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  • Raptors coach Nick Nurse admits Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard only cared about winning

    Clutch Points "The Los Angeles Clippers and Toronto Raptors faced off on Monday night at Staples Center. For Kawhi Leonard, it was his first time taking on Nick Nurse and the Raptors, the team he helped lead to the 2019 NBA championship. Prior to the Clippers’ 98-88..." November 12

  • Raptors’ OG Anunoby to see specialist after getting poked in eye vs. Clippers

    Sportsnet "Toronto Raptors forward OG Anunoby will see a specialist Tuesday after getting poked in his right eye during the team’s 98-88 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday. Raptors coach Nick Nurse told reporters after the game that Anunoby will have the appointment..." November 12

  • Inside the NBA's silent tension surrounding Daryl Morey

    ESPN "NOBODY SAW MUCH of Daryl Morey in the days after the Houston Rockets landed in Tokyo for the NBA's Japan Games. The Rockets' general manager confined himself to his room at the Ritz Carlton in Roppongi Hills during the team's six-day visit, spotted leaving for..." November 12

  • Kawhi Leonard turns page on Raptors tenure: 'It's over now'

    ESPN "Before facing his old team for the first time since winning the championship, Kawhi Leonard ran into some of his former Toronto Raptors teammates and team staff members. "Hey, hey, hey," Leonard said with a smile to one Raptor, echoing the phrase that..." November 12

  • Knicks' James Dolan preparing to make another run at Raptors' Masai Ujiri

    The Score "Masai Ujiri is once again on the New York Knicks' radar. Knicks owner James Dolan is plotting another attempt to lure the Toronto Raptors president to New York, reports The Athletic's Frank Isola. Dolan has reportedly pursued Ujiri in the past...." November 11

  • How the Raptors have adjusted following Kawhi Leonard's departure

    USA Today "The moment called for LeBron James to attack the basket and finish strongly. Same thing for Anthony Davis. The two Los Angeles Lakers stars have filled such highlight reels too many times to count. On consecutive possessions, though, Toronto Raptors center Chris Boucher stuffed them at the..." November 11

  • The biggest thing Pascal Siakam learned from Kawhi Leonard

    NBA.com "Pascal Siakam had another big game on Sunday. In a win over the Los Angeles Lakers, the Toronto Raptors forward led the way with a team-high 24 points. It wasn't, however, Siakam's prettiest showing of the season. He went 9-for-25 from the field, including..." November 11

  • Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard reflects on ‘amazing’ time with Raptors ahead of reunion

    Sportsnet "It might be a stretch to say the Kawhi Leonard is missing Toronto and his time in Canada now that he’s settled in at home with the Los Angeles Clippers. But the “here for a good time, not a long time” Raptors hero made an impression up north, and it..." November 09

  • Kyle Lowry to be re-evaluated in 2 weeks, Serge Ibaka out indefinitely

    The Score "Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry has been diagnosed with a fracture of the distal phalanx in his left thumb and will be re-evaluated in two weeks, the team announced on Saturday, and Serge Ibaka will be out indefinitely due to a sprained..." November 09

  • Raptors' Kyle Lowry fractures thumb, Serge Ibaka suffers severe ankle sprain vs. Pels

    The Score "Toronto Raptors veterans Kyle Lowry and Serge Ibaka suffered significant injuries in the first half of Friday's 122-104 road win over the New Orleans Pelicans. Raptors head coach Nick Nurse disclosed postgame that Lowry sustained a small fracture in his..." November 09

  • Critics of Kawhi Leonard's load management strategy can't ignore one important point

    Sporting News "Spurs coach Gregg Popovich may have kicked off the load management era, but Kawhi Leonard is the poster boy. In his first and only season in Toronto, Leonard played in just 60 of the Raptors' 82 regular season games. From a fan perspective, it was hard to stomach...." November 08

  • Pistons hope Sekou Doumbouya's development mirrors path of Pascal Siakam

    Detroit Free Press "Pascal Siakam has yet to play in an All-Star Game. The Toronto Raptors forward has yet to make an all-league team; his most impressive individual accomplishment came after last season when he was named the NBA's most improved player. But after a breakout performance..." November 08

