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Old 14-04-2015, 11:21 AM   #51
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Get ready for Canada's answer to the McDonald's All-American and the Jordan Classic with the inauguaral BioSteel All-Canadian Basketball Game in Orangeville (3-point and slam dunk contests) and at Ryerson University's Mattamy Athletic Centre (game itself), the site of the just-completed CIS Men's Final 8 (will get to that tomorrow at last). No shock that Toronto gets to host this since it's also the epicenter of Canadian high school basketball. The high school ballers will no doubt "drink the pink" there. Another sign of the Canadian basketball boom:
http://www.thestar.com/sports/basket...ol-talent.html

The Windsor Express with their postseason experience and size storm back to win Games 5 (104-99) and 6 (120-101), both at WFCU Centre in Windsor, to win the NBL Canada Central Championship and thus once again eliminate the Brampton A's from the playoffs for the second consecutive year. Now the Express will defend the NBL Canada title against the Halifax Rainmen. Brampton's season is now over.
http://www.bramptonguardian.com/spor...-brampton-a-s/
http://www.bramptonguardian.com/spor...h-120-101-win/
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Old 17-04-2015, 10:40 AM   #52
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I was writing an extensive post about the latest developments with the Toronto Raptors and other things Toronto basketball all across the board in my typical essay style...until I accidentially erased all that by touching the back button. Mind you, I wasn't done then and was going to cover plenty in the leadup to the Raptors' playoff campaign. Will take too long for me to rewrite all about that now. I'm saving all that for tomorrow and wrote down what I plan to say in note form.

What I will do for this post is make more YouTube links from SportChek's #MyNorth campaign.

Profile on Markham's Tammy Sutton-Brown, one of Toronto's and Canada's great women ballers with a great playing career from Markham High to Rutgers to the WNBA/overseas and Canada's SWNT:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_0KWSkH3w8

The Falstaff Community Centre in Etobicoke produced many great Toronto's basketball players. Here comes 11 year old Shayeanne Day-Wilson, proclaimed as the next big thing there, with such a highly-gifted basketball IQ and ballhandling skills as among the latest. Sometimes she had to be kicked out of the gym. Hope she goes very far with prodigious skills; at this rate, Shayeanne could become the greatest Canada's women's baller ever:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJBaAPTI1sU

Scarbourough's unassuming Abdi Dini via Somalia has an emotionally story stemming from the violent and social turmoil in his native nation that prompted his paralysis (a stray gunshot to his spine) to a wheelchair basketball gold medalist for Canada in London:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrwiwEKfiu0
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The Atlantic Division champs Toronto Raptors ended their regular season at home--and pretty much its 20 years of the Raptors ceremonies--with a buzzing home win over the Charlotte Hornets Wednesday night in front of 19,800 at the Air Canada Centre for a franchise-record of 49 wins after a last-second shot loss to the equally-playoff bound Boston Celtics in Boston the night before. At that moment, Toronto had the #3 seed in the Eastern Conference playoff picture. But Chicago defeated #1 Atlanta 91-87 at home to give the Bulls the #3 seed, sending the Raptors to the #4 seed and quarterfinal playoff date with Washington instead of the much-improved Milwaukee Bucks. DeRozan returns to contribute. During the Fan Appreciation Night Toronto's Mighty Mouse Damon Stoudemire, its first star in the expansion era and 1995-96 NBA Rookie of the Year now Arizona Wildcats assistant coach, was hono(u)red along its PA man for all those 20 years the energentic Herbie Kuhn. With no Maple Leafs postseason ice hockey to look forward to at the ACC as a co-tenant (their just-completed season was abysmal) but Toronto Rock NLL indoor lacrosse team playoff bound too but later and Toronto Blue Jays baseball and Toronto FC soccer just starting (CFL's Toronto Argonauts won't start until around Canada Day), the Raptors' home will become Jurassic Park once again and almost have the Toronto pro sports scene to dominate for themselves. Had they got more breaks their way post-All Star Break starting late February, Toronto would cracked the 50-win plateau.
http://www.thestar.com/sports/raptor...in-record.html

Washington Wizards await in the postseason starting Saturday afternoon. Already Paul Pierce is talking smack about Toronto lately in the lead up. If you recall last year's Game 7 quarterfinal at the Air Canada Centre, Pierce, as a Brooklyn Net, ended that series with a block on Kyle Lowry's shot attempt that could've went in during the dying seconds, breaking the WeTheNorth's hearts across Canada in the process in their first trip back since 2008 and silencing them until this season. He says Toronto lacks what "it" takes to be an Eastern Conference playoff contender. Surely now with their experience and contrasting styles, many of the players are ready for him and want to go deeper not since the Vinsanity/Purple Pride era in 2000-01 season, when they were a controversially debated Vince Carter last second basket away from making it to the ECF in in the Eastern Conference semis against Philadelphia in 2001. They still never made it that far. The #WeTheNorth Raptors nation in all of that city's very multicultural and multiethnic makeup will no doubt be loud and proud, better than ever, mostly clad in red, packed at both the Air Canada Centre and the adjacent Maple Leaf Square with that large HD Jumbotron screen showing the game outside starting Saturday afternoon at 11am (Canada/US/Mexico time)--almost a nightmare for Western Canadian basketball fans wanting to see it on TV. You know Drake will be there this weekend. I think this was done mostly to avoid conflicting with the Stanley Cup Playoffs up there. My concern working against them stems from not having got additional frontcourt help for Jonas Valanciunnas like acquiring JaVale McGee and maintaining defensive intensity. Still I think Toronto will this series this year, having learned from their experiences and stick it to Pierce in the process, likely in six games with their offensive firepower and perhaps lead to Washington coach Randy Whitman getting fired. My Phoenix Suns aren't in the playoffs (again), so I'll throw my support to Toronto as my favo(u)rite NBA team in the quarterfinals. Like to see them in and take the NBA Finals to Canada for the first time--a longshot, realistically.
http://www.thestar.com/sports/raptor...ds-series.html
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IdeszzTIshQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEt45V4Q2Vg (could've filmed the full playoff intro video)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sj5jShb7hUs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRCn4eKAUF4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dHGBaBB-gk

