On Pro Bball Report last week: Raptors Preview Party, Amir Johnson as a Dad, Kobe Bryant stirs things up, Will Cherry to Cavs, Aaron Gray waived, Raptors Pregame Bullets video podcasts, The Postgame Show video podcast, the NBA does Halloween and more.
The Toronto Raptors were pulling out all the stops again this year to get their Season Seat Holders revved up at the Season Preview Party and they left a big impression.
“For me, pretty much everything I do is for her now,” Johnson said. “I can’t look for myself now. I have a kid now and I just have to be the father-type and set examples. Every day my perspective just changes once you have a kid and I got that as soon as she was born.”
Pretty much as everyone expected, the Lakers were blown out by 18 points in their home opener, but that doesn’t mean there was nothing to see.
The Toronto Raptors invited guard Will Cherry to training camp and Head Coach Dwane Casey insisted they liked what they saw, but Cherry was competing with two three-year NBA veterans for the 15th roster spot and in the end, the Raptors went with the safe choice in defensive center Greg Stiemsma.
Former Raptors Center Aaron Gray Waived By Pistons
The 7-0, 270-pound center missed training camp while rehabbing from a cardiac episode suffered following a voluntary workout in late August.
The Atlanta Hawks visit Toronto to open the Raptors 20th NBA season on Wednesday night. The Hawks owing the longest consecutive streak in the postseason among Eastern Conference teams at 7 years and the Atlantic Division winning Raptors hoping to build on last season’s unexpected success. (video podcast)
The Toronto Raptors travel to Orlando for their first road game of the 2014-15 NBA season. Pro Ball Report editor Stephen Brotherston covers what you need to know ahead of tonight’s match-up in five information packed minutes or less. (video podcast)
The 2-0 Toronto Raptors travel to Miami to face the 2-0 HEAT on the back-to-back after defeating the Magic in Orlando the night before. Pro Ball Report editor Stephen Brotherston covers what you need to know ahead of tonight’s match-up in five information packed minutes or less. (video podcast)
The Google Hangout video podcast Postgame Show with co-host James Borbath started shortly after the conclusion of the Raptors win over the Magic. (15 min)
The Google Hangout video podcast Postgame Show with co-host James Borbath will started shortly after the conclusion of the HEAT’s home victory over the Raptors. (26 min)
It’s Halloween and all around the NBA players and teams are getting in on the fun. Here’s a sample of the festivities.
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The Heat and Pacers will not be fighting it out for Eastern Conference supremacy in the NBA this season. Other teams see their opportunity with the changing of the guard. There will be a battle to make the playoffs in the East and backing in with abysmal play like Atlanta did last spring may not be an option.
Predicting where the NBA Western Conference teams will finish hasn’t gotten any easier this season. The difference between fourth and tenth is almost splitting hairs and injuries are messing with expectations. The final positions of every team in the Western Conference playoff picture – including the Mighty Spurs – will come down to health, the unforeseen progress of young players and a significant helping of blind (or bad) luck.
The love given to LeBron James and Chris Paul is spread throughout this very extensive survey of NBA general managers. GMs are the guys with the most inside knowledge of the NBA game to found anywhere. Don’t miss what they have to say.
There are not many players being drafted as 18-year-olds any more, but the Toronto Raptors Amir Johnson remembers his experience of nine years ago when he played his entire rookie season that young and he’ll have Bruno Caboclo’s back as the Raptors newest very young rookie finds his way in the NBA.
“I am loyal to our city, I am loyal to our team and I just like what we have going in our locker room,” Vasquez said. “I think this is going to be a very productive year for us and personally I’m healthy so I feel so much better. I’ll prove a lot of different things this year, so I’m on a mission.”