Terrence Ross underwent surgery yesterday to remove bone spurs and loose bodies from his left ankle.
Grantland "A few thoughts on the playoff interruption that is the annual NBA draft lottery … • The best thing about the lottery is watching some of the world’s most sophisticated basketball thinkers sweat over the order in which numbered Ping-Pong balls get sucked up a tube. The absurdity hits home in the..." May 21
Forbes.com "There’s a reason the NBA has dumb rules like Hack-a-Shaq, which is messing up a perfectly good post-season, dating back to the 1940s when the league emerged from the bushes in Tri-Cities and Ft. Wayne. We always did it this way. I didn’t say it had a good reason. If hacking represents the..." May 19
Pro Basketball Talk "Last week, a report surfaced that Dwane Casey would return as Raptors head coach next season, albeit with some changes on his staff. Those changes have now begun to take place, according to CBS Sports’ Ken Berger: Shakeup on Dwane Casey’s staff in Toronto has begun, as assistant Bill Bayno was..." May 19
Sporting News "The Raptors are getting awfully serious about their partnership with Drake. Mockups of Toronto's uniforms for next year have leaked, and there are some slight changes to the traditional home and away jerseys. But the set also includes an alternative uniform with the same black and gold color..." May 14
Sportsnet.ca "With the announcement (or lack thereof) that Dwane Casey will be returning to the Toronto Raptors as head coach next season, that doesn’t mean the questions surrounding the Raps coaching staff have subsided. As mentioned when the Casey news first broke, while the head coach will be back the..." May 14
TSN.ca "Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey will be back with the team next year, according to NBC New York's Mitch Lawrence. The 58-year-old was rumored to be on the hot seat this off-season after the Raptors were swept in the first round by the Washington Wizards. This was Casey's fourth year..." May 12
Real GM Basketball "Masai Ujiri has yet to make a decision on Dwane Casey's tenure as head coach of the Toronto Raptors. "I'm still studying it, we're still gathering all the information," Ujiri told Sportsnet 590 The FAN in regards to whether a decision has been made on Casey's future. Approximately 20 minutes..." May 07
Pro Basketball Talk "When NBA Commissioner Adam Silver came out in support of legalized gambling legislation, there was one motivation behind it — money. Silver looked at things like the Barclays Premiere League where three teams have their kit/jersey deal with an online gambling company, and numerous other teams..." May 06
SI.com "The NBA is considering a rule change that will punish teams for employing the Hack-a-Shaq strategy, according to a report from Ken Berger of CBSSports.com. NBA commissioner Adam Silver recently said that he expects the NBA to engage in "full-throated" discussions about the possibility of..." May 05
Bleacher Report "If NBA players opt out of the league's labor agreement in 2017, they might find themselves staring at some familiar and unsettling proposals: a hard salary cap, shorter contracts, smaller raises and perhaps an end to guaranteed contracts. No one is making that threat directly, at least not yet,..." May 04
Toronto Star "The Raptors are one step closer to getting their own farm team, with the organization approving the purchase of an NBA Development League club. But where will they set up? Here are five possibilities: Mississauga Why it makes sense: Aside from convenience, Mississauga has a hefty population..." May 03
CSN Washington "Before we finally close the book on Washington's first-round playoff series against Toronto, it would only be right if Paul Pierce got in one more little jab on Raptors global ambassador Drake, right? He did that in a one-on-one interview with CSN's Chris Miller over the weekend. Asked..." May 03
Toronto Sun "Rather than do something he might regret in the heat of the moment, Masai Ujiri has decided to wait. He will reflect on a season that saw the Raptors set a franchise record with 49 wins and hold top-two placement in the Eastern Conference into February. He will also sift through the rubble and..." April 29
Toronto Star "There are myriad issues to be resolved with the Raptors and general manager Masai Ujiri will deal with those in time, what has him excited at the moment is the chance to add a minor league team as a training ground from everything from rookie players to front office personnel. The board of..." April 29
Real GM Basketball "The Toronto Raptors are evaluating everyone after their first-round sweep against the Washington Wizards, including Dwane Casey. “Everything is going to be evaluated and we go from there," Masai Ujiri said. "There is no doomsday here. We want to win here, we want to keep building."" April 28
CBSSports.com "Dwane Casey sat in the Toronto Raptors' media room and spoke for 31 minutes on Monday. On his right hand was 2011 NBA championship ring, earned as an assistant coach for the Dallas Mavericks. He'd worn it the night before in Washington, hoping it would give the Raptors a boost as they tried to..." April 28
