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Pro Bball Report Week In Review 11/22/15

On Pro Bball Report recently: Jonas Valanciunas injured, Lucas Nogueira called up, Cory Joseph impresses, Luis Scola becomes a stretch-four, Pelicans are out already, Warriors are Must-See-TV, Rockets fire Kevin McHale, No buzz for Raptors, Bruno Caboclo scores with the 905, Nick Wiggins shines and more.

 

Raptors 905 Lucas NogueiraCan Lucas Nogueira Help The Raptors With Valanciunas Injured?

“I didn’t know (Valanciunas) had exactly broke (his hand), but next man up,” Casey said after the Lakers game. “We have to find out which way we want to go, so that’s unfortunate for Jonas. I think that’s the second time I think. When he first got here in his career he broke his hand. It’s unfortunate, but again next man up. I’m sure (we’ll) call Lucas (Nogueira) up from the D-League.”

 

Jonas ValanciunasRaptors Jonas Valanciunas Has A Boxer’s Fracture

“I don’t know what happened,” Valanciunas said. “I went up with the ball and got slapped. I don’t know who slapped me and I felt the pain. It was hand to hand. We are still waiting for a second opinion. We still got doctors to take a look at it.”

 

Cory Joseph 1There Is A Little Tony Parker In The Raptors Cory Joseph

“I learned a lot from (Tony Parker),” Joseph told Pro Bball Report. “I was there for four years. I learned a lot. I studied his game obviously from watching him play on a day-to-day basis. I was able to take a few moves, take a few things from him. Obviously not everything because I am a different guy, but I don’t feel that he’s a bad person to take a couple of moves from.”

 

Cory Joseph looking downWatch Refs Rob Raptors On Cory Joseph Mystery Foul

The Toronto Raptors did everything possible to break the Golden State Warriors 11 game winning streak, but in the end, it was some mystery offensive fouls on the Raptors that gave the Warriors the extra stops they needed to come out on top.

 

NBA Toronto Raptors Luis ScolaRaptors Luis Scola Becomes A Long Range Threat

“I have been working on it a lot,” Scola told Pro Bball Report. “The NBA has been moving in that direction so I think players need to adapt. The coaches like it. It happens to be the most efficient (shot), the corner three. Teams want players to be able to make the corner three and I am working on that.”

 

Alvin GentryIs the New Orleans Pelicans Season Already Over?
By Frank McLean

We are just 3-weeks into the 2015-2016 NBA’s regular season schedule and one of the big surprises is the New Orleans Pelicans. 10-games into the campaign the team is sitting dead last in Western Conference at 1-9!

 

Golden State Warriors Stephen CurryGolden State Warriors Are Must See Late Night TV
By Frank McLean

Do you remember Thursday nights in the 1990’s. NBC used to bill their Thursday night line-up of comedy shows as “MUST SEE TV”. The Cosby Show, Friends and Seinfeld were the network’s staple on Thursday night for years. The NBA right now has their own version of “MUST SEE TV”, it’s whatever night the Golden State Warriors are scheduled to play.

 

HOU_McHale_KevinSo You Want To Coach In The NBA?
By Frank McLean

It’s not like McHale struggled during his time in Houston. After his five years in there, he leaves with a 193-130 won-loss record and made a struggling franchise into a consistent playoff performer. It’s not like the guy can’t coach.

 

NBA Toronto Raptors Jonas Valanciunas, DeMarre Carroll, Kyle Lowry & DeMar DeRozanNo Buzz As Raptors Meet Expectations After 10 Games

At 10 games the sample size is small, but the Raptors have experienced a lot during that time. They’ve played three Eastern Conference teams hoping to make the playoffs and knock the Raptors down a peg in the Celtics, Pacers and Bucks and beat them all. Plus, they’ve played three teams expected to make the playoffs in the Western Conference and swept them.

 

Bruno Caboclo seriousBruno Caboclo Pours In 25 Points For Raptors 905

Caboclo played 34.8 minutes and had an obvious green light to fire away whenever he was open. He also contributed 6 rebounds and a block. The young forward was getting pushed around by players with more experience and strength and it ran up his personal foul total to five, but he has already played more meaningful minutes this season with the 905 than he did all of last year in both the NBA and the NBA D-League.

 

Raptors 905 Nick wigginsRaptors Wiggins Shines in Mississauga 905 Debut

Now in high gear Wiggins opened the 905’s scoring in the fourth quarter with a pretty finger roll at the rim and after missing a long two-pointer, he punished the Red Claws for a turnover with another long range bomb. In a span of 4.5 minutes, Wiggins had made two layups and two three-point shots for 10 points.

 

Raptors 905 Bruno CabocloBruno Caboclo Posts Another Raptors 905 Double-Double

Toronto Raptors young forward Bruno Caboclo continues to see a lot of playing time with the 905 and he has been taking advantage of the very long leash afforded to him in the NBA D-League. In the 112-93 loss to the Red Claws at the Portland Expo Building he posted a 15 point 11 rebound double-double on 5-19 shooting from the field in 35.5 minutes of action.

 

Raptors 905 Garth Wheeler & Dan Tolzman & Jesse MermuysRaptors 905 Announces An NBA TV Schedule

NBA TV will produce nine live TV broadcasts of Raptors 905 games, including seven from Hershey Centre in Mississauga and two from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, beginning November 29 against Delaware.

 

 

• Big Stories From The Previous Week

 

 

refereesNBA Needs To Bring In A Coach’s Challenge
By Frank McLean

It seems that a couple of times every season mistakes by the referees comeback to bite the Raptors and take the possibility of a win away from the team. Granted this is not just a Raptors thing, talk to coaches, players and general managers of the other 29 teams in the NBA and they will tell you the same thing happens to their teams every year as well.

 

DeMarre CarrollToronto Raptors DeMarre Carroll Talks About His Injury

“I always want to be on the court. If it was up to me, I would have still been playing, but I think coaches and training staff, my agent they basically made the decision for me. They told me I need to think about the long term, but I’m the type of guy that doesn’t want to sit down with any type of injury,” DeMarre Carroll.

 

Knicks Jose CalderonJose Calderon Willingly Takes The Heat In New York
By Frank McLean

“I prefer you guys talking about me than my teammates,’’ Calderon said after Sunday’s game. “It’s ok, keep talking about it. I’m ok with that. Whatever happens will happen. I want to win. I want to help this team, and (it) doesn’t matter if I’m starting or coming off the bench. It’s all right. (If) you guys (are) talking about me, then you are not talking about the Knicks and us losing.’’

 

Mario ChalmersHeat To Dump Mario Chalmers To Save $6m In Tax

The Grizzlies have gotten off to a disappointing start to the season and Chalmers just might be able to help. It’s worth the gamble. Miami hasn’t been the same team since the “King” left town and no amount of media hype is going to turn them into a contender this season. Cutting the luxury tax bill makes a lot of sense.

 

Anthony Bennett looks upIs Toronto Raptors Anthony Bennett Too Shy To Succeed?

“I’m pretty shy, a lot of people don’t really know that,” Bennett admitted.
Bennett has played in each of the past four games, averaging 9 minutes without a made field goal, but what is perhaps more concerning is he has only attempted 1.8 shots per game and come up with just 1.5 rebounds. It isn’t easy being an injury reserve, however, Bennett can’t know when this opportunity will come again. This is no time to be shy.

 

 

 

NBA Toronto Raptors Dwane Casey

Pro Bball Report Week In Review 11/15/15

On Pro Bball Report recently: NBA Coach’s Challenge, DeMarre Carroll talks injury, Knicks Jose Calderon takes the heat, Heat dump Mario Chalmers, Raptors 905 roster, Bruno Caboclo and Lucas Nogueira sent down, Nick Wiggins signed, Anthony Bennett is shy, Terrence Ross injured, Jonas Valanciunas evolves and more.

 

refereesNBA Needs To Bring In A Coach’s Challenge
By Frank McLean

It seems that a couple of times every season mistakes by the referees comeback to bite the Raptors and take the possibility of a win away from the team. Granted this is not just a Raptors thing, talk to coaches, players and general managers of the other 29 teams in the NBA and they will tell you the same thing happens to their teams every year as well.

 

DeMarre CarrollToronto Raptors DeMarre Carroll Talks About His Injury

“I always want to be on the court. If it was up to me, I would have still been playing, but I think coaches and training staff, my agent they basically made the decision for me. They told me I need to think about the long term, but I’m the type of guy that doesn’t want to sit down with any type of injury,” DeMarre Carroll.

