megalison wrote:Merit wrote:megalison wrote:
Giannis does not have more endorsement potential here than in the US. If the league moves to online streaming via YouTube or Twitch, then maybe geography/regional networks no longer matter, but American brands simply aren't going to endorse a player based in Canada who simply won't be seen by their consumers enough.
Climate will probably come into play. Giannis has lived in warm climates throughout his childhood.
If neither of those factors matter to Giannis, then it comes down to competition, family, and professional relationships. Would the Raptors offer a more competitive environment than Mil/LA/Miami? Maybe, but I don't think it's clear cut. Would his family rather live in Toronto over all of Mil/LA/Miami? As much as I love the city, that's a tough argument to make.
So really it comes down to Giannis and Masai's relationship. Is that relationship really that strong? My bet is no. The cherry on top is that Masai may be leaving anyway.
Climate means a whole lot less when the NBA is planning to move to a December start. Virtually everywhere will be cold, and furthermore - Toronto in the summer? Hands down one of the best places to be in North America.
Giannis is playing in Milwaukee right now. The climate there is comparable. Please, no need to overstate and bring up points that have been accounted for repeatedly.
Given the political climate in the USA, and Canada's response to the pandemic, Canada's way of life is quite appealing. In terms of lifestyle, Miami and LA are great. (Psst. Mona says hello). Most of the Raptors are focused family dudes. In terms of family, it's hard to argue that Miami or LA would be better options than Toronto.
Also, Masai has never said anything about leaving. If anything he's consistently said the opposite. Of course, anything could happen, but if you like those types of odds, I have a bridge in Brooklyn I would be happy to sell you.
Have you ever been to LA or Miami, or checked the weather report? Like I said, I love Toronto but for an NBA superstar with no ties to Canada, there isn't much Toronto can offer that LA and/or Miami cannot. You mention Toronto in the summer, but what about the cold months of December to April? The fact that you keep on denying climate to be a factor is why the points keep coming up. Climate has legitimately been an issue with prospective free agents in the past!
Regarding politics, sure Canada probably takes this one. By 2021 however, there likely will be a Democrat in office.
The reason why I make these points is because the Giannis-to-Toronto rumours are so damn ridiculous. For him to choose Toronto would mean:
- Poor weather for half the season
- Significantly higher taxes
- His partner would need to move to Canada (she's an American citizen from California by the way)
- Reduced sponsorship potential
- Cutting his ties to Milwaukee
... all for a similar likelihood of winning a championship, and Masai.
Giannis is not single so I hardly believe he would care as a single athlete would a out the weather.
Also how is Davis doing in LA with those sponsorships? How about Paul George? It's been mainly LeBron with Kawhi a distant second.
Nobody is denying Miami as a team who could sign Giannis, however, LA is not a head of Toronto.
Also, when Kawhi was a Raptor, it didn't stop him from getting a sneakers deal. You have an entire country here that you can get advertisement deals from. Nobody is going to beat LeBron in the US with any sponsorship.
Also, LOL at your opinion that Biden will improve the state of the US. I also don't believe Trump would. I don't believe in any political group and it's just a way to make a nut job powerful and seperate people ala Religion.