  • Raptors' load management of Kawhi Leonard is all the evidence Clippers need

    Yahoo! Sports "f a Kawhi Leonard load manages his body in Toronto and the NBA isn’t around to hear it, does it make a sound? The absolute outrage over the past few days because the two-time Finals MVP was ruled out of an ESPN televised game against the Milwaukee Bucks has been perplexing from..." November 08

  • Ten NBA things I like and don't like, including Luka Doncic trickery

    ESPN "As we put the first 10% of the season in the books, here are 10 things to check out: 1. We need to talk about Nikola Nikola Jokic has probably racked up more "likes" in this space than any other player. And so it is with a heavy heart that I note: Jokic does..." November 08

  • Inside the NBA Brought Chris Jericho on Set and Then All Hell Broke Loose in The Wrestling Ring

    Black Sports Online "The funniest thing is Jericho’s face throughout. He is truly looking at these dudes like “what the hell is going on, I was supposed to just do a quick promo.” You can’t put a Wrestling ring in the studio and not think Shaq is going to act up. " November 08

  • Raptors’ Nick Nurse waiting for someone to grab injured Patrick McCaw’s minutes

    Sportsnet "Nick Nurse has a real problem on his hands – even if it isn’t all that apparent after the Toronto Raptors hung on to beat the Sacramento Kings 124-120 Wednesday night at Scotiabank Arena. No, it’s not the 20 triples the Raptors allowed the Kings to drill..." November 07

  • Map Shows The Most Hated NBA Teams In Every State For 2019-2020 Season

    Total Pro Sports "he Los Angeles Lakers are truly back. After several years of being quite irrelevant when it comes to having a Championship contender, the team went out and signed LeBron James and traded for Anthony Davis in back-to-back offseasons. " November 07

  • NBA head coaching jobs are increasingly stable

    SB Nation "The NBA head coaching profession is among the least stable in all of sports. Some franchises cycle through a new head coach seemingly every year. The names who hold jobs for a decade or more are essentially legends, and even then, respected status and success is no guarantee of stability. The..." November 07

  • NBA now forbids teams from using apps that auto-delete communication with players, agents

    Pro Basketball Talk "To crack down on widespread tampering, the NBA began requiring teams to keep communications with agents and players for one year. The league can audit five teams annually. But what about workarounds? Pete Thamel, Seerat Sohi and Charles Robinson of Yahoo..." November 07

  • Ranking NBA's biggest early surprises: New-look Suns, unrecognizable Warriors, Lakers defense lead the way

    CBS Sports "The thing we most love about sports is the stuff we never see coming. They don't make movies about the favorite winning the game they're supposed to win -- instead it's the scrappy underdog who defies the odds and people's expectations with an unprecedented show of fortitude. A..." November 07

  • Free Agents Signed Now Can’t Be Traded Before Deadline

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement prevents a team from signing a player and then turning around and trading him shortly thereafter. If a club signs a free agent without having reached an agreement on a sign-and-trade deal, then the club isn’t permitted to trade that player..." November 07

  • What is the Raptors’ blueprint to acquire Giannis Antetokounmpo?

    Sportsnet "Last week, The Athletic’s John Hollinger — a former Memphis Grizzlies executive — made Toronto Raptors fans collectively drool in anticipation when he dropped a report indicating that Toronto would be one of the main suitors for reigning MVP..." November 07

  • Former NBA commissioner David Stern all in on sports betting

    Newsday "David Stern is no stranger to the long battle against legalized betting in American sports. In 1991, he testified in the U.S. Senate hearings that led to the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act. The Supreme Court overturned that law 18 months ago, opening the door to..." November 07

  • Jalen Rose Explains Why Fans and Media Are to Blame for Load Management in the NBA

    The Big Lead "Kawhi Leonard is not playing tonight against the Milwaukee Bucks. Leonard will miss his second game in eight days because of load management. Both of those games just happened to be broadcast on ESPN, so no one besides Kawhi's aching back is happy with the..." November 06

