By Pete Baxter Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan are two legends of Toronto Raptors basketball. They are undoubtedly two of the top five players in that franchise’s history. During their six seasons together in Canada, they were both four-time All Stars and helped build the Raptors into perennial contenders in the Eastern Conference. They hitContinue reading “Three Teams That Could Reunite Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan Next Season”
By Pete Baxter Kyle Lowry was heavily shopped around the league prior to the NBA trade deadline. Masai Ujiri, Bobby Webster and company in the Raptors’ front office were never able to find the ideal haul to ship their star point guard out of town. The 76ers, Lakers, Clippers and Heat were among the team’sContinue reading “Lowry Lost, Oladipo Found: One Potential Offseason Strategy If the Raptors’ GOAT Walks Away”
By Pete Baxter Lebron James sets the bar for player influence on franchise decision making. From coaching changes to offseason transactions, Lebron’s borderline tampering is no secret. Lebron watched his team drop in the standings all the way to the play-in tournament. He now stands on the precipice of the first opening round exit ofContinue reading “Lowry to the Lakers? A Mutually Beneficial Offseason Scenario”
By Peter Baxter The Toronto Raptors were among the most disappointing teams in the 2020/21 regular season. They struggled to maintain any consistency while playing their home games 1,300 miles from Toronto in Tampa, FL. They faced Covid-related challenges and injuries throughout their lineup. Ultimately, they finished the season a disappointing 27-45, losing nine ofContinue reading “Six Free Agents the Raptors Should Target During the Offseason”
By Pete Baxter The 2020 NFL season was an unmitigated disaster for the Philadelphia Eagles. In the end, an NFL champion head coach lost his job. A 28-year-old former MVP candidate quarterback was moved. From the ashes of the dumpster fire emerged embattled General Manager Howie Roseman, who was able to retain his job. RosemanContinue reading “Can We All Agree to Root for Jalen Hurts This Year?”
By Pete Baxter The Raptors have officially been eliminated from playoff eligibility for the first time in eight seasons. After a tough season filled with adversity ranging from Covid scares to injuries to playing home games 1,000 miles from Toronto, we can close this chapter and look on with hope for a fresh start inContinue reading “Repairing the Raptors: An Offseason Strategy to make the Raptors Contenders in 2021/22”
By Pete Baxter Today I would like to take a look at two of the most unique, yet oddly similar careers in the history of the National Football League. As Ryan Fitzpatrick starts his latest chapter as (currently) the starting quarterback for the Washington Football team, there has been some (somewhat tongue-in-cheek) discussion of hisContinue reading “Testaverde vs. Fitzpatrick: Who is the GOAT of Journeyman Quarterbacks?”
By Pete Baxter Alex Smith’s career arc as a professional football player has had more peaks and valleys than the Rocky Mountains. He kicked things off with the achievement of going number one in the 2005 draft after a highly decorated three year run at the University of Utah. Smith followed up that high withContinue reading “Alex Smith is Retiring, and He Could Not Have Timed it Better”
By Peter Baxter The roller coaster has continued for the Toronto Raptors. After a brutal 2-8 start, things slowly fell into place and the Raptors found themselves back in the thick of the playoff hunt before the All-Star break. Since, they matched the futility of their early season struggles by winning just two of theirContinue reading “Top 5 Things That Went Wrong for the Raptors in 2020/21”
By Pete Baxter The Toronto Raptors found themselves at the center of a flurry of trade rumors and speculation all the way up to the final moments before the NBA’s trade deadline. In the end, they made three moves of varying impact. Perhaps the biggest news from Tampa/Toronto was the big move that was notContinue reading “Grading the Raptors’ Moves at the Deadline”
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