 

Knicks Jose CalderonJose Calderon Willingly Takes The Heat In New York
By Frank McLean

“I prefer you guys talking about me than my teammates,’’ Calderon said after Sunday’s game. “It’s ok, keep talking about it. I’m ok with that. Whatever happens will happen. I want to win. I want to help this team, and (it) doesn’t matter if I’m starting or coming off the bench. It’s all right. (If) you guys (are) talking about me, then you are not talking about the Knicks and us losing.’’

 

Mario ChalmersHeat To Dump Mario Chalmers To Save $6m In Tax

The Grizzlies have gotten off to a disappointing start to the season and Chalmers just might be able to help. It’s worth the gamble. Miami hasn’t been the same team since the “King” left town and no amount of media hype is going to turn them into a contender this season. Cutting the luxury tax bill makes a lot of sense.

 

Raptors 905 StripesThree Canadians To Play For Raptors 905

Eleven players have made the team out of camp, including three Canadians: centre Sim Bhullar (Brampton, Ont.), forward-centre Keanau Post (Victoria, B.C.) and guard Ashton Smith (Scarborough, Ont.).

 

Bruno Caboclo & Lucas NogueiraRaptors Assign Bruno Caboclo And Lucas Nogueira To The 905

Caboclo and Nogueira have combined for just 6 minutes of playing time with the Raptors so far this season and the Raptors 905 provides an opportunity to work on their craft under the direction of head coach Jesse Mermuys who coached them in Summer League over the past two seasons and has been a Raptors assistant coach under the direction of Raptors head coach Dwane Casey.

 

Raptors 905 Nick WigginsRaptors 905 Adds Canadian Nick Wiggins

Mississauga’s Raptors 905 has added local player Nick Wiggins to their roster just in time for the NBA D-League regular season. Nick is the older brother of NBA star Andrew Wiggins and was signed by the Minnesota Timberwolves training camp roster earlier this fall.

 

Raptors 905 Bruno CabocloBruno Caboclo Double-Double In Raptors 905 Season Opener

Toronto Raptors forward Bruno Caboclo played 32.7 minutes and put up a 16 point 13 rebound double-double in the Raptors 905 inaugural season opener in Fort Wayne on Saturday night. It was a poor shooting night for both teams as neither squad cracked 40 percent from the field and Caboclo shot just 6-16 from the field and 2-9 from three-point range, however, the young rangy forward did lead all players on the glass and managed to swipe 3 steals as well.

 

Anthony Bennett looks upIs Toronto Raptors Anthony Bennett Too Shy To Succeed?

“I’m pretty shy, a lot of people don’t really know that,” Bennett admitted.
Bennett has played in each of the past four games, averaging 9 minutes without a made field goal, but what is perhaps more concerning is he has only attempted 1.8 shots per game and come up with just 1.5 rebounds. It isn’t easy being an injury reserve, however, Bennett can’t know when this opportunity will come again. This is no time to be shy.

 

Toronto Raptors Terrence RossRaptors Terrence Ross Out With Thumb Injury

Raptors forward-guard Terrence Ross sustained a ligament injury to his left thumb during a Monday workout session. There is no timetable for his return to basketball activity. His status will be updated as appropriate.

 

Jonas Valanciunas with ballThe Evolution of Toronto Raptors Jonas Valanciunas

Each year that he as been in the league, all of his numbers have increased and most importantly, so has his confidence. On the court, Jonas has the look of a experienced 10 year veteran, but he’s only 23 years old and that is key going forward. He is playing now like he wants the ball and feels comfortable with it.

 

 

• Big Stories From The Previous Week

 

 

Caboclo and NogueiraHead Coach Says Raptors 905 Is A Huge Advantage For Toronto

“The plan is to help Lucas (Nogueira), Bruno (Caboclo), Delon (Wright), guys that might come down here and be assigned give them experience so that they are not just sitting around watching up there (on the Raptors) all the time and then get guys that we have a liking to to get them under our umbrella. Guys like Ronald Roberts, guys like Sim (Bhullar), guys that we like, let’s develop them as well and who knows, maybe they’ll end up getting on the actual Raptors team some day in the future.”

 

Terrence Ross arms foldedToronto Raptors Bet On Terrence Ross With A 3-Year Extension

Signing Ross is the NBA equivalent of a preemptive strike ahead of a rapidly rising salary cap and pending restricted free agency next summer. While no one would/should argue the price paid for Ross’ signature is high based on his production and the salary cap during the recent past, just about every NBA general manager has some very real fears about what could happen next summer with the cap set to rise by about $20 million. Ross’ deal could look cheap after what is sure to be a very tense free agency period in each of the next two summers.

 

Toronto Raptors DeMarre CarrollRaptors DeMarre Carroll Credits Kyle Korver For His 3-Point Shot

“Three-point shooting has been my forte for the past two years,” Carroll told Pro Bball Report. “That’s something I really took upon myself to try and get better at and become one of the top three-point shooters. You know I had a teacher in Kyle Korver, so that’s not too bad of a teacher. So, I just have to continue to keep shooting the ball, keep doing my mechanics and let the rest take care of itself.”

 

Jonas Valanciunas and Bismack BiyomboToronto Raptors Are Built To Dominate On The Glass

“Bismack (Biyombo) brings a lot. Jonas (Valanciunas) is doing a heck of a job on the boards. (Luis) Scola quietly is doing a heck of a job on the boards, he’s tough as nails in the paint and also DeMarre Carroll, he gets in there and bangs it up,” Casey explained. “We have added some good rebounders on our team.”

 

Greivis Vasquez scrum close upBucks Greivis Vasquez Found It Hard To Leave The Raptors
By Frank McLean

Vasquez admitted that it was hard to leave Toronto. “It was hard extremely hard,” Vasquez explained. “I was so engaged with the city and the fans and with the team. It’s part of the business. You’ve got to move on real fast.”

 

Raptors Cory Joseph & James JohnsonRoad Trip Reality Bites The Toronto Raptors
By Frank McLean

“We have to execute offensively,” Casey said. “We have established ourselves defensively, but they made some tough three’s. (Hassan) Whiteside had a big game with 20 points, which is out of the norm for him. But we will bounce back. We’re going to go back home and we will get back to work and bounce out of this.”

 

 

 

showing off Raptors 905 jersey

Pro Bball Report Week In Review 11/08/15

On Pro Bball Report recently: the Raptors 905 advantage, new jerseys, extending Terrence Ross, DeMarre Carroll and Kyle Korver, Raptors rebounding, toughness, small ball and road realities, Greivis Vasquez misses Toronto, Derrick Rose speculation and more.

 

Caboclo and NogueiraHead Coach Says Raptors 905 Is A Huge Advantage For Toronto

“The plan is to help Lucas (Nogueira), Bruno (Caboclo), Delon (Wright), guys that might come down here and be assigned give them experience so that they are not just sitting around watching up there (on the Raptors) all the time and then get guys that we have a liking to to get them under our umbrella. Guys like Ronald Roberts, guys like Sim (Bhullar), guys that we like, let’s develop them as well and who knows, maybe they’ll end up getting on the actual Raptors team some day in the future.”

 

Sim BhullarRaptors 905 Uniforms Look Pretty Good

The Raptors 905 showed off their uniforms at media day and they looked pretty good on one of their newest and most familiar prospects – 7’5 Canadian center Sim Bhullar.

“With our uniform unveiling, it’s a sign that we’re getting closer to making history as the first Canadian team in the NBA D-League,” said Raptors 905 General Manager Dan Tolzman. “Our team is excited to bring a high level of basketball to Hershey Centre and the 905, and we’re looking forward to seeing our fans come out to support this team, starting with the preseason games later this week.”

 

Terrence Ross arms foldedToronto Raptors Bet On Terrence Ross With A 3-Year Extension

Signing Ross is the NBA equivalent of a preemptive strike ahead of a rapidly rising salary cap and pending restricted free agency next summer. While no one would/should argue the price paid for Ross’ signature is high based on his production and the salary cap during the recent past, just about every NBA general manager has some very real fears about what could happen next summer with the cap set to rise by about $20 million. Ross’ deal could look cheap after what is sure to be a very tense free agency period in each of the next two summers.

 

Toronto Raptors DeMarre CarrollRaptors DeMarre Carroll Credits Kyle Korver For His 3-Point Shot

“Three-point shooting has been my forte for the past two years,” Carroll told Pro Bball Report. “That’s something I really took upon myself to try and get better at and become one of the top three-point shooters. You know I had a teacher in Kyle Korver, so that’s not too bad of a teacher. So, I just have to continue to keep shooting the ball, keep doing my mechanics and let the rest take care of itself.”

