Talking Valanciunas With Dzikic

It is past midnight in Lithuania but Alex Dzikic is still up.

The coach of Lietuvos Rytas in Vilnius (metropolitan population 850,000) is happy to accommodate a reporter’s call from North America.

“Anytime,” he says. “Call anytime.”

Dzikic is a 40-year-old Serb and a key figure in the aspirations of the Toronto Raptors. He is not on the Raps’ payroll. That doesn’t mean his work won’t benefit the NBA team.

Dzikic is nursing 19-year-old Jonas Valanciunas through the  season that includes play in the Lithuanian league, the VTB United League as well as Eurocup ...

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Five things I’m interested to see this year from the Raptors


Thrilled to be back for a 14th season broadcasting Raptors Basketball.  How time flies when you’re having fun.

Look forward to giving you my weekly perspective during the season. And away we go!!

Briefly, here are Five things I’m looking for this season in Raptor-Land.

1. DEFENSIVE IMPROVEMENT: The Raptors last year left much to be desired in this category and must improve in every technical aspect as well as the day to day attention to detail and obviously the “effort plays” that winning teams make. I’m confident that Dwane Casey and ...

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Welcome to Matt Devlin’s Blog

We’re just getting started here so visit back for upcoming posts from Matt Devlin on the Toronto Raptors.

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The Rabbit Dilemma

Read Bargnani’s Official Statement

The basketball guy prefers ornate answers and gentle language. The hockey man speaks in six-word sentences and swears a lot.

Now that Bryan Colangelo has signed a multi-year-extension, he and Brian Burke have something in common past the letterhead on their cheques. Both will be charged with making a soufflé out of a donut.

It’s a simple truth that spans the sports: no centre, little chance of a playoff.

The Toronto Star’s Dave Feschuk reported that Andrea Bargnani told Italy’s Sky Sports that IF he were to leave Toronto he ...

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