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September 24, 2014 Updates

Lowry was, quite frankly, surly when he first arrived and we were in Halifax for training camp. He would barely co-operate if we wanted to talk, it was one-sentence answers and he was done; there was no way he would engage you in conversation. I remember one day early in Lowry’s first year, trying to get a grasp on his personality and I was asking Alvin Williams about him, figuring that another Philly-Villanova guy might be able to help. The description I recall getting were “stubborn, lacks trust, immature, too strong willed” and there really were times when I figured Lowry would be gone and that it might not be worth the effort to draw him out. Toronto Star

It was, as we wrote last year, a combination of the basic maturation process of a young man, the birth of a child and the feeling of family, a like-minded group of teammates and a supportive coaching staff have turned him into an engaging, grownup man who is just exponentially more comfortable with himself and his place here. Toronto Star

September 23, 2014 Updates

But that disappointing end came in a season when many saw significant growth from Lowry on and off the court. “In one year, I think he grew up,” said Toronto general manager Masai Ujiri. Lowry always predicted he’d be a team’s star, while few others did. “I’ve always been second fiddle, man, to everything,” he said. “Everything. But I never believed that I was lesser than this person, that person, anybody. I always thought I was on the same level.” Grantland

“From Rick Adelman to Kevin McHale, it was a big difference,” Lowry said. “Things are a lot stricter with McHale, and with Rick, things are a lot different, offensively, defensively. You go from being successful as hell with one coach and being comfortable with the coach to, yes, I was really successful with Kevin McHale, but I just didn’t do it the right way. If I did it the right way, I would still be in Houston.” Kelvin Sampson, one of McHale’s assistants, said Lowry never accepted the change. “It’s important for him to chase conflicts,” Sampson said. “Conflicts don’t bother him. One of the things that make coaches and players great is they’re not afraid of confrontation. Not everybody can coach a confrontational player. You have to know how to coach Kyle, but you have to make sure Kyle knows who the boss is. Kyle is never going to conform and be the first guy in the class, sitting in the first row and never take his eye off the teacher. Kyle, in his own way, will figure out how to get an A in the class, though. He’s just not going to do it the conventional way. Grantland

September 20, 2014 Updates

The Toronto Raptors announced Saturday the team’s annual media day will take place Monday, September 29 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Real Sports Bar & Grill (15 York Street). Players and coaches will be available for interviews and photos. Head Coach Dwane Casey and his team begin training camp in Toronto on the Air Canada Centre practice court September 30 before moving to Vancouver from October 1-5. A specific practice schedule with days and times will be released in the near future. NBA.com

September 17, 2014 Updates

If DeMar DeRozan needs a spot to hang his gold medal from the Basketball World Cup, the USA Basketball star has plenty of options to choose from. The former USC Trojans player and Toronto Raptors wing recently purchased a large estate in Tarzana for slightly over $3.75 million. The home, built in Mediterranean-style in 1995, occupies more than an acre in the gated Mulholland Park area with a pool, expansive lawns and a full basketball sports court. Entered through a grand foyer with a sweeping double staircase, the floor plan features detailed molding, distressed hardwood and a range of ceiling treatments. Los Angeles Times

September 15, 2014 Updates

For the 10th consecutive season, each singly-affiliated NBA team will have one NBA D-League team to which it may assign its players. The Fort Wayne Mad Ants, the lone independent NBA D-League Team, will be affiliated with the remaining 13 NBA teams (Atlanta Hawks, Brooklyn Nets, Charlotte Bobcats, Chicago Bulls, Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers, Los Angeles Clippers, Milwaukee Bucks, Minnesota Timberwolves, New Orleans Pelicans, Portland Trail Blazers, Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards). To accommodate assignments to Fort Wayne, a flexible assignment system will be utilized when an independent NBA team assigns a player at a time when the Mad Ants already have either the maximum of four NBA players on assignment or two assigned players at the position of the NBA player who is being assigned. In either event, the NBA D-League will identify to the assigning NBA team any singly-affiliated NBA D-League team that is willing to accept the assigned player, and the independent NBA team assigning the player will choose a team from among those teams to assign the player. If no singly-affiliated NBA D-League team is willing to accept the assigned player, he will be assigned to one of the non-NBA-owned single affiliate teams pursuant to a lottery. NBA.com

September 12, 2014 Updates

Masai Ujiri: I spoke to Danny myself about this. He started off by apologizing to Luol. He apologized to me and apologized for any insult he’d offered to African people in general. He explained the incident as best he could to me. There are some things about that conversation I would like to keep between the two of us, but I came away feeling like I’d understood what he had to say. Here is what I have to say: I have no idea what is happening in the Atlanta Hawks organization, but I do know how the scouting world works. We all have different ways of sharing information about players and different vocabularies to do so. It crossed a line here. That said, we are all human. We are all vulnerable. We all make mistakes. Toronto Globe & Mail

September 11, 2014 Updates

Masai Ujiri: I have no idea what is happening in the Atlanta Hawks organization, but I do know how the scouting world works. We all have different ways of sharing information about players and different vocabularies to do so. It crossed a line here. That said, we are all human. We are all vulnerable. We all make mistakes. You discover a person’s true character in their ability to learn from and then move on from those mistakes. One of the truly important things we must learn is how to forgive. Danny’s mistake will remain tied to him for a long time. What he’s said can’t be unsaid, but we must measure his heart. If he has made an honest, isolated error, we should forgive and move on. Toronto Globe & Mail

Jonas Valanciunas gave DeMarcus Cousins an elbow to the throat while boxing out. Boogie reacted and almost punched Valanciunas in the back of the head. Cousins got a technical. Valanciunas got… to watch his back when the Raptors play the Kings next season. Amazingly, this can be considered restraint and a sign of maturity on the part of Boogie Cousins. A year ago, he might have thrown a punch. Make no mistake, the FIBA officials are decidedly bad. USA leads 43-35 at the half. The Big Lead

September 8, 2014 Updates

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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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