The Toronto Raptors are the NBA Champions after defeating the Golden State Warriors in the 2019 NBA Finals 4-2. I watched a ton of NBA this year and it was so much fun and Kawhi Leonard and the Toronto Raptors were a big part of it. They rolled the dice in the offseason to pick up Leonard and Danny Green for what may be a one year rental. It worked and was worth it no matter what happens this offseason. Brilliant move and it's hard not to be happy for this team. Glad to see long time Raptor Kyle Lowry get to hoist the trophy. If Toronto hadn't won the series who knows what this team would look like going forward. Now, no matter what happens, he's a champion and his story is a happy one. It was also fun watching Pascal Siakam, Serge Ibaka, Danny Green and Marc Gasol play big parts in the series or in parts of the series.
The Warriors were great in defeat. If they aren't devastated by injuries this series is absolutely different but do they win? I don't know. What they showed in defeat is amazing. It shows how great they are and the heart they have. At times it was Stephen Curry and Draymond Green against all odds. Props to the Warriors for another great season and showing what they are made of in these finals. Quick side note - I listened to Draymond Green's interview after game 6 and he came across so different from what I think of him. Great interview. Smart dude. Changed the way I look at him.
Now the offseason starts which will be wild. Injuries to two of the top 5 free agents may or may not change the free agent landscape. Me? I give Durant and Thompson max contracts, injuries or not. They are stars of this league and game changers. I don't hesitate. I'll be curious to see what teams do. This year's free agent class is historically great and it should be wildy fun to watch. The season may be over but the fun is just beginning.