Raptors HQ "After getting swept by the Wizards in round one, everyone's attention turned to Dwane Casey, who has two years left on his contract (the last year is a team option), and whether Masai Ujiri would fire his coach after such an embarrassing exit. According to ESPN's Marc Stein, Ujiri -- who will..." April 28
National Post "Five teams faced the proposition of a first-round sweep over the weekend. The Bucks and the Mavericks won their games, which is the objective in professional basketball. The Pelicans and Celtics could not delay their fate, but they went down swinging against clearly superior teams. As for the..." April 28
Washington Post "Paul Pierce strutted off the Verizon Center floor Sunday evening to a standing ovation, beckoning more noise from the broom-wielding capacity crowd, soaking in yet another memorable playoff moment. He had just haunted the Toronto Raptors one final time, applying the finishing touches to the..." April 27
ESPN.com "Greivis Vasquez was weary of Paul Pierce's trash talk at the beginning of the Toronto Raptors' first-round playoff series against the Washington Wizards, but after his team was swept Sunday, he now says a talker like Pierce is exactly what Toronto needs. Pierce grabbed attention in a pre-series..." April 27
The Score "The NBA is filling some big shoes with its latest licensing deal. The league has inked a multi-year deal with Stance, a sock manufacturer, to put its logo on socks worn during games starting next season, according to Bloomberg's Scott Soshnick. John Wilson, founder and president of Stance,..." April 27
Pro Basketball Talk "Paul Pierce tormented the Raptors all series – from “It” to a huge Game 1 to “That’s why I’m here!” So, once the Wizards completed their sweep of Toronto, Pierce sure wasn’t stopping. He took aim at his old friend Drake, whose last album was “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late:” " April 27
Greivis Vasquez: "Basically, we need a Paul Pierce that's gonna talk that trash. We don't have that."
Lowry: "there is a few things internally that probably need to be fixed"
CSN Washington "No team in NBA history has come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a seven-game series, which means the Toronto Raptors, who lost 106-99 on Friday at Verizon Center, should commence booking summer vacations. The Wizards? Their franchise, which has won an NBA championship and been to three NBA Finals,..." April 25
Wouldn't be surprised to see Casey start Amir or Pat over Hansbrough tonight. Wiz have loaded up on DeRozan/Lowry. Need another shot-maker
Another thing from shootaround: Kyle Lowry wasn’t doing much on-court stuff. Was clearly sick. As one reporter put it “frog in throat."
TSN.ca "The Raptors squeezed in a late afternoon practice session at the Air Canada Centre prior to hitting the road on Thursday. As they were wrapping up, just over 24 hours before the biggest game of their season, Dwane Casey had a message for his players. "If you're not going to Washington to..." April 24
Sportsnaut "For the first time ever, the NBA is going to take its talents to Africa. The Association announced on Wednesday that it will play its first-ever exhibition game on the continent on August 1st in Johannesburg, South Africa. The game will feature Team Africa, led by South Sudanese native Luol..." April 24
Sportsnet.ca "There will be time, once this season is over, for a complete dissection and the proper spreading of blame, if needed. That’s when Masai Ujiri will finally have to saddle up and figure out if his Toronto Raptors team is a player away from being really good, or farther away from contending than..." April 23
Washington Post "The Bradley Beal who the Washington Wizards need in the playoffs, the aggressive, tenacious scorer who can bludgeon opponents in the blink of an eye, materialized for 12 minutes in the Wizards’ heated 117-106 win over the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night in Game 2 of an Eastern Conference..." April 22
Lou on re-signing with Raptors: "That would be ideal for me.... The identity that this team & this town has, I really wanna be a part of it"
Toronto Sun "This time a year ago, Terrence Ross was as overmatched and out of sorts as a young NBA pro could be. He was seeing his first playoff action and quite frankly he wasn't handling it well. Everything was bigger and faster, not to mention more magnified and Ross was finding it all just a little..." April 21
ESPN.com "The battle between Eastern Conference All-Star point guards didn’t exactly go the way John Wall and Kyle Lowry probably envisioned it would in Game 1. Wall missed 13-of-18 shots and finished with only 10 points. Lowry missed 8-of-10 shots and scored seven points before fouling out and watching..." April 20
Toronto's Lou Williams wins 2015 Sixth Man of the Year award, beating Isaiah Thomas (second) and Jamal Crawford (third).
