I Am Toronto: DeMar DeRozan Re-Signs With Raptors | Hoops Talk Nation

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The news of DeMar DeRozan re-upping with the Toronto Raptors for a five year deal valued at  $139 million was refreshing to hear particularly in an NBA off season where several recognizable stars opted to uproot themselves to ply their trade elsewhere.  DeRozan was different.

He didn’t talk to any other teams and had only one meeting with the Toronto Raptors and that’s all that was needed to get the job done.

Radio sports talk host Andy McNamara of TSN 1050 Radio joins the next episode of the Hoops Talk Nation podcast to discuss the significance of the Raptors retaining an all-star caliber player like DeRozan and what the franchise does moving forward as it continues to work towards its ultimate goal of being a championship organization.

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All that plus a whole host of other NBA topics on the Hoops Talk Nation Podcast!

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NBA Talk with Sports Writer, Donnell Suggs | Hoops Talk Nation “The Podcast”

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It may be the off season for the NBA in the but there’s no shortage of big stories and definitely lots to talk about!
Donnell Suggs is the Sports Editor for the Lafayette Sun in Alabama and also a contributor to Slamonline,  and he stops by the Hoops Talk Nation podcast.  Topics range from some of the intriguing free agency deals thus far, the bright future ahead for Philadelphia 76ers rookie Ben Simmons and a look back at the majestic career of Tim Duncan as he retires from the NBA after 19 remarkable seasons.
All that and much more on Hoops Talk Nation “The Podcast”

Tim Duncan Retires from the NBA After 19 Seasons!

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Tim Duncan spent almost 20 years as the a solid reliable and oftentimes quiet force down low for the San Antonio Spurs franchise.  With Duncan as the focal point, the Spurs won five championships, made the playoffs in all 19 of his seasons and cemented themselves as one of the most successful sports franchises in history.

And now, the tireless and reluctant superstar is finally calling it a career.

Nike Crown League Kicks Off in Toronto! | The Audman Media

 

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Nike Crown League fittingly kicked off in Toronto on Canada Day on Kerr Hall Gymnasium’s newly renovated court at Ryerson University in downtown Toronto.  For the second consecutive summer, the Crown provided an opportunity for the best ballers in the city to compete on a highly competitive stage.  The end goal….#ClaimRoyalty

Re-Living the 2016 NBL Canada Finals Recap | NBL Canada

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A complete recap of the 2016 NBL Canada Finals in which the Halifax Hurricanes defeated the London Lightning in a thrilling seven game series to secure their first league championship.

Cleveland is King! | Brendan Bowers Chronicles Cavs NBA Title Run | Hoops Talk Nation

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The Cleveland Cavaliers memorable title run to the 2016 NBA championship will go down for many as one of the greatest moments in sports history.  LeBron James carried his Cavs team from a 3-1 series deficit to beat the Golden State Warriors in game seven of the Finals and helped deliver on his promise to bring a title to Cleveland.

Brendan Bowers followed the Cavs every step of the way and chronicled their playoff run in a brand new book called, “Cleveland is King”  with the foreword written by Cavs legend, Mark Price.

Order your copy here.

The Audman caught up with Brendan to discuss the new book and all things Cavaliers.

Click here to listen to their interview.

 

DeMar DeRozan on Playing in Toronto! | The Audman Media

textgram_1464620400DeMar DeRozan is a two time All Star who led the Toronto Raptors in their most successful campaign in franchise history before falling to LeBron James and the Cavs in game six of the Eastern Conference Finals.  DeRozan will also be a free agent this summer earning him the right to sign with any NBA team in the league.  The topic of free agency has always been a bit of a sore spot for long time Raptor fans who can still feel the sting of past free agents who’ve bolted the moment their paperwork freed them up. This is part of the reason DeRozan’s comments during the Raptors season-ending availability were so refreshing.

As you would expect, DeRozan was asked about his future plans and spoke openly and freely about his fondness for the T-DOT (AKA The 6) and the significance of setting records in a Raptors uniform.

“I don’t think so,” DeRozan replied when asked whether he thought he could find a better situation elsewhere.

“My mind-set has always been Toronto. I always preached it. I was passionate about it when we was losing. When we was terrible, I said I’m going to stick through this whole thing and I want to be that guy who brings this organization to where it is now. I definitely don’t want to switch up after we win,” he said. “I think one thing that’s always greatly said about me is I’m a loyal person. That’s just how I live my whole life. Period. And at this point in my career, it’s all about winning. That’s the only thing that matters.”

DeMar was selected with the ninth pick of the 2009 draft and can be paid a lot more than any other team, because of the rules of the collective bargaining agreement.

NBL Canada Announces 15 16 Regular Season Awards | NBL Canada

 The National Basketball League of Canada is pleased to announce the winners and recipients of the NBL’s postseason awards.

Cleveland Cavs Poke Fun at Drake’s Expense | The Audman Media

The Toronto Raptors advance to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time in franchise history and they start the series on the road against LeBron James and the undefeated Cleveland Cavs. It was during the pre-game that the Cavs decided to poke some fun at Mr. Toronto, Drake by plastering a picture of him wearing a Cavs jersey.

How’s that for a #View?

Let The Boys Play! OBA practices unethical decision making

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When I first learned of the events that took during the Ontario Basketball Association‘s championship weekend, I was disturbed to hear that the association responsible for representing Ontario’s amateur basketball interests would make unethical decisions that would lead to a group of young men miss out on an opportunity that they’ve practiced three times a week  for the better part of the last seven months.  These questionable decisions by the OBA would lead to NBA Collective’s 11U Atom team be disqualified from a championship game they earned the right to compete in.

The team has since opted to protest OBA’s decision and an on-line petition has been created here.  Read the full grounds of the protest below and support the cause by signing the petition:

Grounds for our Protest…

April 9th 2016

After going 2-0 in our first 2 pool play games, our NBA Collective 11U Atoms boys entered into their 3rd and final pool play game against DC Bulldogs West (DC).  They too, were 2-0 so that set the stage for the winner of the game to move on to play in the championship game the following day.  In the 6th shift a player on our team fouled out, moments later we noticed Mike Barbin (who was not the tournament convener) at the score table.  Shortly after Mike walked over to the opposite teams bench (DC) and appeared to be having a conversation with their head coach.

Page 36 of the OBA 2016 Rules and Regulation Manual 
“Should a violation in equal participation occur, it is the responsibility of the coach to raise this issue with the tournament convener or at the Ontario Cup, with an OBA staff member”

At the conclusion of the game we were notified of the disqualification by Mike. We then requested from Mike to substantiate the grounds for disqualification, as stated in the OBA rules and regulation manual.  Mike was unable to refer to any such guidelines that definitively speaks to a players disqualification/team forfeit, yet kept insisting the guide line for a 10 player team is clearly outlined and because some of our players played 5 shits we were in violation.

Our coaching staff attempted to reason with Mike and ask him to consider the sport in question as players fouling out is a common occurrence in basketball. When Mike was asked “what would happen if there was an injury, would that be grounds for forfeit?” he was unclear with his answer as he went back and forth with his response and refused to give in to reason. We again attempted to appeal to his sensibilities, stating this cannot be the intent behind whatever fair play guidelines he was referring to.  Mike then stated it was not his decision to make, it was the opposing coach’s decision and negated any responsibility.

Page 37 of the OBA 2016 Rules and Regulation Manual

“In the event a player fouls out, the team is permitted to continue with less than ten players without forfeiting. Any incident where a team has player(s) intentionally foul out to gain competitive advantage will be investigated by the Commissioner, Fair Play. Discipline could include but is not limited to suspensions and/or fines”.

April 10th 2016

After our assistant coach discovering the above rule, it was emailed to OBA. To our astonishment, Jason insisted that the above rule did not speak to our situation. Our coaching staff spent over 2 hours speaking at length with Jason and Mike as to why the above is not applicable to our particular situation, to no avail. When fully confronted Jason relented and said he was not prepared to overturn the decision rendered by Mike as it would set a precedence and that would call into question previous rulings.  Keep in mind, Mr. Jansson has not yet offered any example of when this ruling has ever been enforced.  What is clear however is that Mr. Jansson is more concerned with looking out for the interest of OBA and their stakeholders, even if this means it comes at the expense of our players, parents and Member Club or in general doing what’s right and keeping with the integrity and nature of the Fair Play rules/guidelines. Please keep in mind no allegation of “intentionally fouling out to gain a competitive advantage” has ever been alleged against our team, not by Jason, Mike or the DC coach.
In our communications with the Executive Director of the OBA Jason Jansson, and the Head of Clubs and Competition Mike Barbin, they ignored the existence of the rules noted above and deliberately tried to confuse the interpretation of that rule.
As a result we collectively decided to stage a formal protest, we are asking for the support of all media sources, OBA Member Clubs and the basketball community at large to join us in our call for responsible and ethical accountability for the OBA.

Firstly, OBA is presently in the process of rescheduling the Division 1 Gold Medal game.  We are petitioning for the OBA to rightfully allow NBA Collective’s U11 team the opportunity to play in said championship game, a game they rightfully earned to play in.
In addition we are requesting that the conversation now be directed accordingly, we are not seeking any changes to the rule book as the rules are very clear and is NOT the issue.  The issue lies within the governance of the OBA, we are seeking a full investigation into all relatable matters involving Noel’s Basketball Academy and the OBA to be conducted by neutral and unbiased party.

To lend your support kindly sign and  share our petition to anyone you believe might be able to aid in our cause, news and/or media outlets, friends and so forth… also please also cc us in as well at nbacollective@gmail.com.