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16:32  11 july  2019
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Emma Teitel: Kawhi Leonard turned Toronto into a paparazzi town

Emma Teitel: Kawhi Leonard turned Toronto into a paparazzi town At any given moment, there are ten miniature Kawhi Leonards shooting hoops at the basketball courts in my east end Toronto park — aka kids wearing Toronto Raptors jerseys or t-shirts affixed with the name and number of their hero. And at any given moment, they will rejoice or perhaps more likely, they will despair. Because at any given moment they’ll find out if Kawhi Leonard—the mysterious guy behind the legendary buzzer beater and our city’s first championship title—will stay or if he’ll go. This isn’t your average free agency waiting game that interests the sports obsessed and no one else.

Well, that might still be exactly what happens in the end the end . Here it is July 3 and there’s at least some legitimate hope that all the talking and meeting is over and there could be some resolution today.

" Over and Over " is a song recorded by American rapper Nelly. It was released on September 12, 2004 as the second single from his fourth album Suit.

Kawhi-apalooza is over and it ended strangely© Provided by Toronto Star Newspapers Limited Kawhi Leonard.

Okay, I think after today we can end mentions, comments, discussions of Kawhi-apalooza and move on with our collective lives for a couple of months.

Deal? Besides, we have to move on to more pressing matters, like what the first game here with Giannis will be like in the 2021-22 season.

But, first …


Only doing a two-plus-one deal with the Clippers sure caught everyone I talked to by surprise and once again proved Leonard is impossible to read and to think you can is folly.

But a lot of people were a combination of mystified and perturbed by the move and some were kind of thankful it ended as it did.

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Lyrics: "Forever Is Over “. Verse 1 : Been going back and forth in my mind Tryna reading between the lines When the flame burns out , will you You never miss home till it ’s gone,(no) So it ’s best that we right all our wrongs If you ever see the pain in my eyes Just hold me down and it won’t be there long.

At both ends of the court, he is really a special player. On April 15, 2017, Leonard matched his postseason high with 32 points in a 111–82 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series.[60] Two days later, in Game 2, Leonard had a postseason career-high 37 points

I talked to agents who simply couldn’t comprehend a client leaving that much money on the table and I presume some eyebrows were raised at the players association office, as well.

It’s kind of telling that no player – not Leonard, not Durant, not Kyrie Irving, not Jimmy Butler to name just four – got every last dollar they could have out of the market. Not sure if that means the market is flawed or just too full of money but I do think it means something.

What it also means, to me in the immediate moment at least, is that the Clippers got used and a bit played and now the pressure on them to win big and win fast is astronomical. It was one thing to pay the highest price ever paid by an NBA team on the trade market – basically two good players and a decade of draft picks to get the one guy the guy you wanted and demanded you get – when the expectation was you’d have Leonard for four year, a much longer time to win championships than just two.

Twitter wants you to believe Kawhi is a Laker (even if he is not)

Twitter wants you to believe Kawhi is a Laker (even if he is not) The Twitter hoax is a well-worn internet trope at this point, but that isn’t stopping anyone from shamelessly returning to that well to perpetuate the lie that Kawhi Leonard is joining the Lakers during the free agency period. The phrase “Kawhi is a Laker” was at the top of Twitter’s trending topics in the U.S. on Monday night, with roughly 25,000 tweets that include the trollish words. This whole moment of internet seems to have slowly metastasized since Sunday night, when Lakers fan account on Twitter shared an apparent Facebook post from former NBA player Corey Benjamin, who claimed that he knew Kawhi was coming to L.A.

in my head Over and over again Ho, I think , she's leavin' Aw, man, she's leavin' And, I don't know what else to do I can't go on not lovin' you. [Bridge: Nelly & Tim McGraw] Now, that I've realized That I'm goin' down From all this pain you've put me through Everytime I close my eyes (woo) I lock it down

Strange implies that the thing or its cause is unknown or unexplained; it is unfamiliar and unusual: a strange expression. That which is peculiar mystifies, or exhibits qualities not shared by When he and the Squire went indoors, we talked of the loss; Mrs. Todhetley thought it strangely unaccountable.

