RAPTORS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Repost: Raptors Republic t-shirt design contest

Note: I’m reposting this, as we’ve had a few great submissions but not quite enough to get proper voting going. We’re extending the deadline through to Sept. 30 as a result.  And a reminder: You can’t use any team copyright/trademarks/logos or the likeness of players. — It’s been a while since we made any Raptors Republic gear, save for the jerseys included at our annual...
Via Raptors Republic
2 hours ago

Raptors all-star DeRozan finds balance after wild summer

DeMar DeRozan hits town on eve of Raptors training camp after birth of second daughter, massive contract extension and golden moment in Rio.
Via Toronto Star
18 hours ago

Raptors Ujiri Tells DeRozan and Lowry To Think About Championships

Toronto Raptors All-Stars DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry are coming off career years and team President Masai Ujiri wants them to set their goals higher, to start thinking about NBA championships.
Via Pro Bball Report
19 hours ago

Pre-camp weekend predictions thread

We’ve talked a lot about expectations for the 2016-17 Toronto Raptors season of late. Unfortunately, until training camp begins with media day on Monday, there’s really not much else to do. So let’s do a bit more. Looking at some online early season predictions, it remains pretty clear that the world is in agreement that the Raptors remain good, but hardly a contender. Pegged...
Via Raptors Republic
1 day ago

Raptors Announce Assistant Coaching Staff For 2016-17 Season

In a press release, the Raptors officially announced on Friday they’ve hired Patrick Mutombo and Jim Sann as assistant coaches who will join Rex Kalamian and Nick Nurse on the Dwane Casey’s coaching staff for the start of the 2016-17 season. In addition, Jama Mahlalela has been promoted and will move to the front of the bench. In a statement, Casey said: “I am pleased to...
Via Raptors HQ
1 day ago

Norman Powell’s open letter offers advice to Raptors rookies

With training camp starting Monday, we asked the fan favourite to write an open letter offering advice to rookies Jakob Poeltl and Pascal Siakam.
Via Toronto Star
1 day ago

Norman Powell Does Not Care For His NBA 2K17 Mans

Let’s not bet against Norm going nuclear this year. It was easier for sports game designers back in the day. In those august times, you just slapped the general shape of an athlete together, gave him the rough approximation of the correct haircut, made sure he was the right colour, and you were good. Before that, you often only had to make sure one guy was done right. Salad days...
Via Raptors HQ
2 days ago

Listen: HQ joins the Fantasy Phenoms to Talk Raptors in 2016-17

Our man Russell Peddle is on the case to talk Raptors and the 2016-17 season. That change in temperature means something — the NBA season is almost here. With Media Day (our official start, really) coming up this Monday, it’s time to talk preview. We have no idea what’s to happen with our beloved basketball team, so we may as well start hashing it out now. To that end, our...
Via Raptors HQ
2 days ago

NBA Atlantic Division Preview: Toronto Raptors

Projected Conference Finish: 4th Best Offseason Move: Jakob Poeltl was a fine pick I suppose. Worst Offseason Move: I’m fine with the loss of Bismack Biyombo. There was no reasonable way to keep him. What I don’t understand is using BOTH of their main offseason weapons, the No. 9 overall pick and mid-level exception, to replace him. If Jakob Poeltl is going to be a Biyombo replacement...
Via The Sports Post
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Toronto Raptors: Jurassic Park Edition

Last year the Toronto Raptors won 56 games, made the Eastern Conference Finals and were two wins away from reaching the NBA Finals. Will last season be the pinnacle of the franchise, or is there room for improvement and a chance for them to make the next step forward towards dethroning the NBA champion Cavaliers in the East? Key Moves Extensions Masai Ujiri – five years, $15...
Via The Lottery Mafia
4 days ago  |  Discuss

DeRozan not pleased with his ranking in SI's Top 100

If you ask Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan, the good folks over at Sports Illustrated are selling him way short. DeRozan was ranked at No. 46 in SI’s annual Top 100 NBA Players list, and it was a decision he clearly did not agree with based on a couple of thinly-veiled subtweets he sent out on Thursday night. FOH. 46 — DeMar DeRozan (@DeMar_DeRozan) September 16, 2016...
Via Larry Brown Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Behind The Scenes At Raptors 905 Open Tryout

Ever wonder what a professional NBA D-League tryout is like? Our digital team decided to find out for themselves. How'd they fare? Not so well.
Via YouTube
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Kyle Lowry is the 25th Best Player in Basketball

Throughout the offseason, we will rank the top 50 players in the NBA. To be clear, these are the 50 best players for the 2016-17 season. Regardless of team situation, past performance or future potential. If you’re trying to win a championship in 2016-17, these are the 50 players you’d want most. Why He’s Great: It’s amazing to think about when you consider how volatile...
Via The Sports Post
14 days ago  |  Discuss

