For the first time in many years, the Los Angeles Lakers were in Toronto with little buzz.
It’s a funny thing this business of going from middle-of-the-road playoff team to actual contender.
All of a sudden the Raptors are a three- point shooting team.
At the beginning of a five game trip, most of which will occur on West Coast time where the Raptors routinely struggle, this was a nice way to get things started off.
In the early 1990s, there was no organized basketball – outside of school hoops – available in Orillia for young girls and boys who loved the sport invented by Canada’s James Naismith.
Despite not having a home court all season, the Patrick Fogarty Catholic Secondary School junior girls’ basketball team capped a dominant season by winning the Georgian Bay Secondary Schools Association (GBSSA) AA championship this week.
The Orillia Secondary School (OSS) junior girls' basketball team capped their perfect season with two dominant, impressive victories in Barrie Tuesday to win the Georgian Bay Secondary School Association (GBSSA) title, putting an exclamation mark on a memorable year on the hardcourt.
Almost one calendar year ago, the Raptors came here and knocked off the mighty Thunder, a victory that most would argue gave the team the nudge and confidence it needed to emerge as one of the class squads in the NBA.
Russell Westbrook was one of the topics du jour after Raptors shootaround on Wednesday morning, but something else also received equal attention – reaction to Donald Trump's stunning presidential victory on Tuesday night.
In the end overcoming the loss of their starting centre was just too much to contend with for a Raptors team already thin on experience in it’s front court.
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If there is one thing DeMar DeRozan loves — besides simply playing basketball — it is proving his legion of critics wrong. He doesn’t do it maliciously and won’t rub mistakes in their faces, but every time he makes someone think twice about something they wrote or said about him, DeRozan smiles.
Don’t let the lesser known names on the Denver Nuggets fool you.
TORONTO — It was the type of game Dwane Casey would love with the obvious exception of his team being on the losing end of the result.
Much like Pascal Siakam’s NBA career, which began with a start in his first ever regular-season game, the Raptors will not be easing into the 2016-17 season.
The general manager nobody knows is standing in the hallway outside the Raptors dressing room, talking about basketball and his father and the nervous stomach he was feeling 30 minutes to tip off.
He was introduced as 'Mr. I am Toronto' and then DeMar DeRozan went out and lived up to the name.
The Orillia Secondary School Nighthawks are soaring. The local school's junior girls basketball team recently won the tournament title at the annual Pete Howard Classic in London.
Dwane Casey has a decision to make, but in the end it’s not going to sway the balance too much one way or the other.