Mermuys On An Offseason Of Work With The Raptors

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Assistant coaches usually live in the background. Putting in hours around the clock to help players improve, their work doesn’t make headlines and is rarely mentioned beneath them. Looking around a Las Vegas gym full of NBA stars representing their country at USA Basketball training camp, Toronto Raptors assistant coach Jesse Mermuys blends into the background. After spending the offseason training with him, DeMar DeRozan wanted to give Mermuys some shine, sending a reporter to him for the lowdown on their summer sessions.

Talking to Mermuys meant tracking his journey to ...

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Caboclo Impresses Raptors Veterans In Summer League Debut

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The Toronto Raptors kicked off their 2014 Las Vegas Summer League campaign on a high note with an 89-78 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Fridayafternoon.

While reserve John Shurna led the way with a team-high 21 points (tying Lakers rookie Jordan Clarkson’s total), it was the play of rookie Bruno Caboclo that had Raptors veterans talking.

Seated courtside, DeMar DeRozan, Amir Johnson and freshly re-signed Kyle Lowry were on hand to assess the performance of their team.

“He’s good,” Johnson said. “He’s long, athletic. ...

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Raptors 2014 Draft Primer: A Brief History Of Thievery After Twenty

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With a month until the 2014 Draft, speculation about the first overall pick is heating up. Predictions about how the lottery will shake out are changing daily. As we mentioned in Part 1 of our draft primer, there have been plenty of solid players selected with the 20th pick, which is where the Toronto Raptors will be drafting in the first round, barring a trade.

In the 19 years since the team’s inception, here’s a look at the best post-20th pick draft-day steals.

1995

Michael Finley’s 15-year career started in Phoenix when he ...

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State Farm® Shows Raptors Were Born To Assist™in 2013-14

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Early on during the 2013-14 season, the Raptors didn’t exactly appear born to assist. With an offence geared around two high-volume scorers, the Raptors ranked last in the NBA in total assists for November and stumbled out of the gate to a 6-12 record.

After a seven-player deal with the Sacramento Kings on December 9th however, everything changed. Nearly instantly, the Raptors placed an increased emphasis on sharing the ball and the results were spectacular. With a reconfigured starting five and essentially a whole new bench in place, the Raptors led ...

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Amir Johnson With An Assist For Families In Hamilton

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By now, tales of Amir Johnson’s philanthropy shouldn’t come as a surprise. Whether it’s handing out Drake CD’s out in Yonge-Dundas Square or taking his biggest fans to Medieval Times for the fourth edition of “I Roll With Amir”, Johnson has consistently given back to his adopted home city.

Amir extended that range a little further on Wednesday night, as he headed to Hamilton to cook and serve meals for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House in the Southern Ontario city. Learn more about the outstanding Meals That Heal program and ...

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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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Raptors Disappointed In Game 7 Loss, But Encouraged By Journey

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Recap | More From MacKenzie: Heartbreak To End Season | Photos | Highlights & Reaction

The scene in the Toronto Raptors locker room after their 104-103 series-ending loss to the Brooklyn Nets was a reflection of a team that had taken everyone by surprise.

As the media horde waited inside an adjacent room for the okay to enter, there were wives, girlfriends and fiancees, mothers, fathers and children streaming through the hallway into the family room until their husband/boyfriend/son/father finished with his media obligations.

When the media were finally allowed in, the ...

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Heartbreak In Game Seven Ends Unexpected Raptors Season

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Recap | Box Score | Photos | Highlights & Reaction

As the final buzzer sounded and the Brooklyn Nets celebrated a 104-103 Game 7 victory and series win, DeMar DeRozan immediately went to Kyle Lowry, still lying on the floor after missing what would have been the game-winning shot. The Toronto Raptors point guard had the ball with 6.2 seconds remaining to extend their season.

While Nets head coach Jason Kidd ran to hug Deron Williams and former Raptor Alan Anderson raised both arms above his head, Lowry covered his face ...

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Game Day: Raptors vs. Nets – Game 7

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MacKenzie: Move On Or Stay Home | Raptors Game Notes | Nets Game Notes | Latest Video

REMINDER: Plan ahead for #Toronto road closures if you're coming down to Game 7 http://t.co/3NeYhNovM0 Arrive early! #WeTheNorth #RTZ

— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) May 4, 2014

Series: Tied 3-3

After 82 regular-season games and six postseason contests against the Brooklyn Nets, everything the Toronto Raptors have worked for comes down Game 7.

With a victory, the Raptors will move on to the Eastern Conference Semifinals to face the Miami Heat. With a loss, they will clean out their lockers, ...

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Move On Or Stay Home: Raptors Calm On Eve Of Game Seven

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Saturday’s Practice Video | More From MacKenzie | Round One Broadcast & Giveaway Schedule

Meeting with the media a little less than 24 hours before Game 7 will tip off, the Toronto Raptors sounded calm.

After the flight back to Toronto and a practice/film session to prepare for Sunday’s game against the Brooklyn Nets, the Raptors had washed off the disappointment from their Game 6 loss.

Fully aware they didn’t take advantage of an opportunity to close out the Nets, the message for Sunday is clear: Get a win or spend a summer ...

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