  • Report: Raptors’ Patrick McCaw to undergo knee surgery

    Sportsnet "Toronto Raptors swingman Patrick McCaw will undergo surgery on his left knee and is expected to miss “several weeks,” according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania. McCaw, 24, has averaged 4.0 points in his second season with the Raptors. " November 06

  • The Biggest Sneaker Storylines of the 2019-20 NBA Season

    Complex "The NBA made its long-awaited return only a few weeks ago and has already provided fans with the buzzer beaters, scuffles, memes, and superstar performances they had been yearning for during the offseason. The new-look Los Angeles Lakers are dominating thus far as expected with the..." November 05

  • Raptors HC on Pascal Siakam: ‘He hasn’t been very smart’

    Sportsnaut "The Toronto Raptors are relying on up-and-comer Pascal Siakam to fill most of the void left by the departure of reigning NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard. Through six games, the recently-extended forward has done just that. Siakam is averaging a whopping 26.0 points to go with..." November 05

  • Is Raptors' Pascal Siakam in the MVP conversation this season?

    Sporting News "Is it time to move on from the Kawhi Leonard conversation in Toronto? Maybe, maybe not. One major factor that's putting Leonard in the rearview mirror is the heightened play of Raptors forward Pascal Siakam. Just six games into the season, Siakam has made major..." November 05

  • Joakim Noah Still Hoping To Sign With Contender

    NBC Sports Chicago "Former Bulls center Joakim Noah reportedly suffered what sounded like a potentially career-ending injury, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst. Windhorst reported the news on Monday on The Hoop Collective Podcast, but has since walked it..." November 05

  • Giannis Antetokounmpo says he 'had a lot of motivation' to beat Raptors

    The Score "Giannis Antetokounmpo had his most efficient game of the young season in the Milwaukee Bucks' 115-105 win over the Toronto Raptors on Saturday, and he said that came by design. "I had a lot of motivation," Antetokounmpo said afterward, according..." November 04

  • While Marc Gasol’s Raptors legacy is undeniable, more offence now would help

    Sportsnet "The ultimate value provided by Marc Gasol to the Toronto Raptors is, and forever will be, encapsulated by one row of numbers: 17.6 points on 37 per cent shooting, with 28 turnovers in seven games. The line belonged to Joel Embiid during the Raptors’..." November 04

  • Will Raptors fans ever find closure with former coach Dwane Casey?

    Sportsnet "I fear that we will never get closure in this city when it comes to Dwane Casey and the Toronto Raptors which is: • Predictable and; • Perfectly fine, really, plus; • Something that makes me wonder what it will be like if Mike Babcock’s tenure with..." November 04

  • Raptors’ Patrick McCaw Out Indefinitely With Knee Issue

    Amico Hoops "Toronto Raptors shooting guard Patrick McCaw has been ruled out indefinitely with a nagging left knee issue, coach Nick Nurse told reporters. McCaw, 24, has missed four of the first six games because of the knee. He saw a specialist Monday to determine the..." November 04

  • Jose Calderon Announces Retirement, Joins NBPA As Special Assistant

    Real GM Basketball "Jose Calderon has announced his retirement as a player from the NBA and has joined the NBPA as a Special Assistant. The position is newly formed and a season-long position that both the union and Calderon hope will become a recurring role. " November 04

  • Pascal Siakam Proving He’s No Robin

    Basketball Insiders "When people think superheroes, Batman is the one that comes to mind more often than not. There’s a good reason for that: Despite not having any superpowers, the Caped Crusader always finds a way to win. Ironically, that’s what gives him the label as “super” to..." November 04

  • Doc Rivers says Kawhi Leonard, Michael Jordan comparison was 'about body types'

    The Score "The NBA fined Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers $50,000 last May for violating the anti-tampering rules when he compared then-Toronto Raptors superstar Kawhi Leonard to Michael Jordan. The 58-year-old blames the media for getting him in hot water with..." November 04

  • NBA Rumors: 5 Best Trade Packages For D’Angelo Russell

    Fadeaway World "D’Angelo Russell was supposed to be one of the key players leading the charge for the LA Lakers until LeBron James decided to join. Ultimately, he was traded and forced to begin a career with the Brooklyn Nets. Since then, he has worked and developed into an All-Star offensive force, as..." November 02