Toronto's playoff history is scarred with silliness and missed and bizarre opportunities in its endings:
http://www.thestar.com/sports/raptor...gs-arthur.html

Masai Ujiri will not utter "Fuck Brooklyn (or Washington or Pierce)!" this time around. He's not really that wealthy enough to cover it. But we all know what he thinks about all of it:
http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-...-would-respond

Been over a month and a half since Ryerson Rams hosted the 2015 CIS Final 8 at the legendary Maple Leaf Gardens in the Mattany Athletic Centre portion. With this being in Toronto shockingly for the first time, the CIS and Rogers surely wanted to take advantage of this as far as marketing it with the "Toronto Is Basketball" campaign, at least all over Toronto like in downtown during this time in early March. All in all, it has to be viewed as a success for Ryerson. Roy Rana's and his team's dream surely was to make it all the way to the W.P. McGee Trophy CIS Final against the (and lose to) Carleton Ravens in front of sellout, bipartisan but pro-Ryerson, crowd. Alas, we instead got the Ottawa schools CIS championship sequel from last year between Carleton and Ottawa. But before that, the #7 Rams dominated their quarterfinal game against the #2 Windsor Lancers, spurned by the home crowd, 82-68 in the first night on Thursday for their first-ever semifinal. But the Ottawa Gee Gees, fresh from a near-upset from Quebec's champs Bishop's, showed their Final 8 experience by storming back out of a 10-point third quarter deficit to win 84-75, leaving the Toronto fans heartbroken. But they weren't quite out with a bronze game date with Victoria looming. Jamal Jones went out in his CIS career with 25 points as he and his fellow fifth-year seniors Jordon Gauthier and Bjorn Michaelsen led the way to help claim the Ryerson Rams' first-ever medal, a bronze, and cap its best ever performance in the CIS in a 82-68 win over the Victoria Vikes. I also gotta say I was impressed with RUtv's presentation of at least the 8-team quarterfinal round based on the CIS/SIC.net streaming of a few of those games compared to what was previously available in the past. As far as college goes, it can rival that of plenty of top-notch sports TV broadcasts with its production values in a lower-tiered sport. And not as amateurish like with SSN Canada. Not saltogether surprising since Ryerson actually has its own TV channel, a highly-regarded School of Media, and holds a strong partnership with Canadian media giant Rogers Commmunications:
http://www.ryersonrams.ca/ViewArticl...CLID=209956715
http://www.ryersonrams.ca/ViewArticl...CLID=209960583
http://www.ryersonrams.ca/ViewArticl...CLID=209961896

As for the Ryerson Rams women's team, they weren't quite as fortunate as Toronto's best OUA women's basketball team in their CIS Final 8 Nationals in Quebec City, their first-ever for the program. And their introduction to the Nationals in their best-ever season was a rude one when the British Columbia Thunderbirds and most notably 3x All-Canadian and Canada West MVP Kris Young gave them a rude awakening. Those accomplishments from Young were on display there. Against British Columbia, Ryerson had to endure a UBC school record 40-point performance from the All-Canadian Young in a 81-59 debut loss. Yet Ryerson stayed in that game but had to relegated to the consolation round. The #7 seed Rams later took care of their business against last year's finalist and AUS champs St. Mary's that lost All-Canadian MVP Justine Colley since last season 76-60. Rams guard Keneca Pingue-Giles displayed why she was Ryerson’s leading scorer throughout the year with 15 points and 11 rebounds along with 6 assists. Teammate and game MVP Sofia Paska had 23 points. They awaited for the Alberta-Laval consolation winner that turned out to be the Alberta Pandas for 5th. But that other Canada West basketball power turned it on them, though not to the level what UBC did. Alberta hit 19 straight points to set the tone early and Ryerson came out slow to ultimately a 73-65 loss to finish 6th in the consolation round. Second half was more of a battle with the Rams working on closing the gap but Alberta kept the lead. Keneca Pingue-Giles had 23 points, Sofia Paska finished with 12, and Mariah Nunes had 12 (all in the second half for her) to close out their season.
http://www.ryersonrams.ca/ViewArticl...CLID=209956718
http://www.ryersonrams.ca/ViewArticl...CLID=209958772
http://www.ryersonrams.ca/ViewArticl...CLID=209960939
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Old 18-04-2015, 06:48 AM   #54
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Another important layer in the development of the booming Canadian basketball infrastructure was laid with the inaugural BioSteel All-Canadian Game, Canada's brand-new showcase answer to the McDonald's All-American Game and the Jordan Classic, also at Ryerson's Mattany Athletic Centre Tuesday night. This featured 24 selected top players of the Canadian high school basketball scene donning Team Red and Team White. Makes sense this too was held in Toronto, also the epicenter and deepest of the Canadian high school structure as with just about anything else in Canadian basketball along with the whole province of Ontario. Reflected with most of the players on both teams overwhelmingly hail from Ontario. Good to see them get recognized. Kitchener's Jamal Murray (29 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds--almost a triple double), fresh off from his great MVP performance at the Nike Hoops Summit in Portland a week ago, and Orangeville's (via Sudan and Australia) Thon Maker (6 points) were the star attractions in front of Steve Nash and 60 NBA scouts in attendance. Thon's kid brother Matur had 15 points for the Red. Team White won the first ever game 99-95 led by Malton/Brampton, Ontario's Jalen Poyser's White Team MVP performance of 21 points, including 9 from the three-point line. Perhaps it will change how Canadian high school players are perceived south of the border and make ESPN's Top 100 list. Game will be on tape-delay on TSN this Saturday:
http://www.thestar.com/sports/basket...he-border.html
http://biosteelallcanadian.com/game-centre/
http://www.tsn.ca/teams-announced-fo...-game-1.255787
http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/n...all-star-game/

