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Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.

The Toronto Raptors, beloved basketball team of the country of Canada, which had a few decent seasons but ultimately flattered to deceive and allowed Drake to do way too many things in general, passed away last night.

It was 23.

It died peacefully and without a fight, down 20 points late in the fourth quarter, and with loved ones by its side.

Disappointing, for sure. But surprising? Now, now.  

When someone or something passes, a beautiful thing happens: All the bad memories disappear, and all the good ones emerge from wherever they were hiding. All the pain goes.

So let’s remember the good times.

There was the one series win for Vince Carter, who never won more than 47 games as a Raptor. There were the few mediocre seasons with Chris Bosh, who left. Pretty sure Rudy Gay stopped by for a hot second.

There were the 50-win seasons for Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, ruined by LeBron…

Well, it looks like there weren’t many good memories.

But there’s no need to be angry anymore. The hard part is over.

Rest easy, Raptors.

Janos said it best, though.

If you really want to know what happened, just watch LeBron’s highlights. He dropped 43.  


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