There is nothing more fun than being champions of the world.
Lou Williams, L.A. Clippers guard and former Toronto Raptor, spoke on The No Chill Podcast recently and took shots at life as a Raptors player.
Williams said: “Once you’re there, you’ll love playing for the Raptors, you’ll love playing for the country,” adding “that fourth, fifth month into the season, you’re like goddamn, I want to go home… When you play in Toronto, you feel like you’re playing overseas.”
The Clippers organization is a potential free agency landing spot for Kawhi Leonard if he chooses not to re-sign with the Raptors.
The topic of Toronto failing to hold on to marquee players is not new. Losing the likes of Vince Carter, Tracy McGrady, and Chris Bosh has long been a sore spot for Raps fans.
Last February, Chris Bosh spoke about his decision to leave Toronto on The Bill Simmons Podcast stating: “It was just that consistency of just kind of underachieving a little bit and really, quite frankly, not having any help. Free agents didn’t want to come. Therefore, we could only get so much better.”
This season has proven that wrong. The Raptors won the NBA playoffs, dethroning the Golden State Warriors, arguably one of the best basketball teams ever assembled. The Raptors landed an all-star in Kawhi Leonard and attracted other top NBA talent in players like Marc Gasol, who exercised his player option to stay in Toronto next season.
Kyle Lowry and former Raptor DeMar DeRozan proved American-born players can find long-term happiness playing north of the border.
It’s understandable the Clippers organizations and players use would what they can to persuade Kawhi to choose them over Toronto.
One thing is certain, the Raptors have proven they can win and win now.
And nothing sells quite as well as winning.
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