The biggest question in Toronto this off-season is whether or not Kobe will have a “Wilt-like” 100 point game vs. the Raptors during 2006-07.
The next biggest question: How quickly can Brian Colangelo (former NBA Executive of the Year and architect of the Phoenix Suns) turn things around? Notice the question is not if, but when Colangelo will create a winner…that is called respect. And respect is something that the Raptors hope to earn in the coming years. Chris Bosh, however, plans to earn it now. That is why he decided to stay when he could have easily jumped the same ship Colangelo is trying to right. When you convince a guy (Bosh) that is only .8 rebounds per game away from a nightly double/double…you are off to a good start. Then you proceed by making a couple of trades, one for point man, T.J. Ford and one for big man, Rasho Nesterovic. While you are at it, go ahead and win the draft lottery and select 7-footer Andrea Bargnani with the first pick. Just checking: Did we mention that Colangelo was former NBA Executive of the Year? Oh, sorry.
In summary, high expectations should help to fill the seats, but if the U.S. National bronze finish has taught the NBA anything it is that a team needs to establish chemistry in order to win. That responsibility is in the hands of the coaches and players, not Colangelo, or else the Raptors would probably go undefeated.