MARTIAN'S MINUTE: June 14, 2019



Another day, another text intro. I'm going to get crazy with it tomorrow, mark my words. Today's mostly going to be focused on basketball because the Finals concluded yesterday and there's a lot to go over, so if you're a hoops fan then I guess this is for you?


HOOPS


The Toronto Raptors are champions!



It honestly feels like yesterday that I was sitting in an MA truck when I got the notification that Kawhi had been traded to the Raptors. Do yourself a favor and go back to the Raptors tweet about the trade when it went down. Lots of Raps fans eating their past words last night lol. First and foremost, congrats to the Raptors. President of basketball ops Masai Ujiri assembled one of, if not the, deepest squad(s) in the league and they all clicked to deliver Toronto their first championship in franchise history. The Raptors have been competitive for years but kept falling short, often at the hands of LeBron and the Cavs. With his departure to the West, Toronto had to make a deal to compete now and moving franchise star DeMar DeRozan was ultimately the right move. Everyone really rallied around the Raptors in this series and it's hard to believe that the Warriors' run could quite possibly be over. I was kind of pulling for the Warriors, which was a weird feeling to cope with. What I really wanted was Boogie to get a ring and a Game 7, but you obviously can't get everything you want, which sucks.


This was an odd series. We only got to see ten minutes of KD, Kevon Looney had his collarbone beaten to smithereens, and Klay tore his ACL last night. While it's beyond exciting for Toronto that they won a championship, it comes with a bit of a dark cloud above it. It's likely that we aren't going to see Klay or KD next season, a fact that I've yet to fully take in. I'm the farthest thing from a Warriors fan, but it's sad to see them go down like this. I suppose that's what happens after so many games over a five year stretch. GS is going to only have Steph and Draymond out there; Steph is about to go scorched earth on everyone. After shuttering in the fourth quarter, next season will be Steph's chance to prove to everybody that he's the best point guard in the league. An MVP isn't out of the question.


With the Raptors win comes mass uncertainty for the rest of the league. The NBA is wide-open next season, making this upcoming offseason even more urgent for teams with even a small title window. Free agency can potentially change so, so much and if a (near) majority of big-name free agents decide to head West, it's anybody's conference. Milwaukee, who I think should largely run back the same team, could potentially have a bit of a cake walk to the 2020 Finals. It's way too early to try and predict any of that so we'll just have to wait. It's going to be an intriguing next few months. A lot is going to change.


MUSIC


New Drake dropping today



This was expected if the Raptors were to win the Finals. Drake was going wild on Instagram Live last night following the win, and in turn announced two new songs dropping tomorrow. When we were recording last night we theorized what type of Drake is going to drop. I'm thinking one summer banger and a more R&B, sad boy hours Drake. Hopefully they drop soon, and hey, don't turn either into the next "God's Plan". Let us enjoy these songs forever, I don't want to see Chet dripped out in Vineyard Vines with his bros and a "God's Plan ahaaaa"-esque caption.

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