The Brampton A's and its coach/GM Dave Magley reflect on its elimination from the 2015 NBL Canada Central Division Championship by the Windsor Express after holding a 3-2 series lead. Magley admits to "overcoaching and overthinking" from the sidelines and taking Cadell Johnson and Akeem Ellis out of their rhtyhms. Windsor, I think, would teach the A's to be more physical next year for the postseason. Getting more people to fill up the Powerade Centre next season starting with Boxing Day would be great too. Magley also plans to keep more Canadians on the team. Still it was a great season for Brampton:
http://www.mississauga.com/sports-st...o-next-season/
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The Canadian 2015 NBA Playoff TV schedule, TSN will broadcast every Toronto Raptors game live up there. TSN Radio 1050 will carry them on the radio side. ESPN will handle it south of the border:
https://canadiansportsfan.wordpress....yoff-schedule/

Maple Leaf Square (aka Jurassic Park) outside the Air Canada Centre is jumpin' right now as a major Raptors viewing party as I write this. Go Toronto!
http://www.thestar.com/sports/raptor...in-mudhar.html
http://www.thestar.com/sports/raptor...-fan-zone.html
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Once again, Toronto gets home court advantage in the first round at the Air Canada Centre, but the Raptors can't take Game 1--while opening the 2015 NBA Playoffs--in front of their boisterous fans, many wearing white T-shirts saying North Side with a large number 6 in red on the back they got upon entering the arena placed on the seats, against a Paul Pierce-featured team. Washington beats Toronto 93-86 in Game 1 in overtime Saturday afternoon. It seems as though that Pierce is getting into their heads since with his veteran savvy and skills, saying that he "plays the psychological games better". DeMar DeRozan was almost MIA as was Lou Williams and Terrence Ross, with All-Star Kyle Lowry endured worse having to deal with the taller and longer John Wall defending against him, impacting his play that game like a 2-for-10 shooting. And I wish Valanciunnas would get some frontcourt help to take the burden off him. Moreover, Washington enjoyed a 14-rebound advantage that included a 19-10 offensive rebounding gap in Toronto's disfavo(u)r. Pierce says Toronto can't seal it when things get close for them. James Johnson must stop Pierce tonight if Casey can insert him in. Lowry, DeRozan, Ross, and Williams all can't have back-to-back poor performances in Game 2 tonight, can they?

I still think Toronto will rebound and win Game 2 and ultimately the series. Will have to win a game in Washington's Verizon Center for the latter to happen. If they don't win tonight, the Raptors' season is bound to be over very quick, I'm afraid.

Must also mention that Rogers Sportsnet FAN 590 AM will also cover Raptors playoff games on the radio starting with Game 3 in Washington.

But there was some good news in the immediate aftermath in between games during this span: Lou Williams rebounded from a torn ACL last week to win the Kia Motors NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award earlier this week. A pre-game ceremony tonight will hono(u)r him:
http://www.nba.com/raptors/bounce-ba...ixth-man-award

Kat Stefankiewicz at the Ford Plaza at Maple Leaf Square and later with Duane "Sweets" Watson at the sights and sounds of the fans' passion there. Several fans were doing the Raptors Cana-bird for the Raptors Rundown. Also notice the new, incoming logo for Toronto getting some prominence there:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJ90XvOvU_g
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZ7K8kp6UaY (pre-Game 1)

Toronto's playoff intro:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zEQ0gXY51VE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ClqvuynoqY

Game 1 highlights
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fQZsAsPRTaQ

CBC News Toronto report on Toronto's playoff fever downtown at Jurassic Park in anticipation of Game 1 against Washington:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W9TxPJZsTR4

All of Toronto's--and the rest of Canada's--multicultural basketball fans are happily rallying around their Toronto Raptors and We The North in this TSN Raptors 2015 NBA Playoffs promo shown on TV (TSN), online (TSN.ca), mobile (TSN GO), and radio (TSN Radio 1050):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yr2YlRJRbTc

This is the video the Raptors play on the Air Canada Centre scoreboards after the starting intro one just like the We The North one last year while that We The North tifo gets unfurled. It urges fans across Canada to help unite with the Raptors during playoff time. It's called It's Our Time To Unite presented by Bank of Montreal. I like the We The North video better:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntpwB0q-lOA

Toronto mayor John Tory help raise the We The North flag at Toronto's City Hall with The Raptor Friday afternoon:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fClZaQDEPa8

By the way, Drake wasn't there at Game 1. He was performing at Coachella that day as one of the headlining acts. But he's expected to appear there tonight.

