While he may play football professionally, Patrick Mahomes isn’t a one-trick pony. As the son of a Major League Baseball player, we know that the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback loves America’s pastime; he had legitimate baseball talent and, during the offseason, became a part-owner of the Kansas City Royals. Now, Mahomes is branching out into NBA.
Although ownership may not be on the cards yet, Patrick Mahomes has no problem throwing his weight around. In fact, the quarterback is doing his part to bring the NBA to Kansas City, even if it’s only for one season.
Patrick Mahomes is the big man on Kansas City’s sports campus
To some extent, it’s cliche to think of the starting quarterback as ‘the cool kid’ who runs the show, both on and off the field. In Patrick Mahomes’ case, however, it seems to be accurate.
While Mahomes’ Kansas City Chiefs career started a bit slowly—he sat on the bench behind Alex Smith for a year—the quarterback hasn’t had any problems stepping into the spotlight. After throwing for more than 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns during his first season as a starter and leading the Chiefs to a Super Bowl title in his second, Mahomes has already become a beloved local legend.
His presence isn’t limited to football, though. During the summer of 2020, Mahomes became a part-owner of the Kansas City Royals. While the move did make him the youngest owner in pro sports, it wasn’t about setting records; both the baseball team and the quarterback spoke about making a positive impact on Kansas City.
The Toronto Raptors could have an issue for the upcoming NBA season
While we’ve already discussed the NFL and MLB, professional basketball is another significant piece of the pro sports landscape. When the 2020-21 NBA season begins, though, the Toronto Raptors could have a major problem.
With the NBA bubble a thing of the past, teams will theoretically return to traveling around the country to play out the season. While there are some obvious risks to that strategy, there’s also one concrete roadblock: barring any changes, NBA teams won’t be able to visit Toronto.
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada has closed its border with the United States to non-essential travel; while that closure has to be extended each month, there’s no sign of it ending anytime soon. That’s why the Toronto Blue Jays had to spend the 2020 MLB season in Buffalo, New York.
Barring some unforeseen change, it seems like the same fate will befall the Toronto Raptors.
Patrick Mahomes wants the Raptors to play in Kansas City
As we’ve already established, Patrick Mahomes is a power-player in both NFL and MLB circles; now, he’s trying to throw his weight around in the NBA, too.
On Tuesday, Mahomes quote-tweeted a Bleacher Report tweet about the Raptors potentially playing their home games in Louisville. The quarterback simply added, “Bring them to KC!” and a muscle emoji.
While it’s unclear if anyone at NBA headquarters will care about Mahomes’ suggestion, it’s already made an impact at the local level. Kansas City mayor Quinton Lucas quote-tweeted the quarterback’s message, saying he was “working on it.”
Patrick Mahomes isn’t a stranger to throwing his weight around on social media; as laid out by KC Magazine, he’s already helped bring Whataburger to Kansas City. If he can convince the Toronto Raptors to spend the next season in Missouri, that will just be another piece of Mahomes magic.