I don’t know for 100 per cent that they knew they were only going two years guaranteed and if they did, wow, are they riverboat gamblers. If they didn’t, they got played.

I know they got the best player in the deal, the best two actually, and that has to be taken into consideration, but so does the price and the cost-benefit analysis of having to do this all over again in two years with a cupboard bare of assets.

The Raptors? Sure, they would have loved to have Leonard for two years or five years, that was the goal all along but I do think you have to give Masai credit for bailing on the process when things seemed to be spinning out of control.

The Thunder? Look at what they got and they still have a wonderful asset in Russell Westbrook to turn into even more future promise and current players and they undoubtedly took an immediate hit but they’re better prepared for the longer-term future than either the Raptors or the Clippers.

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Someone already painted a Kawhi Leonard Lakers mural in LA Hoping to “paint it into existence,” Southern California-based artist Gustavo Zermeño Jr. painted a Kawhi Leonard Lakers mural on the Venice Boardwalk this weekend. The mural was painted onto the side of the Pizzaoki restaurant on the Venice Boardwalk, and it featured a clever pun: “Kawhi not?” View this post on Instagram Trying to paint it into existence big thank you to @steveaoki & @pizzaoki for giving me my first wall on the boardwalk

Live music video for ' Over and Over '. Filmed at Southampton Joiners as part of our tour with Me vs Hero and With The Punches. Order the 'Rain In July / A

Think it over what you just said Think it over in your pretty little head Are you sure that I'm not the one? Is your love real or only fun? the suggestion You might not exist at all Can we meet and talk it over ' Would you be kind enough to call'. Over and over , it 's over all over And over .

This has been a fascinating thing to watch unfold since June 30, it ended with as much drama, intrigue and twists as you’d want.

But, thankfully, it has ended.

As a last thought, this.

No matter how this thing ended -- and things in professional sports never, ever end in a good way for everybody – there can be no denying what Leonard helped do here and how he did it.

He showed up, he worked hard, he never complained and he never promised anything. He managed himself and his circumstances and his place on the team wonderfully and is play in the playoffs was other-worldly.

He may not have been the most personable of players we’ve ever seen but who cares? He did was he was contracted to do, helped bring the team to unprecedented heights in a truly magical year.

You should think about that rather than the last week, I believe.


Ball Four may not have been the first sports book I read but it was absolutely the first sports book I read that peeled back the curtain on baseball and, to this day, when something happens and we’re headed out, I might say to the group, ‘okay, let’s go pound some Budweisers.’

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Are some kids determined enough to get drunk that they’ll fill a can of sunscreen with vodka and squirt it in their mouth? Why would they want the taste of residual sunscreen? That sounds gross.

Lyrics to " Over And Over " song by Nelly: Cause its all in my head I think about it over and over again And I can’t keep picturing you with I can’t wait to see you Want to see if you still got that look in your eyes That one you had for me before we said our goodbyes And it ’s a shame that we got to

I remember the book being laugh-out-loud funny in spots, relevatory in others and, yeah, back in 1970 it was a bit salacious in other spots.

It was outstanding and I wonder if we went back and read it today, how it would have stood the test of time.

But more than that, the book was the first true “inside look” at the game that I can remember and it spawned a generation of similar efforts that enriched the sports book industry beyond your imagination.

I never had a chance to meet Jim Bouton and that’s too bad because I would have liked to thank him.

RIP, Jim.


Yes, the Amber Alert woke me in the middle of the night.

No, I’m not the least bit upset about it, nor was I when the phone buzzed.

You shouldn’t have been either.

Hopefully we’ve collectively shamed into silence those who have bothered 911 or the other emergency services in the wake of other alerts.

Good for us.


If you want to load up the mailbag just a bit more today, that’d be okay with me.

Click on [email protected] and fire away, I’ll be here for you.

Or something like that.


So, Quebec City for Raptors training camp?

That’s outstanding. Been years since I’ve been in that great city and I hope a return trip is full of cool history, great meals, nice weather and a chance to at least expand my rudimentary French language skills.

Oh, and it potentially being the 25th training camp appearance in row running the game of Toronto to Barrie to Buffalo to Treviso to Vancouver and other destinations, that’s kind of cool, too.


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