Throwback Thursday: Where Were They on Draft Day?

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As pre-draft workouts continue this week on the Raptors Practice Court, the game changing day for NBA hopefuls inches closer; exactly three weeks away today.  The excited anxiety has been captured at Air Canada Centre as local hopefuls strive for performance perfection and the Raptors organization preps for that slated 20th pick.

So what was Draft Day like for the current Raptors squad?

Toronto fans would remember three very well.

It was 2009 when the name DeMar DeRozan was linked with the city for the first time, being selected 9th by the team north of the border.
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Throwback Thursday: Damon Stoudamire’s Postseason Praise

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As we settle into the postseason, there is a repetitive antsy anticipation for October on the loose. That sixty to zero brake shake is always a shocker especially after a season that drove the city of Toronto to an incredible level of participation and pride.

Welcome to the nineteenth offseason in franchise history. I hope you’re settling in alright and I promise that it somehow always flies by. If my #TBT Spidey Sense is correct, this time next year we’ll be throwing it back to the very first Raptors Day in the ...

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Throwback Thursday: Two Weeks, Two Cities, Seven Games and Endless Pride

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The leftovers of the incredible Raptors season are still lingering. Two weeks, two cities and seven games are full of moments your brother, barista, Uncle Buck and Charles Barkley are still talking about. So over a series that hit seven shows, here’s the top seven moments your bartender will be talking to you about tonight.

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#RTZ Digital Rundown: Raptors vs. Nets – Game 7

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Raptors gave them something to talk about. Fans gave them something to talk about. That’s a wrap on the incredible season that was but the power of #WeTheNorth isn’t going anywhere. #RTZ

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#RTZ Digital Rundown: Raptors @ Nets – Game 6.

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And you get a Game 7, and you get a Game 7 and Raptors and Nets, you get a Game 7! DeMar carried the team with 28 points but they needed all hands on deck. The final battle commences on home turf with their powerful sixth man, the fans. #WeTheNorth

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Throwback Thursday: Raptors Hit Playoff Lead of 26 – Now and Then.

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Have you recovered from last night?

Mixed within the madness of a smooth sailing turned stormy Game 5 run for the Raptors was this historic fact:

@Raptors matched a team playoff high when they led 83-57 (+26) – largest lead in playoff game. Raps led +26 in Gm 3 vs. PHI in '01

— RaptorsMR (@RaptorsMR) May 1, 2014

The original record was set during the Raptors and Sixers playoff meeting in 2001.

Amir Johnson had just celebrated his 14th birthday, just prior to his Westchester High basketball days. Today he turns 27.

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#RTZ Digital Rundown: Raptors vs. Nets – Game 5

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A healthy lead of as much as 26 points by the Raptors had the crowd thinking that the game was in the bag. A healthy crowd helped cheer the Raptors back to victory when the lead was lost. The series sits at 3-2 for team from the north. And how about that Kyle Lowry, eh? #VictoryBaby #WeTheNorth

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#RTZ Digital Rundown: Raptors @ Nets – Game 4

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The see-saw series heads back north of border tied at two wins a piece for the Raptors and Nets. What a scene of #WeTheNorth pride both in Brooklyn and on home turf in Jurassic Park. #VictoryBaby

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#RTZ Digital Rundown: Raptors @ Nets – Game 3

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It was Game 3 in Brooklyn but with the fan power at full force it sure felt like it was north of the border. A familiar fourth quarter push had the Raptors clawing back from a 14-point deficit to within a possession but the Nets took the series lead in the end. #WeTheNorth

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Throwback Thursday: Playoffs Presence – Raptors vs. Nets, Then vs. Now

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You know that saying “the more things change, the more they stay the same”?

As the current season proceeded game by game, there were many similarities noted between the 2006/2007 Raptors season and the one we are excitedly immersed in now. And they both ended with fans wearing the Atlantic title splashed across their chests.

Then came the first round of playoffs. We know the numbers, but what about the in-arena effect? The sights and sounds? After splitting the season series (both seasons) it was the Raptors (3) vs. Nets (6). Adjust ...

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