ESPN presents a couple of pieces regarding Toronto as the hippest and hottest basketball city right now. For those with an open mind about it like me, Toronto is lovely on so many things with Ujiri a likeable figure in those parts, as far the Raptors are concerned:
http://espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2015...jiri-back-down

Well, Masai Ujiri was profanely at it again this past weekend regarding Paul Pierce. And it cost him $35,000 this time
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYRrUlfP2nw
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Things went from bad to worse for Toronto last night as Washington beats them again 117-106--and it wasn't even close even with a third quarter comeback attempt to a complete capitulation (while a stone's throw away, my Blue Jays were blasting the Baltimore Orioles that same time). Lowry's laconic performance from Game 1 dipped even further last night with a shin bruise. It was St. Louis' own Brad Beal doing the damage then for the Wizards as part of the backcourt intensity. A game that we all expected Lowry to rebound didn't happen. I wanted to listen to Game 2 live last night online at TSN 1060 AM Toronto but that got blacked out following the pregame show. Was just as well
http://www.thestar.com/sports/raptor...d-feschuk.html
http://www.nba.com/raptors/game-rap-...-wizards-117-0
http://www.nba.com/raptors/recap-042115
http://www.thestar.com/sports/raptor...o-wizards.html

Washington holds the only playoff road wins this year so far. It's bound to get worse for Canada's sole NBA team now the series makes it to Washington. Maybe Pierce, who "don't want to go through customs no more", was right all along: Toronto doesn't have "it" this season. They don't matchup well against the Wizards. They can't back things up, just looking at them with contempt as Washington laughs at them. I'm very much afraid the series will be over in a matter of days for Toronto. But the Raptors fans will invade the Verizon Centre for the weekend to cheer them on. Down 0-2:
http://www.thestar.com/sports/raptor...t-wizards.html
http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-...ustoms-no-more

Where was the D last night and Saturday as they search for the next level of success?
http://www.tsn.ca/talent/defenceless...-line-1.263984
http://o.canada.com/sports/basketbal...ington-wizards

What TSN's Jack Armstrong suggests Toronto must do for at least the next two games:
http://www.tsn.ca/talent/what-the-ra...to-do-1.263722

Rogers Sportsnet FAN 590 will only cover Raptors Games 4 and 7 in this series with the aforementioned TSN Radio cover the others
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Really hard to watch that last night. Just awful effort.

Lowry is a bulldog, plays hard and has some talent. But is he smart? Nope. Too many tough contested jump shots early in the offense. When those were dropping early in the season he was a bona fide all star, but the moment they're not dropping he doesnt seem to have a plan B.

And that's the problem with the Raptors offense, they have too many guys who are capable of making tough jump shots, but seem intent on only doing that, rather than looking for good shots. Lou Williams, for all of his heroics at times, can shoot the team out of a game just as quickly as into it. Derozen has gotten better at finding better shots, but still chucks up a lot of poorly thought out stuff.

All the while JV wastes away inside not getting the rock.

This team has some good pieces wont get anywhere until they play smarter, and that may not happen without a few trades.
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JV not getting the rock inside must change come Game 3.

Hope you're enjoying the thread overall Cram!
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Yeah its been good, I just wish the team was worth giving this much attention to.

I've pretty much given up on this season, so looking ahead they have the following players under contract

G Lowry / Vazquez
G DeRozen / Ross
F J Johnson / Cabloco*
F Patterson
C Valincounis / Noguiera*

They've got those 7* locked up for 48 mil, which isnt a bad place to start. Thing is, I cant think of where they should spend their money.

Lou Williams obviously had a good season getting 6th man of the year, but someone good will offer him good money to be their bench gun, and I cant see the sense in paying a backup big money when the starting guards are supposedly our best players and we clearly need starting quality players at both forward spots. Amir Johnson has been a great worker for the club, and genuinely seems to like being there, but he'd need to take a paycut from his 7mil. He'd be a very capable backup, but if Hansborough can competently back you up, you aint no long term starter.

There are some very good free agents this year, but not many are likely to leave their club, much less head north of the border. We may have to see what we can get by absorbing contracts like we did with Lou.

This off season could be massive. There may be some deals that look like reach's with the current cap that could end up being steals once the cap moves up to $90m+. I don't want to see the Raptors take whoever is available at a huge price though (looking at you Jeff Green) just for the sake of adding someone.

*These two arent yet players, just projects
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Yeah its been good, I just wish the team was worth giving this much attention to.

I've pretty much given up on this season, so looking ahead they have the following players under contract

G Lowry / Vazquez
G DeRozen / Ross
F J Johnson / Cabloco*
F Patterson
C Valincounis / Noguiera*

They've got those 7* locked up for 48 mil, which isnt a bad place to start. Thing is, I cant think of where they should spend their money.

Lou Williams obviously had a good season getting 6th man of the year, but someone good will offer him good money to be their bench gun, and I cant see the sense in paying a backup big money when the starting guards are supposedly our best players and we clearly need starting quality players at both forward spots. Amir Johnson has been a great worker for the club, and genuinely seems to like being there, but he'd need to take a paycut from his 7mil. He'd be a very capable backup, but if Hansborough can competently back you up, you aint no long term starter.

