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Is it time for Raptors to honour their past?

One reason I’d like to be in Orlando today – aside from the soft serve ice cream in the media room – would be to see Tracy McGrady inducted into the Magic Hall of Fame this afternoon before the game.

It’s an absolute legitimate honour for McGrady, who’s also in the big Hall of Fame, and it’d be nice to see him get rewarded for what he did for that franchise.

Now, there are some people I know who wonder what the Raptors will eventually do to honour their best players and whether McGrady would be one and, as good as he was in Orlando and Houston, the answer has to be no, doesn’t it?

His first year was a bit of a washout – Darrell Walker ruined our New Year’s Eve in Washington by telling us that if McGrady didn’t smarten up he’d be “out of the league in three years” — and while his second and third years were much better, his overall impact was too little and too limited in time to put him among the best Raptors ever.

No question he turned into a fine player but it didn’t include his time here.

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And his departure? He was a teenager from Florida who wanted to go home and who can blame him? That can’t factor into it, his on-court play was enough.

Still, it’d be nice to see him get honoured by the Magic.

He turned into a dynamic scorer and exciting player and he didn’t have any substantial playoff success but, individually he was probably ahead of his time.

And isn’t the whole idea of a franchise’s Hall of Fame a good one? And shouldn’t it be something that locals should do in the very near future?

For years, I’ve thought the Raptors as an organization was too young to be worried about honouring its past but now that they’re creeping up on 25 years, the time might be ripe to figure it out.

I believe a Hall of Fame or a Ring of Honour or something along those lines was a better idea that retiring numbers, which should be reserved for only the most special of players.

But some kind of homage to the greats, those who really made an imprint on the team, the city, the organization would be a wonderful idea.

As much as I enjoy taking the odd shot at the pucks, the statues outside the area was an excellent idea; I don’t know if the Raptors should actually copy that but something along those lines is about due.

There doesn’t seem to be a lot of room anywhere in the area to do it; maybe the atrium coming in from Union State, maybe over the dead area by Gate 5? I dunno but there has to be some novel approach to honouring the past and it’s about time to do it.

The who and the why are entirely open for debate and nothing I’ve really thought all too seriously about. There’s the obvious ones – Vince and DeMar and Damon – but rounding out, say, a Top 10 taking everything into consideration isn’t something done off the top of one’s head.

Gimme a few days, though; it might make a nice little series here in the mornings over the course of a week.

Kinda liked this the other day when I heard it.

So I’m sitting on the front porch early this morning getting ready for the day while the coffee cooks and I check the weather app on the phone.

Says minus-5 C and it might get to 2C late this afternoon and I think:

“First day of spring? First day of spring, my butt.”

Hmm.

Milwaukee loses in Cleveland, Miami beats Denver at home in double OT.

With the Heat now in seventh and having the tiebreaker over the Bucks, the hopes of some of us for time in the sun in April took a bit of a blow last night.

For some reason I found it quite fascinating that the Argos have hired 45-year-old Anthony Calvillo to be their quarterbacks coach where he will ostensibly try to teach some new tricks to 38-year-old Ricky Ray.

(You remember the Argos, right? Won the Grey Cup? Play down that park where the soccer team plays? Double Blue? Pull together? Historically prominent in area professional sports?)

Anyway, I think having two of the best quarterbacks in CFL history – they’d both have to be in the top 10, right? – on the same team will be a fun story. Calvillo can surely impart some wisdom to Ray about how to handle the aging process and remain effective; I’m sure Ray will appreciate having basically a contemporary around to bounce ideas off.

They’ve had shared experiences and I would suspect this will be a relationship that will allow both to flourish.

Now, will people pay attention? That’s the next question.

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