The Toronto Raptors have had many great teams in their tenure in Canada’s largest city, yet they rarely get the coverage and press they deserve.
This past year, the Raptors “surprisingly” finished the regular season third in the Eastern Conference. Toronto is led by veteran PG Kyle Lowry, who is surrounded by a talented supporting cast of other former first-round draft picks such as DeMar DeRozan and Jonas Valanciunas. Why were they be thrown into the lower-level class of teams with “no hope for the coming season” by the New York Times last year?
Those Raptors made the famous newspaper eat its words as they finished higher in the rankings than any other team in the northeast.
The mainstream media is constantly filled with the happenings of the New York Knicks or Los Angeles Lakers even when those teams are playing terribly. Yes, those markets are huge, but Toronto is a massive market as well. There are plenty of opportunities and money to be made there.
It seems that the only way Toronto would actually be talked about is if they made the NBA Finals. They have a great chance at achieving that goal this coming year, and people might then actually realize there is an NBA team in Canada. Who knew?
Head coach Dwane Casey and company have a huge chip on their shoulders and are headstrong on proving to the league that the Raptors are legit and should not be taken lightly. The recent re-signing of Lowry shows the confidence level that he has in this team. Over the past few years, we’ve seen many players come and go from Toronto, but Casey has altered the culture by making players truly believe that they can compete and win with the Raptors.
The attraction to Toronto has been measly in the past, but that slighted way of viewing ‘The Centre of the Universe” needs to be erased. The Raptors are now contenders for the Eastern Conference Championship and deserve recognition for their rise to renewed legitimacy.