if players are not knocking them down, whose fault is it? not the assist man is it? so are total assists by a team a function of good passing or good shooting? help me out here – am i overthinking this? i’d love to get your insight on this in any way, shape or form. thanks.

    - andrew
  5. 5.

    Marcus Banks is about as serviceable as a ’91 Honda with three flat tires.

    - Arsenalist
  6. 6.

    T.J. Douby is still here. There was some initial confusion but this is the Raptors official announcement. Hopefully, THEY know who they traded!

    The Toronto Raptors announced Thursday they have acquired forward Hedo Turkoglu (HEE-doh TURK-oh-lue) from the Orlando Magic in a sign and trade, and forward Devean George and guard-forward Antoine Wright from the Dallas Mavericks.

    As part of the four-team trade, the Raptors sent cash considerations to Orlando, a 2016 second-round draft pick to the Memphis Grizzlies, forward Kris Humphries, forward-centre Nathan Jawai and cash considerations to Dallas and facilitated a sign and trade transaction of forward Shawn Marion to the Mavericks. The Mavericks sent cash considerations to the Magic and also traded guard-forward Jerry Stackhouse and cash considerations to the Grizzlies in exchange for guard Greg Buckner.

    - Gary
  7. 7.

    I really like this team if it stays healthy. But realistically, look at the depth at all three forward positions; fine off the bench but not in an injury situation.

    SF – Hedo Turkoglu, Devean George
    PF – CHris Bosh, Reggie Evans
    C – Andrea Bargnani, Patrick O’Bryant

    That’s why they want Rasho, dependable and not expensive.

    And I’m not sure you can count on a rookie for season long starters minutes. If
    DeMar DeRozan isn’t quite ready (and why would he be), Antoine Wright or Quincy Douby is your starter, hence the interest in Delfino still.

    Lots of little signings to go, could still be other surprise BC moves that aren’t on the radar yet but obviously, the “depth” we have is only at PG.

    - Gary
  8. 8.

    Hey brento too bad you opinions really don’t matter!

    - axfer
  9. 9.

    Hey Eric, if DeRozan isn’t ready for starters minutes (I don’t see how we can expect him to be really), then can your lineup shift Jarett Jack to SG so that it looks like this? I think this may be the case if Delfino doesn’t come back.

    I think then, we’re only thin at SF

    PG – Jose Calderon, Roko Ukic, Marcus Banks
    SG – Jarrett Jack, DeMar DeRozan, Antoine Wright, Carlos Delfino *, Quincy Douby
    SF – Hedo Turkoglu, Devean George
    PF – CHris Bosh, Reggie Evans
    C – Andrea Bargnani, Rasho Nesterovic *, Patrick O’Bryant

    - Gary
  10. 10.

    T.J. – He was part of the Deal but something in Douby’s contract dicatated he couldn’t be traded at that time, so they sent Nathan Jawaii instead to Dallas to complete the deal.

    - Lanny from Whitby
  11. 11.

    BC has made some very good moves .

    Wish we could have resigned Parker though . Cavs got him cheap imo ..

    Big question marks are still style of play and coaching .

    Can Triano(25-40) fill Sam’s big shoes ?

    Glad we unloaded O’Neal and Marion , both who seemed to be overrated -not to mention overpaid,esp. O’Neal.

    With all the changes on the court, will there be any media changes on the radio ?

    Maybe eliminate the replay of the pre-game interview at halftime?
    Instead possibly have brento or other experts give game analysis at halftime?

    - Chas
  12. 12.


    “the last pass to a teammate that leads directly to a field goal; the scorer must move immediately toward the basket for the passer to be credited with an assist; only 1 assist can be credited per field goal.”

    But that said, a lot of times it can be left up to the official scorer’s interpretation / judgement too.

    - E. Smith
  13. 13.

    He’d be a big ticket to eat Lanny (Banks)

    - E. Smith
  14. 14.

    Douby couldn’t be dealt (some very technical CBA rules) so he was pulled out of the deal and Nathan Jawai was put in. That’s why BC talked about Mark Cuban helped out in making sure this deal went down — ’cause Cuban took Jawai instead of Douby (who was gonna be routed to Memphis)

    - E. Smith
  15. 15.

    Nice line Arsenalist :)

    - E. Smith
  16. 16.

    Axfer … Brento is entitled to his opinions whether you like ‘em or not. We all can’t agree — I think I have proven that time and time again with many of you. I don’t always agree with Brento either, but he’s clearly a very passionate bball fan who just wants to see and follow a winner

    - E. Smith
  17. 17.

    Wright can play SF too Gary … and you’re right about Rasho adding to the depth.

    Bosh, Evans
    Bargs, Rasho(*), O’Bryant
    Turkoglu, Wright/DeRozan/Delfino(*), George

    - E. Smith
  18. 18.

    not sure if you’re joking or not chas, but, no, brento won’t be a halftime guest. sorry brento.

    and the reason for a replay at the half most of the time … is that – straight up – jonesy and i need a break for 10 minutes (to hit the bathroom, stretch our legs, get a drink of water, etc).

    we normally take a break, come back for 2-3 minutes with stats, take another commercial break and then play (or replay) an interview before taking a final commercial break. so, really, in a 14-minute halftime … we’re only on “tape” (replayed interview) for 5-6 minutes. The other 8 minutes are live (stats) or commercials.

    and RE: Triano … i don’t think it’s completely fair to judge him right now. Give him a full training camp, pre-season and season and then see where he stands (especially now that he has his own staff now, etc. as well)

    - E. Smith
  19. 19.


    It’s not about how much new players a GM brings in, it’s about what type of players are brought in. You also have to ask youself the question, can the players aquired, form a chemistry that can make it to or compete in the playoffs? In my eyes the players that BC has brought in, speaks to the marketing of this team to the euro communities in Toronto. No one can tell me that the aquisitions of Hedo, soon to be raptors again Delfino and Rasho and reupping Bargnani are not marketing moves. These moves absolutely do nothing to repair the raptors achilles last year and prvious years which was rebounding, creating shots and toughness.

    Richard Jefferson was available for nothing,

    Bredan Bass from Dallas was available.

    Lamar Odom is available

    - Thomas
  20. 20.

    Chas…you are too funny! Your comment (and Eric’s follow up) has me totally lol(ing)…as the “kids” these days say ;)

    I’d be more than happy to do a halftime interview…and I really, really hope to be at plenty more games than I’ve attended over the past few years. I always plan on using ten of my games for myself…but it never works out that way.

    I’m usually super pumped at the beginning of the year…and then watch my Raps quickly fade from the top of the standings…often ending up near the bottom. And I find it very difficult to stay interested when the team doesn’t seem interested on contributing a top level effort. At that point of the season, I start dumping tickets and watch the rest of the games from home.

    All I ever ask for is a top notch effort. And while I realize not every player (other than most of the league’s superstars) can give 100% every nigh — with all the travel and physical grind — I expect very close to a full effort every night. I spend my hard earned money and I expect these players to return the support with a visibly solid effort on the court.

    Case in point: Jason Kapono was a total joke. He was asleep almost every night. He gave me no reason to be excited about the team’s fortunes.

    And he was paid millions of dollars a year to do it!!!

    I’m cautiously optimistic this season. I believe those were very similar to the words from Chris Bosh’s mouth yesterday, when asked about his thoughts for the upcoming season.

    Given this team’s entire franchise history…I don’t think anyone should be anything more than very guarded about this team.

    That said:

    GO RAPS GO!!

    - brento
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