There are some very good free agents this year, but not many are likely to leave their club, much less head north of the border. We may have to see what we can get by absorbing contracts like we did with Lou.

This off season could be massive. There may be some deals that look like reach's with the current cap that could end up being steals once the cap moves up to $90m+. I don't want to see the Raptors take whoever is available at a huge price though (looking at you Jeff Green) just for the sake of adding someone.

*These two arent yet players, just projects
Don't want to get into too of much that until the Raptors' 20th NBA season is over. Suffice to say, I would like to see them get more size.

In all fairness, this thread is also about the latest developments of and personalities from Toronto basketball, arguably the most exciting and emerging North American basketball scene right now. Also historic too in the form of the old Huskies and the CBA's Toronto Tornados back in the 1980s. Without a doubt, the Toronto Raptors are the primary anchor of not just Toronto basketball but for all of Canadian basketball to many. But also schools like Ryerson, York, Toronto, Humbert, and Seneca as well as NBL Canada's GTA teams from the Peel Region in Brampton and Mississauga play their own respective important roles, for example. They all deserve great attention. Toronto is currently the 5th biggest metro city in the world in terms of having current NBA players. Things will help even further if Toronto somehow comes back in DC and winds up winning their series. Not counting on it now though. But there's a very strong infrastructure in Toronto basketball right now, stronger than ever in that multicultural city that was at work for decades, generating elite level young male and increasingly female basketball talent. Not going to crumble and whither away overnight.

Any illusions Toronto entering this series had evaporated. Maybe this is a good thing. And could go to Washington without all those local intangibles and just play. Maybe. What's there for them to do to take things to the next level? Are they prepared? This series with Washington can leave a legacy, good or bad, for the franchise's future for years:
http://www.thestar.com/sports/raptor...ss-arthur.html

Just yesterday it was announced that York's legendary women's basketball coach Bill Pangos is retiring after 29 years. Great player as a Toronto Varsity Blue back in the day. Never enjoyed a national title, but he led York to the CIAU (now CIS) to a 1997 silver medal, a 2007 OUA title and back-to-back Lions CIS Final 8 Nationals appearances in 2006 and 2007 just before I started writing about Canadian college basketball. His biggest thrill as York coach he says is coaching his daughter Kayla and niece Jackie. His wife Patti Koudys was real good player back for McMaster in the mid-80s (name changed to Lions from Yeomen in 2003). With their son Kevin just wrapped up his NCAA career at Gonzaga and is NBA Draft-bound (or perhaps EuroLeague or NBDL) with millions of riches awaiting him and his fam, I think Bill felt this is a good time for him to end it. Just too bad the York women endured a bad season instead of being of a better one. Makes me wonder if this is to help out a Humber assistant as an interim coach on the road to becoming a permanent head coaching job within a year
http://www.yorkulions.ca/news/2015/4...422153501.aspx

Since we're talking about OUA East's Toronto schools. Toronto Varsity Blues now have a home gym they can be proud of that's standard like with many south of the border--the Goldring Performance Athletic Centre. Ryerson has the Mattany Athletic Centre at Maple Leaf Gardens with all-around seating. The Rams still use at times their more intimate on-campus one. Some CIS schools basketball courts like York's Tait Mackenzie Centre and McGill's Love Hall resemble overgrown elementary and middle school gyms that have seating only at one side and none at the ends that mark the distinction from them. Many high schools gyms in the Canada and US have seating capacities at both sides. Behind York's, Ryerson's smaller one, and McGill's benches and stat crew, is just a wall. No seating whatsoever. I wonder when will York will build one with more seating or renovate the Tait with added seating. Might not be a priority now.

Like to wonder what kind of atmosphere it would be when Toronto finally hosts the 2016 NBA All-Star Weekend in February, the first time the NBA takes its act outside the USA, which is historic in itself. 2016 seems appropriate because that falls during Canada's 150th birth year. With that bash in Canada's sole NBA representatives, I'm sure the goal and vision from Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment (owners of the Raptors), Canada Basketball, and the NBA will (and should) mark this as a celebration and hono(u)r of Canada's basketball heritage and history, one that is richer than many people realize, from the NBA to the CIS to hopefully NBL Canada and WBL at a time it's emerging in the basketball world. And to look at the young, emerging Canadian basketball talent ready to take on the world. The Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, I'm sure for example, will have more of a Canadian contingent than it ever did. TSN will cover it in Canada with TNT airing it in the US.

Official 2013 press release regarding the event's announcement:
http://www.nba.com/2013/news/09/30/2...icial-release/

Surely Canada Basketball will utilize the Toronto Raptors' new practice facility along Lake Ontario when it opens.

