Well it’s done. The absurd odyssey between Kawhi Leonard and the San Antonio Spurs is finally over. In a move that would have shocked people a week ago, Leonard was dealt to half the US’s favorite country during an election year, Canada. The result is a super team of Leonard, Kyle Lowry, the ghost of Vince Carter, and Drake. What a force to be reckoned with.
Naturally, many are pegging the Toronto Raptors as the new favorite in the east. (For the next 400 words let’s just forget that the Celtics are going to run away with this conference for the sake of the post, OK?). While everyone is debating how far Kawhi can lift the habitually under-performing Raptors next season, there’s a long-term problem that needs to be addressed. Who do American’s support if Toronto and Golden State face-off in the NBA Finals?
It’s a tough one. For those that watched the finals this year (I didn’t) there was a clear apathy around the Warriors dominance. Anyone that has an Instagram has seen everything that Steph Curry can already do, so his 40 foot 3-pointers don’t move the needle anymore. And anyone that has Twitter knows everything they need to know about Kevin Durant, so fuck that guy.
Draymond… actually Draymond Green is a gem. He’s exempt from this argument. But other than that, we’ve seen it all before. The arrogance is natural (which is rare), but stale. The skillsets are overplayed. The end result is known before pregame. We’re tired of it, plain and simple. The rich get richer, which makes it so ironic that a liberal city like San Francisco is ready to accept this team with open arms. All this fatigue is going to put a lot of people in a predicament.
Maybe you’re confused as to why rooting for Canada is hard considering you just rooted for some European team for the last month in the World Cup, but I’ll ask you this. Have you ever been proud to associate with Canada? I’m not talking about that time you visited your friend in Vancouver, by the way. You haven’t and you know you haven’t.
I don’t know, man. Like a Vietnam draft deserter, Kawhi ran north of the border because he couldn’t handle his duties.
Despite all of these real reasons not to support Toronto, there’s this odd unity among fan bases in terms of wanting to take down the king and the Canadian fans are part of this unity. I mean, they disassociated with Great Britain too. So that should count for something.
I don’t want to side with them. They think maple syrup is better than Aunt Jemima. I don’t trust them. But we have no choice. The enemy of my enemy is my friend and I think we’re all going to have to root for the Raptors.