Watch Out Boys, He’s Back!

Yesterday was one of the happiest days for this little girl. Why? Because her favourite NBA player ever [Ricky Rubio] has officially been cleared to participate in practices. We all know what that means, he’s ready to get back onto the court and amaze us all once again.

I remember March 9th like it was last week. As did Rubio, I’m sure. [Check out my countless Rubio Blogs below to follow his journey.] I know I wasn’t the only one freaking out about how the Timberwolves lost one of their potential all stars. [Nightmares, nightmares, nightmares.] All of Minnesota was freaking out. That was Minnesota’s year, they were making playoffs. Instead, Minnesota’s heartthrob was injured on court versus the Lakers. [Cough, Kobe.]

After numerous doctor visits and trips to rehab, Rubio did it. He made it through those months without basketball. Practice after practice, he worked to heal his torn ACL. He did nothing without his positivity that ultimately kept the fans involved with his journey and thrilled for his return. [#BePositive.] The man worked hard to get his talent back. “We’ve missed him a lot. Once we lost him we saw the impact he had on our group because of his leadership — and not just at the offensive end. He defended people better than most point guards.” Coach Rick Adelman on his point guard.

Clearly, he’s the best. And just knowing that he’s coming back on court is getting everyone hyped, especially me.

There is no doubt that Rubio will instantly make the Timberwolves better. Even with his presence in the stadium, I find myself smiling like a weirdo at my television set. [Did I really just admit that? Yes, yes I did.]

“Life is good!” Rubio tweeted, and of course I retweeted, favourited and replied. [We all did!]

Yes, Rubio, life is good. 

New Guy in Toronto: Jonas Valanciunas

I don’t even know where to start off with this guy. How about the 2011 NBA Draft? Let’s be honest when David Stern called up the 5th pick, no one knew who Jonas Valanciunas was. [Unless of course you keep up with the Euro league] So, anyone guilty of Google-ing Jonas V on Draft day? I admit, I’m guilty. But once I did my research on the Lithuanian center, I instantly fell in love. Not only because of his good looks but because of his skill and “fighter” approach. After a few more hours of researching and youtube-ing, I finally approved that this 20 year old is a perfect fit for the developing Toronto Raptors. He just has that perfect style of game to help the Raptors improve. He kind of reminds me of Andrea Bargnani, actually a lot. Bargnani has done a lot for the team, so no doubt that JV will do the same.

Although Mister Valanciunas made us wait a year before he decided to join the big league, he has really proved to all Toronto fans, and basically everyone else that he is ready for the NBA. During that time, and the off-season, Valanciunas was a named FIBA European Young Player of the Year and MVP in the VTB United League in February 2012. He won MVP again in the LKL All-Star game and also won the Eurocup Rising Star award in the All-Eurocup squad. And, he participated in the 2012 Olympics. [I know you’re all getting hyped to get him in Toronto already]

This young guy has the ability to help the Raptors and make the team stronger. I know I for one am more than thrilled to have October come faster so I can finally see Jonas in a Raptors jersey. If you’re late hopping the JV bandwagon, please do you’re research before he comes!

Basketball is like a “second religion” in Lithuania.

Season on the Line

Season on the Line

By Aish Abid

The Philadelphia 76ers look to force a game 7 tonight against the Boston Celtics; who are urging to advance to the Eastern conference finals. The Sixers coming this far into the playoffs has been a shock for everyone. This might be the last game the Sixers play this season, but in order to stay in the semi-finals, Sixers star player, Andre Iguodala must amaze the crowd and play a stellar game. Iguodala may not lead his team with points or assist, but he really stepped up this game this season in order to bring the 76er’s into the 2011-2012 playoffs as he has improved his points per game. If the 76er’s want to stay in the playoffs, Iguodala must be ready to put up as many points as he can.

Rajon Rondo and the Boston Celtics played their heart out in game 5 against the 76er’s to lead the series 3-2. Tonight, they are one win away from advancing to the Eastern conference finals. But, if they lose to tie the series 3-3, they will return for a thrilling game 7. Rajon Rondo recorded another double-double with 13 points and 14 assists and Kevin Garnett with 20 points in their 101-85 win over the Sixers, thanks to the help from Brandon Bass with a career night with 27 points.

Be sure to catch the Boston Celtics and the Philadelphia 76er’s back in action at the Wells Fargo Center tonight at 8 p.m.

2011-2012 Season Wrapped Up

2011-2012 Season Wrapped Up

By Aish Abid

The Toronto Raptors wrap up their 2011-2012 season stronger than ever. Last night’s 98-67 win over the descending New Jersey Nets, concludes the Raptors record with 23-43. In addition to their phenomenal win, point guard; Ben Uzoh achieved the first Raptors triple double in 11 years with 12 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds. Centre, Solomon Alabi, dished his first double double with 11 points and 19 rebounds, followed by Ed Davis with a career high of 24 points. “I promise you we will get better… thank you from the bottom of our hearts, and continue continue continue to stick with us because we are going to improve and we are going to make the playoffs next year.” Centre, Jamaal Magloire said as he promises to make a post-season appearance. The Toronto Raptors finish one spot above the New Jersey Nets at number 11 in the Eastern conference. This season the Toronto Raptors upped their game significantly with their defence due their new head coach, Dwane Casey. As Casey played an astonishing role for the team, it has been announced today that Toronto Raptor’s GM, Bryan Colangelo had extended Coach Casey’s contract for the 2013-2014 season. “We knew this year was kind of in the middle, but I think that we grew as a team, and that’s the step that we need to do next year,” Calderon said. “I think we’re not that far from being a really good team, with coach Casey everything is different. I feel really comfortable with where we’re going and what our goals have to be.” We look forward for the future of the Toronto Raptors as they continue to build and grow. “Looking forward to next year, and I’m excited about this summer, the possibilities,” Casey concluded. Next season, as Toronto brings in new athletes, the Raptors have high hopes on making it far and growing together as a team.