Saturday, November 21, 2009

Toronto Raptors - Early Season Review

I am huge Toronto Raptors fan, sometimes I feel this is quite unfortunate.

But enough dwelling in the past, let us think of the 2009/2010 season!

The Raptors are currently have 6 wins and 7 loses and sit in 9th place in the eastern conference. They have had possibly the most difficult schedule in the NBA to start the season, because of this I am relatively happy with our record. Obviously you cannot be content with being below .500, but realistically this is where most thought we would be.

The Raptors are currently touting one of lethal offenses in the NBA, actually in NBA history. Since the inclusion of the 3 point line, the Raptors are averaging one of the highest PPGs of all time. This stat really means very little however. Sadly the Raptors also have an embarrassing Opponent's PPG of 106.44 points. On top of that, they are among the worst in the league in rebounding at a disheartening 39.4 RPG.

The last 2 points, have Raptor's fans thinking same old Raptors, and I have to agree. Although the team is much better then last year, I see no chance for us to be a great team, ever with the current make up of the team. The same problems have existed with this team for oh so long continue, even with the overhaul of the roster.

The reason for this is although we added many new pieces the problem came from the very core of this team. Bosh is sometimes a good defender, sometimes a great defender (see team USA, but to be honest his defensive effort lacks the consistency that this team needs. On any other team Bosh's D would be just fine, but this team has a starting line up that contains Jose Calderon (and to a lesser extent Andrea Bargnani)

Jose Calderon is the root of all evil. On the one hand, I absolutely love his attitude and passion. On the other end of the spectrum, I cannot stand his game. I remember during the 2007/2008 season TJ. Ford got off to a blazing start, I cannot recall exactly but he was putting up Chris Paul, Deron Williams numbers on a per minute basis. Then he was injured by Al Horford in a frightening injury. He was never the same after this injury.

During TJ's injury Calderon put up nice numbers. Colangelo, with his infatuation for soft euros and sparkling blue eyes was easily convinced that Calderon would make TJ. expendable. This attitude trickled down to the coaching and players and led to feelings of alienation for Ford. Bosh replaced Ford with Calderon as his BFF. on the Raptors.

Ford's fate was set in stone and he was traded to Indiana (Calderon had higher trade value, it is a shame....) and Calderon was the new number 1 point guard of Toronto.

I reminisced about the time Calderon thrived in Ford's absence, I thought to myself, Wow he is playing well, but we are so damn boring.

And the raptors are now one of, by far the most boring teams I have ever seen. We have no fast break, 75% of Jose Calderon's fast breaks lead in transitions 3's, not dunks or layups. Jose also leads the league in needlessly halting transition opportunities. I am all for pulling the ball out when the fast break is not there but Calderon's lack of creativity and ability to run a fast break is just painful to watch.

But, this is not the problem. Being boring really does not matter if you are winning, sadly we are not really winning. Our problems are almost entirely coming from a lack of perimeter defense from the point guard spot. Day after day, we watch Calderon get broken down with ease by anyone and anything. I cannot think of a slower point guard in the league to be honest. Can anyone? He just cannot keep himself in front of people laterally, and it leads to so many problems. His inability to semi contain the point guard spot leaves the team out of position often leading to easy scores or offensive rebounds.

At this point, I will cease in my bashing of Jose. The reason for this is I feel bad about it, he honestly seems like a great person.

All and all, this team I feel will placed 6-9 with the current make up. We will never be great by going in this direction however. Somehow we must become better defensively, the most obvious choice for this is to package Calderon somehow.

On a side note, Hedo Turkoglu has been fairly average on the court thus far, however his moves, swagger, and overall sex appeal have somehow enchanted my girlfriend. This rampaging lust has led me to feel quite discontent with my own personal appearance. I had, in the past, seen Hedo as, not necessarily ugly, but not attractive either. The recent turn of events have forced me change this attitude in a defeated coping method.

Anyways lol, until next time.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Cleaning Bananza and Rose Bryne Look Alike?

So today I embarked on a S-Rank Cleaning Mission.

After many a tear was shed, injuries felt, and friendships shattered, the house was clean, except for the most challenging location of all. The shower! Lets just say there has been a bit of a lack of effort on keeping this one sparkling fresh. As a matter of fact, I do not remember cleaning the shower since my room mate moved in. That was in August, August of 2008.

The shower is now clean, after an hour or so of traumatizing drudgery. What went on in there I wish to forget. I saw things, that no human being should ever witness. Anyhow, I was sifting through some old photos and I came across an oddly androgenous picture of baby me.

Almost right away I was reminded of Rose Byrne who I had seen in the romantic, psychological film Wicker Park. Anyone else see the resemblance?

Friday, July 24, 2009

Poop Sock, and Inter-Process Lack of Communication

I figured it would be interesting to see what I write with a completely fried brain at 6:33 AM. So I ended up getting an extension on my assignment which is wonderful indeed. The assignment is a beast of the C programming variety and quite the doozy. It has been quite troublesome for me to finish this assignment, seeing as this has been my first time actually writing code in C. Jumping right into forking, using exec, and communication between processes via pipes would without a doubt be difficult.

