Masai Ujiri Is At The Head of the Class

Masai Ujiri pulled off another coup by landing Serge Ibaka as a way to fix the Raptors horrible front court. Ibaka gives the Raptors credibility in the midrange. He scores. He rebounds. He is a ball mover. Now can the Raptors keep the ball out of the backcourt to allow Ibaka to do what he…

Serge and the Raptors Coming to the Playoffs Near You

Serge Ibaka will play for his third team in less than 12 months. Traded from Oklahoma City to the Orlando Magic in June of 2016, Ibaka now is a member of the Toronto Raptors who were desperately seeking help in the front court, particularly a stretch four who could score and rebound. Additionally, Ibaka can…

11 Years Ago, 81 Points and Immortality

It’s really a testament to the power of imagination. There’s a lot of players who come up now who don’t think 80 points is possible. You think 50 and if you are really hot- 60. I never had that limit. Ever. I never, ever thought that way. I always thought 80 was possible. Always. I…

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…

Toronto Raptors: Avoiding the Middle

For the Toronto Raptors, the upcoming season is a make or break year.  They were the only team in the East with nearly enough star power to compete with the Cleveland Cavaliers, which they showed by taking them to six games in the 2016 playoffs. Just taking the Cavs to six games should be validating…

Biyombo Gets on the Money Train

Bismack Biyombo signed a free agent deal with the Orlando Magic for $70 million. It is a four year deal. Biyombo took full advantage of the new salary cap. But first, he made everyone take notice of him in the playoffs of 2016. Bismack Biyombo covets rebounds. He has cornered and monopolized the boards market.…

The Raptors Crash Landing Is an Ugly Beautiful Thing

Perhaps Drake was on to something when he was a no-show at the Raptors game 7 against the Miami Heat. Perhaps he was sending the public a message to do as Drake do, boycott the Raptors. This is an ugly series not worth watching and for all the obvious reasons that have been outlined ad…

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…

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…