The Toronto Raptors may not be in for a ton of victories in the next few weeks due to all the trades that have surrounded this team, but Darko Rajakovic has still made this team worth watching. Between installing a more fun offense, breaking the internet with his angry press conference, and creating a positive environment, he's done a lot of good.
Rajakovic was brought in to work with many of the team's best young players and get the vibes back up, and he's accomplished that. Rajakovic has also shown a very emotional and charitable side to his personality, shown in both his response to the death of Dejan Milojevic and his continued charitable spirit this season.
Rajakovic and his wife Gaga are donating $20 to children's hospitals like Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and a children’s hospital in his native Belgrade, Serbia. The Raptors' pass-happy offense has done so much good for the world as a result of this donation directive.
The Raptors, who trail only the Pacers in assists per game this season with 29.6 per contest, have raised $26,040 in support of these hospitals thanks to Rajakovic's generosity. No matter what happens on the court, Rajakovic's legacy as one of the most selfless people to ever be associated with the Raptors is set in stone.
More Raptors news
- The trade rumors surrounding Raptors veteran forward/guard Bruce Brown have swept up yet another Western Conference contender into the mix. After missing out on a Pascal Siakam trade earlier, Michael Scotto of HoopsHype reported the Dallas Mavericks are interested in acquiring Brown via trade.
- Two former Boston Celtics had some good things to say about the Raptors' new young core, as Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett both spoke out in favor of what Toronto is building. Even though KG and The Truth are aware of the fact the playoffs are a pipe dream, both of them are bullish on Scottie Barnes' potential and RJ Barrett's status as the No. 2 option.
- Things just keep going from bad to worse for former Raptors assistant and Milwaukee Bucks head coach Adrian Griffin. According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Bucks players reportedly "tuned out" Griffin and had lost all confidence in him moving forward. Will Doc Rivers be able to get this team into shape?
- Cleveland Cavaliers veteran big man Tristan Thompson saw his comeback season derailed when he was suspended 25 games after testing positive for ibutamoren (a growth hormone) and SARM LGD-4033 (used by bodybuilders for muscle gain). Given his age and production, this could end his NBA career.