Luckily after a lot of intense labor, trial, error, swear-jar contributions, and trips to the washroom I finally got comfortable with the various glories of this low (lower then java / python) level language.

I was on the home stretch of my work, when I started running into some problems with those damn system calls. Things begun reading, writing, signaling at all sorts of weird times. After 4 billion printf statements in 4 billion different spots things were working in the correct order again. Sadly, my pipes began distorting the data passed through immediately after the previous problem was fixed :(.

Hopefully this rough experience will help motivate me to keep up in school on a more constant pace. Anyways, I am going to fry an egg on my head motor for breakfast, toodles.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Shattered Dreams XD

I am never going to be a plumber, designer of forks, or an executive of any kind. Thanks a lot C programming language the dream is over (lame references to some system calls in C that are giving me a head ache)


Really, inter-process communication seems to have a bit of a learning curve to it, sort of frustrating I say. It probably does not help that I put off putting an honest effort into learning the C language until yesterday. Oh well hopefully I can get this working!

Back to work

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Korean Musical Scene!

A couple months back a friend of mine introduced me to some K-Pop, K-hiphop (not sure how to classify it all), and since then I have been listening to that sort of stuff on a consistent basis. She showed me a couple of the groups she likes a lot particularly Big Bang, A.J., SNSD, and Son Dambi.

I have definitely taken a lot to Big Bang. They have a lot of cliche male boy band traits that are a bit comical but I still like them a lot it seems. On top of that their music videos have little things in them sometimes that I find to be comedic gold.

For example, in the music video for lies, the female lead's murder weapon is a pineapple, amazing. More recently in their Japanese song Go, T.O.P (or Tempo) randomly has a screw driver for about 2 seconds.

Poor quality picture of T.O.P and his screw driver

My favorite songs by the group right now are, My Heaven, Lies, Number 1, Haru Haru, Friend, Look at Me Only, and Gara Gara Go! Aside from the music their style is pretty damn cool looking, I find myself wanting to emulate them constantly! I do not know if this is a good thing since I really need to cut back on my shopping. None the less I imagine I will be following their careers for awhile, I am also wondering if they will ever try to make a splash in North America.

On another note, a new day has begun, and reflecting on yesterday, it is amazing how I felt so rejuvenated, yet so quickly it was ruined by chaos at home.

Just shows how important home, and family are.
Anyways signing off, until next time!

While in a Labratory of Computers

I am currently poop socking at the lab at Bahein Center, and after quite a prolonged period of inefficient studying, working on assignments, or "schooling" as many Vietnamese pals of mine call it, I am happy to announce I am schooling at fine pace! Wow, run on sentence much? It is refreshing to see how well I can work when I do not let my mind wander and show some mental toughness. Wait a minute why the hell heck am I blogging?

On another note the first offense to the Snappy Kawazi anti-swearing act occurred around 1 pm of the current day. The letter "F" while being used in the context of a swear word is now officially a curse under this blog's holy/unholy sanctions. I will purchase some sort of jar "soon time" (another kudos to my Vietnamese pals) .

Well then, good bye for now, exit(1);

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Cursing Begone

The quality of this post may be decreased due to the frustration of a power outage right before hitting the publish button (had to write this all over).


Snap Turtle and I have decided to begin an anti-swearing regime as of today. The rules are outlined as follows,

1) Do not speak or write any word that even vaguely resembles a swear word.

That is the lone rule, if this rule is broken one of three possible outcomes may occur.

i) The guilty party admits to his/her infringement.
ii) The guilty party fails to confess within 4 seconds, the non-guilty party points out the infraction.
iii) The guilty party fails to confess, and the non-guilty party fails to point out the infraction.

The penalties are outlined as follows,
for i) 25 cents
for ii) 50 cents
for iii) feelings of guilt

The money will be placed in the guilty party's swear jar, and collect biannually, on the first day of June and December.

My motivation for this new system is to hopefully semi cleanse myself of excessive negativity surrounding me. On top of that, I am 21 and need to grow up, honestly!

|| Participant || Total punishment fees ||
|| Kawazi || 0 ||
|| Snappy || 0 ||

Cheers to making our dreams reality

Thursday, June 25, 2009


Hello internet, this is my first time doing this (almost)! In the name of my ongoing job search,

Mr. Kawazi

To maintain a reasonably and averagely interesting blog.

Summary of Qualifications:

- A mutt's perspective
- Slender fingers
- 365 * 4 hours / annum computer time

Relevant Experience:
- Failed grade 10 EQAO writting and reading test (Canadian academic rite of passage)
- Low hit rate on high school asian time sink, "asianavenue".
- One past blog post, for a student log.

-University of Toronto

Quite tired, and must go get laundry, signing off!

P.S welcome to Toronto DeMar Derozan!
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