Raptors similar to ’04 Pistons

James Miller

The Toronto Raptors victory reminds me of another improbable NBA championship — the 2004 finals when the Detroit Pistons (a great, five-man unit) beat the “Shaq and Kobe” show from L.A., 4-1 in the finals.

While the Raptors had Drake at courtside, back then to counter Jack Nicholson and Sylvester Stallone, cameras were planted on Pistons’ superfan and Motor City greaseball Kid Rock, for Detroit’s home games. Rock had the final laugh on his “Live Trucker” album when he rapped . . . “the Lakers got their ass kicked by the (expletive deleted) Pistons.”

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Did anybody just notice that St. Louis just won the Stanley Cup in seven games?

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I can understand why non-Raptors fans would find Drake to be annoying.

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The Raptors were a fun, exciting team to watch. Let’s hope they can stay together for a few more years.

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Off the topic of basketball, why was Cuba Gooding Jr. (who maintains his innocence) charged with groping, but U.S. president Donald Trump, who admitted to “Access Hollywood” to being a serial groper, was not?

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The pride of Stratford, Ont., Justin Bieber has challenged Tom Cruise to a fight. Why not? Maybe it’s time to bring back “Celebrity Boxing.” Who could forget Tonya Harding beating up Paula Jones or child stars Danny Bonaduce and Barry Williams slugging it out?

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The Royal Canadian Legion in Penticton has now been closed for nearly six weeks as it awaits a liquor licence. Apparently the hold up is due to a backlog of applications created by cannabis requests. Once it reopens, the new location will be on Brunswick Ave. in the old ANAVETs hall.

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Speaking of bureaucracy moving at a snail’s pace, it’s been a year now since RCMP recommended charges to a person or persons involved with irregular bookkeeping at the Downtown Penticton Association. What does it take for someone to be charged in Penticton?

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Milo fans have asked how he’s doing because I haven’t mentioned him in a column. The little guy had 11 teeth pulled this week, but for a 12-year-old dog, he handled the anesthetic really well. He was groggy for a few days, but is back to normal. The good news is his back X-rays were very positive. (With dachshunds, their back can sometimes lead to an early demise.) He sends his love and thanks everyone for their concerns. He’s home listening to some of his favourite old 45s, “Puppy Love” by Donny Osmond and “Me and You and a Dog Named Boo” by Lobo.

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Is Hollywood running out of ideas to the point where they need to recycle everything? Does anybody really want a reboot of “Men in Black” without Tommy Lee Jones or Will Smith?

James Miller is valley editor and director of content for the Okanagan Newspaper Group which includes the Kelowna Daily Courier, Penticton Herald and Westside Weekly. To contact the writer: james.miller@ok.bc.ca. This is a regular column in the Okanagan Weekend.

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