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On 5/19/2019 at 9:42 PM, Ice_Cap said:

Raptors aren’t done yet. Let’s tie it up and send it back to Milwaukee. 

The prophet has spoken.

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Awesome

It reminds me of when Seattle lost its mind after the Seahawks beat the 49ers in the NFCCG. Though Toronto's numbers are way more impressive.

 

Wow!

 

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So...how many of y'all still think the phrase "We The North" is stupid/silly/grammatically incorrect/all that other jack so many of y'all so vehemently clowned the Raptors about when they first introduced that phase a few years ago?? (Nah I ain't forgot; just reminding y'all...haha!) Just goes to show how true the ol' mantra holds: "winning cures all ills."

 

On a serious note, though, although I was definitely pulling for Milwaukee (because daggone if that city don't need SOMETHING to cheer about), I'm also just as happy if not more for not only Toronto but for all my neighbors to The North (who I get to interact with more and more these days now that I'm based up in South Dakota--and it's been way too long but I still remember all my interactions with the Canadian troops during my first deployment, so there's that too). I do wonder how DeMar DeRozen must feel right now...but the Raptors wouldn't have made it to this point without Kawhi Leonard--who for my $ has quietly, in true-to-Kawhi fashion, staked his claim as the single best player of this postseason (along with Damian Lillard). Just for that fact alone, I hope Toronto wins all of Canada an NBA championship--and if that happens, Kawhi will be the unquestioned MVP.

 

As for the Bucks, well...considering the hodgepodge of pieces they have on their roster now, both young stars (Giannis), mid-age vets, and "elder statesmen" who seem like they been in the L ever since I graduated high school (like Lopez and Hill), they kinda remind me of the '80s Detroit Pistons in a way. And remembering the pathway they took to finally win a championship, I'd say the onus is on them, and really Giannis (because that team is only going to go as far as he takes them), as to how they respond next season. They have the pieces to make another push, I believe, but it's on them to put in the work--& develop the heart--to get back there.

 

All that said... 🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦🇨🇦.

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I am worried about Giannis and the "super-max deal" though. I think he deserves it, but I'm afraid of a cycle that normally happens in these kinds of situations.

 

Bucks give Giannis super deal ---> Bucks start to underachieve really hard ---> Bucks realize they need to either blow it up and rebuild or trade for more quality pieces ---> Bucks trade Giannis to big-market team for a bunch of "okay" players---> Bucks start to suck and later rebuild ---> Giannis wins championship for big-market team

 

This process seems too familiar.

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8 hours ago, KRZYBDGRZ said:

The prophet has spoken.

I am merely a messenger for the true prophet, Drake. 

 

6 hours ago, Buc said:

 

So...how many of y'all still think the phrase "We The North" is stupid/silly/grammatically incorrect/all that other jack so many of y'all so vehemently clowned the Raptors about when they first introduced that phase a few years ago?? (Nah I ain't forgot; just reminding y'all...haha!) Just goes to show how true the ol' mantra holds: "winning cures all ills."

 

 

As someone who criticized that slogan when they rolled it out? I’ll happily eat crow. 

 

WE THE NORTH!!!!!!!

 

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8 hours ago, Buc said:

So...how many of y'all still think the phrase "We The North" is stupid/silly/grammatically incorrect/all that other jack so many of y'all so vehemently clowned the Raptors about when they first introduced that phase a few years ago?? (Nah I ain't forgot; just reminding y'all...haha!) Just goes to show how true the ol' mantra holds: "winning cures all ills."

It doesn't annoy me as much as people who call their lover "bae".

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What's lost in all this is the fact that the Raptors have home court advantage over the Warriors. These same Warriors lost 25 games this season, and two of those (the only two they played) were to the Raptors. 

 

The best thing that can happen for the Raptors is Kevin Durant coming back.

 

Toronto in 6.

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10 hours ago, nash61 said:

What's lost in all this is the fact that the Raptors have home court advantage over the Warriors. These same Warriors lost 25 games this season, and two of those (the only two they played) were to the Raptors. 

