By: Adam Pasternak
Earlier today, the Toronto Raptors acquired power forward Serge Ibaka from the Orlando Magic. In return, the Raps sent a first-round pick and small forward Terrence Ross. While many see this as an absolute steal and are ecstatic about the trade, I am actually quite torn. Of course, this is a great trade for the Raptors and in Serge, the Raps finally have the power forward they’ve been missing since Chris Bosh left for Miami. If this trade went down last season, or even this past summer for that matter, I would have probably went and helped T-Ross pack his bags. This year though, has been his year of growth and maturity. He’s even said himself, since he had his son, he is a different person and in my opinion – a different player. Yeah, he chucks up the occasional bad shot and has had his moments on “Shaqtin’ a Fool”, but this year he has actually been balling. I’ve learned to accept that he’s one of those J.R. Smith type players (i.e., a “shot-chucker”), and ever since that moment of acceptance, I’ve turned into a fan. He hits crazy shots that should never go in, and misses the wide open ones that most definitely should…and I love it. I know it sounds weird, but he makes the game more exciting. You have no idea what he will try next, but regardless of the result, he just keeps on trying. Its amazing. Every time he gets the ball I am on the edge of my chair/couch and expect something crazy – a deep three or a crazy dunk, it’s all possible with him. Usually it ends up being nothing, but then sometimes it ends up being this:
My affection for T-Ross is more then just on the court though, he’s also one of my favourite Raptors off of the court. He’s a quiet guy, but he has his moments. For example, there was this one time Patrick Patterson had a Snapchat story of him walking into the team dressing room to Ross sitting by himself, watching the dog show. You would think he’d be watching SportsCentre or some game film or something along those lines, but no – the dog show. Who watches dog shows in general? T-Ross does, thats who! He also is eskimo brothers with Kanye West and Wiz Khalifa, which is really fascinating to me. Out of all the players in the NBA, Amber Rose picks a bench player from the Raptors. Their little fling resulted in one of my favourite pictures of T-Ross ever:
(*Note: that picture was taken shortly after the Raps were eliminated from the Playoffs last year. I guess he didn’t take the loss too hard)
I’ve only met Terrence once in person, and it was during his rookie year at the movies. Now before I get into the actual interaction, I need to explain the situation to you. It was a weeknight (honestly forget which day of the week exactly) in mid June and I was in grade 11. There were four of us in total, and we were very
drunk happy, because earlier that day, we had just finished our last day of school. After a long afternoon playing beer ping-pong and what not, we decided it would be fun to go see the movie, The Internship, starring Vince Vaughan and Owen Wilson. We were standing in line for popcorn and then I decided to try another line to see if maybe it would be faster (I’m impatient when it comes to waiting for food). As I got closer to the line, I noticed this really tall man standing in the line to the right. He had his back to me so I couldn’t really see who it was, but I knew he looked familiar and must be someone from the Raptors. I started going through names, “Demar? No, he’s too big to just casually go to the movies. Lowry? Nah, not short enough…T-Ross?!?” A few moments later, he turned around. It was Terrence freaking Ross. I immediately grabbed my friends and then we went over to him and asked him, “Hey, are you Terrence Ross?” He just nodded and sort of laughed at us. I mean, we were all dressed like idiots and looked pretty drunk funny. He took a picture with us and then we ended up being in the same movie as him, a couple rows away. It was a memorable experience, and resulted in a great picture.
So as you can see, Terrence Ross actually somewhat meant something to me. To see him go is somewhat sad, but at the same time this trade really is the best move for the Raps. They needed Serge, and with the development of Norman Powell and Carroll’s big contract, T-Ross was the guy that had to go. Hopefully the Raps can get back to where they were earlier in the season. It all starts tonight against the Bulls @ 8:00.
What did you think of Terrence Ross’ tenure as a Raptor? What about the trade, does this put the Raps over the top? Can they now compete with the Cavs? Let us know in the comments section below!
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