After Tuesday night’s excruciating loss to Jeremy Lin and the Knicks, Ed Davis expressed his disappointment in the Toronto crowd for being pro-Lin more than they were pro-Raptors.
He mentioned three things when talking about this. That the fans cheered louder for Lin than they did Toronto’s “stars,” that Lin got a bigger pop from the fans during the announcement of the starting lineups than DeMar DeRozan did and that overall, he was disappointed.
First things first, here’s what Ed Davis and everyone else who’s interpreting what went down last night wrong needs to know. Raptors fans were not cheering against the Raptors, and if they were, it was a very small group. From what I heard and even read, thousands of tickets had been sold as part of Asian Heritage Night at the Air Canada Centre (though they did nothing in the arena to recognize that it was Asian Heritage Night), and those thousands of people weren’t necessarily Raptors fans.
At the end of the day, if someone, or thousands of people paid to be at the ACC to watch this game, were not Raptors fans and were there to support Jeremy Lin, they have every right to cheer and support their cause as anyone else in the building with a Raptors shirt on.
In terms of Davis’ claim that Lin was cheered louder than the Raptors’ stars. Ed, get over your teammates, none of them are “stars.” I’ve grown to like Jose Calderon and think he has been lights out, for the most part, this season, but he is not a star. DeMar DeRozan, with as good a sophomore season as he had and as much potential and athleticism as he possesses, is not a star, not yet anyway. He hasn’t been nearly good enough or consistent enough to be called a star. If Andrea Bargnani was healthy, he would have received a loud ovation. He played like a star this year.
As for Davis’ overall state of disappointment, I’m disappointed in him. Look, I get that emotions were running high after losing the way the team did for the second time in three days and then having to answer questions about how great the guy that just beat you was. But really, Ed, you’re disappointed in the crowd that spent their hard-earned dollars to come and watch a pro basketball game?
How about you be disappointed in yourself for taking a step back this season? How about you be disappointed in your “star” teammate DeMar DeRozan for doing the same thing and not being able to hit a shot, which by the way, might have had the crowd cheering for your team after a win? How about you be disappointed in Jose Calderon for being shut down in the fourth quarter and folding when it mattered most down the stretch, again? Most of all, if you don’t want to throw anyone or yourself under the bus, how about you just express your frustration with your team as whole, who blew a 17-point lead at home and a nine-point lead in the final few minutes?
You don’t let them come back, you don’t have to worry about hearing the thousands of non-Raptors fans in the house cheer for the other guy.
Oh, what’s that you say, it’s usually an unwritten rule that you don’t call out teammates through the media? I’d say it should be an even bigger, written rule that you don’t call out the paying fans.
Ed Davis is a good young piece to have, who I had high hopes for coming into this season and who I still have high hopes for going forward. But in this case, he should have looked in the mirror and around the locker room for disappointment before looking at the crowd.