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That’s A Rap #133: On the silver linings and trade deadline playbook for the Raptors

The boys are back to full strength and ready for a playoff push. Will this be the same roster after the trade deadline? Check out the latest episode of That’s A Rap and join the conversation!

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The last time the Raptors had a 6-game losing streak, they traded their point guard of eight seasons (Jose Calderon), for Rudy Gay, and paving the way for fresh blood (Kyle Lowry) to run the show.

No, this is not the same as this season’s situation — Lowry is in his ninth Raptor season, duh.

On this week’s episode, Jason and I did speak a lot about trades and Kyle Lowry, but in separate contexts. We also dove into Fred VanVleet’s recent admission of his positive COVID test, how it affected him, and what we can all learn from his message. If you haven’t already, you should definitely check out the KLOE Madness bracket, as Sully and I try to determine Lowry’s greatest moment/play/game/quote.

In This Episode:

4:10 — Silver linings playbook

This is not a lost season. While the team is the only one that was displaced from their home, this has been a season of learning, a season of individual growth, and a season... that still has a lot of season left to be played!

11:16 — Quarantine

Wear your mask and continue social distancing. The NBA’s latest health and safety protocols highlight looser restrictions on players who are vaccinated. The poor wording of the statement is concerning because it builds on misinformation (or lack thereof) surrounding vaccinated individuals.

18:18 — The Wolf of Wall Street

This was our last podcast before the trade deadline, so I threw out some last-ditch fake trades to ponder. The doubts that stem from the losing streak, combined with the positives of returning players, put Toronto in limbo when gauging their status as buyers or sellers.

38:05 — The Greatest Showman

Kyle Lowry is the greatest Raptors of all-time, full stop. But what was his greatest game? Is there one play that stands out? Did he ever say something that you’ll never forget? Was there a moment that still sends shivers down your spine? Make sure to check out the KLOE Madness bracket and comment with your thoughts on the GROAT.