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Pro Bball Report Week in Review 08/31/14

On Pro Bball Report last week: why Landry Fields, DeMar DeRozan vs. Klay Thompson, Terrence Ross vs. Harrison Barnes, Stephen Curry’s List, Raptors ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Lithuania loses Mantas Kalneitis, Team Canada’s Brady Heslip, FIBA World Cup Studs, Andrew Wiggins commercial and more.

 

Why Landry Fields Is Still With The Raptors
TOR Landry Fields head shot
The signing of Landry Fields by the Raptors former President Bryan Colangelo is one the last reminders of the risks Toronto used to be willing to take that didn’t pan out.

 

Raptors Slasher DeRozan Vs. Warriors Shooter Thompson
DeRozan and Thompson
The Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson has been gaining increased notoriety as the sixth man in Team USA’s rotation this summer while many pundits had incorrectly predicted the Raptors slasher DeMar DeRozan would be left off the roster.

 

Raptors Terrence Ross Vs Warriors Harrison Barnes
Ross and Barnes
The Raptors were hoping Harrison Barnes would fall to them at 8th in the 2012 NBA Draft, however, Barnes went to the Warriors at seven and then Toronto passed on Andre Drummond to take who they believed was the next best wing player available. The surprise was Toronto didn’t take Jeremy Lamb, but rather the less known collegian Terrence Ross.

 

Are The NBA’s Best Shooters On Stephen Curry’s List?
Curry and Korver
The Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry has become the premier three-point threat in the NBA today and the small speedy guard seems to be able to get shots off from anywhere against anyone. Who is on his lists of the best three-point shooters and who did he leave off?

 

Toronto Raptors Take The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Raptor Mascot
Toronto Raptors management, head coach, players and mascot take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

 

Lithuania Loses Mantas Kalneitis In Friendly With Croatia

Mantas Kalneitis
In the final friendly match before the 2014 World Cup in Spain Lithuania lost their second game in a row, but far more devastating was the loss of starting point guard Mantas Kalnietis.

 

Can Canadian Brady Heslip Make The Timberwolves?
Brady Heslip by MoVernie (edited)
Canadian guard Brady Heslip isn’t the typical college player expected to make an NBA roster. He wasn’t drafted, he wasn’t even ranked in the top 100 by most mock draft boards. However, he earned a shot at making the Minnesota Timberwolves roster this summer at NBA Summer League and while playing for Team Canada.

 

FIBA World Cup Studs From Aug 30 Pau Gasol And Valanciunas
Valanciunas and Pau Gasol
The 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain kicked off on Saturday August 30 and the NBA was well represented. Almost every team in contention has multiple NBA players if not All-Stars or future stars in addition to some of the best overseas talent. However, the studs were not limited to the NBA and neither were the duds on the first day of action.

 

Andrew Wiggins In Toronto For Endorsement Deal And Video
Andrews Wiggins presser by MoVernie
Wiggins filmed a commercial for Biosteel while he was at Glen Shields Public School in Toronto.

 

 

Big Stories From Last Week

 

 

Will DeMar DeRozan Make Team USA? Who Gets Cut?

The Toronto Raptors All-Star wing DeMar DeRozan survived the first round of cuts for Team USA when USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo, Coach Krzyzewski and their staff took the roster down to 16 players at the beginning of August. However, the final roster is limited to 12 men and those cuts are expected to be made before the Team leaves after Friday night’s game in New York.

 

Is Tyler Hansbrough A Raptors Reserve Or Trade-Bait?

It was not unexpected when Raptors President and General Manager, Basketball Operations Masai Ujiri decided to pick up power forward Tyler Hansbrough’s $3.3 million team option for the 2014-15 season, Hansbrough was a favorite of Head Coach Dwane Casey because of his toughness, discipline and willingness to accept an less than hoped for role with the team. Hansbrough was an asset last season and Ujiri is loath to give away his assets without a good reason.

 

Toronto Raptors Are Building A New $30m Practice Facility

The Toronto Raptors will finally be getting a new $30 million state-of-the-art practice facility just a few short miles down the street from the Air Canada Centre at Exhibition Place off Lake Shore Boulevard.

 

Rumor Tim Leiweke About To Leave MLSE Creates Stir

When MLSE President and CEO Tim Leiweke talks in Toronto these days, people listen, so when a respected media type like Hockey Night In Canada icon Elliotte Friedman says Leiweke is looking for a new challenge, it creates quite the stir.