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
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
Yahoo! Sports "Rod Thorn, on his second run as the NBA's president of basketball operations, plans to leave the league office and retire in August, sources told Yahoo Sports. Thorn is highly regarded around the league, a figure who commands respect among executives, coaches and players. Thorn, 73, returned..." April 13
Sports Business Daily "PepsiCo has signed a five-year NBA deal, making it one of the league’s largest sponsors and ending a 29-year relationship between Coke and the NBA. The deal includes Pepsi’s extensive portfolio of salty snacks, like Doritos and Ruffles, and packages rights to the WNBA, NBA D-League and USA..." April 13
Toronto Star "It was the perfect confluence of events: a game in the balance, an overmatched defender trying to guard him, personal history to be made. It was one of those moments that Lou Williams cherishes. A Williams three-pointer, the kind of shot that has endeared him to fans throughout this..." April 12
No Raptors shootaround today, so we won’t know until pre-game whether Amir Johnson Terrence Ross will play. Lowry will barring any setback
Toronto Star "Down by one with the game on the line, DeMar DeRozan got the call to lift the Raptors to victory. He drove hard to the basket, two Magic defenders peeling off to stop him under the hoop. Then he spotted Lou Williams, Toronto’s clutch sixth man, alone in the corner. “Once I seen him, I knew I..." April 11
Terrence Ross is out for the rest of the night with a sore left ankle.
Toronto Star "Everybody’s talking about rhythm. Whether it’s Kyle Lowry praising his buddy DeMar DeRozan or coach Dwane Casey hammering at the need for the team to hit its stride before the playoffs, “rhythm” is the choice buzzword in the Raptors universe these days. At shootaround Friday morning, with a..." April 10
Toronto Sun "For one night, the Raptors were the kings of the Queen City, ending a streak of futility that dates back five years. Even when the host Hornets were bad, record-wise that is, the team’s ability to control the paint, boards and the team’s perimeter play was simply too much for the Raptors to..." April 09
Lowry & A-Johnson are OUT tonight for the #raptors. Casey wouldn't confirm who'd start at PF but says he's leaning towards Hansbrough again
USA Today "Kevin Durant may finally be getting his way. Sort of. Nearly three months after the Oklahoma City Thunder star voiced his opinion that NBA players should vote on the league's regular season awards instead of the media, first-year National Basketball Players Association executive director..." April 08
Sportsnet.ca "Toronto Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri says Kyle Lowry’s injured back is improving, but there is no timeframe on when the point guard will return to the court. “He’s done well. He practised yesterday, and he’s worked out the last couple days,” Ujiri told Dean Blundell & Co. on Sportsnet..." April 07
Casey confirmed that Lowry will return sometime before the playoffs. He reiterated they won't rush him but hopes to have him back soon.
Toronto Sun "In the cut-throat world that is the NBA, there’s no bigger task than winning and developing young players at the same time. Andrew Wiggins is evolving, but he’s doing it in a losing environment. The Raptors were very fortunate in developing two young pieces in Jonas Valanciunas and Terrence..." April 02
Toronto Sun "No player was on the floor for more than 31minutes, no player was asked to shoulder the burden and no one needed to worry about the outcome. On this night, there was no chance the Raptors would lose to the host Minnesota Timberwolves, a team that’s too thin in terms of personnel, its margin for..." April 02
Toronto Star "Monday’s date with James Harden and the Houston Rockets was Toronto’s last chance before the playoffs to prove they still have the gumption to beat winning teams. And the Raptors didn’t let the opportunity go to waste. DeMar DeRozan found his rhythm after a desperate long jumper from the..." March 31