 

Jonas Valanciunas and Bismack BiyomboToronto Raptors Are Built To Dominate On The Glass

“Bismack (Biyombo) brings a lot. Jonas (Valanciunas) is doing a heck of a job on the boards. (Luis) Scola quietly is doing a heck of a job on the boards, he’s tough as nails in the paint and also DeMarre Carroll, he gets in there and bangs it up,” Casey explained. “We have added some good rebounders on our team.”

 

Greivis Vasquez scrum close upBucks Greivis Vasquez Found It Hard To Leave The Raptors
By Frank McLean

Vasquez admitted that it was hard to leave Toronto. “It was hard extremely hard,” Vasquez explained. “I was so engaged with the city and the fans and with the team. It’s part of the business. You’ve got to move on real fast.”

 

Toronto Raptors Luis ScolaGrinding Raptors Reflect Head Coach Dwane Casey
The addition of DeMarre Carroll, Bismack Biyombo and Cory Joseph to the Raptors rotation infused a large dose of toughness that complements the toughness of their on the court leader Kyle Lowry. However, what often gets skipped over is the impact veteran Luis Scola has on this team.

 

Toronto Raptors DeMar DeRozanRaptors Small Ball Too Much For The Thunder

“We had a hard time defensively trying to stay big when they actually ended up going small and moved Carroll to the 4-spot,” Thunder head coach Billy Donovan explained. “When they played small, we had a hard time. That’s when the fouling started.”

 

Raptors Cory Joseph & James JohnsonRoad Trip Reality Bites The Toronto Raptors
By Frank McLean

“We have to execute offensively,” Casey said. “We have established ourselves defensively, but they made some tough three’s. (Hassan) Whiteside had a big game with 20 points, which is out of the norm for him. But we will bounce back. We’re going to go back home and we will get back to work and bounce out of this.”

 

Derrick RoseIs This The End For Derrick Rose In Chicago?

The speculation certainly seems premature, big trades this early in the season are not the norm and how Rose performs over the next month or so will have a big impact on his perceived value in Chicago and around the league. If Rose starts to find even some of his old form, the desire to rush him out could diminish rather quickly.

 

 

• Big Stories From The Previous Week

 

 

James Johnson & Luis ScolaJames Johnson Will Help The Raptors This Season

“I think being in the league and out of the league and being on some tough teams – some really good teams and some really bad teams – I’ve learned not to lose my confidence over stuff like that and not get upset,” Johnson told Pro Bball Report. “The coach wants to win just like you do and he is going to put people in positions to be successful regardless of whether we win or lose. So I have to keep that in the back of my mind, keep your attitude and your self in check, it’s tough.”

 

Andrea BargnaniNets Andrea Bargnani Is Still A Giant Question Mark
by Frank McLean

The Brooklyn Nets are finding out what the Toronto Raptors and the New York Knicks already figured out, Andrea Bargnani is still a giant pain in the you know what. The Nets signed the seven foot Italian center in the summer and he did not play a single preseason game for the club as his left hamstring bothered him for the entire preseason. First impressions are everything and you can say he has not made a good one with his new ball club.

 

NY Knicks Kristaps PorzingisNew York Knicks Have Put Their Faith In Kristaps Porzingis
by Frank McLean

The gamble with Porzingis is that while he is 7 foot 3 his slender build gives questions as to whether he can stand the nightly beatings a center takes in the NBA. He will be playing with grown men and he has never played an 82 game schedule with numerous back to back games or 4 games in 5 nights. Usually a young player can be expected to hit a wall sometime after Christmas.

 

Carroll Joseph ScolaThis Season’s Toronto Raptors Are Bigger, Better, Tougher

The Raptors upgrade at starting small forward alone should be enough to raise expectations for this team. Carroll is the big physical small forward head coach Dwane Casey has been begging for these past two seasons. The junkyard dog, three-point shooter and defensive glue-guy of the Hawks represents a major upgrade.

 

Lucas Noguiera sittingAt 42 lbs Bigger Lucas Nogueira Needs The Raptors 905

“Honestly, I don’t have the bounce of three, four years ago,” Nogueira told Pro Bball Report. “From last year to this year I put on 42 lbs. It’s a lot, so I don’t think my body is ready yet to run and jump like two, three, four years ago when I was 180-200 lbs. Alex (McKechnie, director sports science) and Jon Lee (strength and conditioning coach), they make me get better, use my body to get stronger and still run and jump like two years ago, but I am a very tall and long guy, so this makes for easy dunks. A couple of years ago I had a good bounce, but (now) I don’t have the same bounce compared to last year.”

 

 

 

Nets Andrea Bargnani

Pro Bball Report Week In Review 11/01/15

On Pro Bball Report recently: Raptors coach Dwane Casey rolls on, Can James Johnson help, the questionable Andrea Bargnani, Knicks gamble on Kristaps Porzingis, Bigger better Raptors, Sim Bhullar comes home, Lucas Nogueira to the 905, Jurassic Park is back and more.

 

caseyRaptors Are On A Four Year Roll Under Coach Casey

The Raptors have won more games than the season before for four years in a row.
“I have watched DeMar (DeRozan) grow as a man and a player,” Casey said. “I have watched Kyle (Lowry) grow. We are watching JV (Valanciunas) grow right in front of our eyes. So it is always important to see guys grow and develop like that and take the steps they take.”

 

James Johnson & Luis ScolaJames Johnson Will Help The Raptors This Season

“I think being in the league and out of the league and being on some tough teams – some really good teams and some really bad teams – I’ve learned not to lose my confidence over stuff like that and not get upset,” Johnson told Pro Bball Report. “The coach wants to win just like you do and he is going to put people in positions to be successful regardless of whether we win or lose. So I have to keep that in the back of my mind, keep your attitude and your self in check, it’s tough.”

 

Andrea BargnaniNets Andrea Bargnani Is Still A Giant Question Mark
by Frank McLean

The Brooklyn Nets are finding out what the Toronto Raptors and the New York Knicks already figured out, Andrea Bargnani is still a giant pain in the you know what. The Nets signed the seven foot Italian center in the summer and he did not play a single preseason game for the club as his left hamstring bothered him for the entire preseason. First impressions are everything and you can say he has not made a good one with his new ball club.

 

NY Knicks Kristaps PorzingisNew York Knicks Have Put Their Faith In Kristaps Porzingis
by Frank McLean

The gamble with Porzingis is that while he is 7 foot 3 his slender build gives questions as to whether he can stand the nightly beatings a center takes in the NBA. He will be playing with grown men and he has never played an 82 game schedule with numerous back to back games or 4 games in 5 nights. Usually a young player can be expected to hit a wall sometime after Christmas.

 

Carroll Joseph ScolaThis Season’s Toronto Raptors Are Bigger, Better, Tougher

The Raptors upgrade at starting small forward alone should be enough to raise expectations for this team. Carroll is the big physical small forward head coach Dwane Casey has been begging for these past two seasons. The junkyard dog, three-point shooter and defensive glue-guy of the Hawks represents a major upgrade.

 

Sim Bhullar

Canadian Giant Sim Bhullar Traded To The Raptors 905

Bhullar has a soft touch around the net, good hands and nearly impossible height to guard and while he may have gotten into better condition last season in Reno, he still had a long ways to go when working out with Team Canada this past summer. If he can get into “NBA shape”, he could be one of the D-League’s most intriguing prospects.

 

Lucas Noguiera sittingAt 42 lbs Bigger Lucas Nogueira Needs The Raptors 905

“Honestly, I don’t have the bounce of three, four years ago,” Nogueira told Pro Bball Report. “From last year to this year I put on 42 lbs. It’s a lot, so I don’t think my body is ready yet to run and jump like two, three, four years ago when I was 180-200 lbs. Alex (McKechnie, director sports science) and Jon Lee (strength and conditioning coach), they make me get better, use my body to get stronger and still run and jump like two years ago, but I am a very tall and long guy, so this makes for easy dunks. A couple of years ago I had a good bounce, but (now) I don’t have the same bounce compared to last year.”

 

Toronto Raptors LogoJurassic Park Is Back For Toronto Raptors Fans

Jurassic Park is back for Toronto Raptors fans in the square outside of Gate 5 at the Air Canada Centre. The season opener festivities will kick off at 5:30 pm on Wednesday with team personalities, the Raptor and the Raptors Dance Pak when this free fan party will open to the public once again.

