TAG: Toronto Raptors

Baller's Blueprint, instagram / Aug 26, 2014 / 9:45 am

Watch Amir Johnson Work On His Post Game With Olajuwon & Al Jefferson

Amir Johnson, Al Jefferson

There aren’t many 6-9 power forwards like Amir Johnson, who can hit at better than 30 percent from beyond the arc. Amir added the three-point range last year, but this offseason, he looks to be working on his low-post moves under the dual tutelage of Hakeem Olajuwon and Al Jefferson, the latter of whom is still an Eastern Conference rival. Read More »

NBA / Aug 22, 2014 / 1:15 pm

How Tim Leiweke’s Departure Affects The Raptors & GM Masai Ujiri

Tim Leiweke

Tim Leiweke announced yesterday he will be leaving his role as President and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment by June 2015. MLSE owns the Toronto Raptors, which means this will have a significant impact on the basketball team. Read More »

Smack / Aug 14, 2014 / 2:15 pm

Report: League Rep Denies Asking Raptors To Fire Drake

Drake

Drake recently made an onstage appeal for Kevin Durant to join the Toronto Raptors, the franchise for which the Canadian superstar serves as team ambassador. That’s not up for debate, and nor is that the NBA levied a $25,000 tampering fine against Toronto as a result of Drake’s very public plea. After news surfaced that the league offered to rescind the charge if the Raptors fired Drake, though, it has since come out in strong opposition of those incendiary reports. Read More »

Video, We Reminisce / Aug 13, 2014 / 3:30 pm

Incredible New Vince Carter Mix Showcases Vinsanity’s Reincarnation With Mavs

Vince Carter

Vince Carter (Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports)

Over a decade ago Vince Carter was mentioned in the same breath as Kobe Bryant. It seems crazy now, especially after Kobe’s five rings ran parallel to Carter’s now-five separate teams since leaving the Raptors in the lurch midway through the 2004-05 season (Nets, Suns, Magic, Mavs, and he signed with the Grizzlies last month). But a new mix published a couple days ago by Max Frishberg shows how resilient Carter has been despite his failure to meet somewhat unrealistic expectations after he burst onto the scene as the NBA’s Rookie of the Year during the strike-shortened 1999 season. Read More »

D-League, NBA / Aug 13, 2014 / 2:30 pm

Report: Raptors Want Rochester RazorSharks As D-League Affiliate

Toronto Raptors

According to Time Warner Cable News Rochester, the Rochester RazorSharks of the Premier Basketball League are in talks with the Toronto Raptors to become the team’s NBA D-League affiliate. Read More »

Smack / Aug 13, 2014 / 11:00 am

Report: NBA Offered To Drop $25K Tampering Fine If The Raptors Fired Drake

Drake, Kevin Hart

On Monday, the league fined the Toronto Raptors $25,000 for violating the anti-tampering rules, citing an incident at Drake‘s OVO Fest concert when he specifically called out Kevin Durant (who was in the crowd), referenced his free agency in 2016, and made a direct plea for him to come to Toronto. It turns out, the Raptors could have gotten out of the fine, but only if they fired Drake as their global ambassador. Read More »

Smack / Aug 11, 2014 / 6:00 pm

Comedian Creates NBA Team Names By Word Association. Now, There Are Logos.

Drake

Last week, comedian Joe Mande decided to change the name of every NBA team based on the first thing he could think of for each city. He’s posted them all on his website. Here’s a sampling of what he came up with: Atlanta Stripclubs, Brooklyn Bloggers, Cleveland LeBrons, Dallas Grassy Knolls, Memphis Ribs and Utah Mormons. Mande sent out an open invite on Twitter for fans to create logos for these team names, and he’s gotten a lot of great responses. Read More »

NBA / Aug 11, 2014 / 2:45 pm

Report: Raptors Fined For Comments Drake Made About Durant At Concert

Drake

Drake might know every in and out of the music industry, but he still has some lessons to learn about “working” for an NBA team. According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the Toronto Raptors were fined $25,000 due to comments Drake – the franchise’s global ambassador – made onstage about Kevin Durant during a recent concert. Read More »

Smack / Aug 5, 2014 / 11:15 am

Drake Makes Raptors Recruiting Pitch To Kevin Durant During Concert

Kevin Durant

For five years now, Drake has turned Caribana weekend into his own personal ode to his hometown of Toronto by holding the OVO concert series, which ran this past weekend. Last night was the main show, and as the official global ambassador of the Toronto Raptors, Drake did not pass up an opportunity to recruit Kevin Durant, who was in attendance. Read More »

Playground, We Reminisce / Jul 24, 2014 / 12:00 pm

We Reminisce: “Skip 2 My Lou” Turns 38 Today

Rafer Alston, Dime #34

Rafer Alston turns 38 today. While he never reached superstar status in the NBA, the streetball legend went from the playground to a starting point guard playing in the NBA Finals. Today, we remember the man they call Skip 2 My Lou. Read More »