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Toronto Is Home For Raptors DeMar DeRozan

Toronto Raptors DeMar DeRozan has made Toronto his home. He has started a family of his own since his arrival and he has built a strong friendship with his teammate and fellow All-Star Kyle Lowry. "This has always been home to me."
Via Pro Bball Report
2 hours ago  |  Discuss

DeMar DeRozan: It will be ‘pretty tough’ for me to leave Raptors

DeMar DeRozan will be one of the more coveted free agents after the season, but it sounds like he has no intention of leaving Toronto. The Raptors guard, now in his seventh NBA season out of USC, has emerged into an All-Star and franchise cornerstone. Though teams will want him — and a report said the Lakers were planning to offer him max money — DeRozan says his heart is with...
Via Larry Brown Sports
15 hours ago  |  Discuss

Raptors Have Held Talks On Kenneth Faried, Thaddeus Young

The Toronto Raptors have emerged as the best threat to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference and have been active in searching for an upgrade at power forward. The Raptors, sources say, have had exploratory discussions to gauge the possibility of acquiring Denver's Kenneth Faried, Brooklyn's Thaddeus Young and the Phoenix duo of Markieff Morris and P.J. Tucker. Young...
Via RealGM
1 day ago  |  Discuss

DeMar DeRozan Feels At Home With Raptors

DeMar DeRozan will be a free agent for the first time in his career but he says it will be "pretty tough" for a team to sign him away from the Toronto Raptors. "My whole mindset has always been this is home for me," DeRozan said. "I never think otherwise unless it's brought up to me, or you see things, or people ask you about certain things. "This has always been home to me. I took...
Via RealGM
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Raptors fall to the Timberwolves, 117-112

It was a game where both head coaches had a first hand look at the teams they formerly coached. Current Timberwolves head coach, Sam Mitchell, was the Raptors head coach from 2004 2008 (and earned NBA Coach of the Year honours in 2006-07), while Raptors head coach Dwane Casey was the Timberwolves head coach from 2005-2007. Among NBA and sports fans alike. most would consider this...
Via Hoops Heads North
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Raptors GM Masai Ujiri Confirms He Wants A Power Forward

With just over a week before the NBA trade deadline, Toronto Raptors president and general manager Masai Ujiri, "power forward position has always been a position that we need to get better. We understand that so we'll try and figure that out whether that's now or in the summer."
Via Pro Bball Report
1 day ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Karl-Anthony Towns throws down monster dunk

Minnesota Timberwolves big man Karl-Anthony Towns is having himself one heck of a rookie season. He entered Wednesday’s action averaging 16.7 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. One of Towns’ biggest assets is his ability to control the low post on both ends of the court. The Toronto Raptors found this out first-hand Wednesday night: It’s not that DeMar DeRozan got out...
Via Sportsnaut
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Raptors team up with 'Jeopardy' champion supercomputer, IBM's Watson

The Raptors (35-16) are just 2.0 games back of the Cavaliers for best team in the Eastern Conference. With new help from a supercomputer, however, Toronto may be able to take the next steps to success. Tech Crunch reports that IBM has partnered with the Raptors to provide analysis from Watson, the supercomputer which defeated former Jeopardy! champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter...
Via Fox Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Preview: Timberwolves vs. Raptors

The Toronto Raptors might be earning an extended break more than any other team, but given how they're playing, they might also be the last to want to kill their momentum.Toronto can head into the All-Star break with 15 wins in 16 games Wednesday night, and there's been no shortage of success against the Minnesota Timberwolves for 12 seasons.The Raptors (35-16) have won three straight...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Raptors-Timberwolves Preview

The Toronto Raptors might be earning an extended break more than any other team, but given how they're playing, they might also be the last to want to kill their momentum. Toronto can head into the All-Star break with 15 wins in 16 games Wednesday night, and there's been no shortage of success against the Minnesota Timberwolves for 12 seasons. The Raptors (35-16) have won three...
Via Associated Press
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Vince Carter best highlights from Toronto Raptors career mixtape

Before the Toronto Raptors had stars like Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, Vince Carter was their brightest star and known for his incredible slam dunks. During his time with the Raptors, Carter averaged over twenty-three points, grabbed over five rebounds, and dished out three assists. Check out some of his best moments in the below compilation: ***Carter Raptors Mixtape [NBA] Carter...
Via That NBA Lottery Pick
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Raptors win in the Motor City; defeat Pistons 103-89

The Toronto Raptors got off to a slow start in this tilt against the Detroit Pistons, scoring just 19 points in the first quarter. The Pistons held a 24-19 lead heading into the second quarter, but the Raptors rebounded and scored 30 points in the second quarter. This led to the Raptors holding a 49-43 lead at half time. The third quarter was a even affair, but Toronto was rolling...
Via Hoops Heads North
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Raptors Coach Casey Keeps Singling Out Patrick Patterson

It's been a recurring theme with Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey after games recently. He keeps singling out Patrick Patterson for praise despite the forward's typically unspectacular scoring and rebounding.
Via Pro Bball Report
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Raptors beat Pistons 103-89, have won 14 of 15