QUIZ: Name every first-round draft pick in the history of the Memphis Grizzlies

The Vancouver Grizzles were an NBA expansion team that joined the league in 1995. After six seasons and an abysmal record of 101-359, the franchise relocated to Memphis where it turned the tide thanks to an impressive drafting record. The team has appeared in the Western Conference playoffs the past six seasons. How many of the franchise's 26 first-round picks can you name? Clue...
20 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Drake hits another half court shot while sitting down

Drake is a massive Toronto Raptors fan, but that makes sense because he is from Toronto. Fans can see the rapper at nearly every Raptors game, and he’s known for going crazy on the sideline. However, on Wednesday, the Raptor fan looked like Golden State Warrior Steph Curry while playing at the Miami Heat practice facility. Following us? This is how you warm up for Night 2 of...
Via The Comeback
23 days ago  |  Discuss

QUIZ: Name every first-round draft pick in the franchise history of the Toronto Raptors

The Toronto Raptors were formed as an NBA expansion team in 1995 and have had 23 first round picks in their history. How many of these first round picks can you name? Clue: Year - draft number
August 25, 2016  |  Discuss

WATCH: Ujiri: We're a unique global team and want to embrace it

Toronto Raptors GM Masai Ujiri explains to Joey Vendetta why the club unveiled two new jerseys, saying we're unique, and have to find ways to reach the globe and spread basketball awareness.
Via SportsNetCanada
August 24, 2016  |  Discuss

Raptors show off new Huskies and Chinese New Year uniforms

The Toronto Raptors showed off two new alternate jerseys on Tuesday, and hot damn, they look nice. The first jersey is a slick Toronto Huskies blue throwback uniform. The new threads are an homage to Toronto’s basketball roots. The Toronto Huskies were part of the Basketball Association of America, debuting in 1946, before folding in 1947. 2016 will mark the 70th anniversary of...
Via The Comeback
August 23, 2016  |  Discuss

WATCH: Raptors unveil two new uniforms

Check this out, as the Toronto Raptors unveiled two new jerseys, one to pay homage to the former Toronto Huskies and the other to commemorate Chinese New Year.
Via SportsNetCanada
August 23, 2016  |  Discuss

Dikembe Mutombo doesn’t mind Michael Phelps, Lilly King using his finger wag

Dikembe Mutombo’s signature finger wag has experienced a resurgence amongst American swimmers at this year’s Summer Olympic Games in Rio. Fortunately, they appear to have the blessing of the four-time Defensive Player of the Year. Mutombo came out on Friday and said that he’s cool with Michael Phelps, who waved his finger at South African rival Chad le Clos after beating him...
Via Larry Brown Sports
August 19, 2016  |  Discuss

Pacers, Paul George have reportedly discussed contract extension

After witnessing the best year of Paul George’s career last season, the Indiana Pacers have begun preliminary contract extension talks with their star player. Paul George told me here in Rio there have been some initial talks about a contract extension with the Pacers, but nothing extensive. — Bob Kravitz (@bkravitz) August 4, 2016 George, 26, has three years left on a five...
Via The Sports Daily
August 05, 2016  |  Discuss

WATCH: 2016 Raptors Basketball Academy Recap

A look back at the 10th annual RBA camp featuring Jerry Stackhouse, Cory Joseph and Norman Powell.
Via YouTube
August 03, 2016  |  Discuss

WATCH: Team USA throw down some vicious dunks vs Nigeria

The Team USA men’s basketball team had an exhibition game on Monday night ahead of the Rio Olympics, and as usual, made things pretty much unfair for their opponent. Team USA rolled to a 110-66 win over Nigeria, and Carmelo Anthony led the way with 19 points. There was some fun dunking going on, especially from Toronto Raptors star swingman DeMar DeRozan (via SB Nation): DeMar...
Via The Comeback
August 01, 2016  |  Discuss

Video: DeMar DeRozan Just Missed Throwing Down One Of The Craziest Dunks Ever

The United States men’s basketball team’s 50-point exhibition victory over China last night was rather uneventful, save for the fact it was Kevin Durant’s first game at his new home, Oracle Arena, and that USA guard DeMar DeRozan almost caused an international incident with a second-half dunk attempt. Late in the blowout, DeRozan caught an outlet pass with only one Chinese...
Via College Spun
July 27, 2016  |  Discuss

DeMar DeRozan’s 360 dunk attempt nearly broke the Internet

Toronto Raptors star DeMar DeRozan attempted a dunk during Tuesday’s USA-China friendly that nearly shook Oracle Arena. Kevin Durant opened the scoring in the game, which the United States won 106-57, after draining a three-pointer just a few seconds in. But toward the end of the game, DeRozan nearly brought the crowd to their feet when he attempted this insane 360 dunk. Check...
Via The Sports Daily
July 27, 2016  |  Discuss
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