An end of an incredible basketball era just completed. Very sad story on the Eastern Commerce closing. The school produced Jamal Magloire and ex-Carleton Raven Cole Hobin as alums. Produced future Ryerson Rams coach Roy Rana and won 4 OFHSAA basketball titles with him. School even has a very small gym. But it was the little school that could:
http://www.thestar.com/sports/basket...nears-end.html
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Agree that the Sim Bhullar celebration of him being the first NBA player of South Asian descent is also about the business and promotion to attract the Indian subcontinent to the NBA and make them proud. But will he eventually be fully embraced by actual Indians, Pakistanis, Bengalis, and Sri Lankans who view him as an NRI even as he's a part of the South Asian diaspora? Also will Bhullar fare better in the NBA than several unspectacular Canadian big men like Bill Wennington, Ron Crevier, Mike Smrek, Joel Anthony, and Sam Dalembert? Winnipeg's Todd MacCollough could've fared better were it not for the pinched nerve he suffered:
http://www.slcdunk.com/utah-jazz-art...im-bhullar-nri

Sir Charles thinks the Raptors are "cooked" in their Washington series
http://www.torontosun.com/2015/04/23...harles-barkley
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Old 25-04-2015, 06:52 PM   #63
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Damn hero ball again. At one point deroezen and lowry had each missed their last 10 shots.
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Stick in the fork onto them. Toronto's done tonight. No, I never believed the Raptors championship contenders this season, though that would be nice. There's a lots of maturing to do as a team with the more playoff-experienced Washington, like with last season when the Wizards advanced further than the Raptors did, exposing them in every facet of the game starting with their matchups, offense, top-five overall defense, and interior defense
http://www.thestar.com/sports/basket...ayoff-run.html
http://www.thestar.com/sports/raptor...g-feschuk.html
http://www.tsn.ca/talent/raptors-cop...ation-1.266690

TSN http://www.tsn.ca/double-dribble-is-...ronto-1.266512

TSN http://www.tsn.ca/raptors-on-brink-o...-loss-1.266405

ESPN http://espn.go.com/nba/playoffs/2015...oronto-raptors

Sportsnet http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/n...st-win-game-4/

Sportsnet http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/n...ugh-questions/

Sportsnet http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/n...ont-know-when/

Tip Of the Tower http://tipofthetower.com/2015/04/24/...nue-obscurity/

Raptors Republic http://www.raptorsrepublic.com/2015/...s-lose-game-3/

Factory Of Sadness http://factoryofsadness.co/2015/04/2...his-offseason/
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Old 28-04-2015, 11:42 AM   #66
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Yep, the only mercy is that its now over.

I'm ok with the Raptors keeping the bulk of the group together (all those that are signed) but I'm still happy to let Lou walk, or sign and trade him, rather than sign him to a long term deal. I'd be ok with signing him up to one year, but I just think there's no point going long term with him if they truly believe that DD and Lowry are the backcourt going forward.

Priority for me is adding starting quality forwards. Move Ross to the bench, re sign Amir to a short term or team friendly deal if he wants to stay, otherwise he can go too.

As to who the starting quality forwards should be. No idea. But preferably a SF who can shoot the long ball and play D and a PF who can rebound and play D, and score inside.
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A new rebranding era begins after that horrible Washington series--we'll get back to it very soon. Just last night as many Raptors fans like us here are still getting that bad Raptors postseason aftertaste out of their mouths (it will take a few more months), Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment and the Raptors apparently brought forth their new workmark combos. Likely for their jersey lettering starting next season to go along with their new logo that's already seen circulation not just on the Raptors' official NBA website but also on the likes of the Toronto Star. It's surprisingly arched black Raptors with a silver trim on a white background for the home ones. And arched white Raptors with silver trim on a red background. But no Toronto on them. No red at all for the home jerseys. In any case, it will look better than what we're seeing with LA's real pro basketball team since 1984, the Clippers.

Shouldn't completely abandon the Dino logo (admittedly, a little dated from the 1990s) or the Raptor ball claw logo. Could've kept them as alternates. And still maintain a red and black look on the Raptors jerseys. Maybe re-inject some purple.
https://twitter.com/sportslogosnet/s...352001/photo/1
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Thats just boring. I think the ball-claw logo is one of the best in the league.
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Think it works best as a secondary logo that can get use widely too. People could get confused if the claws belong to a bird (Raptors are also known as "birds of prey") or a dinosaur. The circular logos from Brooklyn to Toronto to Washington are gaining prominence with a sameness though Washington's is the most imaginative.

Couple Toronto Raptors new logo court concepts. Like the first better than the stained wood one. But would like to see the red maintained at the key:
http://boards.sportslogos.net/topic/...court-concept/
http://boards.sportslogos.net/topic/...weaked/page-14
http://boards.sportslogos.net/topic/...weaked/page-10

No more doom and gloom post-postseason stories about the Raptors 24/7. At least for today. All signs indicate that Toronto and Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment have purchased an NBDL franchise, ready for next season or the next. Masai Ujiri made the welcome announcement tuesday on the season-end press conference. Only thing is, we don't know what team it is or is it an expansion one (I'm thinking it's an expansion one). Nor do we know where it'll be based. You may recall MLSE eyed the PBL's flagship franchise, the Rochester RazorSharks, not too long ago. But perhaps thinking about what happened the last time when a franchise's upward mobility to a higher one in the Arkansas RimRockers, it decided not to. The Raptors wanted one up to its New York meeting with NBDL officials during NBA/NBDL All-Star Weekend. to discuss this. Mississauga, Kitchener, Hamilton, Niagara Falls (the New York side), and London are speculated. But obtaining Canadian visas for the players would make it tricky for a Canadian-based NBDL team to happen, so placing it in New York makes better sense. In any case, it would be good for its young Brazilian projects Bruno Cabocio and Lucas Nogueira to further develop and instead of getting stymied with limited and shared minutes in being on a team like in Ft. Wayne, with its multiple NBA affiliations (14 in all including Toronto) and one of the more competitive squads, they wouldn't get meaningful on-court playing time. They'd get to understand the same systems and terminologies like Toronto's under Casey has instead of many differing ones.
http://tipofthetower.com/2015/04/29/...elatedCategory
http://www.torontosun.com/2015/04/28...-d-league-team
http://www.torontosun.com/2015/02/21...ay-for-raptors

