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Raptors HQ 13 hours ago
Over/Under: SuperBook Sets Raptor Win Total At 49.5

Over/Under: SuperBook Sets Raptor Win Total At 49.5

The Westgate Las Vegas Superbook revealed its over/under season win projections for all 30 NBA teams on Tuesday, giving the Toronto Raptors the third-highest number in the Eastern Conference. Is that number realistic for a franchise that has never won 50 games? The Toronto Raptors' hype train is making its way through Sin City and infiltrating sports books left and right. A 49.5 over/under win projection should instil some confidence, especially considering how low that number was (36.5) just one year ago, via Bovada.lv. Courtesy of Westgate Las Vegas Superbook, here's the 2014-15...
Raptors HQ 18 hours ago
Ford Motors to Stick with Maple Leaf Square Name

Ford Motors to Stick with Maple Leaf Square Name

After the news of Maple Leaf Square's renaming, the feedback was swift and merciless. Today, the Ford Motor Company does an about face on the naming of the public space. You have to feel a bit sorry for the Ford Motor Company. They didn't know one hundred years ago or so that they'd eventually be stuck in this unfortunate naming quagmire. The name "Ford" was always supposed to be a symbol of industry and excellence for the company. Now, usually it's hard to feel sorry for a corporation - let alone an automobile manufacturing corporation - but, Torontonians are just a bit sensitive about...
Raptors HQ Sep 30, 2014

Raptors Media Day: Masai Ujiri Interview

Masai Ujiri spoke about the importance of continuity, expecting to deal with adversity and surprises along the way, and DeMar DeRozan's biggest takeaway from his FIBA World Cup experience. Masai Ujiri chatted with reporters at Media Day on Monday. You can watch the full interview above, highlights below: Masai talked about the importance of bringing the entire team back, and be able to watch them gradually grow. He acknowledges that expectations are higher this season One point Masai kept going back to is that the NBA is full of surprises and adversity, and acknowledges that the players,...
Raptors HQ Sep 30, 2014

Raptors Media Day: Dwane Casey Interview

The Raptors head coach spoke about the importance of training camp, not putting a number on success, and his relationship with James Johnson Dwane Casey spoke with reporters at Media Day on Monday. Above is the full interview, key points below: Casey is excited for training camp because it's a good time to work on fundamentals and really lay the groundwork for philosophies the coaching staff might have Was asked, as everyone else were, about the heightened expectations for this season. Casey says the team should embrace it, and should act like defending Atlantic Division champions and...
Raptors HQ Sep 30, 2014

Raptors Media Day: Terrence Ross Interview

Terrence Ross on bulking up, playing in the Drew League and how he's still not over the end of Game 7 of last year's playoffs. Terrence Ross talked to reporters yesterday at Media Day. The full interview is above. Highlights below: He played in the Drew League for the first time this summer and was ecstatic to be a part of it, but the focus was on getting stronger so he could take the bumps and deal with the physical play which he surely took note of during the playoffs last season Ross says he's put on around 15 pounds this summer, and was focused on lifting weights at every...
Raptors HQ Sep 30, 2014

Raptors Media Day: Kyle Lowry Interview

A summary of Kyle Lowry's media day interview, as the point guard talked about the importance of Lou Williams, staying motivated, and the Raptors are division favorites. Kyle Lowry held court at media day and you can watch the full interview above. Some key points: He's very happy to have the roster back and in tact. Lowry also cited James Johnson and Lou Williams as key additions, especially noting that Williams could be a fourth quarter scoring option for the team Lowry shrugged off suggestions that he will now lack motivation having been rewarded a huge contract. This is going to be...
Raptors HQ Sep 30, 2014

Raptors Media Day: One For All

Coming out of Media Day the Toronto Raptors sounded ready for the franchise's 20th season. The talk of the day returned again and again to two words: chemistry and respect. So much of basketball, more so than in most sports, is based on the minute shifting of a dozen or so interpersonal relationships. The general manager of any team seeks to acquire the most talent, sure, but the hope is always that the assembled roster will move in concert toward its goal. The Toronto Raptors of 2014-15 look to be a team built on this simple to define but difficult to achieve philosophy. When asked, each...
Raptors HQ Sep 30, 2014