 

 

• Big Stories From The Previous Week

 

 

Cleveland Cavaliers Kevin LoveCavs Kevin Love Looks Ready To Start The Season

“Not surprised,” Cavaliers head coach David Blatt insisted. “As I told you on many occasions I think physically he’s really in good shape. He has no problems running the court, moving around on the court. I thought he didn’t shy away from any contact whatsoever.”

 

CLE_Blatt_DavidCleveland Cavaliers Have Been Just A Shell Of Themselves So Far

Out of the line-up in Toronto was LeBron James (back), but he is expected to be ready for opening night. Kyrie Irving (knee), injured in opening game of the Finals, isn’t expected back before December as is Iman Shumpert (wrist). Other players are coming back from injuries as well and are not 100 per cent as the season is getting underway.

 

Raptors Scola Lowry ValanciunasProfessional Luis Scola Easily Wins Over Raptors Dwane Casey

“I like what Scola brought, similar to what Amir brought last year. The rolling, the smartness, the rebounding, the defense, the pick-and-roll defense was solid. He (took) a charge. A lot of positive things from him being in the (starting) lineup.” Coach Casey

 

Raptors Stripes 905Affordable Raptors 905 Basketball Is About To Start

The Toronto Raptors new D-League affiliate is rushing towards their inaugural season that kicks off with preseason games against Erie, London and Windsor in November. The Raptors 905 will play their home games at the Hersey Centre in Mississauga.

 

 

 

Raptors Open Practice 1st Unit

Pro Bball Report Week In Review 10/25/15

On Pro Bball Report recently: NBA preseason ends, Cavs have issues, Anderson Varejao recovering slowly, Kevin Love is ready, Coach Casey likes Luis Scola, Clues from Raptors open practice, waived players, Raptors 905 and more.

 

Valanciunas Lowry DeRozanEnough Of The Preseason Already, Let’s Get Started For Real

There’s argument every year about how long should training camp be. By the fourth week players are itching to get going and start playing games that count. DeMar DeRozan is more than ready to go. “Pretty much itching to get out there and start playing, play for something and start the marathon, ” DeRozan said.

 

Cavaliers Anderson VarejaoCavs Anderson Varejao Still Has A Long Road Back From Injury

Varejao told Pro Bball Report. “I am trying to take baby steps and go little by little because I know I had a pretty tough injury – just recovering, trying to stay in touch with the medical staff, stay in touch with the coaching staff, telling them how I am feeling so we don’t over do it, but actually I am feeling pretty good.”

 

Cleveland Cavaliers Kevin LoveCavs Kevin Love Looks Ready To Start The Season

“Not surprised,” Cavaliers head coach David Blatt insisted. “As I told you on many occasions I think physically he’s really in good shape. He has no problems running the court, moving around on the court. I thought he didn’t shy away from any contact whatsoever.”

 

CLE_Blatt_DavidCleveland Cavaliers Have Been Just A Shell Of Themselves So Far

Out of the line-up in Toronto was LeBron James (back), but he is expected to be ready for opening night. Kyrie Irving (knee), injured in opening game of the Finals, isn’t expected back before December as is Iman Shumpert (wrist). Other players are coming back from injuries as well and are not 100 per cent as the season is getting underway.

 

Raptors Scola Lowry ValanciunasProfessional Luis Scola Easily Wins Over Raptors Dwane Casey

“I like what Scola brought, similar to what Amir brought last year. The rolling, the smartness, the rebounding, the defense, the pick-and-roll defense was solid. He (took) a charge. A lot of positive things from him being in the (starting) lineup.” Coach Casey

 

Raptors Coach Casey & Director of Scouting Dan TolzmanCoach Casey Provides Clues To The Raptors Rotation

While an open practice doesn’t even hold the meaning of a a preseason game, it does appear to confirm Coach Casey’s recent comments about how effective Scola was with the starters and that Patterson will provide three-point shooting off the bench again this season.

 

Kyser Roberts ToupaneRaptors Waive Scott, Toupane, Kyser And Roberts

The waived players include free-agent guard Shannon Scott, guard-forward Axel Toupane and forwards Michale Kyser and Ronald Roberts. It is hoped they will join the Raptors D-League affiliate, Raptors 905.

 
Raptors Stripes 905Affordable Raptors 905 Basketball Is About To Start

The Toronto Raptors new D-League affiliate is rushing towards their inaugural season that kicks off with preseason games against Erie, London and Windsor in November. The Raptors 905 will play their home games at the Hersey Centre in Mississauga.

 

 

• Big Stories From The Previous Week

 

 

Timberwolves coach Sam MitchellFormer Raptors Head Coach Sam Mitchell Is Back Where He Belongs

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

 

Karl-Anthony TownsIs Karl Anthony Towns The Final Piece For The Timberwolves?

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”.

 

Jonas Valanciunas looking downRaptors Jonas Valanciunas Has Been Holding Back In Preseason

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.

 

Powell & Wright webRaptors Rookies And Sophomores Chances Fading Fast

“(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”

 

 

 

James Thompson

Pro Bball Report Week In Review 10/19/15

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.

 

LeBron JamesCavs LeBron James Back Soreness Returns

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.

 

Tristan Thompson - croppedReport Cavs Have Pulled Their Offer To Tristan Thompson

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

 

Timberwolves coach Sam MitchellFormer Raptors Head Coach Sam Mitchell Is Back Where He Belongs

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

 

Casey Media Day looking downCoach Casey Makes Sure The Raptors Know Their Roles

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.

 

Karl-Anthony TownsIs Karl Anthony Towns The Final Piece For The Timberwolves?

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”.

 

Jonas Valanciunas looking downRaptors Jonas Valanciunas Has Been Holding Back In Preseason

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.

 

Powell & Wright webRaptors Rookies And Sophomores Chances Fading Fast

“(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”

 

 

• Big Stories From The Previous Week

 

 

Powell & Wright web 2Raptors 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.”

 

Terrence Ross arms foldedTerrence Ross Is Ready To Bring More To The Raptors This Year

“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.”

 

Anthony Bennett media day 2Raptors 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.

 

Scola & PattersonWill 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.

 

 

 

NBA Toronto Raptors Terrence Ross, Kyle Lowry, DeMar DeRozan, DeMarre Carroll

Pro Bball Report Week In Review 10/12/15

On Pro Bball Report recently: Delon Wright, Terrence Ross, Anthony Bennett, New Look Raptors, Patrick Patterson, Luis Scola, Open Practice coming, Justice for Thabo Sefolosha  and more.

 

Powell & Wright web 2Raptors 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.”

 

Terrence Ross arms foldedTerrence Ross Is Ready To Bring More To The Raptors This Year

“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.”

 

Anthony Bennett media day 2Raptors 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.

 

Luis Scola Jonas Valanciuns Bismack BiyomboMust See New Look Raptors Finally Make Their Toronto Debut
by Frank McLean

On Thanksgiving Monday night fans of the Toronto Raptors will finally get a chance to see this new look basketball team up close and personal and after last season’s rough ending, these are must see games.

 

Scola & PattersonWill 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.

 

Toronto Raptors Patrick Patterson and Luis ScolaPatterson Vs Scola: Who Starts For The Raptors?

“We got to find out who fits better with JV at the five position more than anything else, (both) offensively and defensively more so than who wins the spot,” Casey explained. “The better person may be in the second unit. We got to figure that out, but it’s not going to be a competition about who beats who out. It’s going to be who fits better. Who fits better with Biyombo in the second unit. Those are the things we got to find out in camp.”

 

Valanciunas Lowry DeRozanRaptors To Hold A Practice Open To The Public In Mississauga

The Toronto Raptors will hold an open practice on Wednesday, October 21 at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga. The limited tickets to this event are free to the public. For more information about open practice tickets please visit raptors.com/openpractice.

 

ATL_Sefolosha_ThaboJustice For Hawks Thabo Sefolosha

Thabo Sefolosha missed the the entire Atlanta Hawks NBA playoff run when the New York police broke his leg after an incident outside a Manhattan nightclub in April. Somehow it was Sefolosha who was charged with three misdemeanor counts despite descriptions in the media that seemed to confirm it was the police who got out of control.

 

 

• Big Stories From The Previous Week

 

 

Carroll & Joseph 2Toronto Raptors Can Look Down Blue Jays Way For Inspiration This Year
by Frank McLean

Looking down Blue Jays Way and across York Street to the Air Canada Centre the Toronto Raptors are hoping lightning strikes twice and they can provide the same excitement to the city the baseball team has.

