So the Raptors are reportedly on the verge of signing Torontonian journeyman centre Jamaal Magloire, and a lot of Raptors fans probably don’t know how to feel about it.

On one hand, fans may see the light in finally having a Canadian suit up for the Raptors after 16 long years. On the other hand, reasonable fans understand that the Raptors acquired a 33-year-old, 11-year veteran centre who hasn’t played more than 13 minutes per game in five years.

Sure, Magloire deserves praise for sticking around the league for over a decade and being just the second Canadian in NBA history to make an All Star game, but at the end of the day, he has been reduced to a roster filler who, as Scott Carefoot points out, wasn’t retained by a team who is going to sign Eddy friggin Curry.

Jamaal was a very good centre in the early-to-mid 2000′s, specifically when he averaged 13.7 points, 10.3 rebounds and over a block per game with the Hornets in 2003-2004, and some delusional fans may even see the benefit in starting a “true” centre at the five. But if that’s the case, then I’d much rather see Solomon Alabi start.

Magloire should be able to provide some quality minutes (and I mean LIMITED minutes) once in a while, maybe when the young guys are gassed, but I imagine this signing has more to do with the proud Eastern Commerce product’s potential as a veteran mentor and emergency player than as a consistent contributor. I also imagine that most Raptors fans are already aware of this.

Don’t get me wrong, it will be nice for about 10 seconds on opening night when Herbie announces Magloire’s name during the season-opening introductions, but that warm fuzzy feeling will fade about as quickly as Toronto’s playoff hopes.

At the end of the day, if you’re looking for a veteran big with good character to fill your bench, you could do a lot worse than Jamaal Magloire. I’m actually content with this minor acquisition.

I just hate the fact that after 16 years, the first Canadian to ever suit up for the Raptors is a fourth or fifth big off of the bench who will fight for minutes with Solomon Alabi.

I’m sure a lot of fans feel the same way. Just don’t take it out on Magloire – He’s achieved too much as one of the NBA’s Canadian pioneers of our generation to deserve that.

Comments (8)

  1. I welcomed Jamal Magloire as a Raptor. At least he will not complain about Canada being cold.

    • Jamal Magloire is the first Canadian, home -grown talent to play for the raps and this joker of a writer thinks it doesn’t matter….he couldn’t be more wrong!

      I played against Jamal when he was at Eastern Commerce, and I remember the excitement of him going to Kentucky, getting drafted to the nba, and even earning the supreme honour of being named to the all star team….a kid who PLAYED in Toronto…and that doesn’t matter?? Why dont you go ask the legions of Canadian ballers who came up after him, like tristan thompson and cory joseph if it matters, or ask the current students at Eastern Comm or any other high school in the GTA if it matters…

      If Mr. Casciaro doesnt care, fine, he’s entitled to his opinion, but don’t paint REAL basketball fans in this country with the same inaccurate brush. It can and will be a life-changing situation for young Canadians to see a Toronto legend suit up for the home team Raptors, despite this article and the opinions expressed by its writer.

      CONGRATS JAMAL, REAL CANADIANS LOVE YOU BUDDY, WELCOME HOME!!!

      • Benny, I respect your passion and appreciate your feedback. But in the grand scheme of things, this signing doesn’t matter. Magloire is well past his prime, and even if he has a surprising season, it’s not like he’s going to be carrying this team anywhere. The only time this will ‘matter,’ is when people ask the question of who was the first Canadian to play for the Raptors. That’s it.
        I’m not discrediting Magloire’s place in Toronto or Canadian basketball history. In fact, I end this post by saying he has accomplished a lot “as one of the NBA’s Canadian pioneers of our generation.” He should be respected and celebrated by Canadian basketball fans for that.
        But again, none of that matters to the fortunes of the Toronto Raptors, and it never will. For you to call it a “life-changing situation for young Canadians,” I think, is the greatest over-exaggeration I have ever seen in a RaptorBlog comment.

        • as far as wins produced, none of the moves the raps make this year will matter, so why don’t we just add “…and it means nothing” to all raptors articles?

          The title of your article is what disturbs me the most, it is completely disrespectful…try and add in all the niceties you want at the end of your piece, but the disrespect remains…

          and if you don’t think it will affect a grade 9 kid from eastern commerce sees a guy who went to HIS school playing for the raps, and get the ovation he receives when he’s introduced, buddy, you dont know much about sports, in my opinion.

  2. BC has finally made the right move. Sticking with the plan.
    Magloire suits our current needs to a tee. Short term and cheap, thus not screwing with our future cap space and he adds some leadership and toughness to a team lacking in both. And shouldn’t give us too many more W’s.

    Will alwys be a punk for not suitng up for Canada though.

  3. I could not care less about the national team and Jamal not playing for them. Nationalism and sports are a terrible combination. I’m just happy to see BC not screwing up our long-term cap space with mediocre slow-pokes.

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