RAPTORS RUMORS & GOSSIP

Raptors Jared Sullinger Credits His Mom For His Rebounding Style

"Well, there's this thing behind me called my butt that my Mom gave me," Toronto Raptors Jared Sullinger responded to a query from Pro Bball Report about his rebounding style. "So, that's my style."
Via Pro Bball Report
6 hours ago

WATCH: Raptors Training Camp: Day 1 Recap - September 27, 2016

Paul Jones and Sherman Hamilton break down the first day of Raptors training camp in British Columbia and cue up the Rap's Preseason match up against the defending regular season champion Golden State Warriors.
Via YouTube
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Raptors Training Camp: Patrick Patterson Answers Twitter Questions - September 27, 2016

Power Forward Patrick Patterson speaks with Matt Tierney to answer your questions from Twitter following Tuesday's work-out in Vancouver.
Via YouTube
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Raptors won’t let outsiders’ expectations weigh them down

With East improving, Toronto club under no illusions it will automatically reach last season’s levels.
Via Toronto Star
11 hours ago

Very Quietly, The Raptors Had Their Best Offseason Ever

Training camp during the 2001-02 season was unlike any in the Raptors’ history to that point. They were coming off of their best-ever season, having come within one shot of the Eastern Conference Finals, and spent their best-ever offseason very loudly retaining their own. Fifteen years later, the Raptors are again coming off of their best-ever season, having come within two wins...
Via Raptors Republic
15 hours ago

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...
Via Raptors HQ
15 hours ago

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...
Via Raptors HQ
16 hours ago

Morning Coffee – Tue, Sep 27

‘Winning, that’s the mandate’: Raptors must take next step this season | Toronto Sun “I won’t focus on any of that, probably won’t answer it, because I’m really not focused on it,” Lowry said. “I’m really focused on helping my team be the best team they can be, getting to the point where we can take the next step to our game and to add to our team.” Ujiri and...
Via Raptors Republic
19 hours ago

DeMar DeRozan glad to put Lakers rumors behind him

DeMar DeRozan is a Compton High grad, a USC product, and a California native. For that reason, with his free agency looming this past summer, he’d been constantly hearing about the Los Angeles Lakers. When DeRozan put pen to paper on a long-term extension with the Toronto Raptors, though, he could put those links to the Lakers behind him. And he’s not terribly upset about that...
Via Larry Brown Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

After playoff education, Raptors stars have high hopes

TORONTO (AP) With their run to Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals last spring, Raptors guards DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry received a detailed education in playoff basketball. En route to gold at the Summer Olympics in Rio, Toronto's All-Star teammates got what coach Dwane Casey considers ''the best graduate course they could take.'' Now, as a new season approaches, DeRozan...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Raptors notebook: Starting role is Jared Sullinger’s to lose

Lowry won’t focus on free agency even though his contract is up at the end of the season.
Via Toronto Star
1 day ago

Raptors’ DeMarre Carroll ‘still not 100 per cent’ as training camp opens

Coming off a year in which he missed 54 of 82 games and was limited when he did play after having knee surgery, Carroll will be closely monitored.
Via Toronto Star
1 day ago

WATCH: Healthy Carroll could be major X-factor for Raptors

NBA insiders Michael Grange and Eric Smith discuss the versatility and great basketball IQ that Jared Sullinger brings, and the advantage that a healthy DeMarre Carroll would provide to the Raptors.
Via SportsNetCanada
1 day ago  |  Discuss

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...
Via Raptors HQ
1 day ago

It should be all business for veteran, successful Raptors team

Via Doug Smith's Blog
1 day ago

Raptors 2016-17 Season Preview Highlights

The annual Toronto Raptors season preview for 2016-17 by Basketball Insiders is out. Here are some of the highlights:
Via Pro Bball Report
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
5 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
6 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
12 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
16 days ago  |  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

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
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