On Pro Bball Report recently: LeBron James bad back, Tristan Thompson stalemate, Sam Mitchell head coach again, Coach Casey role cards, Diaper Dandy Karl-Anthony Towns, Jonas Valanciunas holds back, Norman Powell and Delon Wright make rookie mistakes and more.
James received a similar anti-inflammatory shot in January when he was shut down for two weeks and responded so well that the plan was always for him to have another one at some point, one league source said. By doing it now, James won’t miss any significant time.
The Cavs were under no obligation to leave their $80 million offer on the table, and from what I heard, pulled it as soon as Thompson’s qualifying offer expired. – Larry Coon
After Mitchell was let go by the Raptors he became one of us in the media. This was a bit of a surprise because if you got to know Sam like we did in the media, he was a bit of a character with us. We were never sure if he liked us or just put up with us because it was part of job description as an NBA coach
Head coach Dwayne Casey will be giving each player role cards. On these cards will be specific instructions on what he and the rest of his coaching staff expect from each player and their fit into the structure of the team’s program.
On draft night the Timberwolves took a 19-year-old center from the University of Kentucky named Karl-Anthony Towns. The team already had 20-year-old Canadian superstar forward Andrew Wiggins and another 20-year-old in guard Zach Lavine. And don’t forget Spanish sensation Ricky Rubio, this is team that full of what ESPN’s Dick Vitalle would call “Diaper Dandies”.
However, we are still waiting to see that Eurobasket dominance in Toronto. So far Valanciunas has averaged less than 20 minutes per game in preseason and contributed just 9.4 points and 6.8 rebounds per contest. He hasn’t been the dominant force the Raptors need their new $64 million man to be – at least not yet. But there is an explanation.
“(Norman Powell) is making a lot of mistakes like all rookies, but that’s what preseason is for – to give those guys minutes – Bruno (Caboclo) minutes, Norm (Powell) minutes, Delon (Wright) minutes, all those guys minutes,” explained head coach Dwane Casey. “(They) probably won’t be in the rotation when it becomes real”
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Raptors Rookie Delon Wright Knows A Good Thing When He Sees It
As impressive as Delon Wright and Norman Powell were in Summer League and hopefully will continue to show progress during preseason, there is really no way for any rookie to really know what he has gotten himself into at the NBA level until he plays in some real games.
“I don’t honestly,” Wright told Pro Bball Report. “I am just trying to learn as much as possible. I don’t know what I am getting into, but I know it’s a good thing.”
“I think kind of what Lou (Williams) did last year for the second squad,” Ross said. “For me, more of a coming off down screens and spotting up, always on the move and taking the three that’s something they want me to do this year.”
Raptors See Something In Anthony Bennett That Others Don’t
by Frank McLean
The most interesting of the Toronto Raptors off season player additions happened the night before training camp started with media day on September 28th. That’s when they signed Canadian power forward Anthony Bennett to a one year minimum contract of $947,000. Bennett is an interesting story.
Will Raptors Patrick Patterson Step Up And Take The Starting Job?
The Toronto Raptors want Patrick Patterson to step up and take the starting power forward job, but he hasn’t been making it easy to hand it to him. Head coach Dwane Casey continues to insist that nothing is promised this season and players will have to earn their roles and Patterson has looked like a square peg in a round hole as a starter.