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April 17, 2014 Updates

Yet he approaches the first playoff game of his life as if he’s been doing it forever, entirely confident, not at all intimidated and fully accepting of what’s to come when the Toronto Raptors face the Brooklyn Nets at the Air Canada Centre on Saturday afternoon. He’s heard the chatter and read the stories and been told the tales about how different it will be, how much more intense it will be, how some think he might cower from it. And he laughs. “I mean, it ain’t like it’s rocket science,” he said Thursday afternoon. “Everybody keeps talking to me like . . . it’s rocket science or I’ve got to know trigonometry or something. You just figure it out. You just go out there. “I’ve been playing this game long enough, I’ve been in the league long enough, been in a lot of situations. So it shouldn’t be hard.” Toronto Star

“At the time decisions were made, choices were made,” Lowry told the Daily News. “I don’t know what happened but I think I would have helped (the Knicks). Either way, I was going to help somebody. Our organization and our GM did a great job in making a decision to keep me. And we got 48 wins.” New York Daily News

April 16, 2014 Updates

On Wednesday, the Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment president/CEO said an announcement pertaining to the facility should be coming by May. “We’re making progress with the practice facility, it’s something that we’ve been working on at the same pace and in the same conversations with (the BMO Field) renovation,” Leiweke told the Sun over the phone from New York City, where he is attending the NBA’s board of governors’ meeting. The city has been fantastic. We’re pretty much close to an agreement in principle. Part of what I promised (general manager Masai Ujiri) was the ability to announce it in the next couple of weeks. We want to have it done in time for the 2016 all-star game.” Toronto Sun

For a whole bunch of reasons – not least of which is the mental health of anyone who watches the Raptors play – Lowry has to re-sign. Are you ready to do a deal? “I honestly haven’t even give a thought about what I want to do after the playoffs,” Lowry says, in a fair attempt at feigning innocence. Let’s try to play that one out at home. Mrs. Lowry: ‘What are we going to do with the dump-truck load of money you’re getting in July?’ Lowry: ‘What money?’ Toronto Globe & Mail

April 15, 2014 Updates

A recent story from Forbes revealed that the Raptors have the highest average ticket price for the first round of any team in the NBA, at $370.62. “We took data from hundreds of sellers,” says Forbes contributor Jesse Lawrence, the Founder and CEO of ticket search engine TiqIQ.com, “and in general, found a significant premium over what tickets are being priced at in the box office. In Toronto, tickets sold out quickly, so naturally the prices are significantly higher.” SportsNet

April 11, 2014 Updates

Anthony takes the court Friday with a strained right shoulder, possibly playing his final week as a Knick. Bargnani is traveling with the club nowadays, but that’s all. “Getting anything for him was a surprise,’’ a Western Conference executive said. “But you get desperate. The guy has talent, a 7-footer, mobile, his first few years he made shots. But I question his love for the game and mental makeup. I’m surprised the Knicks didn’t do more homework on him.’’ New York Post

To rapper Drake, Amir Johnson is Tall Money. But to the city of Toronto, the Raptor forward is simply a man of the people. Johnson proved yet again Thursday night just how much he loves the fans who support him and his teammates, by throwing 70 of them a party at knight-themed dinner show Medieval Times. “It’s just a token of appreciation for my fans because we have the greatest fans in the world,” Johnson said before the show began, a black velvet cape trimmed with gold threads and sparkles draped around his hulking frame. “The fans are what makes our team.” Toronto Star

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I will say this, though: I’ve seen him out for dinner a handful of times over the course of the season, the most recently being at an upscale joint in Cleveland the last time we were there and I don’t recall ever seeing him with a beer or even a glass of wine in front of him. Look, it is what it is, as they say: A young kid, for whatever reason, made a stupid mistake and will pay for him, just like lots of young kids and old men do. It is a bad thing he did, no question about it. Toronto Star

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Nasty break-up and all, Air Canada is the best thing that ever happened to the Toronto Raptors.

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