Lowry, Fields Hit The Road

Landry Fields and Kyle Lowry we’re getting to know their new city on Wednesday as they hopped in some Purolator trucks and personally helped deliver tickets to some longtime Raptors season seat holders around the GTA.

See how the day unfolded from Fields’ perspective in the video above and check out some of the best tweets from the afternoon of special deliveries below…

 

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An Early Setback For Valanciunas

Breath easy Raptors fans, Jonas Valanciunas is expected to be OK.

That was the news from the team’s latest voluntary workout on Monday, after it was revealed that the fifth overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft suffered a left calf strain during a shooting drill at Air Canada Centre on Saturday.

“He was here shooting Saturday morning with [assistant coach] Scott Roth, he went up to go into his shot and he felt something pop,” Dwane Casey told the media on Monday. “Your first thought is that it was his achilles ...

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Landry Goes To The Movies…

What happens when the Raptors arrive to Toronto before one of the world’s greatest film festivals? You get great shots Landry Fields at the TIFF premiere of Spike Lee’s Bad 25 below.

Fields with Elaine Alden.

 

Fields with the legendary director himself. We won’t even hold the fact that he’s a Knicks fan against him!

 

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Q & A With Alex Rucker – Pt. 2

Analytics suggest that both Landry Fields (left) and Kyle Lowry (right) should be solid additions to the Raptors. (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.

Part two of our recent Q & A focused some key additions to the club including ...

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Jonas Has Landed

A great photo of Jonas Valanciunas upon his arrival to Toronto, courtesy of Jeff Landicho. Raptors training camp opens in 16 days….

 

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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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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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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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