I'm not really sure how to sum up the fifteen year-old Toronto Raptors. By the numbers, this is a totally unremarkable franchise with only five seasons with a record of .500 or better, never eclipsing 47 wins (done twice) and five postseason appearances (11-20 playoff record).
But this organization deserves to be thought of as more. More appropriately, its fans, some of the NBA’s best, deserve more.
This is a group that’s seen Isiah Thomas actually make good choices as a GM (in the draft, at least), Vince Carter (when he gave a crap) create some of the greatest highlights we’ve ever seen, Tracy McGrady show glimpses of his potential, the final days of Hakeem Olajuwon’s career and Vince (when he didn’t give a crap) egregiously urinate on his home fan base.
Leading the way for Chris Bosh to blow town—and not get killed for it.
This fan base was on the right side of VC’s other-worldly 2000 dunk contest performance and on the wrong side of Allen Iverson’s 2001 Eastern Conference Semifinals, Kobe’s 81, and Hedo Turkoglu's free agency.
In the most complimentary way possible, it’s tough to find a team that’s accomplished less, but meant more to the NBA in the past decade and a half.