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  1. Maximum Taco

    The NBA

    Kawhi broke the league's psyche. Now everyone in the West who thought they had a chance last year and was like "We'll just run it back!" is going insane. Ok Denver, you're next up for a move that no one sees coming. Why wouldn't Presti make this deal? He ditched one of the biggest albatross contracts in the league for a smaller one, and pocketed 2 1st rounders and 2 pick swaps. And now he's probably going to move CP3 to the Heat, since they struck out on Westbrook. Sam Presti has taken PG's trade request and somehow orchestrated a full rebuild in a single off season. He's got 15 1st rounders in the next 7 years, and a bunch of pick swaps too. I know he won't because it's usually reserved for a GM who creates a competitive team but he should probably win Exec of the Year based on this off season. MasterClass in rebuilding.
  2. Maximum Taco

    MLB Thread

    Damn! Vladdy dropped the 40 spot. Never thought I'd see that in a derby, even with tie breakers.
  3. Maximum Taco

    The NBA

    More stuff leaking about the Leonard free agent meetings. Apparently Kawhi's camp asked Toronto to trade for Paul George and Bradley Beal, but the Raptors brass didn't believe it was a serious request as Kawhi continued to escalate his demands, and it was apparent Kawhi was always focused on a return to LA. No short term deals were discussed (and really only a short term deal would've made sense for both the Raptors and Kawhi.) The ask around George was reigning MIP Pascal Siakam, FMVP "runner up" Fred Van Vleet, 4 unprotected first rounders, and (for salary matching reasons) almost certainly one of Kyle Lowry, Serge Ibaka or Marc Gasol. Talks never got beyond preliminary because the Raptors didn't have a firm commitment from Kawhi that he would sign if George was acquired and also because the Raptors felt that these were not serious talks and OKC was only using them as leverage to bleed the Clippers dry, which they did. It might be crazy but it feels like Kawhi was using the Raptors to try and bait the Clippers into making an offer for George that OKC couldn't refuse. Also apparently Kawhi was meeting with George on the same day he was meeting with the Lakers FO. And 2 hours before he actually announced that he was going to the Clippers, he asked the Lakers to delay the AD trade until Saturday/Sunday. Again, it might seem crazy, but it really feels like Kawhi was trying to sabotage the Lakers, and only announced his decision once it was clear the Lakers were going through with the AD trade on schedule. The Drama. Gotta love NBA free agency. I'm pretty happy Masai didn't even consider that deal though, doesn't make any sense to move on George and gut the franchise if Kawhi wasn't willing to make a firm commitment. Not sure if I'm reading too much into Kawhi's actions, but he might just be a 4D Chess playing evil genius.
  4. Maximum Taco

    The NBA

    Wow. In the end Kawhi found a way to A) Go Home to California B) Be "the guy" on a team C) Join a team with the best chance to win a championship. They were saying he had to choose between his best chance at winning, and taking a back seat on LeBron's team or joining an inferior team and being their first option and he said "Screw that". Respect man, mad respect. I'm not all that surprised in the end (I mean I'm surprised it worked out this way, but I'm not surprised he left Toronto.) and I can't say I'm not disappointed, I was really hoping he'd stay in Toronto with my Raptors, and it really seemed possible (if not especially likely), especially after he flew into Toronto to take his final meeting with Masai. I'll also say that it is still a pretty satisfying story to have a stranger come to town, change everything and then, as mysteriously as he arrived, he was gone. Thanks for the memories Kawhi. No hard feelings here. Good luck in LA. Apple time, Apple time.
  5. Maximum Taco

    The NBA

    I'm not as convinced. If he had been in Toronto for a long time, I'd expect a quick decision, but he hasn't. I mean if I was Kawhi, I'd probably be thinking about having it all. "Can the Lakers/Clippers offer me everything Toronto has (a chance to compete, a commitment to my health, a world class FO staff) and also give me a chance to live in California?" and these meetings are him exploring that. He asks the Lakers about their recent struggles: Can they can clear up the drama and get back to basketball? Will they make his health as much a priority as the Raptors have? If they did want him, why weren't they the ones who traded for him last year? I can only imagine he's asking the Clippers similar questions about health and why they didn't get him last year but also questions like: How do they expect to contend with LeBron and AD? Butler and Durant were clearly targets that they missed out on, how do they intend to spend that extra cap space now? Can they afford to load manage when they are trying to compete with the Lakers not only in basketball but also in an effort to grab more of the LA market? I think it's still possible, even likely, that he goes out there and decides that, no, they can't offer what Toronto has, and re-signs with the Raptors. Or maybe he goes out there and decides that Toronto still has the better situation next year, and signs a 1+1 which would give him the opportunity to run it back with the same squad that just won the Championship and then try it with LA after Toronto loses a lot of its guys (Gasol, Ibaka, and maybe even Lowry are poised to exit next off season.) As to the thirstiness of the Toronto fanbase I think the signs at the parade saying "Stay" and the "One/Five More Years" chants at the parade and the trending hashtags are just fine. I think any fans would do that. That's just the fans showing appreciation. I am a little embarrassed by the free food, free drinks, free multi million penthouse apartment in the downtown core, free trips to Barbados, etc. That's a little overboard, and comes off as pretty desperate. I also think Toronto needs to just chill, I post online, but I'm 99.9999% sure that Kawhi isn't spending his time on Primetimer reading my comments (but if you are out there Kawhi: Hi buddy! Thanks for the Chip!) Bothering him on the street isn't gonna be my bag. Don't get me wrong if I saw him at cactus club or home depot I'd probably whip out my phone to try and grab a candid shot, I might ask him for a selfie if he didn't seem busy (I've never really been shy about that kind of thing.) But screaming at him to stay or even asking that when he's trying to go about his business is a jerkbag move.
  6. Maximum Taco

