A Throwback Kind Of Week…

With a new Raptors season just on the horizon, it’s been a pretty fascinating week of nostalgia in these dog days of summer.

Last week, we saw President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Masai Ujiri in Johannesburg with none other than fellow Nigerian, former Raptor and Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon.

This week, we’re seeing those more of those ties as Ujiri arranged for forwards Rudy Gay and Austin Daye to spend a week working with Olajuwon in Houston.

 

Daye Dreamin in H-Town…. Great workout today with one of the all time ...

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Ujiri Visits Johannesburg

Raptors president of basketball operations and general manager Masai Ujiri has been in Johannesburg, South Africa recently to celebrate the inaugural Nelson Mandela Sport and Cultural Day, as well as, take part in the 11th annual Basketball Without Borders Africa camp.

NBA Africa’s Pawel Weszka sat down with Ujiri for a wide-ranging Q & A and also provided us with plenty of photos from his visit, which you can check out in a gallery by clicking the photo below. We’ll have much more from Ujiri at the BWB camp throughout the ...

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Want To Have Dinner With Dee Brown On Sunday?

 

Dinner with Dee Brown anyone?

That’s what our friends over at Real Sports Bar and Grill are asking with an impromptu contest that will see three fans win a signed basketball and the opportunity to dine with the Raptors alumni in the Player’s Lounge on Sunday, August 18th.

Entering is simple. Fans simply need to share their favourite Dee Brown basketball moment with @RealSports on twitter and Brown will select the winners based on the responses.

You’ve certainly got some options as Brown used his blend of athleticism and long-range shooting to carve ...

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Breaking Down The Raptors 2013-14 Schedule

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Valanciunas Training With Lithuania

Fresh off his MVP-winning performance at NBA Summer League, Jonas Valanciunas has joined Lithuania’s senior men’s national team as they ramp up training for the 2013 EuroBasket tournament in September.

Click the photos below for more pics of Valanciunas in training (complete with a new look) courtesy of http://www.basketnews.lt. If you speak or read Lithuanian, you’ll find even more articles and video there as well.

We’ll continue to track JV when Lithuania gets on court for a couple of friendlies next week (August 5th & 6th) against Belgium.

 

 

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Raptors Offer Camp Experience Unlike Any Other

Here’s another guest post from MLSE Foundation Community Manager Kate Gustafson on this year’s edition of the Raptors Basketball Academy.

Since its inception in 2006, the Raptors Basketball Academy has been the only authentic NBA instructional camp in Canada. It’s a perfect fit for players who want to develop proper habits and build confidence, all the while taking part in a unique Raptors experience.

The camp is designed to give boys and girls, entry level and intermediate levels, the opportunity to develop their shooting, passing, ball handling and defense skills. The academy ...

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Basketball Development & Community A Focus At Raptors Training Camp

 

A guest post from Kate Gustafson, MLSE Foundation Community Manager.

The Raptors are heading to Halifax, Nova Scotia with basketball development and community as part of their Training Camp focus. The Raptors intra-squad game on October 5 at the Halifax Metro Centre will provide a unique opportunity for fans to support both the team and their local community.

Tickets are available at participating AML Communications locations. For additional ticketing information, please visit www.ticketatlantic.com.

Supporting The Community

Last year, over $56,000 was raised at the intra-squad game in support of four deserving charitable organizations, with ...

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Hansbrough Comes To Add Teeth To Raptors’ Defence

Tyler Hansbrough

What is a vice in an opponent is a virtue in a teammate.

Take power forward Tyler Hansbrough, a free agent signee unveiled by the Raptors on Monday.

The six-foot-nine, 27-year-old Hansbrough is already famous in Toronto, albeit for the wrong reason. His over-the-top throwdown of rookie Jonas Valanciunas last season was a YouTube staple.

Over four years in Indiana, Hansbrough distinguished himself largely on the number of bodies he could bring to the ground and the number of the times someone else did likewise. Last season he averaged about 17 minutes for ...

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Raptors Will Get Tougher, Ujiri Vows

Thirty-year-old Steve Novak is the newest Raptor.

On a day where one move was announced and another two pending exchanges recognized, Raptors GM Masai Ujiri was up front about his guiding philosophy.

“I’m tired of people who come here and call the team soft or pushovers and all those stupid names,” he said. “Come to Canada and you come to play,” Ujiri said. “That’s the identity we are trying to build. This is our team and we’re going to be tough out there.”

Wednesday the Raptors unveiled Steve Novak, one of three players who came to the Raptors from ...

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As He Leaves, Understanding Andrea Bargnani

Andrea Bargnani

You could be forgiven for thinking Andrea Bargnani’s real first name was “Former First Overall Choice….”

After an up and down seven seasons with the Raptors, the 27-year-old Bargnani has been sent to New York in a deal that netted 30-year-old three-point specialist Steve Novak, the rights to 39-year-old Marcus Camby a first and two second round draft choices and forward Quentin Richardson. The deal was confirmed today.

Andrea Bargnani

Novak will average $3.83 million for the next three years. Bargnani is owed $10 million, $11 million and $12 million. Camby is ...

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