NO WNBA TEAM FOR T.O.
Basketball fans hoping for a Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) team in Toronto will have to put their dreams on hold. According to reports, Maple Leaf and Sports Entertainment (MLSE) pulled its bid for a Toronto-based WNBA expansion team amid varying levels of interest in a team among senior leadership. Given the costs and facility requirements associated with starting a WNBA team, MLSE’s cold feet may have shut the door on the WNBA in Toronto for the foreseeable future.
PWHL Toronto Takes Shape
After signing Sarah Nurse (Forward), Blayre Turnbull (F) and Renata Fast (Defence) during free agency, the Toronto Professional Women’s Hockey League (PHWL) team has added Maggie Connors (F), Rebecca Leslie (F), and Emma Maltais (F). While there are still more pieces to be added to this puzzle, PWHL Toronto general manager, Gina Kingsbury, appears to be putting together a serious contender. The six team, 24-game inaugural PWHL season begins in January 2024.
Dark Days for Darko?
On one hand, the Raptors have shown incredible signs of promise: Scottie Barnes is playing his best basketball to date, team chemistry appears to be high, and O.G. Anunoby’s defense is as stout as ever. On the other hand, the Raptors continue to turnover the ball and miss three pointers, making them one of the worst offensive teams in the league.
While most teams in the Eastern Conference made notable improvements to their rosters during the offseason, the Raptors opted to bring back most of its core team from last year. New head coach, Darko Rajaković, has some big challenges ahead of him if the Raptors are going to make a splash this year.
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