Why Cleveland Cavaliers Fans Still Love The Cavs

Even Though The Cavs Are Currently At A Low Point, I'm Still A Die-Hard Cleveland Cavaliers Fan

Don't let the fact that we're 1-6 distract you from the fact that the Golden State Warriors blew a 3-1 lead in the 2016 NBA Championship finals.

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I grew up loving basketball, whether it was rooting for my high school team or watching LeBron James out on the court on my T.V., until he broke up with us the first time back in 2010. Even then I wasn't mad at him, — I mean you have to do what's best for yourself and your career.

The thing about basketball is it's fun to watch. Everything's fast-paced as the players move elegantly across the court. Every pass is smooth. Every basket made makes a very satisfying "swoosh" sound, which makes it all worth watching.

We've been lucky here in Cleveland, blessed with all-star players and back-to-back playoff rounds, but we're kind of losing it right now. Our head coach was fired — which may be for the best — and our power forward has a broken toe and may be out for a month, leaving us basketball fans are feeling a little defeated at the moment.

Despite all the doubt I'm still pulling for us, as I sit here writing in my Cavs sweatpants. The Cavs have always been somewhat of an underdog — and I embrace that. I'll still believe in them even if we lose every single game this season. I'll be the one shouting, "We'll get 'em next year!"

We all bring up that one time we won the finals like broken records, but it will always tug at my heartstrings. Seeing the players crying and our city in celebration, it was genuine, raw and emotional. Our team represented a family and a passion only Cleveland has.

It was much more than just getting a trophy and waving it in front of a camera.

Last minute of the 2016 NBA Finals Game 7 www.youtube.com


Our team's lineup has changed there's no doubt in that, but the passion we as a city have for the game and the faith we have in our players will still prevail.

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Why I'm A Toronto Raptors Fan Despite Being An American

It Just Makes Me A Better Person
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It's that time of year again. Spring semester has wrapped up, the Florida weather has changed from hot to flaming hellscape, and the Toronto Raptors are no longer playing basketball. The first thing people usually ask me when I tell them I'm a Raptors fan is nothing because they usually don't care. Sometimes, however, someone will ask "Oh? Are you Canadian?" which often prompts a "Then why?" when I say no.

So to save time on those occasions people ask me, I'm gonna list them out and explain them here so I can just give them a link. Also if you're one of those people I gave the link to, future me says "Hi."

1. It's the closest team to my hometown.

Buffalo, New York is a great sports city. It's one of those cities where the teams are just ingrained into the culture. I can't remember a time when I tuned into a Bills or Sabres game and the crowd wasn't packed, even if it's the first week of December when it's 10 degrees out. And by that point, the teams most likely aren't even that good. The Bills are probably 5-7 with a six percent chance of making the playoffs and the Sabres have probably lost 12 games straight and have started tanking. Which makes it a travesty that Buffalo doesn't have an NBA team or even a G-League affiliate.

So in the absence of an NBA team, basketball fans in Buffalo have five teams to choose from:

1. The Knicks - This is probably the most popular choice because they're in-state (in a city that's 7 hours away) and have a pretty rich history. They're also a poorly run franchise with annoying fair-weather fans and I hate them.

2. The Nets - Similar to the Knicks but are somehow a worse organization. Most popular amongst the hipster trash.

3. The Clippers - Now at the surface-level this one seems a bit random until you find out that before moving to Los Angeles, they were the San Diego Clippers and before they moved to San Diego, they were the Buffalo Braves. This is probably the least acceptable because if you're a Buffalonian who supports the Clippers, you're actively betraying your city.

4. The Cavaliers - I hate LeBron.

5. The Raptors - High-quality team, great culture, best players, best mascot, 2-hour drive,10/10.

Now from my fair and balanced analysis, you can probably understand why I would choose to support the Raptors.

2. They're fun to watch.

I can't remember a time, in all my basketball watching years, when the Raptors have been boring to watch. Even when they're bad there's always been an exciting young player who's starting to come into their own. Even when a star leaves there's someone waiting in the wings to take over the team. When Vince Carter left, Chris Bosh stepped up, and then when he left DeMar DeRozan filled his shoes. Even now when the team is the best it's ever been they're developing players like OG Anunoby, Pascal Siakam, and Fred VanVleet. When other teams are constantly tanking and rebuilding, the Raptors retain a culture of trying to win, which makes the games more enjoyable.

3. They have the best mascot.

I mean, seriously, what other NBA mascot is taking down a Dinosaur?

4. Canada is just cooler than the United States, top left.

There. I said it, free healthcare and poutine have swayed me .

5. Drake is our ambassador.

Do I need to say anything else?

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The NBA Draft Lottery In A Nutshell

A quick overview of the 2019 NBA lottery and which teams got the best picks.

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The NBA draft lottery took place on Tuesday night where all of the NBA teams were looking to see their fate heading into the 2019 draft. Many people know that anything can truly happen with a lottery. This year proved that statement again as the New Orleans Pelicans claimed the number one overall pick. The Pelicans had just a six percent chance of claiming the number one pick yet they still beat the odds. The Pelicans are now in the driver seat with picking up top prospect Zion Williamson from Duke University. Most teams that knew they weren't making the playoffs tried to tank this year in order to pursue the college basketball icon.

As for the remaining top five picks, the Memphis Grizzlies got the number two overall pick, the New York Knicks with the number three overall pick, the Los Angeles Lakers at number four, and finally the Cleveland Cavaliers at number five. Most of the teams with the highest percentage of claiming the #1 overall pick did not even make it in the top five which is rare. An example of this is the Phoenix Suns who had one of the worst records in the NBA this past season with a record of 19-63. The Suns got screwed over at this year's lottery where they claimed the #6 pick.

The teams that got the most out of this year's lottery were the New Orleans Pelicans, Memphis Grizzlies, Los Angeles Lakers, and the Atlanta Hawks. The Atlanta Hawks, in my opinion, got the benefit of the doubt this year as they have secured two spots in the first 10 draft picks of the 2019 NBA Draft. There is a lot of talent in this draft class so this is a make or break draft for a lot of these struggling teams. Prospects like RJ Barrett, Ja Morant, Jarrett Culver, and Cam Reddish. A lot of these prospects are ready to make an impact on whatever team they end up on. As for the projected number one overall pick Zion Williamson, he has gotten compared to NBA greats such as Shaquille O'Neal and Charles Barkley.

During an interview with Bill Simmons on his podcast show, NBA star Kevin Durant said that Zion is a once-in-a-generation athlete. The 2019 NBA draft should be quite interesting to see where these top prospects end up playing for. One thing is for almost certain in that the New Orleans Pelicans are going to end up with Zion Williamson with the number one overall pick in this year's draft. With that being said the Pelicans could have quite a bright future with this future star and hopefully, the rookie can help keep NBA star Anthony Davis in New Orleans. Anything can happen though during the NBA draft and we will just have to wait and see what happens.

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