The MAJOR question that most likely won't be answered until much later on is "Will Chris stay or will he go?". The Brain trust of our beloved Raptors have tried various recipes and have added and removed a variety of different ingredients in an effort to not only compliment our MAIN ingredient, but ensure that he is the main ingredient for raptor fans to enjoy for years to come. The question is, have they done enough? The answer after the JUMP ....
Depending on what you hear around the league you will find varying opinions. Which is common because everybody knows that everyone has a crystal ball which gives them a unique vision into their perceived future for our Raptors. I will say this though, the version of the raptors we all witnessed last year was certainly NOT going to cut it. That said, the work of Colangelo and Company this off season has been nothing short of a miracle and that is no overstatement. Hear me out.
Think back a few weeks ago RHQ nation. When all we had to look forward to was Reggie Evans and an athletic rookie who was heavy in potential but light on experience. Tough times appeared imminent and the conversations about CB4 moved to, "what can we get for him?" and "at what point exactly should we try to get something for him?". OHHH what a difference a few weeks can bring. Apparently a lot, certainly the last few weeks in the world of Brian Colangelo and company. The man who was build up to be the savior of basketball north of the border. The man who wears suits that are as perfect as the hair atop Jimmy Johnson's head. The man who could do no wrong or so we thought. It would become evident that moves like Jermaine O`Neal and Jason Kapono appeared too costly even for Brian to recover from. I am obviously speaking from a financial and depth chart perspective. The same man who told us all that (at the time) he had put together his best work yet, when glaring holes such as toughness and depth were apparent to us all. Finally, we had found a loose thread in the expensive suit cladded GM. Worry and doubt grew in the pits of our stomachs as we could feel Chris slipping through our fingers. Chris didn't help the situation with certain comments made to certain media outlets, but hey .... could you blame him at the time? We had no hope or promise of anything good happening.
Like all great men, their greatness seems to come when they appear cornered and no possible moves can be made. In chess they refer to this as "CHECKMATE". Tied up and bound by contracts and decisions made by our very own chessmaster. At that moment when expectations and hope appeared lost, the "move" was made. The move that would turn an otherwise bleak year into a year which now looks much different. It came as a surprise to many. Others knew (right showtime) that the Chess Master was simply waiting for his time to strike and strike he did! The move I am reffering to was the move that brought Hedo Turkoglu to the Raptors. Part of what made the move sweet was the fact that we could even steal a player like Turkoglu from an up and coming team like Portland. It all seemed like it couldn't get any better and the raps fortune had finally turned for the better. HOLD ON, there was more ... because of great book keeping and a fantastic job of wheeling and dealing with 4 other teams we were ALSO able to free up some much needed cash. Enter Jarrett Jack and with him comes something we hadn't had three weeks ago .... HOPE. In my opinion Chris HAS to see and feel this hope as well ... my question for you RHQ nation is ... IS IT ENOUGH??