Throwback Thursday: Taking The Team Up Challenge

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Changing lives through the power of sport.

As I did the usual morning scan of the news on twitter while the coffee brewed, the stories related to the statement above really stood out, sprinkled amoung last night’s scores and stats. One of those powerful stories was the unlikely friendship in the basketball world between Michigan State forward Adreian Payne and Princess Lacey.

Changing lives through the power of sport.

Lacey lost her battle with cancer this week but as a huge basketball fan, for the final two years of her fight, she was ...

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Throwback Thursday: Amir The Young Vet

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Amir Johnson, who recently celebrated his 500th career game as a Toronto Raptor and is playing for his second NBA team at just 26 years old, continues to embrace both the claw and the city of Toronto.

Johnson loves the team, he loves the city and isn’t afraid to show it. Hustle and heart, simple as that. This season, he’s quickly been climbing the ladder for most blocks in franchise history (as of this post he sits second behind Chris Bosh) and has received the nickname the ‘Doctor of Denial’. He’s ...

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Throwback Thursday: Raptors At The Big Dance

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You’ve pondered over predictions, filled out your bracket and mapped out the days that you’re calling in sick to work. The madness has begun! March Madness, that is.

Besides Amir (who was the last NBA player to be selected straight out of highschool) and both Jonas and Nando whose pre-NBA days were Europe-based, let’s take a look back at which Raptors soaked up the most madness during their college runs.

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Sweet 16:
John Salmons – Miami (1999-2000)
Chuck Hayes – Kentucky (2001-2002)
Kyle Lowry – Villanova (2004-2005)
Landry Fields – Stanford (2007-2008)
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Throwback Thursday: On Muggsy And A Massive March Upset

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With the Toronto Raptors 20th season just around the corner and the anniversary buzz already in the air, we’ve had a few of our favourite Raptors alumni in the building this season. Last night, I watched the crowd snap pictures with fan favourite Muggsy Bogues which made me play connect the dots down throwback lane. Come with me for a minute…

With Muggsy in town, fans were posting some of their favourite photos of him on twitter all day long. This picture of Muggsy and Michael Jordan? Awesome.

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Throwback Thursday: Trey Bien

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Three pointer, trey, Amir-branded summer and winter threes; those beautiful buckets from downtown have been showing up on the regular in 2014 for the Raptors.

Looking back on this week alone:

The Raptors hit eight 3-point shots in a single quarter vs. the Magic to tie a team record.

Terrence Ross set the record for most 3-point field goals in a half with seven against the Clippers.

He also matched the Raptors record in 3-point field goals in a quarter with seven that game. The second-year swing man also took second spot on the all-time ...

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Throwback Thursday: 40+ Point Props

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Every week, with Thursday waving at me in the distance, I sit down and ponder the next throwback. And every week there are endless options when it comes to making, breaking or taking Raptors franchise records. Why? Because it’s a different kind of season, ain’t it?

Yesterday, NBA diehards took a moment to dwell in the purple and gold nostalgia of eight years prior. It was January 22, 2006 that Kobe Bryant went all superhuman with an 81-point game. That’s second in NBA history just under Wilt Chamberlain’s legendary 100-point circus. ...

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Throwback Thursday: And The Award Goes To…

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As we hurdle over the halfway mark of January 2014, the deja vu feeling of a similar month in Raptors history is already poking around.

January 2007: The Toronto Raptors were the talk of the league as the underdogs continued to shake off a sloppy start to the season. They finished the month at .500, stood atop the Atlantic Division and had a chance of making the playoffs for the first time since the ’01/’02 season. Sound familiar?

If that wasn’t positive enough, the Raptors became the first team in ...

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Throwback Thursday: Happy Birthday Muggsy

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Former Raptor fan favourite, Tyrone “Muggsy” Bogues, continues to be an inspiration with a heart that is probably bigger than he is. At 5’3″, he proved anything is possible including fourteen seasons in the NBA, closing his career here in Toronto. He helped the Raptors reach the playoffs for the first time in franchise history and he continues to make appearances at games and community events to the likes of loyal fans.

Happy 49th birthday, Muggsy!

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Throwback Thursday: The .500 Mark

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January 1, 2014: As countdown confetti was being swept up and the calendars flipped, the Raptors played the first New Year’s Day home game in franchise history. A sold out hometown crowd entered Air Canada Centre and 2014 with new enthusiasm for their team. Another tough challenge lay ahead for the Raptors with the league-leading Indiana Pacers in town. And once again, in front of dropped-jaw amazement, the Raptors stole the unexpected win with a 95-82 finish. They had won six of their last eight games. This one took them to ...

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Throwback Thursday: All Access

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Nostalgia triggers those ‘I’ll never forget’ moments and looking back on my time with the Raptors organization, some of the best ones were formed when fans were able to interact up close and personal with their idols. They realize that the monsters on the court are just like the rest of us with their drives to get where they are, constant cravings for Ma’s macaroni and cheese or their guilty pleasure of country music (Can you guess what current Raptor falls into the boots and hearts category?).

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