I hate this pre-draft speculation.
Jose Calderon is getting traded? Really, who decided to float that out there? For a mere pick no less.
In a day and age where everyone can write about anything (and let’s face it, that’s including blogs like this fine site’s) how much speculation is enough? For a lot of fans, this is the most fun they can have. I must admit, that all this thinking about our team and basketball is pretty fun, but it’s also got little bearing on what’s actually going to happen in the future. In a Nothin’ but (Inter)Net article published today, Doug Smith warned that the rampant speculation we’ve been hearing should be taken with a grain of salt; that everyone that fancies themselves experts (*cough* Peter Vescey, Steve Smith *cough*) will be publishing whatever they can find. Honestly, in the Bryan Colangelo era, save Bargnani, Parker and Garbajosa, has anyone managed to predict the mind of the Raptors’ braintrust?
However, this of course, happens every year. The warnings about rampant speculation never really stop the fans, and that’s ok. It’s part of the fun. It’s why we have fantasy leagues, mock drafts, and draft parties. But the “official press” should have to do something more than what we do. You know, some actual analysis.
In any case, I hope everyone enjoys the draft, and the potential it brings. It’s just as important, though, to always take all predictions with a grain of salt. Remember that it was a year ago that the day after the draft, was when Bryan decided to make one of his biggest and unforeseen moves by acquiring TJ Ford. Just because the Raptors might be quiet doesn’t mean that something is rapidly developing behind the scenes. Here’s hoping your team fills you with a feeling of new-found hope.