 

Luis Scola interview sittingDurable Veteran Luis Scola Is A Godsend For The Raptors

“(Scola) is smart,” Casey said. “He is an old soul. He has been there before, there is nothing that rattles him. He is talking (at camp) even though he is going to a new system, he is talking to other guys. He is a godsend for our team.

 

Bruno CabocloRaptors 905 Is Huge For Bruno Caboclo

“It was embarrassing,” Caboclo said about his Mad Ants experience. “I think (it will be easier this year) because it will be our team. It is just a few steps from here, so it will be much easier for me.”

 

Tristan Thompson - fuzzyIs It Time To Trade Tristan Thompson Yet?

There’s nothing like blatantly disrespecting a player you are supposedly negotiating with and want to re-sign. The Cavaliers stepped up their take it or leave it stance and started ripping down all evidence that Tristan Thompson has ever been in Cleveland.

 

 

 

Luis Scola interview

Pro Bball Report Week In Review 10/04/15

On Pro Bball Report recently: Raptors mimic Blue Jays, Godsend Luis Scola, Bruno Caboclo likes the 905, Preseason TV schedule, Tristan Thompson holdout drama and more.

 

Carroll & Joseph 2Toronto Raptors Can Look Down Blue Jays Way For Inspiration This Year
by Frank McLean

Looking down Blue Jays Way and across York Street to the Air Canada Centre the Toronto Raptors are hoping lightning strikes twice and they can provide the same excitement to the city the baseball team has.

 

Luis Scola interview sittingDurable Veteran Luis Scola Is A Godsend For The Raptors

“(Scola) is smart,” Casey said. “He is an old soul. He has been there before, there is nothing that rattles him. He is talking (at camp) even though he is going to a new system, he is talking to other guys. He is a godsend for our team.

 

Bruno CabocloRaptors 905 Is Huge For Bruno Caboclo

“It was embarrassing,” Caboclo said about his Mad Ants experience. “I think (it will be easier this year) because it will be our team. It is just a few steps from here, so it will be much easier for me.”

 

preseason tv schToronto Raptors To Broadcast 6 of 7 Preseason Games

The Toronto Raptors announced Friday their preseason broadcast schedule for television. Six of the seven preseason games will be televised on either of TSN2 or NBA TV Canada. Only the game in Golden State on October 5th will not be shown.

 

Tristan Thompson jerseyTristan Thompson Passes On Cavs Qualifying Offer

The Cavs franchise has experience with players holding out, notably in the beginning of the 2007-08 season, when swingman Sasha Pavlovic missed all of training camp as he awaited a more amenable offer and center Anderson Varejao sat out until mid-December before striking a deal.

 

Tristan Thompson - fuzzyIs It Time To Trade Tristan Thompson Yet?

There’s nothing like blatantly disrespecting a player you are supposedly negotiating with and want to re-sign. The Cavaliers stepped up their take it or leave it stance and started ripping down all evidence that Tristan Thompson has ever been in Cleveland.

 

 

• Big Stories From The Previous Week

 

 

T RossWill Raptors Terrence Ross Breakout Or Bust?

Last season was a disappointing failure on the part of the Toronto Raptors wing Terrence Ross to build upon a strong sophomore year and it is only going to get tougher for the 24-year-old in 2015-16. The starting small forward spot was Ross’ to lose and he’s lost it to veteran DeMarre Carroll. Head coach Dwane Casey still wants Ross to succeed and he’ll be given every chance again this year, but it’s breakout or bust this time.

 

DeRozan Lowry CarrollBasketball Insiders Predict Raptors To Win Their Division Again

In all seriousness, even a causal fan would have to be raving mad to believe the Toronto Raptors are not the overwhelming favorite to win the Atlantic Division for the third consecutive season, a basketball insiders perspective is not required to come to that conclusion.

 

DeMar DeRozan 1Why The Toronto Raptors Can’t Extend DeMar DeRozan

There are a lot of puff articles and even interviews lamenting the fact the Toronto Raptors and their star guard DeMar DeRozan are not pursuing contract extension talks prior to the start of this season. Aside from the fact this isn’t news and was well covered last season, the Raptors and anyone else who has bothered to look at the NBA CBA knows Toronto can’t extend DeRozan to anything remotely approaching his market value under the current rules.

 

Joseph & ScolaBig Summers By Scola And Joseph Raising Raptors Hopes

While the Raptors moves this summer have brought a collective yawn from many outside of Toronto, a closer look suggests President and General Manager Masai Ujiri has added some high quality pieces to play alongside the two All-Star guards already on his roster. Big summers from Luis Scola and Cory Joseph while playing for their National Teams at the FIBA Americas tournament are raising the Raptors already high hopes for next season.

 

 

 

Anthony Bennett - cropped

Pro Bball Report Week In Review 09/27/15

On Pro Bball Report recently: Anthony Bennett to Toronto, Terrence Ross breaks out or busts, Raptors to win division again, no extension for DeMar DeRozan, Big summers for Luis Scola and Cory Joseph, Steve Nash on Team Canada, Mad Ants problem, FIBA Americas, Eurobasket All-Stars Jonas Valanciunas and Nando De Colo and more.

 

Anthony Bennett scrumShould The Raptors Grab Anthony Bennett?

The Minnesota Timberwolves are buying out former number one overall draft pick Anthony Bennett and unless some team has $5.8 million they don’t want, he’ll be an unrestricted free agent shortly and available to sign for the NBA minimum salary. Bennett is from Toronto and played for Team Canada this summer, so should the Raptors make an attempt to grab him to fill the 15th and final spot on their roster for this season?

 

T RossWill Raptors Terrence Ross Breakout Or Bust?

Last season was a disappointing failure on the part of the Toronto Raptors wing Terrence Ross to build upon a strong sophomore year and it is only going to get tougher for the 24-year-old in 2015-16. The starting small forward spot was Ross’ to lose and he’s lost it to veteran DeMarre Carroll. Head coach Dwane Casey still wants Ross to succeed and he’ll be given every chance again this year, but it’s breakout or bust this time.

 

DeRozan Lowry CarrollBasketball Insiders Predict Raptors To Win Their Division Again

In all seriousness, even a causal fan would have to be raving mad to believe the Toronto Raptors are not the overwhelming favorite to win the Atlantic Division for the third consecutive season, a basketball insiders perspective is not required to come to that conclusion.

 

DeMar DeRozan 1Why The Toronto Raptors Can’t Extend DeMar DeRozan

There are a lot of puff articles and even interviews lamenting the fact the Toronto Raptors and their star guard DeMar DeRozan are not pursuing contract extension talks prior to the start of this season. Aside from the fact this isn’t news and was well covered last season, the Raptors and anyone else who has bothered to look at the NBA CBA knows Toronto can’t extend DeRozan to anything remotely approaching his market value under the current rules.

 

Joseph & ScolaBig Summers By Scola And Joseph Raising Raptors Hopes

While the Raptors moves this summer have brought a collective yawn from many outside of Toronto, a closer look suggests President and General Manager Masai Ujiri has added some high quality pieces to play alongside the two All-Star guards already on his roster. Big summers from Luis Scola and Cory Joseph while playing for their National Teams at the FIBA Americas tournament are raising the Raptors already high hopes for next season.

 

Steve Nash 2015Team Canada Success Is No Surprise To Steve Nash

“I feel like this was what I envisioned,” Nash said after learning Canada was through to the semis. “There was moments when maybe I wasn’t sure it would come along this crisply, but I thought this would be the curve. We had a timid game against Argentina where we weren’t very good, otherwise we played well in Puerto Rico, we played well since. I don’t think I’d even go as far as pleasantly surprised, but I’ve enjoyed the heck out of it.”

 

Mad AntsPacers Acquire Fort Wayne Mad Ants Shutting Out 11 Other Teams

Things just got real for the 11 NBA teams that have yet to secure their own NBA D-League affiliate. The Indiana Pacers are about to announce they have acquired the last remaining independent D-League team, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.

 

Valanciunas Scola JosephRaptors Scola, Valanciunas And Joseph Are Leading Teams This Summer

The Toronto Raptors are watching three of their recently signed key players for next season in leading roles with their respective National Teams this summer. Jonas Valanciunas, Luis Scola and Cory Joseph are playing on teams expected to make some noise in their respective FIBA tournaments and while each player has a pivotal role, their situations couldn’t be more different.

