Raptors news: Immanuel Quickley talks culture, OG Anunoby called "freak of nature"

Quickley loves Toronto, and New York loves OG.
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The Toronto Raptors have only seen Immanuel Quickley do his thing for two games after the OG Anunoby trade with the New York Knicks was finalized, but the early returns have been so outstanding that both the fanbase and player have fallen in love with one another.

Quickley has put up 40 points in two games, including 26 in what became a very impressive win against the Memphis Grizzlies. His trademark skipping celebration has already become a trademark of the new-look offense, as has his tremendous shooting from 3-point range.

Going from a team coached by Tom Thibodeau to the ultra-positive Darko Rajakovic has to be a major change for Quickley. Luckily, he seemed to have taken to it quite well, giving the Raptors nothing short of a first-class review in his brief time with them.

“The whole organization has made it really easy, to be honest,” Quickley said, via Aaron Rose of Sports Illustrated. “The way the guys have accepted me, showing me different things, coaches, trainers, everybody, top to bottom and this is a top-tier organization. So it makes it really easy for me to be honest, the basketball part.”

More Raptors news

  • OG Anunoby kept things short and sweet, as he usually wants to do, in his farewell to Toronto post on Instagram. "Thank you to all the incredible fans in Canada, my teammates, and the entire Toronto Raptors organization for an amazing 7 years," Anunoby wrote on IG after joining the Knicks.
  • Anunoby's Knicks teammates, including future All-Star point guard Jalen Brunson, have been blown away by his ability to defend multiple positions at an All-Defensive Team level. Brunson was baffled by his versatility and effort, calling him a "freak of nature" after taking home a win against the Chicago Bulls.

NBA news

  • Ricky Rubio officially brought an end to his NBA career as he agreed to a buyout with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Picked No. 5 overall in the 2009 NBA Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves, Rubio averaged 10.8 points, 7.4 assists, and 1.8 steals in a career that lasted 12 seasons with the Timberwolves, Jazz, Suns, and Cavaliers.
  • Shams Charania of The Athletic reported that multiple sources within the Los Angeles Lakers organization are getting frustrated with head coach Darvin Ham, citing a lack of adjustments and poor rotation moves. Ham went to the Western Conference finals as a rookie coach last year, but LA has now lost eight of their last 10 games.