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What If Wednesday | What If T-Mac Never Left Toronto?

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Before We The North was ever a thing, before Andrea Bargnani was the next Dirk and even before Vinsanity changed the NBA landscape…Tracy McGrady was a Toronto Raptor.

When we think of T-Mac, we think of leading the league in points for Orlando, scoring 13 points in 35 seconds as a Rocket, and a career short changed with not enough jewelry on his digits.

People always give LeBron James credit for starting the Big 3 movement…but the BIGGEST 3 almost happened the fateful offseason when the Orlando Magic had money in bank for free agents Tim Duncan, Grant Hill and T-Mac. We all know how this one played out: Timmy D stayed put and Grant Hill became more fragile than a peace treaty between Boogie Cousins and the King’s front office staff.

But what if T-Mac never left Toronto?

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What if T-Mac doesn’t start the moving to greener pastures movement we see being played by big stars these days? I get you want to go home…but you did have Vince Carter…and Antonio Davis/Charles Oakley. (sorry Darrell Armstrong but you don’t stack up).

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What if he decides that he and Vince would be the most devastating 2-3 comb since Jordan/Pippen? I know it’s sacrilegious to say, but name me another 2/3 who would have taken them? Not to mention a better supporting cast to do all of the dirty work…

What if instead of the Raptors losing Vince Carter to the Nets and T-Mac to the Magic…they decided that playing with your cousin, being contenders for the next 10 years and OWNING a country would be better than individual acclaim? I mean…this is T-Mac’s greatest regret of his career.

Players always seem to realize too late what a good situation they had going, but this is why we play the game, and this is why I will always ask What If.


The ‘What Ifs?’ drive our imagination. My weekly column covers trades that never happened, contracts never signed, and draft picks never taken. Wednesdays I play architect to a glorious hoop world that could have been.

Phil is the tall guy who ended up talking circles around the game better than dribbling circles around players. He has odd fascinations with the NBA Draft, trade deadlines, arm length, and how a team is built. Phil brings energy, passion and laughs to every conversation; catch him weekly on The Away Team podcast.

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Ride The Wave

Back in October the sky was the limit. LeBron had decided to move to LA and join the Lakers. Things were good then.

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Back in October the sky was the limit. LeBron had decided to move to LA and join the Lakers, drawing in a decent support team and a lot of talk that the West was looking incredibly dominant next to a “weaker” East. Things were good then.

Five months later and things couldn’t be farther from that idylistic picture. The East thrived without the King and GMs put together some of the most noteworthy teams in a while. And the Lakers? The Lakers currently sit in the 11th spot of the Western Conference with very little hope of making it to the playoffs. They’re a team that is constantly attacked for their lack of chemistry, skill, and effort. For the first time in a long time, LA became synonymous with “hopeless”.

This wasn’t the future we saw for the King.

On the heels of a night filled with one of his greatest achievements ever, the Lakers as a team walked away with a loss to the Denver Nuggets. A night that began on a high note went out on one that was equivalent to sour candy. Furthermore, a frustrated team left an arena, hopped on social media, and found a bevy of congrats for their star player, while enduring the storm that came with another Lakers loss.

It seems that James’ stardom has reached a tipping point, one that makes him a GM one moment, the King of the league the next, and finally the biggest point of contention within the locker room. The most notable thing is that it is clearly wearing him down. Chris Martin let us know that “nobody one said it was easy”, but you’ve got to ask yourself, does it have to be so hard?

The answer is unfortunately, yes. It’s always going to be this way, and there is no fighting the current, but there is beauty in riding the wave. Embracing that moment when the wave comes crashing down on you is important, because it’s always going to happen, but your attitude will always be remembered. LeBron rides high, and keeps things in the positive light for the media, but he’s got to realize that they are writing his story, and he doesn’t have to play into their’s. Ride the wave, and take the loss in stride with all the great that has come with it, but take the loss because your part of a team that is.

The wave has crashed down, but the current will bring another.

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Year 15 | A Mini Documentary

Year 15 of a legacy…

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What’s to come for the man on top, and what got him here?

It’s Year 15 of a man’s career, but it’s also Year 15 of a legacy…

Created by Tristan Laughton | Twitter: @Ctrice

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Something Out of Nothing

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It’s March 2016, and I’m driving with Alan Shane Lewis to Montreal to meet with Marc Griffin and Phil Boileau. We’re meeting to speak about this exciting new idea I pitched to them. We were tired of spinning the wheels on our own individual internet shows, and I told them that it was time we stopped waiting for a network and became the network.

We spoke that weekend about creating a community of content creators that all loved ball and came together to make unique content with unique voices – voices we felt were never heard in the mainstream. This community was the base of Press and we’d continue to push forward from that spot. We spoke about some amazing show ideas, article ideas, social media plan. It was truly an exciting time, and still one of the best weekends of my life.

Two years later and that group is a lot smaller, and that idea is Press Basketball.

It caught fire at the beginning and we had people joining our bright shiny new plaything left, right, and center. It was exciting, but now I kind of realize that a lot of it was just that we were that “bright shiny new thing”.

We ended up with a lot of Press Basketball “members” but when I stepped back and looked at what was happening… it wasn’t what I’d imagined. The fire burned out. The idea was gone. We had just become another thing trying to stay alive, waiting for some deus ex machina to show up with money and make everything okay.

I’ve gone through most of my life making something out of nothing. It’s never easy, but when it happens it’s always worth it… ALWAYS. Press made me feel alive at a point. It was literally all I could think about, and while it still is on my mind, it doesn’t make me feel alive. This hurts more than I can ever explain.

Changes are coming my friends. We’re not laying down and dying, and if we do it’s not going to be like this.

The core of Press will be setting fire to a lot over the next few weeks and I personally can’t wait for this to start. From the ashes something new will rise (I watched a lot of XMEN growing up).

Stay tuned, because it’s not over.

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