If you appreciate the glitz and glamour that can come with NBA basketball, this week was one to watch for the Toronto Raptors. While the Warriors and Lakers bring different kinds of shows -- the former a beautiful, gregarious basketball machine, the latter a Greek tragedy with a star well past his prime -- there's something to be said for the buzz each team brought to the city.
Between this and the annual Maple Leaf Sports Gala, we are truly back in business here at This Week in Social. Here's some of the highlights.
Patrick Patterson is back in the vlogging industry after a lip-syncing video that was equal parts hilarious and horrifying. If you've ever wanted to see ten minutes of a Raptors player doing normal people stuff, here's your in (the Patterson part starts at 9:00).
At the annual gala mentioned above, rookie initiation for Norman Powell and Delon Wright involved singing Billie Jean for the audience. Some nice baritone in this vine.
Rookie initiation for @npowell2404 & @delonwright at the #PlayersGala #BillieJean https://t.co/KkCEUxqiBj— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) December 11, 2015
The biggest night this week was Monday, as Raptors players paid respects to Kobe Bryant during his last visit to Toronto. DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry presented Kobe with We The North Kobes which, yes, I would buy if they ever surface on eBay.
We couldn't let @kobebryant leave without a token of our appreciation. A @Raptors gift for one of the GOATs. #Kobe20 pic.twitter.com/PIZJz2iLxZ— DeMar DeRozan (@DeMar_DeRozan) December 8, 2015
DeMarre Carroll piped in with his thoughts on Kobe.
Finally, after slapping Jonas Valanciunas' fourth metatarsal clean out of its socket last month, Kobe apologized to the big man by signing his cast. Cute, but like the annoying kid in fourth grade, he didn't leave room for any of Jonas' other friends to sign their get well message.
Unfortunately didn't get a chance to play vs. Kobe today because @kobebryant :)) No hard feelings. pic.twitter.com/QycKxkhwAm— Jonas Valanciunas (@JValanciunas) December 8, 2015
See you next week.