The Toronto Raptors have never gotten the respect a good organization should get, until this season.
The Toronto Raptors seem to be getting a lot more love than previous years. They are getting respect from many analysts and players including Paul Pierce and Kendrick Perkins. And today, it is J.J. Redick showing love for the Raptors as a guest on The Bill Simmons Podcast.
When Bill asks J.J. what is the best team he has faced this season, Redick answers that the Milwaukee Bucks and both LA teams are the best teams he has faced. Yes, he does not mention the Toronto Raptors which makes sense, they don’t have a superstar player like the teams mentioned.
But he does show a lot of love for the Toronto Raptors. “The team I love, by the way, the team I love is Toronto. I love their team. I love the way they play. I love it,” J.J. Redick said.
It seems that the Toronto Raptors relentlessness, attitude, and team play are all things that J.J. Redick just loved playing against and watching. He also brought up how they faced injury after injury, but they just kept winning.
In total, the Toronto Raptors have the fifth most man-games lost with 219. Yet, they still hold the third-best record in the league, ahead of the LA Clippers and only behind the Bucks and Lakers.
It’s nice to see current players showing love for a Toronto Raptors team who have surpassed everyone’s expectations. Sure they are without for Kawhi this year, but the team is still winning.
They have one of the best systems in the game and have the best coach in the NBA. Even The Ringer, showed their love for the Toronto Raptors having Masai Ujiri placed first in their Top 5 executives in the NBA and having Nick Nurse placed first in their Top 5 coaches in the NBA.
They are no longer just a team in Canada no one wants to play for. The Raptors are the real deal. J.J Redick is just one current player to love how the Raptors play, and that number is only going to grow with time.
It’s good to finally see the Raptors finally getting love in networks outside of Canada, and hopefully, that continues.