The Raptors Are Crashing, Whining, And Missing Threes

If you listen to the Toronto Raptors long enough, regardless of who is talking, it is the same slow pitched whine about LeBron James, as if they didn’t realize LeBron James has been to six straight NBA Finals. Yes, he is extraordinary. LeBron has played in 25 straight playoff series. He has won 22 and…

They Rejected the Lakers, But What If…?

Before the Lakers could even start free agency, the phone rang with a bunch of no thank-you’s, we are not interested. The players the Lakers had their eye on, who they wanted to bring in to fill the Kobe Bryant (Mamba) hole were DeMar DeRozan, the local kid, Mike Conley, the tough defensive point guard,…

Can DeMar DeRozan Get Some MVP Love?

Pierce through the Kevin Durant/Russell Westbrook fog and you’ll see DeMar DeRozan is doing some special things that has him in the top 5 of the MVP race. The Raptors are 7-2 and DeRozan is the reason why. He is the team’s best player and every night he is putting on an explosion. Like his…

Kobe and His Shadow Affecting Lakers Free Agency

On April 13th, on the last day of the regular season and the last day of Kobe Bryant’s career, he delivered a performance that will be narrated in the history books of sport as one of the most spectacular achievements to end a career. After 20 years and a broken body, he scored 60 points…

Awake, Lowry and DeRozan Causing All Kinds of Trauma

No one saw this coming, saw the Toronto Raptors on life support one minute, and then throwing jabs and left hooks the next minute. The Raptors had a DNR- do not resuscitate. The body was near dead. Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan were oxygen deprived. The mood was grim. The Raptors were destroyed in Cleveland.…

DeMar DeRozan to Fill the Kobe Void?

The Kobe Bryant page is turned. His 60 point out the door  serenade closed a Lakers chapter and now life goes on. The Lakers rebuild is truly on the way, particularly with Luke Walton, the youngest coach in the league, on the sidelines orchestrating the action.The first order of Lakers business: get a big man…

Raptors Playoff Preview: Forget Last Year

The most consistent team in the Eastern Conference for much of this exhausting season has been the Toronto Raptors. No firing of the coach, like the Cavs. No losing a star to another blood clot, like the Heat. No tough road losses, like the Celtics. They Raptors were 7 games over .500 at the end…

How Much $$$ is DeMar DeRozan Willing to Turn Down?

In the summer of 2014, Raptors GM Masai Ujiri, had one of the biggest coups of his career when he beat back Pat Riley and the Miami Heat and convinced Kyle Lowry to accept a salary of $12 million per year to stay in Toronto. That’s chump change right about now, particularly with the cap…

The Future Is Now For Lowry and DeRozan

Only one team in the Eastern Conference is sending two players to the All-Star game and it’s not a team that pays LeBron James. In fact, this will be the first time in six years that LeBron James won’t have a teammate with him at the All-Star game which means a circle has rotated 180…

Toronto is Winning But Can They Get Some Love?

If any other team were on a ten game winning streak, the national coverage would be over the top nauseating. But it’s the Toronto Raptors. Out of sight, out of mind. The Raptors are the oh, yeah them default team, after the Bulls without Joakim Noah is tossed around, and after the Heat and their…