 

Jay Triano 2015Canada Should Defeat Mexico To Secure FIBA Americas Semis Appearance
The two top teams heading into the FIBA Americas tournament were Argentina and Canada, both in Group B. In Group A, Mexico avoided the top teams in the preliminary round to go undefeated, but the easy ride is over for the host nation and they have to face Canada tonight and Argentina on Wednesday.

 

Wiggins FIBAAndrew Wiggins Leads Canada To 94-73 Spanking Of Mexico

Team Canada faced off against unbeaten Mexico and a boisterous crowd in the second round of the 2015 FIBA Americas spanking them 94-73 on their home court. Andrew Wiggins led Canada with 17 points while hitting on all four of his three-point attempts. It was a crushing victory for the visitors that vaulted Canada past Mexico and into second place with an outside shot at the number one seed

 

Jonas Valanciunas by Robertas Dačkus with permission (3)Raptors Jonas Valanciunas To Miss His Next Game

“Yesterday after training he climbed quite high temperatures, he receives medication, lies at the hotel and hopes that tomorrow he will be able to play. Today – certainly not, “- said Team doctor Vytenis Trumpickas

 

Jonas Valanciunas 2013

Raptors Jonas Valanciunas Leads Lithuania Past Bargnani And Italy

Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas had a huge game for Lithuania in a quarter-finals match against Italy at Eurobasket 2015. Valanciunas posted a game-high 26 point 15 rebound double-double in the 95-85 overtime victory.

 

Jonas Valanciunas LithuaniaJonas Valanciunas Goes For Gold With Lithuania At Eurobasket 2015
Taking on top-ranked and unbeaten Serbia in the Eurobasket 2015 semi-finals, Lithuania was in tough if they wanted to get to the Gold Medal game and a guaranteed Olympic berth in Rio. However, once again Jonas Valanciunas led his team in scoring with 15 points and 4 blocked shots as Lithuania knocked off Serbia 67-64 in a hard-fought defensive battle.

 

Valanciunas & DeColoRaptors Jonas Valanciunas And Nando De Colo Are Eurobasket All-Stars

Lithuania center Jonas Valanciunas also earned his first All-Star Five Presented by Tissot selection after contributing 16 points and 8.4 rebounds per-game, despite suffering with illness earlier in the competition. France’s Nando De Colo completed the fantastic five after playing a starring role in the hosts’ run to the bronze medal. The 28-year-old averaged 13.1 Points and 5.2 rebounds per-game as he revelled in the increased responsibly on his shoulders.

 

 

• Big Stories From The Previous Week

 

 

TOR DeRozan and LowryRaptors Boast A Top Five Backcourt Again This Season

It seems like a lifetime ago, but the Toronto Raptors started last season demolishing all-comers in a 13-2 run that ended with an unfortunate DeMar DeRozan groin injury that cost him over 20 games. DeRozan was returning from an All-Star campaign and perhaps the only good thing to come from his being hurt was it opened the door for Kyle Lowry to earn an All-Star nod of his own.

 

Irving Mosgov LoveCavaliers Could Face A Slow Start To The 2015-16 NBA Season

No less than starting point guard Kyrie Irving, starting power forward Kevin Love, one-time starting center Anderson Varejao and last year’s starting center Timofey Mozgov are all expected to be back (eventually) after serious injuries. The player and the team can say everything is going great and the rehab is on schedule, but nothing is a sure thing until the player gets on the court and puts a few games under their belt.

 

Kyle Lowry playoffs by Paul Saini FylmmRaptors Kyle Lowry Is Working For A Long Playoff Run

The Toronto Raptors All-Star and starting point guard Kyle Lowry will turn 30-years-old during the upcoming season and this realization has brought some changes to his usual summer workouts. Pictures of a new slimmed down Lowry went viral in social media, but the once stocky guard hasn’t slimmed down for the cameras, no this Raptor is getting ready for an 82 game schedule and a long playoff run.

 

 

Joseph & Scola

Pro Bball Report Week In Review 09/06/15

On Pro Bball Report recently:  Raptors top backcourt,  Cavaliers injuries, Kyle Lowry workouts, Team Canada success, Andrew Wiggins, Nik Stauskas,  Cory Joseph, Luis Scola leads Argentina, Jonas Valanciunas leads Lithuania , Andrea Bargnani wants to win now, Canadian Tax myths and more.

 

TOR DeRozan and LowryRaptors Boast A Top Five Backcourt Again This Season

It seems like a lifetime ago, but the Toronto Raptors started last season demolishing all-comers in a 13-2 run that ended with an unfortunate DeMar DeRozan groin injury that cost him over 20 games. DeRozan was returning from an All-Star campaign and perhaps the only good thing to come from his being hurt was it opened the door for Kyle Lowry to earn an All-Star nod of his own.

 

Irving Mosgov LoveCavaliers Could Face A Slow Start To The 2015-16 NBA Season

No less than starting point guard Kyrie Irving, starting power forward Kevin Love, one-time starting center Anderson Varejao and last year’s starting center Timofey Mozgov are all expected to be back (eventually) after serious injuries. The player and the team can say everything is going great and the rehab is on schedule, but nothing is a sure thing until the player gets on the court and puts a few games under their belt.

 

Kyle Lowry playoffs by Paul Saini FylmmRaptors Kyle Lowry Is Working For A Long Playoff Run

The Toronto Raptors All-Star and starting point guard Kyle Lowry will turn 30-years-old during the upcoming season and this realization has brought some changes to his usual summer workouts. Pictures of a new slimmed down Lowry went viral in social media, but the once stocky guard hasn’t slimmed down for the cameras, no this Raptor is getting ready for an 82 game schedule and a long playoff run.

 

 

Joseph & WigginsTeam Canada Sets 12 Man 2015 FIBA Americas Roster
Basketball Canada announced the 12 man roster for the Olympic qualifier as follows:

Anthony Bennett, Aaron Doornekamp, Melvin Ejim, Brady Heslip, Cory Joseph, Andrew Nicholson, Kelly Olynyk, Dwight Powell, Robert Sacre, Phil Scrubb, Nik Stauskas, and Andrew Wiggins.

 

Luis Scola faces leftRaptors Luis Scola Dominates In Argentina’s Win Over Puerto Rico

Luis Scola tried to tell the Raptors media that he’s got a lot left to give before heading off to join his National Team and in Argentina’s 91-86 opening win over Puerto Rico at the 2015 FIBA Americas he dominated his opposition. Scola scored a game high 22 points on 56 percent shooting from the field and grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds, including a demoralizing 5 offensive boards

 

Luis ScolaYou Reach, I Teach, Luis Scola Humbles Team Canada
If the NBA player laden Team Canada has a weakness it’s that they are young and the Argentine veteran Luis Scola was more than happy to teach his inexperienced opponents a few things on his way to a 35 point 13 rebound performance in his team’s humbling 94-87 victory.

 

Andrew Wiggins and Nik StauskasWiggins And Stauskas Help Canada Crush Cuba 101-59

As expected Canada took out their frustrations after an opening game loss to Argentina on the hapless Team Cuba 101-59 at the FIBA Americas tournament in Mexico. Canada lead wire to wire and was up by 20 points after the first quarter. Andrew Wiggins and Nik Stauskas led Canada with 15 points apiece as head coach Jay Triano spread the minutes around as evenly as he could between his 12 players.

 

Cory Joseph close upCanada Turns To Cory Joseph To Win Sloppy Over Venezuela

Head coach Jay Triano had been spreading the minutes out early on at the FIBA Americas, but in a sloppy game against Venezuela, he turned to the stabilizing influence of Toronto Raptors new point guard Cory Joseph. The 82-62 final score belies the fact Canada let their opponent get back to within 11 points in the fourth quarter after being up over 20 in a game Canada should have won in similar fashion to the 40-point blowout of Cuba.

 

Andrew WigginsAndrew Wiggins Led a Barrage of Scoring as Canada Wins Again

In their final game of the preliminary round at the FIBA Americas tournament, Andrew Wiggins led a barrage of scoring that overwhelmed Puerto Rico 112-92 as Canada won again to go 3-1 and advance to the second round as the third seed.

 

Jonas Valanciunas by Robertas Dačkus with permission (2)Raptors Jonas Valanciunas Posts Double-Double In Lithuania’s Opening Win

Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas is playing for Lithuania at Eurobasket 2015 and he posted a double-double as his team eked out a 69-68 win in their tournament opener over the Ukraine. This game turned into a battle between Valanciunas and the Ukraine’s big man Kyrylo Fesenko with each player finishing with 19 points and 11 rebounds

 

Jonas Valanciunas the beardRaptors Jonas Valanciunas Leads Lithuania Past Latvia 68-49

Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas led all scorers as Lithuania defeated their close rival Latvia 68-49 in their second match at Eurobasket 2015. Valanciunas scored 15 points, grabbed 7 boards, 2 steals and blocked 2 shots in 22 minutes.

