Toronto Sun After signing Monday with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Parker believes he has a legitimate shot at winning his first NBA title. "For me it’s always about who really saw me fitting in with what they’re trying to do," Parker said. "Cleveland has been that team from the beginning. They showed the most interest and… Read more »
This interview is a week or so old, but Raúl Ruscitti did us a great favour in translating this interview… In an interview with a basketball radio show in Argentina, Carlos Delfino talked about the possibility of returning to the NBA, his right shoulder injury that limited his participation last season, and his decision of… Read more »
Globe and Mail The Raptors can sign Delfino without using the NBA’s mid-level exemption because they maintained his “Bird rights,” which allow teams over the salary cap to sign their own free agents. The rights were kept in the complicated four-team transaction finalized Thursday. That deal brought in Turkoglu and sent Shawn Marion to the… Read more »
Reports claim he has been living on Red Bull and Twinkies the last couple days/nights. The shot-clock is expiring, and Colangelo has put in more work over the last few days then he has all season, I can feel it. His Teflon is wearing thin with whispers that his job could be on the line…. Read more »
Globe and Mail According to league sources at least five NBA teams inquired about Parker in the lead-up to Thursday night’s draft, where Toronto took DeRozan ninth overall out of the University of Southern California. The five teams to ask about Parker, a free agent on July 1st, include San Antonio, Boston, Phoenix, Cleveland and… Read more »
Toronto Sun Having already addressed the Raptors deficiency in toughness with the acquisition of Reggie Evans via a trade, Colangelo addressed his club’s other glaring weakness getting a guy who can create his own shot and has no qualms about going through people to get to the rim. Raptors head coach Jay Triano revealed the… Read more »
*** LIVE DRAFT NIGHT CHAT AT RAPTORS REPUBLIC. CHECK BACK FOR LINK!!! *** Toronto Sun Everyone seems to be writing Bosh off in Toronto. Everyone seems to be caught up in this imaginary world that would see Bosh join Wade in Miami. In Toronto, Bosh’s every word gets taken out of context or it gets… Read more »
Toronto Sun The 19-year-old forward from the USC Trojans, a projected top-10 pick, is one of several top prospects that have opted to go it alone during pre-draft auditions. "I felt like coaches get the chance to see everything I’ve improved on without paying attention to other players, their whole focus is on me," DeRozan… Read more »
Toronto Star With Shawn Marion, Anthony Parker and Joey Graham as unrestricted free agents, and Carlos Delfino in the mix as a restricted free agent the Raptors have spoken about bringing back, that leaves a dearth of shooting guards and small forwards. It would seem obvious the No.9 pick would have to play one of… Read more »
Indignant Sports Reggie Evans is clearly the best rebounder and most physical player of the bunch, even if he isn’t a skilled offensive threat. He’s easily the back-up power forward. On a running team, you might get away with him at center for short runs. But you have to ask yourself: was Evans acquired to… Read more »
Changed my mind; I do have something to add: TRoss. I generally doubt that players pay attention to what-all’s being said out there (out here) but I wondered a couple weeks ago when, as the griping-crescendo was building and about to peak towards TRoss, he seemed to break out of whatever low-level of funk he was in, to suddenly play a bit better. So … I’ll throw two cents into the internet-ether to say that TRoss would be a much-much better player and would earn himself many extra-large paycheques come contract time, if he would decide once-and-for-all that he *had* to be better and to start by driving hard to the hoop, and often! I don’t expect to see an ego-maniacal-attitude (can you imagine, tho? Damn, he’d be dangerous). But if he got a little bit angry or impatient (even) at his slow progression, thus far … it couldn’t hurt.
I remember reading a lot of years ago how then-captain Bobby Clarke of the Philadelphia Flyers was pissed at one of his talented line-mates (Bill Barber, I think) who was sleep-walking, so between periods, he yelled at him loudly and whacked him hard with a stick, across his shin-pads … and it worked. (Next period, the guy scored, the team won, etc, etc.) So … maybe a fellow Rap could … you know, wake him up, just a bit more? A stick probably isn’t necessary, but .. maybe throw a shoe at him? Because he’s too talented to not be on his way (yet) to becoming a big star in this league. So c’mon DeMar. Give him a little Compton-style. Get him angry. Without JJ for a bit, you’re gonna need him.