Raptors 2014 Draft Primer: Mining For Talent At Twenty

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Related: More From MacKenzie | More on 2014 Draft from NBA.com

When the 2014 draft rolls around on June 26, for the first time since 2008 the Toronto Raptors will likely not have a lottery pick. Having made the postseason after a five-year drought, barring a trade, Toronto is slated to pick 20th.

It’s not often that the Raptors are situated here. In the 2008 draft, they selected Roy Hibbert at 17, but this was part of a prearranged deal with the Indiana Pacers for Jermaine ...

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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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May 12th Declared “Raptors Day” In Recognition Of Memorable Season

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Related: View Official Proclamation | Video: Raptors Day Recap | Casey | Vasquez

One solid way to kick off the week is to spend Monday morning watching Toronto Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly announce that May 12, 2014 is Raptors Day.

Joining Kelly at Nathan Phillips Square were Raptors head coach Dwane Casey and point guard Greivis Vasquez. While Kelly presented the team with an official proclamation, the team presented Kelly with a personalized Raptors jersey. Kelly didn’t waste any time taking off his suit jacket to put it on.

“It’s big time,” ...

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Lowry Joins NBA TV Panel, Would Rather Be Playing

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If Kyle Lowry had his way, he would have just returned to Toronto after playing two games against the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Of course, with the Toronto Raptors dropping a 104-103 decision to the Brooklyn Nets in Game 7 last Sunday, Lowry’s summer has started a bit earlier than he had hoped. The point guard hasn’t totally clocked out for vacation yet, though.

The self-described basketball junkie made time to join the NBA TV Gametime crew on Thursday night. When Lowry isn’t playing basketball, he’s watching it, ...

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With An Eye On Continuity, Raptors Target Offseason Priorities

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For DeMar DeRozan, locker room clean-out day has always been unpleasant. In addition to having to remove your workout gear from the locker that has been the home away from home, it means standing in front of media members to detail what went wrong. It means talking about failures and shortcomings and trying to explain why goals were not accomplished while trying to deal with the disappointment of the season ending.

This year, it was different.

Losing out on advancing to the conference semifinals by a single point, Sunday’s game was fresh ...

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Behind The Scenes Of A Raptors Return To The Playoffs

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The Raptors 7 Game Series through my Blackberry Z30. Great memories, fun times and tremendous fans….Enjoy!

 

It’s like this Tonight @Raptors #WetheNorth pic.twitter.com/v1ZRvO6u7f — Matt Devlin (@Matt__Devlin) April 22, 2014

 

@Raptors prep for Game 3 v @BrooklynNets in Barclays practice court, which could double as Night Club #WetheNorth pic.twitter.com/slfIt2BxsL — Matt Devlin (@Matt__Devlin) April 24, 2014

 

Yes, we are here for Game 3 @Raptors vs @Brooklynnets 7pm on @TSN_sports #WetheNorth pic.twitter.com/6KcwqrFTSb — Matt Devlin (@Matt__Devlin) April 25, 2014

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Ujiri Makes Make Impassioned Plea For Abducted Girls In Nigeria

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Related: Ujiri in Globe & Mail – Nigeria’s missing daughters need the world’s help

Toronto Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri is a powerful speaker. When he talks, people listen. Usually, Ujiri is holding court to discuss basketball and, at first, Tuesday morning wasn’t any different. In front of Toronto media members on hand to hear from Ujiri and Dwane Casey about the head coach’s new three-year deal, the GM took a moment to talk about what is happening in his native Nigeria.

Unprompted, Ujiri closed his news conference by speaking out against ...

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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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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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Raptors End Season With Heartbreaking Loss In Game 7

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TORONTO (CP) _ Kyle Lowry scored 28 points, but was blocked on a shot at the buzzer as the Toronto Raptors lost Game 7 of their playoff series 104-103 against the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday, ending their season.

Lowry got possession of the ball in the dying seconds of the game an drove to the rim as three Nets players clogged the lane, preventing him from scoring.

“The play was to get me the ball, but they did a good job of trapping ...

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