2014-15 Toronto Raptors Media Day

All of our 2014-15 media day coverage in one place. The 20th season of the Toronto Raptors officially kicked off today, as it does every year, with Media Day. Beginning at around 10am for the first time at Real Sports Bar & Grill, the hoi polloi of Toronto's sports media were on hand to meet and greet this year's team. The majority of the morning, however, felt like something of a reunion. The Raptors approach the coming season with most of last year's team intact and momentum on a definite upswing. The event had a fairly loose and informal air to it, but the question of expectations seemed...
Raptors HQ Sep 29, 2014

Raptors Media Day: A View From The Scrum

This morning was Toronto Raptors Media Day, a chance for the team to say hello to all the people who cover the franchise. The 20th season of the Toronto Raptors officially kicked off today, as it does every year, with Media Day. Beginning at around 10am for the first time at Real Sports Bar & Grill, the hoi polloi of Toronto's sports media were on hand to meet and greet this year's team. The majority of the morning, however, felt like something of a reunion. The Raptors approach the coming season with most of last year's team intact and momentum on a definite upswing. The event had a fairly...
Raptors HQ Sep 26, 2014
ESPN's suspension of Bill Simmons, or, focusing on the more important conversations

ESPN's suspension of Bill Simmons, or, focusing on the more important conversations

A few thoughts on ESPN's decision to suspend The Sports Guy, and if it really matters at all. I was reading a few columns this morning -- from Michael Erler of SB Nation's Pounding The Rock and Will Leitch at Sports on Earth -- on ESPN's decision to suspend Bill Simmons for three weeks, and had a few thoughts about it myself. But first: The Backstory Earlier this week, Simmons went on a rant about NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and his handling of the Ray Rice suspension. Simmons called out the NFL for their stance that they didn't see the video tape, calling it f------ bulls---, and...
Raptors HQ Sep 25, 2014

Vince Carter, The Dunk of Death, and All The Memories

It's been 14 years since Vince Carter jumped over Frederic Weis at the 2000 Olympics. Nope, still not sick of watching this dunk. It just came to my attention that today is the 14th anniversary of Vince Carter's "Dunk of Death" over Frederic Weis at the 2000 Olympics. It's still such a devastating moment -- in a good sense for Vince, in a literal sense for the rim, and in a very terrible sense for Weis -- and one of my favorite basketball moments ever. If you haven't yet, Sam Riches wrote a piece about the dunk at The Classical last year, which you can read here. And now, let's watch the...
Raptors HQ Sep 25, 2014
Global Ambassador Drake Willing to Collaborate with LeBron James

Global Ambassador Drake Willing to Collaborate with LeBron James

Conspiracy theorists unite: Is Drizzy using music as an undercover recruiting pitch for the King? According to TMZ, everybody's favourite rapper and Global Ambassador Drake is willing to work with LeBron on his hip hop game. King James' rapping skills thus far in his life have been fairly mediocre at best, so any help from Drake certainly couldn't hurt. Still, the Global Ambassador does have to be careful. Surely the NBA is following and listening to every move of Drake's after the Durant incident at OVO Fest. Now, in terms of song choices there's countless options for the two to remix...
Raptors HQ Sep 25, 2014
Tipping Past the Midpoint of ESPN's NBA Rank

Tipping Past the Midpoint of ESPN's NBA Rank

With its annual countdown of NBA players well underway, we thought it was time to check in on where some Raptors players were ranked this year. Yesterday marked the crossing of the midway point for the annual ESPN NBA Rank of all 500 players in the league. Mad scientist Henry Abbott, along with Ethan Strauss, kicked the list off last week by dropping the names of players 500 to 401. As they've counted down the upper (OK, lower echelon) of NBA players, some Raptors names have come up. Let's tiptoe into these end of bench warrens of the league and take stock: 484 - Will Cherry - Last Year:...
Raptors HQ Sep 25, 2014
Maple Leaf Square's

