Amir Johnson beams with pride when asked about the Toronto Raptors record breaking year. No one saw this coming. An Atlantic Division Championship banner and a team record for wins in a season, this is a memory to be cherished long after everyone on this team has moved on from professional basketball.
“It’s a hell of an accomplishment,” Johnson said. “It is something we get to show our kids when we get old and we come back here. We can point up and say our team won that.”
The Raptors had to work hard to get to where they are today. A team that started out the season with just 6 wins and 12 loses had to be the best team in the NBA’s Eastern Conference since then to win their Division and stay in the battle for third place with the Chicago Bulls.
“Especially for the guys that play and work all year, we get to sit back and say – okay – we actually did something this season,” Johnson said. “Starting from training camp, to everything happening, to trades, to now this, it is a great honor.
“It’s a great accomplishment. I think we broke a lot of records this season, but we just got to keep a straight mind. There is a bigger goal we want to get to and we are just going to keep on working and keep on winning.”
It’s an accomplishment worthy of mentioning the Air Canada Centre’s other more prestigious resident franchise.
“We are slowly catching them (the Toronto Maple Leafs),” Johnson said. “We got to get more up there, but it’s a great accomplishment.”
Johnson, however, has never only been focused on his success or the success of his team. The long suffering Toronto Raptors fans are always first and foremost in his thoughts.
“It is something to be happy about,” Johnson said. “I know the fans are too. They have been waiting for something like this, so not only us, but everybody in the city and the Country. There is definitely pride for what we have accomplished.
“Of course, the way we are feeling, we want more. We got it done, now let’s see how far we can go.”
This Is The Best Raptors Team In Franchise History
Long before the Toronto Raptors set a franchise record with their 48th win against the Milwaukee Bucks in their final home game of the regular season, this special group of players had been doing things no previous Toronto team had been able to. With no disrespect to Vince Carter, who is still the best player in franchise history, the 2013-2014 Raptors are the best team Toronto fans have seen since this franchise started playing in 1995.