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Raptors HQ 15 hours ago

The Raptors FC Showed Up At Practice

Hold on. This is incredible: The Raptors are going to win the Premier Leaguepic.twitter.com/vE2aiC9Cnb— Faizal Khamisa (@SNFaizalKhamisa) September 28, 2016
Raptors HQ 17 hours ago

Toronto Raptors 2016-17 Preview: Can the Raps avoid regression?

Toronto’s pursuit of sustained success starts now. This post is Raptors HQ’s contribution to SB Nation’s league-wide preview series, spearheaded by Celtics Blog. You can check out other team-specific previews at our sister sites in the coming days, and we will continue to roll out individual player previews up ‘til opening night. Team Name: Toronto Raptors Last Year's Record: 56-26, Lost 4-2 in Eastern Conference Finals Key Losses: Bismack Biyombo, James Johnson, Luis Scola Key Additions: Jared Sullinger, Jakob Poeltl, Pascal Siakam What Significant Moves were made during the...
Raptors HQ 17 hours ago

Casey On Jared Sullinger Starting At Power Forward: “It’s his job to lose”

A quick training camp update, via Doug Smith at the Toronto Star, Dwane Casey was asked about the team’s starting power forward spot, which appears to be a battle between Jared Sullinger and Patrick Patterson. Battle might be the wrong word, given Patterson might actually prefer to come off the bench. Regardless, Casey had this to say: “I would say Sullinger is the guy now that it would be his to lose, but I reserve the right to change my mind.” There’s also this: Jared Sullinger is down to 260 lbs. I'm starting to get excited for this acquisition— Masaiber Human (@william_lou)...
Raptors HQ Sep 28, 2016

Odds Outlook: Vegas Is Predicting Raptors to Regress in 2016-17

Do you think you know how the Raptors will do this year? Put your money where your mouth is. Do you smell that in the air? With Media Day in the books and preseason action rapidly approaching, the NBA is officially back. It's time to rejoice, fellow hoop heads. When it comes to our beloved Toronto Raptors, there's plenty of reason for optimism. The Raps recorded their best season in franchise history last year, and a rollercoaster of a playoff run ended in the Eastern Conference Finals when the eventual champion Cleveland Cavaliers dispatched them in six games. Every Canadian basketball...
Raptors HQ Sep 28, 2016

Listen to the HeadQuarters: Episode 30, Brought to you by Chris Bosh

Basketball is sort of back! The podcast is sort of back too. Welcome to The HeadQuarters! In the first episode of the show’s second season, Sean Woodley is joined by John Gaudes to recap the goings on at Raptors media day, discuss the health of DeMarre Carroll, predict 2016-17 win totals for the Eastern Conference's teams and answer listener questions. This episode is brought to you by Chris Bosh. Listen to the show at the link below and make sure to subscribe to The HeadQuarter on iTunes! Music Courtesy The Passion HiFi
Raptors HQ Sep 27, 2016

10 Lessons We Learned From Raptors Media Day

A solid list to kick of the 2016-17 Raptors season. Yesterday was the official start to the Raptors’ 2016-17 season, their 22nd in the NBA. The team is off in Vancouver now to start training camp and begin the preseason (first game on Oct. 1 against the Warriors). But before we start talking about those (non-real) games, let’s reflect on some Raptors lessons we learned from Media Day 2016. And just for the hell of it, we’re doing it in the form of a list. Because who doesn’t like a good list? [Hannibal Buress voice] Nobody. So, here goes: 10 lessons we learned from Raptors Media...
Raptors HQ Sep 27, 2016

The Best from Reddit’s Roast of The Toronto Raptors

I don’t browse NBA Reddit on a regular basis but searching for something tonight I stumbled upon what appears to be an offseason project by the Reddit folks in which they held an online roast for every team in the league. The Raptors figured into it last month. You can go through all the comments and jokes here. I’ve picked out a few below. Everyone please keep an open mind and don’t get too upset. They call Toronto "the 6" because that's how many playoff wins it takes for their fans to consider it a successful season. Somebody tell your stars that just because it's a "seven-game...
Raptors HQ Sep 26, 2016

More from Media Day: Watch the Raptors scrums

Everybody on the Raptors got a chance to talk. Here’s some of the footage. Everybody in Raptors World was aflutter this morning as the 2016-17 roster, plus coaches and other team officials, took to the floor at the BioSteel Centre to talk about the upcoming season. It’s impossible, as but one man (OK, two men, HQ Editor Sean Woodley was also on hand), to cover everything said. Fortunately, the Raptors’ YouTube channel is on it with videos of the various media scrums from the event. Have a watch of the following clips, including words from Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan and more, to get a...
Raptors HQ Sep 26, 2016

So, how’s DeMarre Carroll doing these days?

