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October 13, 2014 Updates

Though centre Greg Stiemsma (below) has been seen as the favourite to earn Toronto’s final roster spot since Day 1, the other two contenders are still in the mix. Head coach Dwane Casey said Sunday that swingman Jordan Hamilton and point guard Will Cherry have also impressed the team and no decision is forthcoming. “We’re not in a hurry whatsoever,” Casey said. “All three men have done an excellent job in practice. Will Cherry is as tough a little competitor as you can find. Jordan Hamilton is a great scorer and really fighting on the defensive end and Greg Stiemsma is a solid, solid big man, veteran big man who has done some great things in the post. It may go down to the wire, the last day of camp because those guys have deserved it.” Toronto Sun

October 12, 2014 Updates
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Nogueira cuts his hair himself. He said his mother prefers his hair shorter, telling him he looks “ugly on TV” when his mop gets too unruly. Plus, it can become a practical issue — when he sweats, some strands can fall in front of his eyes. “When I’m sad,” Nogueira said before the Raptors played the Boston Celtics on Friday, “I cut my hair.” The cause of the sadness: Spain’s loss in Euro 2016 qualifying to Slovakia. Nogueira moved to Spain in 2009, spending five years there. National Post

October 10, 2014 Updates

His less-than-inspiring summer league performance is starting to make more sense: “He’s got a very serious strain, a groin strain,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. “It’s for real. The MRI showed us. It’s a very tedious thing. What we don’t want to do is rush him back where he re-injures it and then he’s out for another eight weeks or something. It’s something we have to be very careful with.” RaptorsRepublic.com

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Toronto Raptors GM Masai Ujiri watched intently as the telling sequence of events unfolded. Lowry made a great pass to Jonas Valanciunas. Valanciunas then bobbled the ball. "Kyle just turned away. Last year it would be different. There would be (anger)," Ujiri said Saturday on the eve of Toronto's pre-season opener in Vancouver. "And then he turned right back and went to Jonas and gave him two high fives and tapped him. "It was gone, on to the next (thing). It shows growth... And it was a crucial time of the scrimmage." TSN

October 1, 2014 Updates

The similarities do not stop there, which is strange to say about the genial DeRozan and the verging-on-sociopathic Bryant. The Lakers star is famous for taking every perceived slight against him and blowing it up to majestic proportions. DeRozan, in a quieter fashion, is doing the same. The latest outrage: Sports Illustrated ranking DeRozan as the 61st best player in the league, the lowest returning all-star. He was placed behind less decorated players such as Utah’s Gordon Hayward and Detroit’s Josh Smith, as well as players on the back half of their career such as Washington’s Paul Pierce and Brooklyn’s Joe Johnson. “All of it matters to me,” DeRozan said on Tuesday. “I don’t let nothing go over my head. I use negatives, and not just on myself but on my team, as motivation. You need to. I’m never going to get comfortable with the accomplishments I’ve [had]. There’s always going to be something that’s said that I have to worry about.” National Post

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