The big buzz surrounding the Raptors today is the quote that Rafer Alston dropped in the Houston Chronicle yesterday. According to the Chronicle, Alston’s on record as saying, “I knew in Toronto we didn’t prepare to have what it takes to win the game. We didn’t know what the other team was doing. We didn’t have a clue how we were going to defend. That frustrated me. We were going out there cold to try to win games.”
Why are Raptors fans shocked that Alston would make a bonehead comment to the media? They must forget that this is the guy that was crying after a game and talking about retiring because he was a disgrace to his family or that this is also the same player that almost came to blows with Sam Mitchell last season as well. Alston’s quote is just another example of an immature player shouting off his mouth.
Speaking of Alston, how great does the Mike James for Alston trade look now in hindsight? Wow! Can you imagine the meltdowns that Alston would have had during our first month of the season when things weren’t going well for the team? It was during the month that James was the consummate professional and helped out the younger players, something I doubt Alston would had the mental stability to handle.