Basketball

Dream a Little Dream of Basketball

Basketball fans of Montreal get ready for the moment you have all been waiting for. All year round you suffer from the distance of live NBA games and let me tell you I know how you feel. Montreal has always been a hockey city. They breathe, sleep, and eat Hockey in this schizophrenic temperature city. Montreal Canadiens fans are so intense that when they lose playoff games our city riots. Things get destroyed, people get hurt, and our reputation becomes steadily more and more dangerous around playoff period. It is clear that the Habs are Montreal’s keepers of treasure but for us basketball fans we live vicariously though the Toronto Raptors.

I’ve never been much of a fan of Toronto or the Raptors but since they are Canada’s only basketball team it would not be very patriotic on my part not to cheer for the only Canadian team in the NBA. Even though they might not be as aggressive and competitive as some of the teams out west we have a patriotic responsibility to keep them in our hearts. You’re probably wondering why I’m ranting about the Raptors when it is such a tease to even consider seeing a live game. Montreal fans will get a chance to watch some NBA pre-season action on Friday October, 23, when the Toronto Raptors take on the Washington Wizards at the Bell Centre in an 8pm start.

The Raptors will be playing a pre-season game at the Bell Center for all the basketball fans of Montreal to enjoy. Unfortunately NBA basketball games like this only come around once a year in Montreal so don’t skip out on buying tickets. You’ll be able to see Kyle Lowry and DemarDerozan up close and personal. Personally, I’m most excited to see Cory Joseph in a Raptors uniform and rumor has it that after he visited Montreal at the beginning of summer he was curious about some of the condos Montreal offers. Cory Joseph and the Toronto Raptors have agreed upon a four-year, $30 million deal. Joseph has a player option for Year 4. Joseph was a first round pick by the San Antonio Spurs in 2011 out of Texas. The Spurs rescinded their qualifying offer to Joseph to create cap space for LaMarcus Aldridge. Joseph is a native of Canada.

The Lithuanian community in Montrealis buzzing to have their native hometown hero Jonas Valenciunas in our city. Valenciunas just agreed to a 4 year, 64 million dollar deal with the Toronto Raptors. This a great deal for the Raptors and for Valenciunas. He is a valuable piece to the forward chess game Dwyane Casey (the coach) likes to play with other teams. Valenciunas, with his arms extended high in the sky is almost 10 feet tall, making him a strong defensive force around the basket.

Tickets are currently on sale and I would absolutely suggest checking out the 2015-2016 Toronto Raptors in our hometown. It’s a great experience and not every day that we can see an NBA game from the comfort of our city. Until Montreal can get their hands on an NBA team, this is the best we got.

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