Goddamn it. I am never sticking up for Toronto as a basketball city ever again, and I don't care how Drake feeIs about it. He can diss me on one of the 13 breakup ballads on his next album if my seal of disapproval hurts his feelings, but I can only defend so many acts of inferiority.
I took Canada's side when Dwyane Wade flat out ignored that they were their country that has widely recognizable traditions when he continued hoisting off-target jumpers during 'Oh Canada'. I even kinda, sorta understood when they were perturbed by the "USA!" chants in Cleveland. They started to lose my faith a little when the Mayor of Toronto didn't have anything better to do than to write a public service announcement regarding a snub on a completely meaningless online survey, but this? This is the last straw.
DeMar Derozan still needs a personal escort to get into the building? The guy who is going to take serious convincing to stay in Toronto come the summer time can't even get into the arena unhassled on an off day?! The same guy whose 32 points led the team to a victory in the Eastern Conference finals just one day before is unrecognizable to their staff? Be better Canada. Be better Toronto. Help me help you. I wanted to believe that you are capable of fostering a professional basketball team, but everything that has gone on during your franchise's most successful postseason has me questioning how I could ever even begin to think that. Might as well just have Derozan fitted for his Lakers uniform now. Not just because Los Angeles has always been "home" to him, but because he isn't even welcomed on site at his current home. As far as being treated like family goes, he is probably better of signing in Greece or teaming up with Stephon Marbury in China. At least they appreciate all their professional athletes, instead of just the ones wearing ice skates.