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December 11, 2014 Updates

“I now understand how the NBA works, it’s all a matter of opportunities,” De Colo said. “Although it was a difficult experience for me, I’m not finished with the NBA. I still want to go back. “For now, I’m focused on winning with CSKA, and did what was best for my career.” Basketball Insiders

December 9, 2014 Updates

And in Ujiri the Raptors have a general manager who isn’t in a rush to follow up his last big move with anything more than a steady approach. The future will reveal itself when its ready. “This is the time to let it sit and play itself out,” Ujiri said. “It’s not the time to play poker, not now.” SportsNet

There is plenty of flexibility. Ujiri has six players on expiring contracts worth a total of $30 million. Of those only Amir Johnson and Lou Williams could be defined as core assets. But Ujiri is unhurried. “We’ve got young players,” he said. “When you take a job, you have to assess the guys you need and the guys you don’t. Some of that we did right away and some of it we waited. “But now we’re at the stage where we let the players grow. You need to let your players grow. We will continue to look at our team, but the key is we have young players and they players will hopefully continue to get better and continue to grow.” SportsNet

December 8, 2014 Updates

The National Basketball Association announced Monday guard Kyle Lowry has been named Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played December 1-7. This marks the third time Lowry has captured the weekly honours in his eight-year NBA career. Lowry won Player of the Week honours last season for games played January 27-February 2, 2014 and was Western Conference Player of the Week as a member of the Houston Rockets for games played March 14-20, 2011. NBA.com

December 7, 2014 Updates

While Johnson is only averaging 7.2 points and 3.8 rebounds in 19.6 minutes per game – far from flashy stats – he has become a big part of Toronto’s success. When you dig into the advanced stats, you’ll find he has an impressive plus/minus score of + 58 which is almost as good as Terrence Ross (64) and much better than Jonas Valanciunas (26). On Friday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Johnson was one of only three players to have a positive plus/minus score and he had a team-high +4 while spending most of his time on the court guarding LeBron James. RaptorsRepublic.com

December 6, 2014 Updates

So, DeRozan will strive to stay positive. He spoke of discussions with Kobe Bryant, his childhood idol, on the proper mentality to take to rehab. Bryant tore his Achilles tendon in April 2013, not returning to the floor until December. Most importantly, DeRozan wants to stay in touch with his team, off to the best start in franchise history. “Amir [Johnson] texted me one night, a couple nights ago, and he just said he was walking down the hotel hallway screaming my name and he was used to me popping my head out the door,” DeRozan said. “Something like that goes so far because it just shows the appreciation that your teammates have for you and the relationship that you have together. “ National Post

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Drake, David Beckham, Magic Johnson and Charles Barkley are expected to attend Friday’s game against Cleveland in Toronto that will promote the Giants of Africa foundation, which uses basketball to educate and enrich African youth. Toronto will host a pregame fundraiser, and the Raptors will wear shooting shirts honoring Nelson Mandela. Yahoo! Sports

November 29, 2014 Updates

While the Raptors indicated that DeRozan is out indefinitely, a person with knowledge of his situation said DeRozan is hopeful that he can return in four weeks or less. The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because the team had not announced a timeline. DeRozan went down late in the third quarter of a Friday night loss to the Dallas Mavericks, when he slipped while making a drive toward the basket. USA Today Sports

Alex Kennedy: DeMar DeRozan has a torn left adductor longus tendon. There is no timetable for his return at the moment. Huge loss for Toronto. For those asking about DeMar DeRozan's injury, this is the same thing that sidelined Danny Amendola with the Patriots last year. I believe Danny Amendola missed four weeks when he had this injury. But everyone is different, so we'll see how long DeMar DeRozan is out. Fortunately for Toronto, East is weaker than West, so a significant injury shouldn't affect their playoff positioning too much (unlike OKC). Twitter @AlexKennedyNBA

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