Daily Gossip, Tuesday 28/4/15

JR Smith is suspended for two games following his ejection in game four against the Boston Celtics for striking Jae Crowder.

SMITH THEN POSTED THIS INSTAGRAM MESSAGE

No apology was issued by Smith to Crowder though.

CASEY LIKELY TO STAY IN TORONTO

With growing pressure on Toronto Raptors coach Dwane Casey, following his side’s 4-0 series loss over the Washington Wizards, many believed that Casey would be booted out.

Many also touted former Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks to be Casey’s replacement.

But right now, Raptors GM Masai Ujiri is undecided… One thing is for sure though: it’s going to be an interesting off-season in Canada.

Via NBC Sports:

Change is coming to Toronto. A lot of change.

If you recall, going into the 2013-14 season the Raptors were a franchise and a roster GM Masai Ujiri was looking to reshape from top to bottom. Then he traded Rudy Gay to Sacramento and the Raptors took off and won the Atlantic Division behind Kyle Lowry‘s brilliance. Rebuilding through the draft was on hold, the timetable got moved up. This past season (2014-15) the Raptors won the Atlantic Division again, but a sweep at the hands of the Wizards in the first round showed just how far this roster and franchise still needs to go.

Meaning there will be plenty of roster change this summer.

Will that start with coach Dwane Casey? The coach with a reputation for defense couldn’t get this team out of the bottom 10 on that end of the floor (23rd, allowing 104.8 points per 100 possessions). He’s a coach Ujiri inherited from the previous GM, but one Ujiri gave an extension to. Will Casey be back next season?

Ujiri said he didn’t even know.

MELO ASKS FOR CALM IN BOLTIMORE

Carmelo Anthony was born in New York, but brought up in Boltimore. He has strong ties there and these ongoing riots are hiring him inside.

The death of Freddy Gray has sparked mass riots in the city.

The New York Knick posted a simple message on his Instagram earlier on.

We all want Justice. And our city will get the answers we are looking for. My deepest sympathy goes out to the GRAY Family. To see my city in a State of Emergency is just shocking. We need to protect our city, not destroy it. What happens when we get the answers that we want, and the media attention is not there anymore? We go back to being the same ol Baltimore City again. If not yourself, then Think about the youth. How this will impact them. Let's build our city up not tear it down. Although, we want justice, let's look at the real issues at hand. For example, When was the last school built in Baltimore? That's just one example. I know my community is fed up. I'm all about fighting for what we believe in. The anger, the resentment, the neglect that our community feels right now, will not change over night. Continue, fighting for what you believe in. But remember, it takes no time to destroy something. But, it can take forever to build it back up. Peace7. #Thisonehitshome #BeMore #LetsNotFallForTheTrap "Please Understand What State Of Emergency Mean"(Destroy and Conquer) #StayMe7o

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