Kitchener-Waterloo's got plenty going for it for pro basketball come its way. Just not for the NBDL as a Toronto affiliate for the reasons I just mentioned. Try your luck in NBL Canada as an expansion team once it gets stabilized:
http://tipofthetower.com/2015/01/09/...-in-kitchener/

Mississauga Power adamant about staying there at the 5400-seat Hershey Centre next season. Don't think Toronto's future NBDL affiliate will move there and call the arena home. If it did land there, that will spell certain doom to the Power. Here's hoping it would further develop and grow its fan base like with its attendance and ticket sales and improve its on-court fortunes. Next season might be it:
http://www.mississauga.com/news-stor...ershey-centre/
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Vaughan, Ontario's own Andrew Wiggins not unexpectantly wins the NBA Rookie of the Year Award this afternoon. He was NBA Rookie of the Month for almost each of the NBA months and won the NBA Rising Stars challenge during All-Star Weekend. He's now one of 4 winners who were not born in the US (Duncan was born in the US Virgin Islands, a US territory):
http://www.thestar.com/sports/basket...ie-honour.html

More on the possible Raptors' NBDL candidates cities from the Toronto Star. Placing it in the Peel Region cities Brampton (population: 523,911) and Mississauga (population: 713,443) where both have NBL Canada teams would be, as I already said here, devastating for the A's and Power, respectively, in their staying power and build credibility in the GTA and NBL Canada's nascent existence. Ricoh Coliseum at Toronto's CNE is perhaps more suited for a possible WNBA team up there. But there's so many pro teams in the area that would stretch the dollars up there. Buffalo is too big and still likes to see itself as major league status with the NFL and NHL. Rochester, I strongly believe, is the best bet for it as a very strong minor league sports city. But Alex Ballingall doesn't mention the RazorSharks:
http://www.thestar.com/sports/raptor...ague-team.html

Details are still very murky on Toronto's new NBDL team. Also the Ft. Wayne Mad Ants like to remain as an NBDL independent club:
http://www.thestar.com/sports/raptor...-d-league.html
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Former Toronto coach Butch Carter agrees with me in saying that Toronto's long-overdue NBDL team will stay Stateside to keep costs down and for business purposes.
https://twitter.com/tobutchcarter
Butch Carter @TOButchCarter
For business purposes and to keep costs down, Toronto's D-League team will operate in US, not Canada https://shar.es/1pZrqU via @hoopshype

Another city that must be considered with Rochester is Syracuse. Why not establish ties with another former NBA city in that city like Ft. Wayne is and Rochester hopes for?
http://www.raptorsrepublic.com/2015/...due-necessity/

All the coverage of Toronto native Andrew Wiggins winning the NBA Rookie of the Year for the Minnesota Timberwolves. He's already announced he'll play in the upcoming Pan American Games in Toronto, adding some local star power to it.
http://northpolehoops.com/2015/05/02...ronto-nba-roy/
http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/n...media-fanfare/
http://www.sheridanhoops.com/2015/05...may-1-edition/
http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/...-with-scorers/
http://tipofthetower.com/2015/05/01/...set-pan-games/
http://www.torontosun.com/2015/05/02...lebrity-status
http://dunkingwithwolves.com/2015/05...-in-minnesota/
http://www.nba.com/timberwolves/vide...on1mp4-3588301

Rowan Barrett talks to On Point Radio on Andrew Wiggins winning the NBA's Rookie of the Year, presented by Kia Motors:
https://soundcloud.com/onpointbasket...andrew-wiggins

Andrew Wiggins Dunks (Pt 1) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNqmpbMPX9k

Andrew Wiggins Dunks (Pt 2) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=524h48CWlMc

Andrew Wiggins Top 10 Plays https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjILCFmQKco

Dwayne Casey gets damned over his ill-advised coaching tactics during the playoffs against Washington:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvPsEfAa9uY

How Anthony Bennett fared in his first NBA season in Minneapolis, his second overall:
http://www.foxsports.com/north/story...bennett-050415

A tale of two halves during Andrew Nicholson's season at Orlando. Looks as though he'll improve further given he was busier in the second half despite a logjam in his forward position:
http://www.foxsports.com/florida/sto...profile-042715
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Andrew Wiggins' 2015 Rookie Of The Year Award press conference at the Target Center.As the first Canadian to win this, he owned the rookie class this season. Sky's the limit, obviously, and, if you saw the vertical leap, possibly literally:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2wKRlHybr8
http://www.thestar.com/sports/basket...xt-arthur.html

In a related story, Wiggins is the cover boy for the latest SLAM magazine due to hit newsstands/newsagents very soon!
http://www.slamonline.com/the-magazi...uB3YuXmrPyY.97

Dwane Casey will return to coach Toronto for at least one more season. But not without a quiet, subtle search for different assistants to Casey's staff next season. That could obviously mean the difference maker if the Raptors advance out of the quarterfinals:
http://news.nationalpost.com/sports/...-coach-reports
http://www.thestar.com/sports/raptor...ing-staff.html

