Throwback Thursday: Where Were They on Draft Day?

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As pre-draft workouts continue this week on the Raptors Practice Court, the game changing day for NBA hopefuls inches closer; exactly three weeks away today.  The excited anxiety has been captured at Air Canada Centre as local hopefuls strive for performance perfection and the Raptors organization preps for that slated 20th pick.

So what was Draft Day like for the current Raptors squad?

Toronto fans would remember three very well.

It was 2009 when the name DeMar DeRozan was linked with the city for the first time, being selected 9th by the team north of the border.
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Throwback Thursday: Damon Stoudamire’s Postseason Praise

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As we settle into the postseason, there is a repetitive antsy anticipation for October on the loose. That sixty to zero brake shake is always a shocker especially after a season that drove the city of Toronto to an incredible level of participation and pride.

Welcome to the nineteenth offseason in franchise history. I hope you’re settling in alright and I promise that it somehow always flies by. If my #TBT Spidey Sense is correct, this time next year we’ll be throwing it back to the very first Raptors Day in the ...

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Throwback Thursday: Two Weeks, Two Cities, Seven Games and Endless Pride

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The leftovers of the incredible Raptors season are still lingering. Two weeks, two cities and seven games are full of moments your brother, barista, Uncle Buck and Charles Barkley are still talking about. So over a series that hit seven shows, here’s the top seven moments your bartender will be talking to you about tonight.

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Throwback Thursday: Raptors Hit Playoff Lead of 26 – Now and Then.

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Have you recovered from last night?

Mixed within the madness of a smooth sailing turned stormy Game 5 run for the Raptors was this historic fact:

@Raptors matched a team playoff high when they led 83-57 (+26) – largest lead in playoff game. Raps led +26 in Gm 3 vs. PHI in '01

— RaptorsMR (@RaptorsMR) May 1, 2014

The original record was set during the Raptors and Sixers playoff meeting in 2001.

Amir Johnson had just celebrated his 14th birthday, just prior to his Westchester High basketball days. Today he turns 27.

Janet Jackson’s ‘All ...

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Throwback Thursday: Playoffs Presence – Raptors vs. Nets, Then vs. Now

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You know that saying “the more things change, the more they stay the same”?

As the current season proceeded game by game, there were many similarities noted between the 2006/2007 Raptors season and the one we are excitedly immersed in now. And they both ended with fans wearing the Atlantic title splashed across their chests.

Then came the first round of playoffs. We know the numbers, but what about the in-arena effect? The sights and sounds? After splitting the season series (both seasons) it was the Raptors (3) vs. Nets (6). Adjust ...

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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.

Put me in, coach…

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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