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BDL's 2014-15 NBA Season Previews: Toronto Raptors

BDL's 2014-15 NBA Season Previews: Toronto Raptors

yahoo.com Updated Sep 29 (yesterday)
The Toronto Raptors weren’t supposed to win last season. They weren’t designed to fail, but they weren’t far off. In fairness they weren’t designed at all by general manager Masai Uriri, who was lured from Denver after the 2012-13 season concluded to re…
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  • Mentor Chauncey Billups, Helps Kyle Lowry Grow Wise

    Mentor Chauncey Billups, Helps Kyle Lowry Grow Wise

    dimemag.com Sep 23
    If you’re a fan of hardscrabble basketball, then you’ve probably already fallen in love with the tough-nosed point out of Philly, Kyle Lowry. He’s bounced around the league since getting drafted in 2006, but finally found a home — and a new, four-year, …
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  • Watch DeMarcus Cousins Scare Jonas Valanciunas

    Watch DeMarcus Cousins Scare Jonas Valanciunas

    dimemag.com Sep 12
    The USA cruised past Lithuania in the FIBA World Cup semifinals yesterday, 96-68, and it got a little feisty after the game concluded. Before Coach K did his Van Gundy impression, though, DeMarcus Cousins came very close to slugging Lithuanian and Rapto…
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  • We Reminisce: Damon Stoudamire Beats Jordan And The Bulls, Wins…

    We Reminisce: Damon Stoudamire Beats Jordan And The Bulls, Wins ROY

    dimemag.com Sep 4
    Damon Stoudamire turned 41 yesterday. Because he’s officially in his 40′s, we take a look back at his rookie season with the Toronto Raptors, in which he won Rookie of the Year and led the expansion team to a victory over Michael Jordan and a Chicago Bu…
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  • Raptors sign veteran center Stiemsma

    Raptors sign veteran center Stiemsma

    nba.com Sep 4
    The Toronto Raptors have signed Greg Stiemsma, a veteran free-agent center who played last season with New Orleans.
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  • DeMar DeRozan lights up Dominican Republic with a dunk in comfo…

    DeMar DeRozan lights up Dominican Republic with a dunk in comfortable USA win

    yahoo.com Sep 3
    Shooting guard DeMar DeRozan made his first All-Star team for the Toronto Raptors this past NBA season, but at the FIBA World Cup of Basketball he's an end-of-the-bench player for Team USA. It's not necessarily a mark of shame for the 25-year-old — it's…
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  • Tracy McGrady Works Out With Kobe In Comeback Test

    Tracy McGrady Works Out With Kobe In Comeback Test

    dimemag.com Sep 3
    A year after Kobe Bryant was drafted out of Lower Merion High School into the NBA, Tracy McGrady made the jumper when he was selected with the ninth pick in the 1997 Draft by the Raptors. Now, 17 years later, the two worked out together in Southern Cali…
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  • Watch Amir Johnson Work On His Post Game With Olajuwon & Al…

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

    dimemag.com Aug 26
    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 Ha…
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  • How Tim Leiweke’s Departure Affects The Raptors & GM Masai …

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

    dimemag.com Aug 22
    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. Leiweke was brou…
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  • Raptors CEO Leiweke to resign

    Raptors CEO Leiweke to resign

    nba.com ESPN.com Aug 21
    The CEO of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment will step down next year.
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  • Raptors sign swingman Jordan Hamilton

    Raptors sign swingman Jordan Hamilton

    nba.com Aug 18
    The Toronto Raptors have signed Jordan Hamilton, a swingman who played last season with Denver and Houston.
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  • Report: League Rep Denies Asking Raptors To Fire Drake

    Report: League Rep Denies Asking Raptors To Fire 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 Toron…
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  • Incredible New Vince Carter Mix Showcases Vinsanity’s Reincarna…

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

    dimemag.com Aug 13
    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 sea…
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  • Report: The NBA offered to rescind a fine if the Toronto Raptor…

    Report: The NBA offered to rescind a fine if the Toronto Raptors cut ties with Drake

    yahoo.com Aug 13
    Rapper/actor/moderately successful cable TV host Drake has an “ambassador” position with the Toronto Raptors, though his role with the organization is still somewhat unclear. He shows up courtside to some games, he’s not quite an investor in Maple Leaf …
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  • Report: Raptors Want Rochester RazorSharks As D-League Affiliat…

    Report: Raptors Want Rochester RazorSharks As D-League Affiliate

    dimemag.com Aug 13
    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. The RazorSharks were champions of the PBL last season, a 10-team…
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  • Comedian Creates NBA Team Names By Word Association. Now, There…

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

    dimemag.com Aug 11
    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, C…
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  • Drake gets Raptors fans to help him woo Kevin Durant from the s…

    Drake gets Raptors fans to help him woo Kevin Durant from the stage during OVO Fest (Video)

    Noted rap/R&B enthusiast Drake held his fifth annual OVO Fest in his native Toronto this weekend, featuring performances from the likes of Outkast, Lauryn Hill, Usher, 50 Cent and Trey Songz. The concert was the place to be, and to be seen, for a va…
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  • Video - USA Trounces Dominican Republic 01:05

    USA Trounces Dominican Republic

    Sep 3
    Team USA won Group C of the FIBA Basketball World Cup with a 106-71 win over the Dominican Republic.
  • Video - Raptors Fined For Drake Durant Pitch 02:59

    Raptors Fined For Drake Durant Pitch

    Aug 11
    Marc Stein discusses the report that the Raptors have been fined $25,000 for comments that rap star and team ambassador Drake made about Kevin Durant at a recent concert that the NBA has deemed a violation of its anti-tampering rules.
  • Video - Raptors Fined $25K For Drake's KD 'Pitch' 00:39

    Raptors Fined $25K For Drake's KD 'Pitch'

    Aug 11
    "SportsNation" discusses the NBA's decision to fine the Toronto Raptors $25,000 for comments that team ambassador Drake made about Kevin Durant at a recent concert that the NBA has deemed a violation of its anti-tampering rules.
  • Video - DeRozan Dunks Over Lowry 00:14

    DeRozan Dunks Over Lowry

    Jul 30
    The Raptors' DeMar DeRozan showed off his leaping ability with a dunk over teammate Kyle Lowry.

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    Sep 30
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    Sep 29
    Blake Griffin has reached the stage in his career where he needs to turn in a signature season, writes J.A. Adande
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    Sep 29
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    Sep 29
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