Terrence Ross reassures WeTheNorth about the state of the Raptors team after a disappointing postseason campaign, telling fans like what Ujiri and Casey have all been saying about this young team is still working hard. Some personnel choices here and there would be nice like having a tall frontcourt PF veteran to shoulder Valanciunnas' burden defensively perhaps in a sign and trade with Sixth Man of The Year Lou Williams. JV can become more aggressive and not be prone to foul trouble in the paint protecting the rim. And maybe have, as Cram suggests, a SF who can shoot 3s and plays solid defense. Someone off the bench who acts as a distributor and defender can help too:
https://instagram.com/p/2j-YBNKmrB/

Coming up in July, Toronto will host the 2015 Pan American Games with basketball as one of the sports that will certainly garner attention that's trhe largest non-Olympic multisport event in Canadian history. Pan Am basketball games will take place at the Mattany Athletic Centre at Maple Leaf Gardens along Carleton St. in downtown Toronto, where the Ryerson Rams basketball teams call home and are almost impenetrable. It of course just hosted the first CIS Final 8 ever held in Toronto and hosted last year the OUA Wilson Cup and a Canada-Jamaica international basketball friendly in 2013. But what's coming up from July 16-25 is nothing like them.

What's unique here about the Pan American Games is that with basketball, unlike during the Summer Olympics when both men's and women's basketball alternate days from the start, the women's tournament will play first for several days from July 16-20 and then the men will take over from July 21-26 with no off days in either. Plus, there will be classification games, something the Olympics discontinued after Athens 2004 in keeping things gender-equitable with women's players reporting back to their WNBA teams at this time of the sports calendar. This is at least because there's only going to be 8 teams each with four teams each in two groups. Group A women will consist of United States, Brazil, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic. Group B is hosts Canada, Cuba, Argentina, and Venzuela. The men's Group A is the United States, Brazil, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela. Group B has Canada, Argentina, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic. Don't expect a lot of NBA and WNBA stars in these Pan American Games, although Andrew Wiggins and Guelph native Natalie Achonwa both say they'll play.
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Just remember that what you will see is really a mockup of what Toronto plans to wear. But reasonably close. Man, they're gonna suck even with the Drake version. Why doesn't say Toronto on either the red or black ones. Arching sucks but likely modified. I get they're Canada's (sole) NBA team with Vancouver gone since 2001 as a reason why it's all Raptors on the front, but some Toronto on the jerseys would surely be appreciated:
http://news.sportslogos.net/2015/05/...rms-my-mockup/

Would like to link you a full game of the first-ever Biosteel All-Canadian Game. But none exists. Will give you some video stuff later on.
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We're still wrapping our heads over the disappointing NBA Playoffs quarterfinal exit for the Toronto Raptors. Likely later on very soon.

We will have Toronto represented in the NBA Finals with Cleveland's Tristan Thompson, who's been playing really well in these NBA Playoffs, after the Cavs swept Atlanta at the Quicken Loans Arena. Tonight we may another who actually did live in Toronto for a stint if MVP Stephen Curry and his Golden St. Warriors clinch the West in Houston (remember, his dad Dell played in Toronto then). I think they will.

You know that wordmark of the 2016 NBA All-Star Weekend for Toronto that was unveiled in late 2013 that also saw the announcement of Drake being the Toronto Raptors' global ambassador? Glad that's not going to be the overall logo. And I think we knew that too. Because it has to incorporate this being the first time this NBA event being in Canada for the first time with ubiquitous maple leaf and maybe the CN Tower. At least some red for Canada. Apparently we got the actual logo for it got leaked today that Toronto native Chris Creamer took from a NBA video, a video the NBA since took down a few hours ago:
https://twitter.com/sportslogosnet/s...975616/photo/1

This is how the Toronto Observer covered the first BioSteel All-Canadian Game by Jose Colorado. Look out, here comes Jamal Murray and he can well be Canada's next college/pro hoops star after being on a tear with his back-to-back game MVPs:
http://torontoobserver.ca/2015/04/15...sketball-star/

The Kitchener-Waterloo area is actually somewhat reasonably close to the Greater Toronto Area. But like with Toronto, Brampton, Mississauga, North York, York, Scarborough, Montreal, Hamilton, Ottawa, London, Windsor, and Niagara-St. Catherines, that has to be seen as a great place for emerging grassroots basketball talent hotbed in spite of its anonimity, especially in the Ontario province. This is where the Waterloo Warriors call home in the OUA and CIS:
http://torontoobserver.ca/2015/05/22...etball-hotbed/

Terrence Ross had successful ankle surgery:
http://www.idahostatesman.com/2015/0...has-ankle.html
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Now the Toronto 2016 NBA All-Star Weekend logos are officially unvieled this afternoon with the nods to its Canadian-ness like the expected maple leaf-like NBA logo (at least on the secondary ones like Drake's OVO ones) and accompanying videos and landing page:
http://www.nba.com/raptors/press-rel...ar-logo-052715
http://www.nba.com/raptors/allstar2016
http://news.sportslogos.net/2015/05/...tar-game-logo/

Logo video:
http://www.nba.com/video/channels/al...star-logo.nba/

Tim Leiweke drops a very interesting bombshell during the 2016 NBA All-Star Weekend logo press conference this afternoon in that this new Toronto Raptors NBDL team might be based in the GTA after all in time for the 2015-16 season:
http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/n...ing-this-year/
http://www.torontosun.com/2015/05/27...-coming-to-gta
http://www.raptorsrepublic.com/2015/...ed-out-of-gta/
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