On Pro Bball Report recently: Patrick Patterson’s home decor, Akil Augustine on Raptors free agents, Raptors 905 draft, Team Canada cuts, Talent Identification Weekend coming, Brady Heslip signs, Andrew Wiggins responsibility, Cory Joseph, Jonas Valanciunas extension and assessment, no FIBA for Greivis Vasquez , Kevin Durant injury, Chris Bosh fantasy, Tristan Thompson and more.
Patrick Patterson Brings The Raptors To His Apartment Decor
Patrick Patterson made everyone aware of just how much he appreciated the Toronto Raptors saving him from a form of purgatory in Sacramento and last summer he confirmed his attachment to his new new team by signing a modest three-year extension. This summer its all about the decor. Patterson just loves having the Raptors around him all the time.
Podcast: From NBA TV Canada’s The Hangout, host Akil Augustine breaks down the Toronto Raptors free agent signings from this summer. From Bismack Biyombo at 12:03pm immediately after the July Moratorium ended, to the Hawks DeMarre Carroll, Canadian Cory Joseph and finally the veteran Luis Scola.
The Raptors 905, the record 19th team playing in the NBA D-League for the 2015-16 season, will play their home games at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario beginning in November. Following are the complete results of the 2015 NBA D-League Expansion Draft.
“We’ve had an intense camp and we’re looking forward to transitioning into game play,” said Jay Triano, Head Coach. “Tuto Marchand will give us an opportunity to play against some of our key competition prior to the Olympic qualifier.”
If you are a budding young Canadian basketball talent that has a chance to take their game to the next level, you owe it to yourself to get on the radar of the National Team Program. Basketball Canada is hosting a series of talent identification sessions for boys born in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003 starting Thursday September 3rd thru September 6th at Humber College North Campus in Toronto.
“Heslip is a guard with strong quality offense,” Sports Director of Basketball Cantù, Daniele Della Fiori said. “His career has always been characterized by an excellent percentage from the three point arc, but his knowledge of basketball, the ability to bring the ball up and his remarkable fighting spirit make him a complete player and not just a shooter.”
Team Canada To Lean On Andrew Wiggins At FIBA Americas
“I think that every level he has played at, teams have leaned on him,” Team Canada head coach Jay Triano said. “Even as a rookie last year in the NBA playing all the games that he did. We are going to make sure to give him the basketball and we expect him to be a big player for us.”
“We are following (a Spurs style),” Triano said. “I think it’s been an offense that has been duplicated by many teams across the NBA. The Atlanta Hawks are doing it, the Utah Jazz are doing it and I think they are having a lot of success with it.”
Jonas Valanciunas talked to the media after signing his brand new four-year extension with the Toronto Raptors. As always the young center showed a solid appreciation of where he is in his NBA career. “(My minutes) depends on me, I got to get better defensively.”
Raptors And Valanciunas Compromise To Get A Fair Deal Done
President and General Manager Masai Ujiri once again showed his negotiating skills in achieving this compromise deal with his young center. It was widely believed that the 7-footer would hold out for a max contract extension starting out at an estimated $21 million next summer and with so many teams set to have significant salary cap space available.
Raptors Offer Jonas Valanciunas A Long Term Extension
Valanciunas will briefly go over the Atlantic, the Toronto Raptors club is ready to sign the 23-year-old 211 cm tall Lithuanian to a new long-term contract. For this to happen, Valanciunas will return to Toronto for a health check.
Jonas Valanciunas To Miss Friendly Game Versus Turkey
Lithuania plays the first of three Friendly exhibition games in three days at what is called the Huawei Cup on Monday, but Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas wasn’t registered for the match and will miss the game.
Canada faces off against Venezuela on September 3rd in Mexico and this was to be the first head-to-head game between Vasquez and his replacement on the Raptors Cory Joseph. A taste and tease for Raptors fans that might just confirm President and General Manager Masai Ujiri made the right move this summer by trading Vasquez for the salary cap space needed to sign Joseph.
Kevin Durant’s Foot Surgery Could Take A Year To Fully Heal
When NBA superstar Kevin Durant had yet another surgery on his right foot at the end of March, it wasn’t revealed that the bone had cracked again and doctors had turned to a treatment best described as experimental. The bone graph used to strengthen the area takes on increased meaning in light of this new information.
Chris Bosh is just the latest NBA player to get into the world of fantasy basketball, a trend that has been sweeping all professional sports. Bosh recently has joined with FantasyDraft.com and announced it on twitter.
The window may be closing with the FIBA Americas 2015 tournament set to open on August 31st in Mexico, however, there is still a glimmer of a chance that Cleveland Cavaliers free agent power forward Tristan Thompson could play for Team Canada’s Senior Men’s National Team.
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“You can get traded you know, any day,” Olynyk said. “You just got there and it’s hard to, I wouldn’t say it’s hard to, it’s different to really feel attached to one place in the NBA if you get bounced around. Canada you know, they can’t trade me to Germany.”
Raptors Cory Joseph Leads Canada’s Best Men’s Basketball Team Ever
“He is our starting point guard,” Triano confirmed. “He is the guy we are going to lean on to run this team. He did a great job for us last year when we were overseas playing 11 (exhibition) games in Europe. He understands the international game better. He is getting better. He is a big part of what we are doing and we expect a lot. We expect him to be the floor general.”
For some unknown reason DeRozan still hasn’t won over the entire Toronto fan base and one of the most persistent social media rumors associated with the Raptors this summer has been the suggestion All-Star DeMar DeRozan will be traded in an attempt to upgrade the roster.
“Obviously Masai has been a guy that has done a lot for Africa and us as young African players, we always look up to him as our mentor. The influence was already there. I was just excited about working with him and looking for an opportunity to play for Coach Casey and obviously the team is a great team and I am excited to be part of it.”
After the home opener, 11 of the club’s next 14 games will be on the road. December and January combined feature 18 of 29 games at home. January and February have a stark contrast with nine of 14 games in January at home and eight of 11 games in February on the road.