Toronto Sun "Raptors guard Lou Williams has been named the NBA's sixth man of the year. Acquired in a trade with the Atlanta Hawks last summer, Williams averaged a career-high 15.5 points per game this season. Williams is the first Raptor to win the sixth man award. He is just the third Raptors player to..." April 20
CBSSports.com "NBA commissioner Adam Silver has been outspoken on the topic of sports gambling -- back in November, he wrote an op-ed in the New York Times where he argued that betting "should be brought out of the underground." On Monday, as a guest on the Boomer & Carton show, he was asked about talking to..." April 20
CBSSports.com "The NBA announced on Sunday that Toronto Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri has been fined $35,000 and the organization itself has been fined $25,000 for saying, "We don't give a shit about 'it!'" before his team opened the playoffs on Saturday. The punishment was "for using obscene language..." April 20
CBSSports.com "Greivis Vasquez had words for Paul Pierce on Sunday. A lot of them. When a reporter brought up Pierce's comments from Saturday about a “psychological war,” the Toronto Raptors guard laughed. Then he interrupted the question about the Washington Wizards forward, who injected some drama into the..." April 19
Washington Post "For two years, the Toronto Raptors were a baffling riddle to the Washington Wizards. They couldn’t figure them out in the District or in Canada, in overtime or in regulation. But they entered Saturday’s Game 1 against the nemesis confident that the past, seven losses in the last eight meetings,..." April 19
ESPN.com "Masai Ujiri did it again. Last year the Toronto Raptors general manager stepped in front of several thousand fans outside Air Canada Centre before the first game of the playoffs and declared "F--- Brooklyn" before his team took on the Nets. Saturday he did it again, responding to Washington..." April 19
Sports Business Daily "Nike is close to securing a long-term NBA uniform rights deal. Sources said the framework for a deal has been reached, the outline of which will be presented to ownership today in N.Y. during a meeting of the Exec Committee and tomorrow before the full NBA BOG. Multiple sources said that while the..." April 17
Starting next season, NBA and NBPA agree to add HGH blood testing to anti-drug program.
Raptors HQ "It's finally over, through all the ups of November and December, to the downs of most of 2015. The Toronto Raptors arrive at the end of the 2014-15 season with the best record they've ever had. It wasn't quite 50 wins, but 49 is close enough. Tonight, the Raptors beat the Charlotte Hornets..." April 16
Sportsnet.ca "Potential first-round opponent Paul Pierce doesn’t fear a playoff matchup with the Toronto Raptors. In a revealing interview with ESPN, the Washington Wizards guard said that, despite going 0-3 against Toronto this season, the Raptors simply don’t have the “It” factor that would concern him..." April 15
CSN New England "Jae Crowder was not having the best of nights on Tuesday. He was missing shots he normally makes. There were some decent plays made defensively, but the game-altering, momentum-shifting hustle plays that he pulls off weren’t happening, either. Yet when the game was on the line and the..." April 15
Black Sports Online "Gilbert Arenas is like that uncle who used to be cool, but now tries a little too hard to fit in, which can make one very uncomfortable. This is probably how the Washington Wizards feel. The postseason begins this weekend and Arenas is already starting the trash talk. Washington will either..." April 15
NBA.com "The Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James once again leads the National Basketball Association's list of most popular jerseys. This marks the sixth consecutive time James has claimed the No. 1 position on the list and his third such honor as a member of the Cavaliers. The rankings are based on overall..." April 14