Q & A With Alex Rucker – Pt. 1

Alex Rucker offers quantitative analytical support to the Raptors coaching staff and front office. (Ron Turenne/NBAE)

The opportunity to sit and chat with Raptors Director of Analytics Alex Rucker is one I’ve been looking forward to for a while. Advanced stats isn’t a topic we’ve heard a lot about with relation to the Raptors over the years and Rucker has been a big part of its recent growth within the organization.

I met him inside the Raptors front office headquarters at ACC recently to talk tweets, trends, summer transactions and a how ...

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Calderon Takes Time Out For Zambia

Jose Calderon’s greatest assist of the year may have come in August.

The Raptors point guard recently travelled to Zambia for a field visit, where he received a first-hand look at the work UNICEF is doing with the country’s education, water and sanitation programs.

José Manuel Calderón walks with Po, 9 years old, through his village in South of Zambia.  (UNICEF España/Zambia/2012).

For Calderon, visiting the African nation — where 80 per cent of the rural population lives below the poverty line — was a eye-opening experience and prompted him to speak ...

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(Rookie) Survey Says?

In what seems equal parts peer evaluation and popularity contest, the results of NBA.com’s annual Rookie Survey can range from predictable to flat out bizarre.

This is a questionnaire which asks the league’s freshmen for their thoughts on who will win Rookie of the Year and who might have the best NBA career, but also prioritizes ‘funniest rookie’ among the few questions to make the cut, so that should sort of give you an indication in terms of the weight here.

Nonetheless, this year’s edition of the survey should be of interest for Raptors fans ...

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Nash And Triano Together Again With Men’s Nats

Wayne Parrish, the CEO of Basketball Canada glanced over towards a media scrum that had consumed Steve Nash and would moments later do likewise for Jay Triano.

“You have to admit,” he smiled, “they make an intriguing combination.”

In his first meaningful act as General Manager of the Senior National Men’s Team, Nash repatriated Triano as the coach of the team, a job Triano held from 1998 to 2004.

Steve Nash and Jay Triano react during the last moments of a FIBA qualifier in the 2003. Nearly a decade later, the two ...

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More Trick Shots From Calderon

Yesterday, we shared a clever KIA commerical featuring Jose Calderon putting his free throw shooting proficiency on display (likely with a little CGI assistance). It turns out it’s actually a series of ads, with two more surfacing today.

How about a little behind-the-back, off-the-hood and in action?

… but my personal favourite has to be his self-deprecating take on his less than huge hops.

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Checking In During The Dog Days….

The dog days of summer may officially be here, but that doesn’t mean the Raptors aren’t making news.

From a league perspective, Raptors rookies Jonas Valanciunas, Terrence Ross and Quincy Acy all took part in the NBA’s Rookie Transition Program, which was followed by this year’s edition of the Rookie Photo Shoot.

Just click on Valanciunas looking like he’s about to posterize Mother Nature below to see all the photos of your newest Raptors.

 

DeRozan Recap At The Drew

As the rookies anticipate their first taste of NBA action, DeMar DeRozan is preparing to ...

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Fields A Solid Piece Of Raps Reconstruction

The Raptors will use Landry Fields to defend the league’s top scorers including the Heat’s Dwayne Wade.

Watching Landry Fields’ footwork will never be more interesting than it was Tuesday.

The Raptors introduced their new starting swingman as well as newly-acquired point guard Kyle Lowry at Air Canada Centre.

Fields signed to a three-year-contract the New York Knicks opted not to match was presented with a variety of questions about why his sophomore season paled when compared to his rookie campaign.

In his first year with the Knicks, Fields shot .497 per cent ...

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New Point Guard Kyle Lowry Has A Fan In Alvin Williams

Kyle Lowry, acquired by the Raptors from the Houston Rockets brings an aggressive win-at-all costs countenance to the Raptors.

About eight years ago, Raptors assistant coach Alvin Williams scrimmaged at Villanova in his hometown of Philadelphia.

He faced another Philly-born point guard,  a kid he had helped recruit to the school.

“I thought he was a jerk,” said Williams, who played 460 games for the Raptors from 1998-2006 before ravaged knees forced his retirement at 30.

“I know what Alvin would have said,” Kyle Lowry said, laughing. “It’s just a matter of maturing ...

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Lithuania Heading To Summer Games…

Lithuania grabbed one of the final three spots at the London 2012 Olympics with a 109-83 semifinal win over the Domincan Republic on Saturday and a pair of Raptors figured prominently in the victory.

First up is Jonas Valanciunas, the Raptors’ fifth overall selection from 2011 who is expected to join the Raptors this fall. Valanciunas may not have had his finest three-game stretch building up to the final match (including some persistent foul trouble), but he saved his best for last with a potent 17-point, seven-rebound performance against the Dominican ...

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New Raptor does best work on the boards

Go ahead. Try not to think of Reggie Evans.

Ladies and gentlemen please welcome Quincy Acy, the newest member of the Reggie Evans Club.

While he was drafted 37th, a whole league behind number eighth pick Terrence Ross, the bearded former Baylor forward made an immediate impression in his initial Raptors performance, Friday.

At a meet and greet with local media, Acy seemed a newer, equally Amish Reggie.

“It’s Reggie Evans with a free throw,” cracked GM Bryan Colangelo.

Injuries limited the original Reggie to just 58 Raptor games but it’s hard to forget ...

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