Toronto Dropped the Ball Naming the Team the “Raptors” Instead of the “Saurus Rex”

In honor of the Toronto Raptors making their first NBA Finals appearance, urban planner Gil Meslin decided to give us a history lesson on how the name “Raptors” came to be the mascot of the franchise. The end result was probably the best outcome, but how they got there is one hell of a ride. There are plenty of opportunities where this could have gone hilariously wrong. Here is the story:

There’s more, but take a second to look through some of those names. My personal favorites include: Blue Basketballs, Bucketeers, Canadian Eh’s, Skyhooks and Slam Jammers. But, the one name they absolutely dropped the ball on not selecting was the Suarus Rex. They had the opportunity to be the Toronto Suarus Rex and they let it pass them by. Hate to see it.

First of all, incredible headline. Next, while the name Raptors may not look disappointing compared to some of the other finalists, we should all be glad that the name “Raptors” led to one of the best NBA jerseys of all time.

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Miami Heat: Lotto Reaction and Where to Go

Miami fans were not expecting anything impressive coming from the lottery. In fact, there was no reason to be disappointed when they got their predicted 13th pick. Sure, Heat fans can moan how the Pels and the Griz were able to jump up higher, but thats not the worst thing. In fact, even when looking over Miami’s lottery, I still think they kind of wish the could have swapper places with the Celtics for the 14th pick. Why? Well, the worst part about having this pick is that they can’t it.

With the salary cap being set at $109 million for the 2019-2020 season, the $129.6 million the Heat are expected to pay is well above, and that is without them D Wade and Haslem retiring, putting them at 10 active players on their roster. A rookie drafted in the thirteenth pick is given a backloaded 4 year, roughly $12.1 million contract. This means the eleventh player will add an additional $2.2 million to their books, and this is before they will, more than likely, go up to a 13-15 man roster.

Talk about a rough situation.

However, they can easily trade out of a few of those contracts. Josh Richardson is viewed as the best value contract in the NBA right now, and Kelly Olynk’s contract is not heinous. A title contender would/could acquire those guys in a heartbeat if it meant getting them over the edge (lookin’ at you Blazers and Raptors). However, what would they get back in return? Josh is borderline untradeable since he is the best player on the Heat, but Kelly would probably net a low level pick and an expiring contract back.

…but why?

The Heat are in a great place to acquire either a wing shooter, athletic wing, or a big. Which would be great if that is what they needed. The Heat desperately need a point guard, since they had Justice Winslow and Josh Richardson splitting those reps whenever Goran Dragic was hurt or resting. A few mocks has them slated to get Romeo Langford, Nassir Little, or Kevin Porter, Jr. I only see one that could be a viable option to be a backup point guard, and I can guarantee it isn’t the one some fans want to hear. Since all three are 6’6″ , have to use athleticism and ball-handling skills as the metric. Nassir Little is the best via film, since he may be the most athletic out of the three. However, KPJ may have the biggest upside of the three, so that may be a push internally with the evaluation process the Heat have shown these past few years.

If the Heat were smart, they would try and leverage the 13th pick and a player or two to move up. While I am sure the Hawks will be looking to move up themselves, I would find it hard to believe that they would turn down Josh Richardson for the 8th or 10th pick. I don’t know if that’d be the right move for the organization, but it would wipe a lot of money off of their books, and I am sure a team like the Thunder would gladly take Olynk and give up a pick to do so. The Heat are in a great position to leverage some of their contracts for picks, so I hope they can do that and get out of the tax.

May be asking: what’s the worst case scenario for all us Heat fans out there in the world, Buck?

Easy. Y’all draft Bol Bol.

Enjoy that trash medical and the fact he’ll back up the biggest contract waste in the NBA.

Justin Bieber’s Reaction to Getting Trolled by a Winnipeg Fan Is Absolutely Hysterical

Ontario native, Justin Bieber, loves to show pride in his home country of Canada. Most recently, the pop sensation took to Instagram to show his support of the Toronto Maple Leafs in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Like every other post, he received thousands of replies ranging from ecstatic to outrageously insane.

But there was one commenter that seemed to really get under Bieber’s skin. A Winnipeg fan said one of the more tame things in the comment section, but it was apparently something the Biebs needed to respond to. He simply said, “Go Jets.”

Just two words from a fan of a team that the Leafs aren’t even playing warrants a block now. So what does the fan do? That’s right, call his bluff and comment the exact same thing. Two more times, all getting more and more aggressive responses.

Who knew it was this easy to get a reaction a short tempered premadonna. But really, what is Justin Bieber doing responding to a guy with 350 followers while he has millions of fans who would do unspeakable things to get a like from him. If I knew it was this easy to get the attention of celebrities, I would have done it a long time ago.

I also love how the Jets came in at the end and tried to salvage the relationship.

Karate Master Kawhi Leonard Doing Everything to Fight the Drake Curse

Yes, you read that right. Kawhi Leonard of the Toronto Raptors is a karate master. In the video below, that I too am upset I didn’t see earlier, Leonard is shown chopping boards as part of his Footlocker endorsement. Take a look:

#ChopYallUp. Still not sure why some of the boards were breaking longways instead of horizontally, but I digress. As the first martial arts master since ShaqFu, Kawhi has a great responsibility. He must use his karate skills to fight the greatest threat to the Raptors’ organization and Toronto sports as a whole, the Drake Curse.

As we all know, Drake somehow influences the outcomes of athletic events. Kentucky, Alabama, Toronto, Zion, Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City, and even AS Roma has instructed their players to not take picture with Drake in fear of imminent doom. With the Raptors recent failures in the Playoffs behind them now, Kawhi is the one new variable that could be critical to a deep playoff run.

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Doomed

Since dropping Game 1 to the Magic, Kawhi has put together back to back stellar performances. Dropping 37 points in Game 2 then a double-double last night. He even prevented the Raptors from going full Playoff Raptors mode at the end of Game 3. Toronto was up 6 with a minute left, Orlando hits a three. Next Raptors possession, a missed jumper that should have led to an easy rebound by the Magic went untouched only to be picked up by Kyle Lowry. Kawhi knocked down the final free throws preventing another Raptors postseason self-implosion.

Karate master Kawhi may be the only one who can lift the curse of Drake from Toronto.

Vladdy Jr. Picking Up Right Where His Dad Left off

Just like LeBron James’ son, Vladimir Guerrero’s son thought he could add an “-y” to the end of his name like we wouldn’t notice.

Vladdy Jr. at just age 20 is quickly becoming a top prospect in baseball. In fact, he is reportedly making the move to the MLB sooner rather than later. As for now, he is playing AAA ball in the Toronto Blue Jays organization and doing particularly well. Watch:

Not only did he smack a homer in his debut for the Buffalo Bison, he also had a double and 4 RBI’s. Vladdy Jr. is going to take over the MLB in a couple years. That swing and swagger from such a young player reminds me of a right handed Bryce Harper.

Vladdy is too good for the minor leagues. Toronto needs to call him up as ASAP as possible to recreate the Canadian bomber that can only be associated with the name Vlad Guerrero.