Bryan Colangelo finally pulled the trigger. After months of speculation of a big trade in the works, he sent Jose Calderon to Detroit, Ed Davis to Memphis and brought Rudy Gay to the Toronto Raptors. Sure there were a few more players thrown around in the deal but those are the only three I care about. This is officially the most depressing yet happiest day Raptornation has ever experienced. We gained a superstar but lost the something that may be more important than stats or marketability…we have lost the only stable thing Toronto has had for the last 8 years.
Minutes after the trade was officially announced and the celebrations has begun, Raptor fans across the city began professing their admiration and sadness for Jose Calderon. One word kept popping out in numerous posts, tweets and status’ -CLASS. Arguably, no other player ever to put on a Raptor uniform had more of it. Constantly criticized for being a defensive liability and thrown into Point Guard controversies with not just one but by two point guards at a time, Jose NEVER complained, never asked to be traded and never uttered a disrespectful word about the fans or the management. I can count numerous times when he could have given up or thrown in a smart ass comment during a post game interview. Nope, not one word. How many players do you know making 10 million dollars a season, never tried to mail in a season by faking injury or flying to his graduation an hour before game 7 of the playoffs just to miss a buzzer beater…. ok it’s fair to say I’m still holding on to some anger/frustration/disappointment. Just a bit.
Crushed to find out he was leaving a place he called home for the last 8 years, Jose will without a doubt be missed. I can’t wait to see Rudy play in Toronto, although I for one, am going to miss hearing “numero ocho” over the speakers at the ACC. He still is a free agent at the end of the season to sign with whomever he pleases, so hopefully he finds a city that adored him as much as Toronto did.
Ed Davis was another one of Toronto’s draft picks that everyone questioned. Undersized, people were worried about how he could match up to the larger, faster power forwards in the league. After having a decent rookie year, his aggressiveness seemed to disappear. It took another two years for him to finally find a permanent place in the Raptors starting lineup. Although it came when Andrea got injured, it was only a matter of time. He stepped up and became a consistent double-double threat. Sadly for us, all that did was increase his trade value. Although he won’t start in Memphis and will be backing up Zach Randolph, we can only wish Ed Davis the best.
The move might have been for best but we will definitely miss you guys.