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  1. G-man

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    Chris Bosh and the Toronto Raptors are building a team representative of their city, just like the Detroit Pistons did
    Mlive - Pardeep Toor

    "My favorite under-the-radar NBA offseason move by far was the Raptors acquisition of Marco Bellinelli from the Golden State Warriors for washed up Devean George. More than the acquisition of a gifted shooter and former first round pick, the move further stamps the shift in culture and identity of a re-made Raptors roster.

    Whether consciously or not, general manager Bryan Colangelo has molded a roster that embodies the culture of the city. In a country that prides itself on a lack of an integrated identity and culture, where multiplicity is celebrated as unity, the Raptors are a reflection of the fans and city in which they play. Win or lose, it's a team the city can root for, it's a democratic representation of their multicultural neighbors, co-workers ... everyday people.

    Every city has their own identity (maybe not Oklahoma city) and fans want to watch a team mirroring their own quirks and beliefs.

    This concept peaked in 2004 with the Detroit Pistons, who galvanized union spirit, going 12-deep (minus Darko) with established roles for each player on the assembly line. It was a perfect gestalt - fusing misunderstood talents and wanderlust with blue collar persistence. The team was a microcosm of the state - it was a team that people were proud to call their own, bumpin the tune "Deeetrooit Basketball" in bars till the wee hours of the night (at least that was my experience after game 5 of the Finals).

    Ironically, the Pistons combatants in the finals were constructed similarly ... only the exact opposite. The Lakers that year and in their three previous championships, displayed the glitz, glamor, drama and narcissism often associated with La-La land and Hollywood culture.

    Certain cities attract a very specific type of player and culture. The Pistons would not have worked in Los Angeles and vice versa. Fans and media in Detroit could barely manage half a season of Allen Iverson (the cities first superstar since Grant Hill) - pointing fingers, using him as a scapegoat, criticizing his honest and outspoken desire to get minutes. Pre-Iverson, the team was consistently under scrutiny for "not playing hard" and being "arrogant" - and those were teams that won a crap ton of games. How do you think Detroit would have handled a superstar rape trial and publicly feuding superstars?

    Not good.

    Detroiters never rallied around a lack of effort while the Lakers prided their ability to coast through the regular season and simply "turn it on" when they need it. Detroit is about work. Los Angeles - drama. It worked for both"

    Chris Bosh and the Toronto Raptors are building a team representative of their city, just like the Detroit Pistons did - It's Just Sports
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    Canada & Italy throw Fisticuffs

    Canada, Italy Basketball "Friendly" Turns Ugly (VIDEO LINK)
    Syndicate Sports

    "A bench-clearing brawl erupted between Canada and Italy during an exhibition basketball "friendly" in Conegliano, Italy on Saturday. The fight started when Italian Stefano Mancinelli clobbered the pride and joy of Napanee, Ontario — sorry, Avril — Aaron Doornekamp in the back of the head during the second half.

    If none of that sounds overly exciting, well, just watch the elbow — it's a vicious cheap shot. Also, keep an eye for Italian Toronto Raptors, Andrea Bargnani and Marco Belinelli, who attempt to play the role of Bono.

    From what I've read, it was a "chippy" game from the opening tip. But aggressive play or not, there is absolutely no excuse for Mancinelli's actions. I'd be amazed if FIBA doesn't suspend him for several games, if not indefinitely, from international play. You can't punch people in the back of the head in UFC, let alone an exhibition basketball game. Fortunately, Doornekamp didn't sustain any serious injuries."

    Syndicate Sports: Canada, Italy basketball 'friendly' turns ugly
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    Thanks G-man, you got my mind enlightened and vision widened.
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    Canada really does love the Raps. Basketball is catching on here as a summer sport, particularly since the Blue Jays have faded from their early 90s dominance.

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