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February 18, 2015 Updates

“How many guys on our team can raise up and make a shot with someone in their face, like Terrence? They aren’t many in the league,” said Ujiri. “He’s had lapses on defence but that’s something you grow out of with experience. He is really a two-way player; he has ability to stay in front of guys, he can hit a shot; he’s athletic as hell and he can hit threes. Every team is looking for players like that. SportsNet

February 17, 2015 Updates

I expect the Toronto Raptors to make a hard push for a power forward who can score more easily than the Amir Johnson/Patrick Patterson combo, but it would surprise me if Masai Ujiri can pull something off. But also keep this in mind about Ujiri: He has been trying to get his hands on Nicolas Batum for ages, and he will give up just about anything to land the French forward. SheridanHoops

February 16, 2015 Updates

Lowry admits that initially, he didn’t think Toronto was going to be the place where everything came together for him. He had doubts and wasn’t sure if things were going to work out on the Raptors. “Well no, honestly I didn’t think [this is where everything would work out],” Lowry said of Toronto. “But with all the hard work I put in and the commitment they made to me, everything just kind of came into fruition and it worked out.” Basketball Insiders

Marc Stein: My man @Zach Lowe writes of Toronto interest in David West. Hearing Indy leaning against trade unless West is one pushing to go. AND ... Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

Ross has been coming off the bench since mid-January, and though he can shoot, the rest of his game has stagnated — especially his defense. The Raps are listening to incoming offers on Ross, per several league sources, and a couple of power forwards on borderline playoff teams stand out as intriguing targets: David West and Kevin Garnett. Grantland

February 15, 2015 Updates

The campers, ages 16-18 and coming from Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe, are training with select NBA and FIBA players and coaches including Danilo Gallinari (Denver Nuggets; Italy; BWB Europe 2003), Gorgui Dieng (Minnesota Timberwolves; Senegal; BWB Africa 2009), Steven Adams (Oklahoma City Thunder; New Zealand), and Tiago Splitter (San Antonio Spurs; Brazil). “We watch [the players],” Toronto Raptors GM Masai Ujiri said Saturday morning. “How many times you get to see kids like this? We continue to watch them develop and you see them in other tournaments. But if you can see them in places like this where you can see them do skill development, it’s really good for scouts.” ZagsBlog.com

February 14, 2015 Updates

Though Bieber’s tweet (and the vast majority of the retweets) did not count and though Raptors global ambassador Drake chose not to endorse Lowry via Twitter, some players were a bit miffed by the process, most notably, Detroit guard Brandon Jennings, who indicated, again via Twitter, that being powered by celebrity endorsements was not an ideal way for players to be selected. “So I guess next year imma have rappers, actors, & etc say vote for me for all star. I mean that’s all it takes,” Jennings tweeted, before later adding he believed Lowry deserved to make the team. Toronto Sun

February 13, 2015 Updates

It turns out that Lowry—who at 6 feet tall is one of the shortest players in the league—hasn’t dunked in a regular-season game since 2008. That stunned him. Lowry was sure he hadn’t dunked since 2006. His face lit up recently when he was told he was wrong. It was as if he had just found a $100 bill on the pavement. Lowry shouted across a noisy gym at practice to teammate Chuck Hayes and then frantically summoned everyone he could see to reminisce about this moment of glory. “Come here!” he yelled. Wall Street Journal

February 12, 2015 Updates

The Raptors have found chemistry, something that's almost impossible to measure or explain, something the organization values above all else, and messing with it at this stage could be risky. "You look at past history where teams have been in a positive situation, they've been winning or maybe they've lost but they're in a great situation as far as standings go," Patterson said. "And they make a trade and next thing you know that trade messes up the chemistry and causes them to play horribly, have problems in the locker room, thus resulting in a horrible season after that and losing in the playoffs too early. If you look in the past this happened multiple times." "The position we are in now, it's not by accident," DeRozan added. "It's the hard work and the talent and the guys that we've got here. Granted, we had a couple of injuries here and there, me being out, [James Johnson] missing a few games, but I think once we're back on our feet, we'll get back to how we were at the start of the season." TSN

Casey: “You would think we already left for vacation tonight on a couple of possessions. What I liked about tonight is they kept grinding and it’s a grind-it-out league. Things are not easy. We have no easy games. If we don’t play the way we played down the stretch we aren’t going to beat too many teams. We aren’t going to out-talent anybody. We’ve got to do it collectively. That play where Kyle (Lowry) dove on the floor from about 15-feet or whatever it was and wrecked up his hand… those are the kinds of plays we need to make. The charge I thought that Amir (Johnson) had that David disagreed with? Those are the kind of plays we have to make.” HoopsAddict.com

February 11, 2015 Updates

Fame can be tricky. Evans went from a small-school, seldom-used bench-warmer to being recognized by Las Vegas tourists. Ross, though, seemed more annoyed than anything by the idea that he would be known for one skill. "I don't know, it's just something that I wanted to do my first year, something they made me do my second year," he said, explaining the NBA asked him to return as defending champion last season. "It was fun doing it, but I don't think it defined me." USA Today Sports

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