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NBA teams as Disney rides and attractions

The NBA is going to Disney Wooooorld!

So, I decided to describe NBA teams as Disney World rides/attractions, here’s what I’ve got so far:

New York Knicks – Tower of Terror

Yeah, I know the Knicks are not playing in Orlando. I also know that being a Knicks fan is basically like living in the Twilight Zone – frozen in time, abandoned, and constantly seeing the darkest corners of your imagination come to life.

Oklahoma Thunder – Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Who said trading away Russell Westbrook would leave the Thunder stuck in a rebuild? This team is still a gold mine and can become a real big obstacle on the rickety track to NBA Finals. The Clutch Conductor (CP3) and the Locomotive driver (SGA) have led OKC to 16 games over .500 with a chance to get to the 4th seed in the WC.

Milwaukee Bucks – Soarin’

The Bucks are soarin’ high, sitting comfortably at 6.5 games ahead of the Raptors at the top of the Eastern Conference thanks to world wonder and potential back-to-back MVP, Giannis Antetokounmpo

LA Lakers – Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster

This was one was easy. Hollywood. Iconic, Legendary players in LeBron & AD. LA traffic. A chance to see J.R. Smith topless stumblin’ around chugging Hennessy at a championship parade.

Toronto Raptors – DINOSAUR

Well, what else did you expect here? Will Toronto be able to travel back in time, kidnap Kawhi Leonard and bring him back to the present as a Raptor for their repeat bid? No. Their top 7 players may have been in/out of the rotation with injuries, but they are healthy now and ready to defend their title against anything – 21 NBA teams, fiery meteors, COVID-19.

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Kyle Lowry announces plan to opt-out this summer

As the game clock expired in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals, marking an end to yet another disappointing season for the once highly touted Toronto Raptors, the first question that came to mind was, “What does the future hold for Kyle Lowry?”

Today, Lowry announced his intentions to opt-out of the final year remaining in his contract. Lowry, 31, was set to make $12 million in the 17-18 season. Presumably looking to cash in on the ballooning NBA salary cap, Lowry is eligible to sign a deal worth approximately $205 million with Toronto, other teams however, can only offer Lowry four years, and around $152 million.
With the acquisitions of Serge Ibaka & PJ Tucker prior to the NBA trade deadline, Raptors brass were expecting Lowry along with fellow All-Star backcourt mate, DeRozan, to take the next step forward & challenge the Cleveland Cavaliers for the top spot in the East. Only a year removed from pushing the Cavs to six games in last year’s Eastern Conference Finals, the Raptors could not even manage to grab a win this year’s series. Similar to the clippers situation with Chris Paul, the Raptors are now faced with the decision of shelling out major money to an aging PG or letting him walk in free agency for nothing in return.
 

Raptors facing black cloud in rematch against Cavaliers

Who’s ready for an Eastern Conference Finals rematch? Toronto managed to close out the Bucks in six on the road but in true Raptors fashion allowed the home team to go on a run completely erasing the deficit going on a 34-7 run. At times I caught myself yelling at the screen it seemed like the Raptors forgot how to rebound at one point. The play of the Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo was reminiscent of MVP candidate Russell Westbrook in that you can see he left everything he had on the court for his team and was visibly running on fumes. Had it not been for a late run of their own notably a big three from Corey Joseph with under two minutes left of play and a resounding dunk by DeMar Derozan to put the nail in the coffin.

Now that the Raptors have rightly moved on to the next round they have to get rid of whatever black cloud is holding them back mentally, they can’t afford to waste home court like they did with the young Bucks team . Round two is where you get it together they aren’t playing ghost of stronger teams as they did in their 2016 post-season campaign with Miami and Indiana with both going the distance in seven games a piece . If the Raptors want to make it out of the semis they have to take down Cleveland and to do that it means protecting the series at home, it means offensive consistency from Kyle Lowry, and it means perimeter defense and finally someone to contain Lebron no further explanation needed on why that is a concern.

Toronto isn’t out of the woods but they can at least rely on the fact that they play in the jurassic park a little wilder than the woods and no matter the trip to Cleveland they can use the home to boost morale in a pinch. Raptors play the Monday, May 1 on TNT, tip-off at 7 pm EST.