 

The best thing that can happen for the Raptors is Kevin Durant coming back.

 

Toronto in 6.

 

The regular season isn’t really a good measure for this, though. Especially the head to heads. Warriors sleepwalked through the majority of the season and flipped the switch come playoff time. 

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If LeBron wasn't enough to beat the Warriors, I don't think Kawhi will be either. Though JR Smith isn't on Toronto and they may yet get back OG.

 

My heart says Raptors in 6. My head says GS in 6.

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15 hours ago, nash61 said:

What's lost in all this is the fact that the Raptors have home court advantage over the Warriors. These same Warriors lost 25 games this season, and two of those (the only two they played) were to the Raptors. 

 

The best thing that can happen for the Raptors is Kevin Durant coming back.

 

Toronto in 6.

We are seeing the FU Curry and he wants a Finals MVP award.  Then there's this too:

 

 

1 hour ago, DG_Now said:

If LeBron wasn't enough to beat the Warriors, I don't think Kawhi will be either. Though JR Smith isn't on Toronto and they may yet get back OG.

 

My heart says Raptors in 6. My head says GS in 6.

The Raptors saving grace is that the Warriors are the worst defensively this year in their five-year run.  They were 11th in defensive efficiency this year at 108.5 but were a point away from being 16th.  And can Fred Van Vleet keep it going for another week?

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Tas didn't make it to Game 6

 

Synopsis: He was originally flying standby on an employee "buddy" pass, but flight #1 was full and no available seats.  Same with flight #2.  Flight #3 ditto, due to canceled Friday flights. Flight #4 was him purchasing a full fare ticket, but it was on another carrier, but he missed because he went to get food prior to checking in and missed the cutoff.

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He works for the NBA. They can't buy him a real ticket?

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The Baxter Holmes story on the Magic/Pelinka running of the Lakers is quite interesting

 

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In his remarks, Johnson expressed excitement about the task ahead, but he also made clear he didn't accept excuses or mistakes, and that those who weren't on board with the new management and their mission should leave, according to six staffers who were present.

 

Pointing upstairs, toward his office, Johnson drove home his point. He had a large stack of resumes sitting on his desk -- "a thousand" of them, multiple staffers recall him saying -- and he could replace any of them at any time.

 
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In the Lakers' 2016-17 media guide, the directory lists 72 staffers who aren't a part of the ownership group. That figure does not include players, cheerleaders, security members, ball boys, interns, outside consultants, team broadcasters, players and coaches of the team's development league team, among others; nor does it include the six Buss family members listed in various positions throughout the franchise. Of those 72, at least 27 are, as of this date, no longer with the organization, a turnover rate of 37.5 percent.

 

 

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The spate of changes increased the workloads for several staff members -- and in one instance in 2017, a longtime female staffer was called into an office with Johnson and Pelinka after making a mistake, according to multiple staffers present and others familiar with the incident. The mistake, sources said, involved arranging a car service to the team's facility for a draft prospect.

 

"I don't stand for mistakes!" Johnson shouted at her. "I don't make mistakes."

 

Johnson also made clear, according to multiple people familiar with the exchange, that if the staffer made one more mistake, she would be fired.

 

In the office, the staffer apologized and later, off site, began to cry, according to multiple people with knowledge of the incident. In the months ahead, she would suffer increased anxiety and panic attacks. She was prescribed anti-anxiety medication, quit the Lakers after more than two decades with the team, and began several weeks of therapy, multiple people familiar with the matter said. She gave her notice on Dec. 18, 2017, the same day Kobe Bryant's two jerseys were retired.

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16 minutes ago, oldschoolvikings said:

Is there any way we can have the raptors win, but still see Drake disappointed and humiliated?  That would work for me.

 

Drake runs on the court to celebrate but pulls the inflatable dinosaur pratfall from the gif we all love.

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17 minutes ago, oldschoolvikings said:

Is there any way we can have the raptors win, but still see Drake disappointed and humiliated?  That would work for me.

 

Allegations surface? He is kind of a creep, after all.

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