SIMMONS: Basketball the furthest thing from Raptors’ mind after Blake shooting

Elwanda Tulloch

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“It’s just starting to feel like everything we’re doing is just going through the motions and nothing’s really changing,” Raptors guard VanVleet said. “And here we are again with another unfortunate incident.”

VanVleet has lived this life. When he was five, he lost his father, whom he barely knew, shot in a drug deal. On Sunday, he was in his hotel room on what should have been Kobe Bryant’s birthday, and was reading the online post by Vanessa Bryant and thinking and crying, they lost their dad: “I lost my dad.”

And then came the online video we’ve all seen by now. The shooting of Blake in the back that apparently paralyzed him in Wisconsin.

“You can’t make sense of it,” VanVleet said. “You can’t.”

There is a game to play Thursday night when the Raptors and Celtics meet and, under closer to regular circumstances, this would

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Doc Rivers, LeBron James, others react to police shooting of Jacob Blake: ‘This country doesn’t love us back’

Elwanda Tulloch

On Sunday night, police shot 29-year-old Jacob Blake, a Black man, in the back multiple times as he was opening the door of a parked car in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The attorney retained by Blake’s family, Benjamin Crump, says Blake’s three children were in the car at the time of the shooting. Crump added that Blake was trying to de-escalate a fight between two others at the scene and that when the police officers arrived, they drew their weapons and tased Blake.

Blake was hospitalized after the shooting and is in serious condition. In a statement, Crump said, “We will seek justice for Jacob Blake and for his family as we demand answers from the Kenosha Police Department.”

Wisconsin governor Tony Evers released a statement, saying that Blake was “shot in the back multiple times, in broad daylight.” 

“While we do not have all of the details yet, what we know

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