The basketball gods have rarely looked kindly on the Toronto Raptors. The team is barely twelve years old, and already boasts a rich and lengthy legacy of dubious moments. A dubiogacy, if you will. The beauty of this embarrassment of glitches is that everyone—management, coaches, players, and fans—has played a part. Pared down from a list of thousands, the Top 50 will be counted down Kasey Kasem-style over the next few weeks in order to get everyone all fired up for the brand new season.
Moment #50 - June 1995: BJ Armstrong Refuses to Report
In the Toronto/Vancouver Expansion Draft, the Raptors select BJ Armstrong of the Chicago Bulls with the first pick. Up until this point in his career Armstrong was noted for his ability to pass the ball to Michael Jordan and in 1994 was the worst All-Star team selection of all-time. Armstrong may not have been the first official Raptor (more on Vincenzo Esposito later) but he was the first Raptor to officially demand a trade thus setting a precedent for many to follow. Better yet, since he was a former All-Star he felt he could demand a trade to a title contender. He was sent to Golden State instead.