Magic's departure stunned LeBron; Pelinka to remain with Lakers

Magic's departure stunned LeBron; Pelinka to remain with Lakers

The Raptors open their first-round playoff series against the visiting Orlando Magic on Saturday.

It was flawless. Leonard does not do narratives and perhaps as the Raptors try to change their story the ideal guy to do it is one who has no idea what came before and what baggage remains attached to the present.

It's unclear if Leonard will return to Toronto after the playoffs end, but after finishing off a dish most people wouldn't even consider entertaining, it's clear he's developed a chemistry with Ibaka that is beyond reasonable comprehension. He's been to the mountain top, as his 2014 Finals MVP award proves. "Game 1 is always complicated".

- This is the sixth consecutive postseason appearance for the Raptors, who were eliminated in last season's Eastern Conference Semifinals.

Terrence Ross scored a season-high 35 points and Aaron Gordon added 27 for Orlando, which clinched the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs and will face the Toronto Raptors in the first round.

Basically, Johnson admitted that he's unhappy on the boss side of basketball and said "I want to go back to having fun". "I believe in that group and I think he was inspired by what he saw here down the stretch" playing alongside the team's younger players like Miles Bridges and Dwayne Bacon. Saunders reportedly will receive a three-year deal with a team option on the final season.

Magic Johnson is a legendary basketball player, more than deserving of respect.

Leonard won't be out there alone.

Given the level of criticism that LeBron James has received during his career, is Magic's retirement LeBron's fault? Who will run the team? Suffice it to say, things didn't go quite as the Lakers would have planned and/or hoped.

Walker explained that Charlotte will have to show him that they have the ability to build sufficient talent around him if he is to stay put. We're all gonna have to be locked in defensively.

"So I think in that sense, it was very similar".

"[Jeanie] doesn't know I'm standing here", Johnson said, according to ESPN's Dave McMenamin.

The Raptors have to be thrilled with the partnership they formed with Leonard.

Green, who has proven himself as one of the league's most valuable role players this season, played a big hand in each of Toronto's wins over Orlando this season.

The Orlando Magic are entering the playoffs with an entirely different perspective. The weird vibes lasted long after the dead rat was removed - from a questionable ejection for a check to the head to a shot off one goalie's mask and another that went in off the other goalie's backside.

If it can pull off even one of those moves, the Lakers will be much better positioned to contend next season.

"... We know what he's going to bring to the table, offensively". "It's what's best for him". "He gave me and us more than I ever thought going into the season". Clifford said the commitment by the DeVos family ownership and the team's management makes it easy for players and coaches to be successful. Sometimes you have great shooting nights and sometimes you're not.

He got into only two playoff games two years ago, when the Cameroon native was still learning the game. "But now he won't get that chance".

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