'It's a mockery, it's a joke': Raptors respond to Trump winning presidency
Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan sits on the bench against the Sacramento Kings on Nov. 6, 2016. (Craig Robertson/Toronto Sun/Postmedia Network)
Russell Westbrook was one of the topics du jour after Raptors shootaround on Wednesday morning, but something else also received equal attention – reaction to Donald Trump's stunning presidential victory on Tuesday night.
While Republicans dot the NBA – most vocally, Charlotte centre Spencer Hawes, who wore a “Hillary for prison 2016” shirt on the eve of the election, players and coaches today are largely Democrats. LeBron James, the face of the NBA, even stumped for Clinton in Ohio recently (it didn't work). The Raptors didn't seem pleased with what happened.
"Ah, I'm not about to speak on that, hell nah," league scoring leader DeMar DeRozan said, before adding, as he walked away: “It's a mockery, it's a joke.”
Fellow all-star Kyle Lowry bit his tongue a bit more, thinking long and hard before saying, “It wasn't my decision,” when asked for his opinion of how things turned out.
Lowry did say he wants prominent people to continue to stand up for what they believe in.
“I think athletes and celebrities all over the world, and especially in America, (have) to make their voice vocal,” Lowry said. “We have a lot of following, we have children that look up to us and we understand that ... putting your voice out there and putting your voice and your mind behind it and pushing for it is always a good thing.”
Lowry doesn't think Trump winning will dissuade people from speaking out.
“No, I don't think so, I think it will get the conversation going even more with celebrities and athletes,” he said.
For Raptors head coach Dwane Casey, getting back to basketball was a welcome distraction.
“I'm disappointed but I'm also an American. I respect the position of the presidency and whoever it is I'm going to support it,” Casey said. "Disappointed being a Democrat and being for the other side, but ... like we asked when Barack Obama was elected, let's pull behind the president and hopefully that's what we are going to do as a nation.”
While the election had been going on, some Raptors had been tweeting and alluding to moving to Canada.
Gotta get Dual citizenship— norman powell (@npowell2404) November 9, 2016
“Now I have to like poutine,” tweeted point guard Delon Wright.
Patrick Patterson and Norm Powell tweeted about dual citizenship, with Powell adding a picture of a Canadian flag, prompting Wright to respond: “We was sent there for a reason.”
But the NBA's biggest backlash came from Detroit Pistons head coach and boss Stan Van Gundy, who absolutely went off.
“We just elected an openly brazen, misogynist leader. We have just thrown a good part of our population under the bus,” Van Gundy told Pistons beat writers in Phoenix where the team was set to take on the Suns.
"I’m having a hard time being with people. I’m going to walk into this arena tonight and realize that most of these people voted for him. Like, s---, I don't have any respect for that."