The Toronto Raptors and The Star Player Philosphy

July 13th, 2010 by Ian McDonnell Leave a reply »
I was thinking over something my brother and I were talking about over the weekend. I am sure plenty of people have talked it over with their friends.

It was about star power in Toronto, and why the stars always flee.

You could say that it’s because of Toronto and Canada and all the tax stuff (which I don’t buy completely). But although we seem to strike out with the American audience, Toronto has one of the largest markets in professional sports. So the fans are there.

But seeing as how most of the major talent in the NBA is American, maybe a stay north of the border isn’t in the dreams of the up and coming stars of professional basketball. Maybe that’s the problem.

On the other hand, maybe it’s because the Raptors haven’t won anything. Toronto has suffered several major setbacks in its history due to the loss of a key player looking to move to a major American market.

But the Raptors aren’t the only team with that problem. We certainly don’t have a tougher time than, say, Minnesota. In fact, lots of teams have trouble keeping players, and maybe it’s because they ...

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