Monday June 7 2010 – 12:06pm Eastern – Toronto, ON
A little Monday afternoon potpourri for ya folks …
When the Canadian Men’s National Team announced last week that they’d be playing two exhibition games in Toronto this summer (against France) I reported that at least one other game was likely on-tap as well — in Montreal or Vancouver. Well, it sounds like it’s going to be Van-City … with a ‘friendly’ against China scheduled for early-to-mid August. With the large Asian community in Vancouver, I’m sure the game will be huge for both countries.
CAMP ON THE COAST?
Speaking of Vancouver, some of the literature I’ve seen for my Raptors season seats (yes, I PAY just like all of you (no ‘freebies’ here)) seems to show that Toronto will head west for Training Camp this fall. Wouldn’t it be great if the Raps played a pre-season game against Steve Nash (BC native) and the Phoenix Suns while they were out there as well?
Think about all of the storylines in last night’s Game 2 between the Lakers and Celtics:
– Kobe Bryant’s foul troubles
– Lamar Odom’s struggles
– Ray Allen nailing a league-record 8 three-pointers
– Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett contributing very little
– LA’s guards getting schooled by Rajon Rondo
– Rondo tallying yet another triple-double
– Andrew Bynum blocking everything in site despite playing on one leg
It has been a great series so far and we’re only 2 games in. With 32 championships combined between LA and Boston, I was SO looking forward to this rivalry being featured yet again … and I’m anxious to see what Game 3 has in store tomorrow.
Further to the point above … there is NO greater rivalry in sports than the Celtics and Lakers. Baseball has Boston and New York (Yankees) but that’s too new; there’s not enough history there (the curse of the Bambino doesn’t register for me in that the rivalry was very stale for a LONG time and has only been re-ignited in the last 10 years or so). Hockey could boast Toronto vs Montreal but with the Leafs getting skunked from the Cup since 1967 I don’t know if that rivalry is as legit. Football may be the closest to the NBA’s LA-Boston battles … when you think about match-ups like Green Bay vs Chicago AND Pittsburgh vs Cleveland.
With the NBA Draft coming up in about two and a half weeks you know you’re going to hear a ton about the Raptors’ draft history. How ’bout this Top 5 (well, LOW 5) of all-time busts for Toronto:
1. Rafael Araujo
2. Aleksandar Radojevic
3. DeeAndre Hulett (*never played in the NBA)
4. Kareem Rush (immediately traded to LAL with Tracy Murray for Lindsey Hunter & CHRIS JEFFERIES)
DeeAndre Hulett, Albert
5. Michael Bradley
Have a good one folks. I hope to check in again before tomorrow night’s Game 3 in Beantown