    The NBA

    And suddenly the last domino left is Kawhi. There's tons of noise around the Lakers, but I'm not buying any of it just yet. He asked Magic about the Lakers dysfunction and if they even tried to trade for him when he got dealt to the Raps but obviously wanted to go to the Lakers. Some people see that as interest, I see that as wariness. Will you take care of me once I'm here? Did you even want me enough to give up something last year? Kawhi doesn't want to get stuck in a problem like he was in San Antonio. He knows what he's got in Toronto, so there's no need to ask a lot of questions of Masai and Co. Come back North my friend, we wanted you, we took care of you. We still want you, we'll still take care of you. Come back North.
  7. Maximum Taco

    The NBA

    Speaking of the global appeal of the NBA, this cut of the Raptors Championship run spliced with J-Rock group KANA-BOON's Silhouette is everything I need.
  8. Maximum Taco

    The NBA

    Great awards night for the NBA to show it's global side. Giannis Antetokounmpo, The Greek Freak (of Nigerian descent) won MVP Cameroonian Pascal Siakam (also an NBA Champion with the Toronto Raptors) won Most Improved Player Solvenian Luka Doncic won Rookie of the Year Frenchman Rudy Gobert won Defensive Player of the Year. Very gratifying to see so many international players rising to the top of the NBA, especially after seeing the Raptors capture the ultimate prize and a record 6 Canadians get taken in the draft (and 4 in the first round.) The game is growing.
  9. Maximum Taco

    The NBA

    I was just making a joke about the Knicks. Yeah I know he's pretty happy to go there. Apparently his grandpa was a big Knicks fan and he always dreamed of RJ playing for them. Hopefully it works out for him there.
  10. Maximum Taco

    The NBA

    I'm so sorry RJ. You are a good Canadian kid who deserves more then the fiery crash that is the New York Knicks. Stay strong buddy. This too shall pass.
  11. Maximum Taco

    S05.E03: Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too

    Apparently they were super excited after they heard the lyrics. You can even buy official collaboration merch from their store. https://store.nin.com/collections/clothing/products/head-like-a-hole-x-black-mirror-tee?gclid=CjwKCAjwuqfoBRAEEiwAZErCssHOzKojNBL84cKM_bPIWdQIl_bIDaOyTiXqvT8sFrCKFT1FJYVeChoCLC0QAvD_BwE
  12. Maximum Taco

    NHL Thread

    Agreed, especially after all that talk Boston was having that they could conceivably win the NBA championship and the Stanley Cup and simultaneously hold all four major championships. Barf. It was a sweet relief to see the Celtics implode against the Bucks and the Bruins fall one game short as well. Sorry Bostonians, we only hate you cause you win so much.
  13. Maximum Taco

    The NBA

    This series in particular was very civil. Apparently Draymond and Klay both talked to Danny Green and told him that they didn't think he was a dirty player and didn't think he meant to hurt Klay in anyway, and this was during the game directly after the play, when you assume emotions would be very high. This was an almost surprisingly civil series. The only even half way heated argument was when Fred VanVleet taunted KD for fouling him in Game 5, and even that was pretty tame.
  14. Maximum Taco

    The NBA

    I don't think KD even went back to Cali. After Game 5, he went directly to NYC cause he trusted the Nets team doctor Martin O'Malley to see him because he's the same doctor who treated him in 2015 when he had his Jones fracture. Some are playing it up that he had lost trust in the Warriors medical staff, more likely he just trusted O'Malley more to do the actual operation, which again makes sense since O'Malley treated him in 2015 and Durant improved well enough to become one of the best players in the world and lead Golden State to back to back Chips. He was most likely treated at HSS, it's one of the best orthopaedic hospitals in the country (and one where O'Malley is an attending surgeon) and is located on the Upper East Side. Chances are he stayed in New York for follow ups with O'Malley.
  15. Maximum Taco

    The NBA

    Highly doubt it was the fans shooting people. Most likely some lost individual(s) just decided the day to carry out his/her awful plan was the day there would be a large gathering in the city. This could've been this parade, or if the Raptors had lost the NBA Finals it might have been the Pride Parade (happening next weekend in Toronto). I doubt "acting like we've been there before" would've changed this person's plan in the slightest. The fans were a bit out of control, to be fair, but up until that moment it seemed very civil. Sure you probably shouldn't climb on street signs or the trees that line city streets, but while I was there nobody got in a fight, and children and the elderly who got heat stroke were looked after and offered water and food from other revelers who were near by. We were for the most part, stereotypical Canadians, nice, generous, loud and slightly drunk.
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