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  1. He could be, if he would just attack the ****ing basket instead of pulling up for dumbass fadeaways. He was doing it in 2018 and it helped drive us to within a game of the finals. Last season he decided he'd rather be a bad Melo. This is his make or break year coming up. Some Celtics coaching staff we got. An entire season went by without them being able to fix the bad habits Tatum picked up from grabbing Wendy's with Kobe last summer.
  2. Breaking news, guy thinks his place of birth is special and not like all the others. Refusing to curtsy in the presence of any Canadian or European that claims that his country has something more specialer than anything in mine that I could never understand = Ugly American. zzzzzzzzzzzz You get one of Kawhi Leonard's cornrows and a free footlong sub from Publix. I'm not interested in something that "transcends" sports, I'm interested in whether or not there would be a guaranteed rivalry in sports, and why. Montreal and Toronto aren't special. Sorry.
  3. Put money on it. If Expos-Blue Jays isn't the fiercest rivalry in baseball within five years of the former's revival, you owe me $50,000. Actually, I'll be lenient and say top 5 fiercest rivalry in baseball. You think Toronto and Montreal are the only two large cities in North America with built-in cultural differences that have been economic competitors with one another? Als/Argos isn't a rivalry. I haven't been proven wrong on anything. You keep throwing out irrelevant information like the suggested topics for your college UNIVERSITY term paper and that the capital of Canada used to rotate in the 1800s. That's all super cool, but it doesn't explain why Toronto and Montreal would have a ready-made guaranteed rivalry across all sports, not just the NHL. Toronto and Montreal aren't the only two cities in North America that don't particularly like each other.
  4. Right back at you. Well maybe not the first part (you're a mod so you can just nuke anything you don't like), but the second part. And so is almost every other regular here. That easy, huh? You think Toronto and Montreal are the only two large cities in North America with built-in cultural differences that have been economic competitors with one another? Toronto and Montreal will always have guaranteed sports rivalries because language and government? That's hilarious. (Als/Argos isn't a rivalry) I want to respond to this with a Crying Wojak meme wearing a vintage Raptors jersey holding up a sheet that has "term paper" written on it, but I'd have to actually create it and that would too much effort for something that probably only I would find funny.
  5. I read your entire post, slugger. Most of it was Leafs-Habs, and the part that wasn't Leafs-Habs was irrelevant. Let's try this again. How does a suggested essay topic for one of your term papers guarantee a sports rivalry between Toronto and Montreal in a sport that isn't hockey (Alouettes-Argonauts isn't a rivalry)? You think Toronto and Montreal are the only two large cities in North America with built-in cultural differences that have been economic competitors with one another? Okay.
  6. The Clippers get Kawhi while LeSenile gets the remnants of DeMarcus Cousins. Hilarious. Edge alert!
  7. No, it doesn't. Your entire post is MUH LEAFS-CANADIENS. In baseball and sometimes football, yes. In basketball and hockey, no.
  8. None of this answers my question. The Leafs and Habs have a deep animosity for each other in the sport that has, by far, the most cultural relevance in Canada. That's all well and good, but it doesn't make for an instant rivalry across all potential big league sports that could place teams in both cities. Take Boston-New York in the States. In baseball, they have the fiercest, most historic rivalry in the game with Red Sox-Yankees. Patriots-Jets is a rivalry in the same way that the Roadrunner vs. Wile E. Coyote is a rivalry. It's one-sided and comical. In the winter sports, forget it. The Celtics and Knicks haven't given a damn about each other since John Havlicek and Willis Reed were playing. All the Bruins and Rangers have is the fact that they're both original six teams. Big deal.
  9. Why do so many people act like simply placing two teams in somewhat close proximity to one another = automatic rivalry? Or just two cities having a rivalry in one sport means that they'll definitely have a rivalry in another sport?
  10. Horford at the expense of Butler is a step up for the Sixers.
  11. Toronto won 59 games in 17-18. The Celtics, as I said before, were on a 55 win pace with Kyrie and a 52 win pace without him. They weren't winning the division either way. No, you're going off of one season. One regular season, actually. In your mind, last season doesn't count, because reasons. Because he's yet another shot hungry combo guard who is completely useless if his shot isn't falling. He can't impact the game in any other way. Just like Kyrie, just like IT. It's not a coincidence that Charlotte has done little more than exist in the entire time he's been there. Answer the question.
  12. Is the Russian guy still the owner? That might explain it. At least they're doing it through free agency this time instead of trading five years worth of draft picks.
  13. Amazing? The 2018 Celtics were 41-19 with Kyrie and 14-8 without him. A 55-win pace vs. a 52-win pace. Hardly a difference. And that's without getting into the playoff run. So are you. It's naive to think that a team that plays together, helps each other succeed, and commits to fundamentals could replicate a successful playoff run? Interesting. Why not? Plenty of people laughed at the idea of the 2004 Pistons beating the Lakers, or the 2011 Mavericks beating Miami. Toronto had a bunch of useless, completely one-dimensional players that they turned into Kawhi Leonard, Serge Ibaka, and Marc Gasol. You're making my point for me. Why do you keep putting words in my mouth about Rozier, when I've referred to him as a generic, replaceable, one-dimensional scoring guard on several occasions now? Is this an intentional effort to piss me off, or are you just illiterate? As for Tatum and Brown, how are they ever going to become elite if they aren't featured in that role? You don't learn to drive a car in the passenger seat. Tatum and Brown developed significantly more as players during that playoff run than they have in the rest of their careers so far combined.
  14. Because f***ing Kyrie Irving, who was buttshook that the team played so well and got to within a game of the finals without him, came back and hijacked the entire offense? Which led to Rozier and Morris, both upcoming free agents, doing the same to make sure they got paid? Which led to Brad Stevens hijacking the offense for Gordon Hayward to make sure he got ample opportunities in his first year back from injury? Which led to Jayson Tatum having to scrap for every bit of offense he could get and taking too many bad shots? All of which combined froze out and pissed off the entire remaining roster and turned the locker room into a cesspool? Were you paying any attention at all this past season? Horford opted out in large part because he was sick of what the team had become. He's an even-keel personality who played the game the right way when almost nobody else did. Why wouldn't he run for the hills? I'm not overestimating anybody. The ability is there. 2018 proved that. Jayson Tatum (as a rookie) and Jaylen Brown (as a sophomore) led the team in scoring while playing excellent all-around basketball. They plugged in a generic one-dimensional scoring guard (Rozier) and got better results than they ever did with either IT or Kyrie. What does that tell you? You don't understand what a "big time" player is. A one-dimensional scoring guard who can't play a team game and gives you nothing on defense is not a "big time" player.