Brady: Raptors Had "Mental Block" With LeBron James

The Raptors have no fear of anyone in the East. There's a reason for that...

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
April 22, 2019 - 9:55 am

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Last year, the 59-win Raptors got swept in the second round of the playoffs by LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. This year, the 58-win Raptors have no fear of anyone in the East.

There’s a reason for that.

“They know they don’t have to succumb to the fate of LeBron James,” Toronto’s 590 The Fan host Greg Brady said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “That (was) the big problem for this team. It was definitely (a mental block). They were 2-12 against him in playoff games going into last summer, which was a big reason, I think for the two changes.”

Those changes, of course, were firing Dwane Casey and trading DeMar DeRozan. With former Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard, the Raptors can beat anyone in the NBA.

“Bucks/Celtics is going to be a remarkable series,” Brady said. “I don’t think the Raptors (will) be a favorite against either team, even though they’ll have home-advantage against Boston. They’d have to start on the road against Milwaukee. This isn’t the series they got Kawhi Leonard for, to play a .500 Orlando Magic team. But nonetheless, I think they’ve got more confidence that they’re not getting drummed in the second round by one of the greatest players ever. They’re not worried about that this year.”

The Raptors lead Orlando 3-1 in their first-round playoff series and would face the winner of 76ers/Nets in the second round. Philadelphia leads Brooklyn 3-1.

Click below to listen to Brady’s interview in its entirety.