The Toronto Raptors are looking to snap out of a funk tonight against the Utah Jazz. We’ll have all the usual coverage right here, and I very much look forward to OG Anunoby owning Rudy Gobert once again.
In the meantime, though, some morning thoughts:
1. Steph vs. KD
Allow me to join the chorus of “Yeah, I wouldn’t seeing this in the NBA Finals.”
Also, no one should have any nostalgia for the Nets’ New Jersey days, but I gotta say, those uniforms and the court sure bring back a few things.
2. More DeMar
So DeMar DeRozan really wanted to be a Laker, and it was nearly a done deal, and then LeBron decided he’d rather have Russell Westbrook.
I mean I guess if I’m LeBron I have three straight years of seeing DeMar bow weakly out of the playoffs, but still. I’m guessing he’d like to take that one back right about now.
3. Devine on Scottie
Missed this last week, but The Ringer’s Dan Devine profiled Scottie Barnes and the rookie’s first month in the league. Dan nails this as the coolest thing about the Barnes experience so far:
His scoring touch, though, has been something of a revelation: After averaging 10.3 points per game in the ACC last season, Barnes has come out of the gates firing, averaging a Class of ’21–best 17 points per game on 53.3 percent shooting.
I don’t think any of us thought Scottie would be scoring as much as he has, as efficiently as he has. And maybe it’s not sustainable as defences adjust, but it’s been an early highlight of the season for sure.
4. Goal Canada
Not much of a soccer guy, but Canada moving to the top of the CONCACAF table, at home, in the snow, is some pretty cool shit.
As called on French Canadian TV: pic.twitter.com/V1j537Jxhe— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) November 17, 2021
We’re gonna have both men’s and women’s sides in their respective World Cups and that too, is some pretty cool shit.
5. GTFO with this
Well this is gross:
Corporate naming rights are awful, full stop, and it’s not like “Staples Center” is anyone’s idea of a great stadium name. But naming an arena after a company that’s taken advantage of a trend like cryptocurrency, which at worst is a scam and at best is an incredibly destructive practice for our environment, in the midst of a climate crisis, is just the absolute apex of corporate greed. Fuck naming rights and fuck crypto dot com.