Maple Leaf Square's "Jurassic Park" to be Officially Renamed

Here's a small update on the renaming of Maple Leaf Square, which obviously won't cause any problems or confusion. With a renewed sponsorship deal from long-time partner the Ford Motor Company of Canada, the area outside the Air Canada Centre known by Toronto Raptors fans as "Jurassic Park" is getting a new name. Wait, do you mean... no, they wouldn't. Yes. They would. They're going to rename it Ford Square! Starting next week, the public space that has been host to both celebration and heartbreak will have the same name as the City of Toronto's beleaguered (to put it mildly) Mayor. As the...
Raptors HQ Sep 25, 2014
A Leader In and Out of the Office: Masai Gives Back

A Leader In and Out of the Office: Masai Gives Back

Refusing to forget where he comes from, Toronto Raptors General Manager Masai Ujiri gives back to the continent of his birth. Doug Smith at The Star shares Masai's work over the summer in Africa. For Masai, it's not just about basketball. It's about remembering where he comes from, and giving back. Masai's goal? To improve life in every way imaginable for those in Africa. For the Raptors General Manager, this isn't a one time publicity stunt; it's a passion. "It's every summer, it makes August very important. You're giving back and helping. We all want to do well in our day jobs but we can...
Raptors HQ Sep 24, 2014
Dwane Casey Ranked As 13th Best Coach in the NBA

Dwane Casey Ranked As 13th Best Coach in the NBA

In our ongoing mission to rank everything, today we've got CBS Sports with their list of the best coaches in the NBA. Earlier this week Matt Moore of CBS Sports got down to the business of ranking all 30 of the NBA's coaches. Coming in at number 13 is the Toronto Raptors' Dwane Casey. He's in the helpfully titled "High-Expectations Crew", which is ahead of the "Cause-for-Concern Allotment" (just in case you were wondering). Moore's marks for Casey are pretty sound. As he says: Casey's discipline and culture-building have been great, and he allowed the team to really ride the good vibes...
Raptors HQ Sep 24, 2014

CBA 101: The Luxury Tax

Daniel Hackett continues his CBA 101 series with a look at the basics of the salary floor, luxury tax, apron and the implications of exceeding them. Hey all. Welcome to the second in a series of posts where I'll be outlining the basic rules of the NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement. Again, useful sources for more information on the salary cap include the CBA itself and of course Larry Coon's CBAfaq.com. In the last post, I talked about the salary cap in the most general sense, and touched on some key ideas to understand when talking about team salaries, cap room, and exceptions.  In...
Raptors HQ Sep 24, 2014
Bruce Bowen Thinks Vince Carter and Tracy McGrady Were Too Passive

Bruce Bowen Thinks Vince Carter and Tracy McGrady Were Too Passive

In an interview with San Antonio Express News, Bruce Bowen points out that former Raptors Vince Carter and Tracy McGrady failed to achieve their full potential due to a lack of effort and assertiveness. Tell me if you've heard this before: Vince Carter and Tracy McGrady probably would've reached greater heights in their respective careers if they had the work-ethic and attitude of say, a Kobe Bryant. While that sentiment has been circulated ad nauseam among NBA circles, it's still notable when a former player echoes those thoughts. When that former player is defensive dynamo Bruce Bowen, it...
Raptors HQ Sep 23, 2014

20Q's: Who Will Get The 15th Spot On The Roster?

Examining the candidates for the final roster spot. Leading up to the start of the 2014-15 season, we'll be asking 20 questions about the team. Some of them more serious than others. All of them hopefully interesting or at least enough to spark a meaningful discussion. After hours of brainstorming, we came up with a perfect name for these articles, we're calling them 20Q's. The Raptors will enter training camp with at least 17 players on their roster, including a trio of recent signees – Will Cherry, Jordan Hamilton and Greg Stiemsma. Cherry and Hamilton are signed to partially guaranteed...
Raptors HQ Sep 23, 2014

How Kyle Lowry Became the Man in Toronto

Up this morning at Grantland, Jonathan Abrams reports on the story of Kyle Lowry and everything it's taken for him to get to his current spot with the Toronto Raptors. Jonathan Abrams is a journalist who sheds light onto the unseen corners of a professional basketball player's life. He's covered everyone from Matt Barnes to the duo of Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis. This morning, the player he reports on is none other than Kyle Lowry. Over at Grantland, Abrams has the whole story: Lowry as a child, as a player at Villanova, as a young draftee in Memphis, as a spare part in Houston, and, of...

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