DeMar DeRozan and Klay Thompson

DeMar DeRozan had the first 50 point game of his career on New Years Day. It was the first 50 points ever in Toronto Raptors history. DeRozan was having a career year already for the Raptors. His 52 points in overtime against the Milwaukee Bucks only added to his All-Star case. He said, “Trying to…

DeMar (And Everyone Else) Giving the Raptors Shade

DeMar DeRozan needed a minute to work through his shock, disappointment, sadness and anger. But now he is settling in to the second half of his NBA career, nurtured by Gregg Popovich. DeRozan has had time to sort through things and the conclusion hasn’t changed. He loves Toronto, the city. The Raptors organization lied. The…

DeMar Consequences: Charlotte Is a Long Shot

Earlier this year DeMar DeRozan was candid and (brave) enough to talk about his depression. The 4-time All-Star put his reputation on the line by chronicling his struggles saying “we’re all human at the end of the day.” It is that humanness that has made DeRozan a sympathetic figure; he was scorned. He trusted someone…

Kawhi Wanted Out But Not Out of the Country

The Kawhi Leonard drama is nearly at the end of the line. He asked and he has received. It’s almost Biblical.  But like Biblical hurricanes and floods, Kawhi Leonard the San Antonio Spur has been washed away except for the the Defensive Player of the Year(s), the Finals MVP awards. San Antonio did what Kawhi…

DeMar DeRozan Didn’t Get The Memo About Loyalty

When DeMar DeRozan spurned his hometown of Los Angeles and his favorite team the Lakers, when he rejected his hero/mentor Kobe Bryant and re-upped with the Toronto Raptors, he said it was because in Los Angeles he would never be in their lengthy record book. A legendary franchise with extraordinary players, the Lakers have an…

DeMar DeRozan Owes Us Some Money

DeMar DeRozan isn’t a star. But he is the best player on his team. He is an All-Star and when the pressure is off he can drop 25 points a game. But a star takes the pressure and flicks it over his shoulder. A star delivers in the playoffs, not necesarily a win all the…

These Semi-Finals Need a Bunch of Heart Transplants

Ben Needs a Jumper Before the Process Graduates Because there is a NBA disease of overreaction in the moment, Ben Simmons was evaluated as having arrived after the 76ers decimated the mediocre Heat who lacked a perimeter or post scorer. Simmons had a tough game 2 against the Heat, recovered, and dominated them for the…

Let Kyle Lowry Walk

Raptors Free Agents: Serge Ibaka, Patrick Patterson, P.J. Tucker 2016-17  Raptors Weaknesses: 30th: Assists, Power Forward Points. 29th: Frontcourt Scoring, Points in the Paint. 26th: Bench Points. 24th: Pace. 23rd: Defensive Rebounding. 2016-17 Raptors Strengths:  2nd: Shooting Guard Points. 4th: Steals, Backcourt Scoring, Non-Paint Points.  6th: Free Throw Attempts, Offensive Rating, Field Goal Percentage (Defense)  8th: Free Throw Percentage, Starters Scoring, Opponent Points.  10th: Points. Largest (3) Raptors Contracts: DeMar…