Sloppy game tonight between Toronto Raptors and Brooklyn Nets, but hey, a win is a win, and Toronto has evened the series going into Brooklyn for Game 3 Friday night. The Toronto Star published a great article on Monday, April 21, 2014 by Doug Smith about the Raptors franchise and its place in the NBA. Check it out: thestar.com/sports/raptors/2014/04/21/raptors_demanding_respect_from_nba_tired_of_shoddy_treatment.html
There has been a ton of momentum over these last five months, ever since the game-changing seven-player trade that Raptors GM Masai Ujiri orchestrated in December 2013 (for a quick refresher: GO HERE). Since then, Ujiri, Coach Dwayne Casey (who is one of the best NBA coaches in the league, totally underrated) and the Raptors players have created a culture of confidence. At the end of the regular season, they finished first in their Division and are now competing in the playoffs for the first time since 2008.
Toronto really needs this. Our staple of professional men’s teams (Maple Leafs, Blue Jays, TFC), which tend to be the most popular and highly supported franchises in the city, ahem sexism, have not been performing well for many, many years. So the Raptors latest successes are refreshing and have really pumped up the city – case in point, scroll down this Toronto Star article to check out the #WeTheNorth promo video: http://www.thestar.com/business/2014/04/16/raptors_rebrand_and_embrace_the_north.html
And in a bit of gossip, Drake is the official ambassador of the Toronto Raptors, and potentially* dating Rihanna. Lainey Lui, on her gossip blog Lainey Gossip comments, “The Raptors official ambassador, Drake, was photographed in Toronto with friends on Sunday, likely to support his team. Rihanna was not with him. That’s OK. Rihanna shouldn’t come out unless we go deep into the playoffs. You don’t bring the Rihanna for Round 1. Maybe for the conference finals you might bring the Rihanna…if we get there” (full post). Hahahahahahahaha, Lainey cracks me up….you don’t bring the Rihanna for Round 1. Us Torontonians can be funny sometimes.