 

Andrea Bargnani headshotAndrea Bargnani Confirms What Raptors Fans Believed

At this point it can only be taken as cold comfort, everything Toronto Raptors fans thought was wrong about their team’s former number one overall draft pick Andrea Bargnani was true. Bargnani really was putting himself first. Bargnani told RAI (Italy) in a recent interview that his own personal results were more important than winning.

 

We The North - picWhy The Blue Jays Really Can Re-sign David Price
by Adam Scherer, Partner Tax

The bottom line is that it is time to eliminate taxes as a potential reason for athletes staying away from Canada. Baseball players should focus on factors other than taxes when deciding to play here: a beautiful and lively city with fine restaurants and nightlife, and playing meaningful baseball games all summer long in a stadium packed with the best fans in baseball. Those things will help curb any costs.

 

 

• Big Stories From The Previous Week

 

 

Devlin, Ujiri, Lowry, jesey & ballThe Myth American Athletes Pay More Tax In Toronto Blown Away

Every now and then somebody tries to explain the inability of the Toronto Blue Jays, Raptors or Maple Leafs to land some available big name free agent using Canada’s exceedingly high personal income tax rates. However, most people are almost undoubtedly unaware that the highest personal tax rate in the U.S. at the federal level is a comparatively shocking 39.6 percent plus US citizens pay an additional 2.35 percent Medicare tax.

 

DeMarre CarrollToronto Raptors Can’t Get Any Respect For Next Season

It’s still early to be making predictions about next season, not that being early has ever stopped anyone, and it seems the Toronto Raptors failure to land a superstar player in free agency has bumped them completely off the radar down South. The Raptors just can’t get any respect for their anticipated defense of the Atlantic Division or their consecutive franchise record setting seasons.

 

Joseph & Ujiri with ball closeup croppedCory Joseph Is Primed To Surprise At Home With The Raptors

“Cory keeps getting better,” said two-time NBA MVP and Team Canada general manager Steve Nash. “I don’t think a lot of people thought he was an NBA player after his first year with the Spurs and he has continued to get better and better and better and look where he is now. He is a valued NBA player. Cory is a tough kid, he plays hard, he competes and he keeps getting better and he’s been rewarded for it.”

 

Luis Scola - head shotRaptors Luis Scola Dominates FIBA Tournament

Luis Scola has shouted from Puerto Rico that he’s not done yet. Playing for Argentina in the Tuto Marchand Cup, a warm up tournament for the FIBA Americas, Scola didn’t just lead his National Team, he led the entire tournament in scoring, rebounding and assists per game.

 

kyrie Irving by Paul SainiWhat If Cavs Kyrie Irving Doesn’t Return And No One Notices?

After suffering a broken knee cap and undergoing surgery in June, it shouldn’t exactly come as a shock that the Cavs All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving is expected to miss the start of the 2015-16 NBA season, just about no one expects him to rush back before January either and really, why even that quick? The thing is with the Cavaliers, there’s a pretty good chance no one notices his absence.

 

Anthony Bennett scrumTimberwolves Anthony Bennett Finds His Game With Team Canada

“(Bennett) has arguably been our highest energy guy in practice,” head coach Jay Triano said. “I don’t really try to classify who’s a four and who’s a five, who’s a center and who’s a power forward. We ask our first big down the floor to be the guy who occupies space and looks for something in transition and with his speed and the way that he runs, he is usually the first guy down the floor. I told him not to worry about numbers, be the first guy down (and) rebound the crap out of the ball. Get it every time that it’s available. I said that will keep you on the floor longer, that will let other people see what type of skills that you have and he has a lot of basketball skills.”

 

 

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Pro Bball Report Week In Review 08/30/15

On Pro Bball Report recently: Tax Myths about Canada, No respect for Raptors, The surprising Cory Joseph, Luis Scola dominating, Cavs Kyrie Irving return uncertain, Anthony Bennett improves, Landry Fields unwanted, Andrew Wiggins leads Canada twice, Brady Heslip scores, Dwight Powell impresses and more.

 

Devlin, Ujiri, Lowry, jesey & ballThe Myth American Athletes Pay More Tax In Toronto Blown Away

Every now and then somebody tries to explain the inability of the Toronto Blue Jays, Raptors or Maple Leafs to land some available big name free agent using Canada’s exceedingly high personal income tax rates. However, most people are almost undoubtedly unaware that the highest personal tax rate in the U.S. at the federal level is a comparatively shocking 39.6 percent plus US citizens pay an additional 2.35 percent Medicare tax.

 

DeMarre CarrollToronto Raptors Can’t Get Any Respect For Next Season

It’s still early to be making predictions about next season, not that being early has ever stopped anyone, and it seems the Toronto Raptors failure to land a superstar player in free agency has bumped them completely off the radar down South. The Raptors just can’t get any respect for their anticipated defense of the Atlantic Division or their consecutive franchise record setting seasons.

 

Joseph & Ujiri with ball closeup croppedCory Joseph Is Primed To Surprise At Home With The Raptors

“Cory keeps getting better,” said two-time NBA MVP and Team Canada general manager Steve Nash. “I don’t think a lot of people thought he was an NBA player after his first year with the Spurs and he has continued to get better and better and better and look where he is now. He is a valued NBA player. Cory is a tough kid, he plays hard, he competes and he keeps getting better and he’s been rewarded for it.”

 

Luis Scola - head shotRaptors Luis Scola Dominates FIBA Tournament

Luis Scola has shouted from Puerto Rico that he’s not done yet. Playing for Argentina in the Tuto Marchand Cup, a warm up tournament for the FIBA Americas, Scola didn’t just lead his National Team, he led the entire tournament in scoring, rebounding and assists per game.

 

kyrie Irving by Paul SainiWhat If Cavs Kyrie Irving Doesn’t Return And No One Notices?

After suffering a broken knee cap and undergoing surgery in June, it shouldn’t exactly come as a shock that the Cavs All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving is expected to miss the start of the 2015-16 NBA season, just about no one expects him to rush back before January either and really, why even that quick? The thing is with the Cavaliers, there’s a pretty good chance no one notices his absence.

 

Anthony Bennett scrumTimberwolves Anthony Bennett Finds His Game With Team Canada

“(Bennett) has arguably been our highest energy guy in practice,” head coach Jay Triano said. “I don’t really try to classify who’s a four and who’s a five, who’s a center and who’s a power forward. We ask our first big down the floor to be the guy who occupies space and looks for something in transition and with his speed and the way that he runs, he is usually the first guy down the floor. I told him not to worry about numbers, be the first guy down (and) rebound the crap out of the ball. Get it every time that it’s available. I said that will keep you on the floor longer, that will let other people see what type of skills that you have and he has a lot of basketball skills.”

 

Fields Media Day 2Does Anyone Want The Raptors UFA Landry Fields?

Landry Fields is only 27-years-old with five years of NBA experience behind him. “In terms of (my) shot and the arm, it is still an on-going thing,” Fields said just before last season started. “I do the best I can with rehab, it is what it is. I do understand that my contract might not be the same (next year). I might not be in basketball after this year.”

 

Andrew Wiggins scrum flWiggins Scores 20 As Canada Goes Undefeated In Puerto Rico

For the second time in four games, Andrew Wiggins led Team Canada to victory at the Tuto Marchand Continental Cup. Canada taking a hotly contested game 78-72 from their previously undefeated hosts Puerto Rico. The Canadians wrapped up this warm-up tournament at 4-0.

 

Brady Heslip by MoVernie (edited)Brady Heslip Leads Canada To Third Straight Win

Brady Heslip netted a game-high 14 points by nailing four three-pointers to lead five different Canadians in double-digit scoring en route to a 86-74 win over the Dominican Republic at the Tuto Marchand Cup in Puerto Rico on Tuesday. With the win, Canada goes undefeated into the final contest against Puerto Rico on Wednesday.

 

Dwight PowellRevenge, Dwight Powell Leads Canada Past Brazil 80-64

Canada grabbed a small measure of revenge for Brazil beating them in the Pan Am Gold Medal Game a month ago by laying a 80-64 beating on their opponent at the Tuto Marchand Continental Cup in Puerto Rico on Monday. Canada never trailed and was up by as much as 25 points in the fourth quarter, the Dallas Mavericks Dwight Powell coming off the bench to lead all scorers with 18 points in 18 minutes.

