HoopsHype Bruno Caboclo rumors
You work a lot with the young guys. Who do you expect to have a breakout season this year? Bill Bayno: T-Ross and Jonas are still in that stage of their careers where they have a lot of room for improvement. I think they will continue to grow. I think both of those guys can be All-Stars. We drafted Bruno Caboclo, who I think has a tremendous future, but this year it will be hard for him to break in because we have our Top 10 coming back. We're going to work hard to develop him. He's a great kid, he's got a bright future, really listens and learns, has a high basketball IQ. So he's the one guy to watch but I don't think it's his time yet to have a breakout year with the way our roster's shaped up. HoopsHype
Dwane Casey remembers the first time he heard of Caboclo. Sort of. It was early June and the Raptors coach, a month or so removed from a painful seven-game series defeat to Brooklyn and a few weeks past signing a three-year, $11.3 million extension with Toronto that took some of the sting off of it, was home, in Seattle, when Masai Ujiri buzzed his cell phone. I need you to come to Texas, Ujiri said. I need you to see this prospect we’re looking at. OK, Casey said. Who? I’ll tell you when you get here, Ujiri replied. Ujiri swears he wasn’t trying to being secretive. He just wanted Casey to see the workout with a completely open mind. “I want my guys to have an opinion,” Ujiri told SI.com. “I don’t want to hype someone up. They see the kid and they make a judgement.” Sports Illustrated
When Ujiri brought up the idea of drafting Caboclo at No. 20 in the Raptors war room, it was met with resounding support. “In my room, there was no debate,” Ujiri said. “Instead of going through the stress of trying to get him at No. 37, we decided to get the guy we really liked now.” Sports Illustrated
“When a guy goes overseas you don’t get to monitor him as closely, to see if he is getting stronger, to see all of what he is doing,” Ujiri said. “Keeping him here, we can do that. When he needs playing time, send him to the D-League. He can play in NBA practices, he can go through a training camp and after the year we will wait to see where he is and what more he needs to develop.” Sports Illustrated
Bruno Caboclo: Leaving Las Vegas. Great experience, increadible week. Not much fan of casinos though. Thanks teammates, coaches, Raptors' staff and the fans for the support. It was a good ice breaking to start NBA journey. Much thanks to my English teacher Katie. Made me improve every day. Twitter @Bruno_Caboclo
Once you’ve come to terms with his impossible wingspan, you begin to see skill. Caboclo’s raw, to be sure, but he’s not just some long athlete the Raptors are trying to teach how to play basketball. “I love everyone (that) says he's two years away from being two years away, because those people don't know anything about basketball,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. “(Caboclo) has just as much talent as a lot of these guys.” HoopsHype
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