Toronto Raptors Rumors
The Toronto Raptors, in partnership with NBA 2K16, announced Monday four new uniforms that will be worn with the start of the 2015 preseason. In a new and unique unveil posted at http://www.raptors.com/uniforms, NBA 2K16 created graphics of Raptors players in game action wearing the new uniforms.
According to the press release, “The new look pays tribute to the City of Toronto as well as being the lone Canadian club in the National Basketball Association. The main colours will remain centred on Canada’s national colours of red and white. Black and silver will continue to be used for trim on the home white and red road uniform. The club will also sport two alternate black uniforms. A version with red, silver and white trim will return, joined by a special alternate featuring gold and white trim.”
At 6-9 and 212 pounds he looks bigger than he did nine months ago, when he was launching his NBA career as the great experiment of the Toronto Raptors. Caboclo is by no means as strong as the NBA forwards he expects to be opposing someday, but progress is being made. He has been away from his home in Brazil for one year. His English is improving. He is on his way, but he is still only 19 years old. “I will have more chance,” he says of the opportunities waiting in October at his second training camp, where he will continue to be the Raptors’ youngest project. “But I need to be good in this chance and work hard.”
“He can be really good because of that length,” says Mermuys. “You see in the NBA these guys with that extreme length have a huge advantage. So it’s really about his physicality now. The stronger he gets, the more he’s going to be able to use his length as a weapon, and be able to take the contact and still stay in place.” “My defense has gotten a lot better,” says Caboclo. “I know almost everything, but sometimes I forget the little things. The rotation is very hard. But I try to do right every time.”
The league increased its effort this season bringing several high-profile NBA players and coaches to Johannesburg, South Africa for three days of basketball and life instruction for nearly 60 of Africa best players born in 1998. “What will come of this is the development of more clinics, more camps and more youth competition,” said Toronto Raptors general manager Masai Ujiri, who was born in Nigeria. “It continues to grow, and this will expose more young players and give them more opportunities and we have to create that opportunity.