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) Kyle Lowry scored 25 points, and the Toronto Raptors went on an 11-2 run at the start of the fourth quarter to pull away for their 14th victory in 15 games, 103-89 over the Detroit Pistons on Monday night. Terrence Ross added 18 points for the Raptors, who recovered quickly after Detroit's Andre Drummond made a shot from about 80 feet to end the third...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Toronto prevails in Portland! Raptors claw past Trailblazers, 110-103

Portland has not been a hospitable city for the Toronto Raptors for quite sometime. This game was different, as the Raptors managed to earn their first win against the Trailblazers in Portland for the first time since December 22, 2006. The Raptors were resilient, despite a late push by the Blazers, and won the game 110-103. The game would feature a match up of two sets of fantastic...
Via Hoops Heads North
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Raptors reportedly interested in Markieff Morris, P.J. Tucker

Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri appears to be circling the dire basketball situation in Phoenix like a hungry vulture. According to a report by Marc Stein of ESPN on Wednesday, Toronto is expressing trade interest in a pair of Suns ahead of the mid-February deadline: forwards Markieff Morris and P.J. Tucker. ESPN sources say Toronto is among the teams expressing trade interest...
Via Larry Brown Sports
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Trades that will push Clippers, Raptors into contention

With the Feb. 18 trade deadline approaching fast, NBA fans can only pray that this year's deadline is just as impactful and entertaining as last year, where big name players, such as Michael Crater-Williams, Goran Dragic, Enes Kanter, Reggie Jackson, and Brandon Knight were all dealt. This season, there are multiple teams that are looking to add talent to their existing rosters...
Via The Sports Quotient
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Finally, the East receives a meaningful shakeup… and Toronto rises from it

The Toronto Raptors are going to enjoy hosting the 2016 NBA All-Star Game — not just because the midwinter spectacle comes to Canada for the first time, but because the local team has begun to emerge as the favorite for the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. Yes, after months of uncertainty in the still-jumbled East, one team has separated itself from the pack to gain the inside...
Via Crossover Chronicles
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Why the Toronto Raptors could win the East

The Raptors are pretty good all of a sudden. They're not "fire your head coach with the best record in the conference good," but they are turning some heads. Kyle Lowry has stepped it up: he's shooting more threes at a higher percentage with his total scoring up from 17.8 to 20.7 points per game, and he's getting to the stripe more and making a higher percentage of his freebies...
Via The Sports Quotient
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Doc Rivers delivers hilarious quip about Jeff Ayres signing

    The Los Angeles Clippers signed basketball journeyman Jeff Ayres to a ten-day contract on Friday. Widely seen a stopgap substitute for the final stretch of Blake Griffin’s absence or perhaps a filler for the roster spot Josh Smith just vacated, head coach Doc Rivers sees another purpose for Ayres on the roster. Ahead of Sunday’s game against the Toronto Raptors, Rivers...
Via Larry Brown Sports
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Raptors ‘possibility’ for David Lee at NBA trade deadline

The Boston Celtics are actively shopping veteran forward David Lee, with the Toronto Raptors emerging from the woodwork as a potential favorite ahead of the NBA trade deadline. Lee found himself in the trade rumblings recently when the Golden State Warriors went ahead and shipped him to Boston. Folks will recall Lee simply wasn’t getting playing time thanks to Steph Curry and others...
Via The Sports Daily
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Lakers to offer DeMar DeRozan max deal?

It sounds like DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors is the next star to receive serious attention from the Los Angeles Lakers in free agency. DeRozan, 26, figures to do the obvious thing this offseason and opt out of his contract, hitting the open market as one of the biggest names available. Where there’s a bidding war, the rebuilding Lakers figure to get involved, of course...
Via The Sports Daily
January 12, 2016  |  Discuss

WATCH: DeMar DeRozan drops the hammer on fast break

DeMar DeRozan combines a rare amount of speed and skill on this play to throw down a monster dunk on the break…. DeMar DeRozan can FLY! https://t.co/ItSgWj5kBF — NBA (@NBA) December 29, 2015
Via Crossover Chronicles
December 28, 2015  |  Discuss

How Toronto remains efficient without ball movement beauty

The Toronto Raptors' offense is not an aesthetically pleasing symphony like the Spurs or the Warriors, but they are very, very good. Powered by the offensive capabilities of Kyle Lowry and DeMar Derozan, and the supporting pieces put together by Masai Ujiri, Toronto has the fourth most efficient offense in the league despite a lack of ball movement, ranking second to last in assists...
Via RealGM - NBA
December 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Kyle Lowry, Renaissance Man: Improving with age

A great many NBA players venture into the offseason with the objective of returning to the court in the supposed best shape of their lives. Their "shape" is one of the most vital and relevant factors to their professional success. But for all the work athletes invest into achieving peak physical condition, at a certain age that work includes staving off undefeated Father Time....
Via The Sports Quotient
December 20, 2015  |  Discuss
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