Over at Grantland, Bill Simmons and Jalen Rose take a stab at Toronto in their NBA Preview Series. Seeing as how Bill Simmons is ignorant to anything non-Boston, and Jalen Rose is Jalen Rose, my expectations weren’t exactly sky high for this, but it wasn’t completely terrible
Aside from Bill Simmons somehow not knowing that Toronto is called T.Dot., for some reason thinking that Toronto only cares about the Leafs, and Jalen Rose for some reason thinks that Demar Derozan is a good three point shooter, which he most definitely is not, it’s not the worst thing I’ve ever heard, their sporadic thoughts on the others mentioned is pretty okay.
Rose makes up for his inexplicable belief in Demar’s 3-point shooting with his proud boasting of the awesome nightlife in Toronto, which will be on full display come 2016 when the NBA All-Star game makes its way north of the border.
Both Rose and Simmons are convinced that the Raptors are going to succeed in trading Rudy Gay this season, and Bill is sure that the Raptors will go all out tank in an effort to get a top-5 pick. I don’t see either of these things happening, Gay will likely decline his player option following th season giving the Raptors cap space, which is more valuable than anything they would likely receive in a trade, and tanking with this roster would actually be pretty difficult unless the team is killed by injuries.
Check out the video below to see the preview yourself: