DeMar DeRozan’s Hot Start | Hoops Talk Nation

In the history of the Toronto Raptors franchise, no other player can boast to have the kind of start to kick off a season like DeMar DeRozan has had for the 2016-2017 NBA season.  In addition to leading the league in scoring in just over 30 point per game, the 27 year old shooting guard has also become the 3rd player in the last 35 years with 6 30+ point games in first 7 games of a season.  The other two players to accomplish this feat…Bernard King and some guy named Micheal Jordan.

A performance of this magnitude was worthy of a conversation and Andy McNamara of TSN Radio 1050 stopped by the Hoops Talk Nation to discuss the historic run and whether this hot start can be sustained over the course of the NBA season.

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Checking In on the Toronto Raptors with Duane Watson | Hoops Talk Nation

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While the idea of the Toronto Raptors topping last season’s magical run that ended at the hands of  LeBron James and his championship Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals is questionable, there`s a fair amount of intrigue headed into the 2016-2017 campaign to suggest that getting back to the big dance can be a very real possibility.tag lineWith many unanswered questions on my mind, I reached out to my hoops writer pal and all around good guy, Duane Watson to explore the possibilities with that exist for our hometown Raptors for the upcoming campaign.

At the end of it all, we walked away with two distinct thoughts around why the success of last can be replicated:

  1. the youthful core of DeMar DeRozan, Kyle Lowry, Jonas Valanciunas, Cory Joseph, Terrence Ross, Norman Powell and Patrick Patterson are all in tact and presumably have a bit more seasoned with last year`s extended playoff run under their belts.
  2. Having so many returning faces also means that the chemistry issues that may plague other Eastern conference squads who made significant personnel moves like Chicago, New York, Indiana, Boston and Atlanta won`t be a concern for the Raps who were cohesive as super glue.

It was a great convo that definitely offered some viewpoints to challenge your thinking if you were doubting the Raptors chances of keeping up, if definitely made Duane and I believers!

Click the link to check out the convo

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Leo Rautins On Canada’s National Basketball Team | Hoops Talk Nation

 

 

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After a heartbreaking 83-74 loss to France during a FIBA Olympic qualifier tournament, Team Canada‘s dream of competing in Rio would quickly disappear and now Canada must wait until the 2020 Tokyo Games for chance to compete on the international stage.  This would come a full 20 years after the men’s last Olympic appearance — in 2000 in Sydney.

While players like Toronto Raptors guard Cory Joseph who had 20 points and six assists did their part to lead Canada, much finger pointing for Team Canada’s disappointing finish has gone in the direction of players who didn’t participate such as last season’s NBA rookie of the year Andrew Wiggins and Nik Stauskus who both opted to skip the tournament.  While others, such as Jamal Murray, were tied up with NBA commitments.

Is it really their fault? Is it fair to put the blame on them?

Toronto Raptors analyst and former national team head coach, Leo Rautins doesn’t agree and he joins the Hoops Talk Nation podcast to discuss why and offers up his perspective on the heart of Canada’s Olympic woes.

All that and much more on Hoops Talk Nation “The Podcast”

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.

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.

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Drake Helps Unveil New Raptors Uniforms!

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The Toronto Raptors, in partnership with NBA 2K16, announced today four new uniforms that will be worn with the start of the 2015 preseason. In a new and unique unveil posted at www.raptors.com/uniforms, NBA 2K16 created graphics of Raptors players in game action wearing the new uniforms.

Now if were in attendance at OVO Fest (for which I was not), you would have seen Raptors Global Ambassador, Drake rocking the alternate black jersey with gold and white trim during his concert.

It was only fitting that he donned #6 to honor Toronto in the midst of a Meek Mill tirade.

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Jersey:

  • The chevrons on the side of the jersey will now point “north” to align with our slogan of “We
    The North.” The chevrons had pointed downward since being introduced as a uniform
    accent in 1999.
  • The fonts are accented with silver lining, a throwback to our past.
  • Player names on the back will now be arched rather than straight across.
  • At the waist-level hem of the jersey is an upside-down tag with our “We The North” slogan.
    It will be visible to players when they tuck in their jersey, and will serve to remind them of
    what they represent.
  • Engineered mesh finish with a subtle design to emphasize a more aerodynamic feel that
    follows the contours of the body.

Shorts:

  • The front of the waistband dons a Maple Leaf, incorporating our new look and feel with the
    symbol of our nation.
  • The shorts have a shout-out to Toronto, sometimes referred to as the “T Dot.” “T.O.” is
    stitched on the side with our new logo representing the “O.”

Images courtesy of NBA 2K16 which will be available for PlayStation®4 system and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox One and Xbox 360; and Windows PC platforms on September 29, 2015.

Courtesy of Raptors.com

Denham Brown presents: The 1st Ever CXI Basketball Clinic!

Canadian basketball legend, Denham Brown once scored 111 points in his senior high school year during a basketball game in 2002.

He subsequently would move on to become an NCAA champion in while attending UCONN, hear his name called during the 2006 NBA draft, play on the Canadian national team and have a successful professional career overseas.

As his playing days approaches the tail end, Brown’s desire was to assist the next generation of ballers learn the fundamentals of the game by sharing the lessons he learned over the course of his storied playing career.

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Brown hosted a youth basketball clinic at Falstaff Community Centre, called “CXI” which equates to 111 in roman numerals, referencing the historical game where he filled the stat sheet.

According to Brown, “111 is just an inspiration and the mind frame to be able to do something like that – I want these kid to have that mind frame that when they think of CXI”

Youth in attendance were also fortunate to have fellow Canadian baller Toronto Raptors point guard, Cory Joseph on hand as well.

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Cory Joseph Comes Home!

When the 2015-2016 kicks off Cory Joseph will don the uniform of the team that he watched as a young baller. Cory Joseph who grew up in Pickering, Ontario agreed to a 4-year year deal worth $30 million with the Toronto Raptors.

     

Joseph was drafted 29th overall in the 2011 NBA Draft by San Antonio and helped the Spurs reach the 2014 NBA Finals where he won his first championship.

Cory spent a fair amount of time in the D-League in the earlier part of his early career but when the 2014-2015 rolled around Joseph was able to to get more playing time and he produced averaging 6.8 points, 2.4 assists and 2.4 rebounds while shooting above 50 per cent in a mere 18.3 minutes per game. This would suggest that he cold really become an impact player with a bit more playing time Joseph, who spent four years in the Spurs’ system, would be a valuable asset to a Raptors team seeking backcourt help, especially on the defensive side of the ball.

In four years with the Spurs, Joseph served as a starter on 43 nights and averaged five points, two rebounds and two assists. His crowning moment came on Game 4 of the 2013/14 Western conference finals, when he did this to Serge Ibaka of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Welcome back Cory!