 

Andrew Wiggins 2015Andrew Wiggins Leads Canada Past Argentina 85-80

Andrew Wiggins led Canada past Argentina 85-80 in the opener of the Tuto Marchand Continental Cup in Puerto Rico on Sunday, scoring 18 points in 26 minutes of action. Head coach Jay Triano giving his starting point guard Cory Joseph the day off and going 11 deep into his 12 man roster.

 

 

• Big Stories From The Previous Week

 

 

Patman RaptorPatrick 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.

 

Akil Augustine suitThe Hangout’s Akil Augustine Breaks Down Raptors Signings

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.

 

Andrew Wiggins 2015Team 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.”

 

Jonas Valanciunas leaping closeup by Paul Saini FYLMMRaptors 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.

 

OKC_Durant_KevinKevin 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 2010Chris Bosh Gets Into Fantasy Basketball

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.

 

 

 

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Pro Bball Report Week In Review 08/23/15

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.

 

Patman RaptorPatrick 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.

 

Akil Augustine suitThe Hangout’s Akil Augustine Breaks Down Raptors Signings

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.

 

Raptors905 expansion draft 2Raptors 905 Draft 7 Players With NBA Experience

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.

 

Jay Triano 2015Team Canada Announces 13 Man Roster For Puerto Rico

“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.”

 

Team Canada group shot 8-17Canada Basketball Hosts Talent Identification Weekend

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.

 

Brady Heslip headshot 2015Burlington’s Brady Heslip Lands A Nice Contract in Italy

“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.”

 

Andrew Wiggins 2015Team 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.”

 

Joseph & TrianoTeam Canada Is Stealing From The Spurs

“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 ValanciunasJonas Valanciunas Honest Self Assessment Of His Game

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.”

 

Jonas Valanciunas leaping closeup by Paul Saini FYLMMRaptors 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.

 

Jonas Valanciunas 2014Raptors 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 by Robertas Dačkus with permission (2)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.

 

Greivis Vasquez stylingGreivis Vasquez Decision Leaves Venezuela With No NBA players

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.

 

OKC_Durant_KevinKevin 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 2010Chris Bosh Gets Into Fantasy Basketball

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.

 

Tristan Thompson - fuzzyStill A Chance Tristan Thompson Could Play For Canada

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.

 

 

• Big Stories From The Previous Week

 

 

Kelly Olynyk scrumKelly Olynyk Is Feeling The Trade Winds In Boston

“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.”

 

Cory Joseph 2015Raptors 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.”

 

DeMar DeRozan by Paul Saini 2014Is The Raptors DeMar DeRozan Really On The Trade Block?

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.

 

Biyombo blocks 2The Best NBA Free Agent Bargain Was Raptors Bismack Biyombo

“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.”

 

Raptors SchedToronto Raptors 2015-16 Schedule Details

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.

 

 

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Pro Bball Report Week In Review 08/16/15

On Pro Bball Report recently: Kelly Olynyk trade winds, Cory Joseph leads, Jonas Valanciunas injured, DeMar DeRozan trades, Bismack Biyombo bargain, Tristan Thompson stalemate, NBA centers, Bucks Billionaires, Raptors schedule and more.

 

Kelly Olynyk scrumKelly Olynyk Is Feeling The Trade Winds In Boston

“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.”

 

Cory Joseph 2015Raptors 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.”

 

JV injuredJonas Valanciunas Injured In First Game With Lithuania

The Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas was playing in his first game of the summer for Lithuania on Wednesday when he slipped under the basket and could be seen holding his groin in obvious pain. “He has a groin strain, while the injury heals long. This is not good,” said Coach Kazlauskas

 

DeMar DeRozan by Paul Saini 2014Is The Raptors DeMar DeRozan Really On The Trade Block?

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.

 

Biyombo blocks 2The Best NBA Free Agent Bargain Was Raptors Bismack Biyombo

“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.”

 

StraightOuttaSomewhereCavs And Tristan Thompson Stalemate Bad For Team Canada
Now Thompson can afford to bet on himself again this summer and sign an even better deal as an unrestricted free agent next year and the Cavs will save about $30 million in luxury tax if Thompson takes the qualifying offer, but this is really bad news for Team Canada as they need their best power forward to help them win at the FIBA Americas Olympic qualifying tournament later this summer.

 

Valanciunas Hibbert DrummondAre Traditional NBA Centers A Dying Breed?

It is getting hard not to notice that successful NBA teams have gone small and nowhere was that more noticeable than in the NBA Finals when the Golden State Warriors sat their regular season +8 starting center Andrew Bogut in order to completely dominate the Cavaliers in a game of small ball.

 

rich guyBillionaire Bucks Owners Get $250 million For New Arena

On the very day that Walker began pushing for taxpayers to foot much of the bill for the new arena, one of the team’s owners donated $150,000 to his super PAC. The investor, Jon Hammes, has donated directly to Walker’s past campaigns, as well … Walker hired him as his national finance co-chairman. Another Bucks owner, Ted Kellner, gave $50,000 to Walker’s Super PAC.

 

Raptors SchedToronto Raptors 2015-16 Schedule Details

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.

 

 

• Big Stories From The Previous Week

 

 

PHO_Morris_MarkieffShould Raptors Trade For Suns Markieff Morris?
Even with Morris on a steal of a contract, teams won’t be tripping over themselves to add a player who spent the last year building a bad reputation for himself. From calling out the home fans to finishing with the second most technicals in the league to the felony aggravated assault charges.

 

Jonas Valanciunas arm raisedWhy The Raptors Can’t Extend Jonas Valanciunas This Summer

At the end of games last year, Casey sat Valanciunas 23 times for the entire fourth quarter and he did it with good reason. In the 57 fourth quarters he played in, Valanciunas averaged 5.1 minutes, 2 points, 1.6 rebounds and was a net -0.6 points. Even Valanciunas acknowledges what he needs to do, “I am trying to increase my speed.”

 

Jonas Valanciunas by Robertas Dačkus with permission (1)Lithuania Ranked 4th Heading Into Eurobasket 2015
The very early power rankings for the top National teams heading into Eurobasket 2015 has the historically very competitive Lithuania ranked 4th behind Spain, Serbia and France. Pau Gasol will be leading Spain once again. Serbia won Silver at the 2014 World Cup and looks to field an even stronger team than before. France will be led by Tony Parker.

 

 

 

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Pro Bball Report Week In Review 08/09/15

On Pro Bball Report recently: waiting on Tristan Thompson, Markieff Morris trades, extending Jonas Valanciunas, Raptors new jerseys, FIBA Europe power rankings, Shannon Scott camp invite and more.

 

Tristan Thompson jerseyAre The Cavs Hoping Tristan Thompson Takes The Qualifying Offer?
The silence coming out of Cleveland about Tristan Thompson has been deafening ever since talks apparently stalled around a rumored five-year $80 million offer that was supposedly rejected. The longer the stalemate lasts, the more likely Thompson just takes the $6.8 million qualifying offer and cashes in next summer.

 

PHO_Morris_MarkieffShould Raptors Trade For Suns Markieff Morris?
Even with Morris on a steal of a contract, teams won’t be tripping over themselves to add a player who spent the last year building a bad reputation for himself. From calling out the home fans to finishing with the second most technicals in the league to the felony aggravated assault charges.

 

Jonas Valanciunas arm raisedWhy The Raptors Can’t Extend Jonas Valanciunas This Summer

At the end of games last year, Casey sat Valanciunas 23 times for the entire fourth quarter and he did it with good reason. In the 57 fourth quarters he played in, Valanciunas averaged 5.1 minutes, 2 points, 1.6 rebounds and was a net -0.6 points. Even Valanciunas acknowledges what he needs to do, “I am trying to increase my speed.”

 

Black & Black unisRaptors Play It Safe With New Uniforms

The Toronto Raptors have officially released the team’s new uniforms for next season. They played it safe with a clean crisp image largely reminiscent of recent older designs. The 2015-16 uniforms should be well received.

 

Jonas Valanciunas by Robertas Dačkus with permission (1)Lithuania Ranked 4th Heading Into Eurobasket 2015
The very early power rankings for the top National teams heading into Eurobasket 2015 has the historically very competitive Lithuania ranked 4th behind Spain, Serbia and France. Pau Gasol will be leading Spain once again. Serbia won Silver at the 2014 World Cup and looks to field an even stronger team than before. France will be led by Tony Parker.

 

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