If the idea of yesterday’s trade was to help (not so) subtly better-position the Raptors for the 2014 draft, the post-Rudy Gay era got off to a disastrous start. What were the odds of Amir Johnson leading the team to a 106-94 win with a career-high 32 points?
Together with the fact they were playing in Los Angeles, on Kobe Bryant’s return and it all added up to a very surreal evening. Are the Raptors so inept that they don’t even know how to tank properly?!?!
In all seriousness, I’m happy they won. Even if Toronto do somehow end up with the worst record in the NBA, they still only have a 25% chance of actually getting the number one overall draft pick.
In any event, as I mentioned last night, I’m glad Rudy ‘never saw a bad shot I didn’t like’ Gay is leaving. I’m more bothered about the departure of Quincy Acy and Aaron Gray, two stand-up guys who always gave 100%.
Both showed typical class, by taking to social media to say goodbye:
So appreciative for my teammates and the whole city of Toronto.. Thank You #Raptors
— Aaron Gray (@AaronGray_34) December 9, 2013
I find it interesting that Rudy Gay did not follow suit. Mind you, given his shooting woes this season, it’s entirely possible he just missed hitting the send button.
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