  • Free Agent Stock Watch 2019: Atlantic Division

    Hoops Rumors "Every week, Hoops Rumors takes a closer look at players who will be free agents or could become free agents next offseason. We examine if their stock is rising or falling due to performance and other factors. This week, we take a look at players from the Atlantic Division: Fred..." November 02

  • Raptors' Pascal Siakam showing his ladder can go all the way to the top

    Yahoo! Sports "It will take a brave individual to tell Pascal Siakam there’s a peak he can’t reach. When the Toronto Raptors first drafted the Cameroonian 27th overall in 2016, Dwane Casey compared him to Bo Outlaw, a player who completed a notable 12-year NBA career as a defensive..." November 01

  • NBA reminds teams to keep all electronic communications with players, agents

    NBC Sports "It was part of Adam Silver’s and the NBA’s new “crackdown” on tampering — five random teams will get audited by the NBA at the end of the season. Just to make sure they didn’t break the rules. This week the NBA sent out a memo to all 30..." November 01

  • Raptors need to find ways to give Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet more rest

    Sportsnet "Ten days in to the season, still decidedly morning-after territory for a championship team, there’s no arguing the results of these Toronto Raptors. They hold the second-best true shooting percentage in basketball. Also, a top-five net rating. Pascal Siakam is now Karl Malone. And,..." October 31

  • Rookie Scale Option Decisions Still To Come

    Hoops Rumors "Thursday, October 31 is the deadline for teams to exercise rookie scale options for the 2020/21 season. These options apply to either the third or fourth year of a rookie scale contract for players who were drafted in the first round. If they’re not exercised, the player becomes an..." October 31

  • Drake Blesses Toronto Raptors With Custom NBA Championship Jackets

    Complex "The Toronto Raptors are getting spoiled. After receiving the biggest championship rings in league history, the reigning champs received custom bomber jackets in celebration of their historic win. Toronto guard Fred Vanvleet showed off the design..." October 30

  • It's early, but some teams are already looking to fix holes in their rosters

    ESPN "It's only the second week of the NBA season, but front offices are already contemplating their shortcomings. There are a handful of teams who know they might have to make a significant roster move during the season. The market is mostly quiet now -- trade season doesn't really..." October 30

  • 5 Players Who Can’t Be Traded This Season

    Fadeaway World "00:29 01:05 Even though we were all expecting some big trades for this season, there are a handful of players that have recently signed contract extensions and are therefore ineligible to be moved right now. Whenever a player signs a deal, he has to wait before..." October 30

  • EA Sports cancels NBA Live 20

    Kotaku "EA Sports’ NBA Live 20, which had the honour of being officially delayed before it was even officially announced, has now been cancelled. It’s the fourth time in ten years that EA has not released an annual entry in its flagship basketball game on a home..." October 30

  • Raptors re-sign 'load management' trainer Alex McKechnie

    ESPN "The Toronto Raptors have locked down the lord of load management. The team announced Tuesday that it signed Alex McKechnie to a contract extension and promoted to him to vice president, player health and performance. McKechnie is regarded as one of the top athletic trainers..." October 29

  • Drake gifts Raptors players with custom championship jackets

    Clutch Points "The Toronto Raptors’ 2019 championship party is non-stop, with hip-hop recording artist Drake gifting the players customized jackets. Raptors guard Fred VanVleet shared on Instagram his jacket, tagging the Grammy Award winning rapper (h/t Complex Sports). Drake..." October 29

  • CJ Miles Wife Regrets That Her Husband Was Traded From the Raptors

    Bardown "C.J. Miles signed a three-year deal with the Toronto Raptors ahead of the 2017-18 season, but he was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies, along with Jonas Valanciunas and Delon Wright, in exchange for Marc Gasol ahead of the NBA’s trade deadline. October 29

  • Pascal Siakam’s new role as Raptors’ go-to guy comes with ups and downs

    Sportsnet "With only the rarest of exceptions, it takes a fair bit of time to become a fully formed NBA superstar. Even the greats can sometimes stumble as they adjust to carrying a heavy offensive burden against the best competition on the planet. The fate of the Toronto Raptors this..." October 28