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If the start of the NBA season has proven anything for the Toronto Raptors, it’s that their fans have no idea what they want.
After a loss – literally any time the Raps lose – the majority of Twitter is pretty much begging Toronto to tank.
On the flip side, you will always have those Raptors fans who bust out the trade machine and convince themselves that Toronto is just one trade away from greatness.
Raptors Twitter flip flops more than Jonathan Penner on Survivor: Cook Islands, and I think I know why.
The 2019 NBA Championship Spoiled Raptors Fans
It’s true. Ever since Masai Ujiri brought the Raptors faithful out of the slums and introduced us to fine dining and a life of luxury we have had no clue what to do with ourselves.
Should we expect the Raptors to play championship-calibre basketball every night? The obvious answer is no but we’ve had a taste for success and it’s clear as fans we never want to go back to the days where a first round playoff win is celebrated.
There has to be a solution to temper some of this turmoil within the fan base, and I think I’ve found one.
Forget That The Raptors Ever Won The Title
Life was so much better as a Raptor fan when winning two games against LeBron James in the 2016 Conference Finals felt like it deserved its own banner. I rode that wave for three years.
I almost puked when they lost in the second round to the Boston Celtics last year, because now I can’t imagine a scenario where the Raps don’t take it to at least the Conference Finals. Game 7.
We just assume every transaction the Raptors make now is on par with the Kawhi Leonard rental.
Sets us up for disappointment every time.
Most importantly, I catch myself holding them to the same standard that I did during their championship run, which isn’t fair.
The Toronto Raptors aren’t working with a roster full of Defensive Player of the Year awards, or Finals MVP’s. It sounds pretty crazy that they once had that actually… damn.
Anyway, they aren’t a championship contending team this year, which hurts to say but as soon as we start to accept that, watching them will start to get more fun.
(I’m crossing my fingers for a play-in tournament for the drama)