The Raptors’ biggest free agent signing in recent years is still working his way back. To say DeMarre Carroll’s career as a Raptor has not gone according to plan is, well, we’re running out of exhausted adjectives to use here. After signing with Toronto last season, Carroll hobbled through a seemingly endless stream of injuries (and one knee surgery), played in a mere 26 regular season games and 20 playoff games, before finally — finally — giving his broken down body a rest. The season took its toll on him. Carroll’s bad luck with injuries hung over the Raptors season in a...
Raptors HQ Sep 26, 2016

Watch: Ujiri and Casey speak on Raptors Media Day

The Raptors’ head honchos, on and off the court, weigh in at the start of the season. The 2016-17 NBA season has to start somewhere, and for the Raptors on September 26th, that day is today. Yes, Media Day is officially over, which means there’s plenty of talk to sort through as the Toronto basketball scene begins anew. Before breaking anything else down, let’s sit back and listen to what team president Masai Ujiri, and head coach Dwane Casey had to say about their team. Watch the interviews below as both men reflect on the continued growth of the team, the expectations (or management...
Raptors HQ Sep 25, 2016

Bruno’s Latest Fashion Choice Includes Pablo Escobar And A Benz Key

Is this the year Bruno Caboclo starts showing signs he can be a rotation player in the NBA? I don’t know. I’m not here to answer the impossible. I’m here to share a photo of Bruno in a Pablo Escobar cap with a Benz key on his neck. Via Dean Rosen: update on bruno, he wears a pablo escobar hat and keeps his benz keys around his neck pic.twitter.com/RssayOTUj9— Dean Rosen (@DeanRosen_) September 25, 2016 Someone ask Bruno at media day tomorrow how many days it took him to binge-watch Narcos.
Raptors HQ Sep 23, 2016

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 add Patrick and Jim to our coaching staff,” Both possess a tremendous work ethic and a wealth of basketball experience that with help our players improve. Jama has done a great job for us in the area of player...
Raptors HQ Sep 22, 2016

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, my friends. But now, holy shit, game designers have to be accurate as hell. There’s no excuse for not getting the look, size and shape of a person totally right — right down to the tattoos. The NBA 2K series,...
Raptors HQ Sep 22, 2016

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 man Russell Peddle — fantasy basketball guru, Montrealer, and all-around good guy — joined the crew at Fantasy Phenoms to talk Raptors basketball and the upcoming season. There’s talk of newcomer Jared...
Raptors HQ Sep 21, 2016

How many games will the Raptors win in 2016-17?

We’ve got the Vegas line, but what are your thoughts? There’s no way to guess at just how exactly the Las Vegas people develop these NBA win total lines. I mean, sure, there’s arguably a complicated mathematical algorithm laying out in the desert somewhere right now, presumably catching some rays like a lizard trying to warm itself in the sun after a job well done, but who has the time to figure that whole thing out? I’m ready to trust any organization that non-ironically calls itself the SuperBook to get it right no questions asked. So the Raptors’ over/under win total line is...
Raptors HQ Sep 20, 2016

Las Vegas SuperBook Set Raptors Win Total at 49.5

Here’s a quick look at the 2016-17 NBA win totals per Las Vegas SuperBook: 2016-2017 NBA Season win totals via @LVSuperBook pic.twitter.com/breOlboYvO— Rob Perez (@World_Wide_Wob) September 20, 2016 The Raptors, who won 56 games last season, and had 49 and 48 win seasons the two years prior, have their win total set at 49.5. For comparison, the Boston Celtics — considered the second-best team in the East by some after their signing of Al Horford — are at 51.5. Does this mean the prognosticators believe the Celtics are a better team than the Raptors? Well, not necessarily. Keep...
Raptors HQ Sep 19, 2016

Looking at the In-House Candidates for the Raptors' Final Roster Spot

Maybe one of these guys currently signed to a non-guaranteed deal makes it onto the team, maybe not. With the Raptors at 14 players on the roster, there's a good chance it will come down to five names (six if you count Brady Heslip, the longest of long shots) to fill the final spot. As we've reported over the summer, those names are Fred VanVleet, Jarrod Uthoff, E.J. Singler, Yanick Moreira and Drew Crawford, who are all signed to non-guaranteed deals heading into training camp. It will be a interesting camp battle, with the possibility of one of these players making the Raptors, and the...
Raptors HQ Sep 18, 2016

Raptors to add Patrick Mutombo to coaching staff

With the recent turnover in the ranks, the Raptors are still in the process of rebuilding their coaching staff. To fill out the rest of their coaching staff, the Toronto Raptors are reportedly set to hire Patrick Mutombo (no relation to Dikembe, sadly) as a new assistant coach. This info comes to us via Blake “Restless” Murphy of Raptors Republic. Mutombo comes to the Raptors after a stint in the D-League with the Austin Spurs as an assistant coach. Before that, from 2011 to 2015 he was with the Denver Nuggets as first a player development coordinator and then a full-on assistant. Given...
Raptors HQ Sep 16, 2016

DeMar DeRozan Is Not Pleased With His Sports Illustrated Player Ranking

When Sports Illustrated put out their player rankings this month, DeMar DeRozan landed at number 46. For a player who has continued to improve himself despite facing criticism about the aesthetic of his offensive game and his shot selection, and someone who was rewarded with a near-max contract this summer, some people would take the 46th spot as a slap in the face. As it turns out, DeRozan is one of those people, posting these two tweets last night: FOH. 46— DeMar DeRozan (@DeMar_DeRozan) September 16, 2016 #ProveEm...— DeMar DeRozan (@DeMar_DeRozan) September 16, 2016 So it...
Raptors HQ Sep 16, 2016

Looking at some new lineup combinations for the 2016-17 Raptors

With a couple of changes, the Raptors look to re-tool and build on their success from last year. The seasons have slowly begun to turn and excitement is approaching an all-time high in Toronto, as we anticipate a brand new NBA campaign. The 2015-16 Toronto Raptors were that alluring and inspiring team that Raptor Nation had been waiting for since, honestly, forever. After last season’s historical run to the Eastern Conference Finals, the Raptors will return to the hardwood on October 1st to take on the Golden State Warriors in pre-season action. This summer saw the Raptors undergo a few...