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Kentucky vs. NBA's Raptors: Not an easy call

Posted on: February 2, 2012 11:05 am
Edited on: February 2, 2012 12:09 pm
 

By Jeff Goodman

Maybe I'm nuts to think a college group could hang with an NBA team, but I'm not so sure. 

Check out the Toronto Raptors starting unit last night against the Boston Celtics -- and tell me you wouldn't take John Calipari's first five over the Raptors. 

Not just for the future, but maybe even right now. 

The Raptors backcourt was Spanish point guard Jose Calderon and athletic freak DeMar DeRozan. The frontcourt: James Johnson, Ed Davis and Aaron Gray. 

Pitiful. 

I understand Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist are just freshmen, but it's not like Davis and DeRozan are grown men, either. Both are just 22 years old. Johnson is 24 and Gray is 26. 

I'd take Davis over Gray in a heartbeat. Yes, today. I'd also go with Gilchrist over Davis -- today, tomorrow and every day thereafter. 

Calderon blows away Marquis Teague at this juncture and we'll give a slight nod to Johnson over Terrence "Mr. Enigma" Jones, but not if Jones' head is actually into the game. 

Then there's the matter of DeRozan vs. Doron Lamb. DeRozan is a terrific athlete and virtually a non-shooter. Lamb is a big-time shooter. Completely different players, but I'll go with DeRozan. 

So maybe Calipari's current edition down in Lexington wouldn't come out on top against the Raptors, but they'd certainly give them a run for their money. 

Comments

Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: February 4, 2012 12:44 pm
 

Kentucky vs. NBA's Raptors: Not an easy call

blah blah blah... if KY can beat them, then 20 other teams could too



Since: Feb 4, 2008
Posted on: February 4, 2012 12:24 pm
 

Kentucky vs. NBA's Raptors: Not an easy call

he just wanted to fawn over kentucky and knows noone really cares about the raptors



Since: Feb 2, 2012
Posted on: February 4, 2012 9:56 am
 

Kentucky vs. NBA's Raptors: Not an easy call

hey the Raptors, blew out the Wizards last night, when's the Can the (insert best high school basketball team) beat the Wizards coming?

this writer is a fucking clown and deserves to be fired



Since: Jul 12, 2010
Posted on: February 4, 2012 9:33 am
 

Kentucky vs. NBA's Raptors: Not an easy call

Clearly this sports writer must have run out of things important to do. NO way a college team beats a pro team, ever !!!!


By the way to the Louisville fan on this thread, you better worry about your own team. You don't have any ground to stand on, to even make one derogatory comment about Big Brother (UK) ! Makes you look awful foolish, let the hate go man, life's to short to carry that around. 



Since: Nov 16, 2007
Posted on: February 4, 2012 7:15 am
 

Kentucky vs. NBA's Raptors: Not an easy call

no!



Since: Jan 12, 2012
Posted on: February 4, 2012 5:35 am
 

Kentucky vs. NBA's Raptors: Not an easy call

the mighty orange would beat them both.



Since: Feb 4, 2012
Posted on: February 4, 2012 1:39 am
 

Kentucky vs. NBA's Raptors: Not an easy call

No.  Maybe a college all-star team could hang with an NBA doormat, but even that's questionable.  The funnel gets so narrow at the top that great college players routinely become role players in the league.

Somebody brought up the College All-Star game in football.  Actually a couple of times the College All-Stars did manage to beat the NFL/Super Bowl Champs, including in 1969, against the Jets.  But remember, the Jets didn't care about the CAS game; it was a preseason tune-up for them.  Sometime around 1974 the Pittsburgh Steelers buried the College All-Stars; I remember that the game was played in a driving rain and they actually called it in the third quarter because of the weather and the punishment the kids were taking.  Chuck Noll didn't believe in letting up just because it was an exhibition game.  As in that match, if they played a serious game between college players and pros, it would not be a contest.



Since: Oct 24, 2011
Posted on: February 4, 2012 1:18 am
 

Kentucky vs. NBA's Raptors: Not an easy call

More stupid articles...do we really have that many journalists out there that there are no real stories to cover or write about?



Since: Jan 21, 2008
Posted on: February 3, 2012 11:28 pm
 

Kentucky vs. NBA's Raptors: Not an easy call

Your article is silly - that's the real easy call. Toronto and another 11 NBA teams have 8 wins or less. Why are you picking on the Bargnani-less Raptors? Why don't you broaden your scope and compare UK to almost half of the NBA. Obviously your article was a stretch, but come on.



Since: Jan 24, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2012 10:44 pm
 

Kentucky vs. NBA's Raptors: Not an easy call

this is retarded. I understand that bargnani is hurt, but you just took out the raptors best player, at this point if your taking davis today agaisnt bargs davis would get owned.

this is why ill only read parrish, goodman your not good at what you do 


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