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DeRozan may have grown up idolizing his hometown’s most glamorous franchise. He may have grown up admiring Kobe Bryant, imitating his moves and later dubbing him “the top five greatest player of all time.” Yet, DeRozan refused to compromise the same affection he has for the Raptors after they selected him ninth overall in the 2009 NBA draft. “When you have an opportunity to go home, that’s something that certainly would cross your mind. But it wasn’t anything,” DeRozan told Southern California News Group. “After I finish playing, I’m pretty sure I’ll live in L.A. But I just wanted to do something special and leave a legacy of my own in Toronto.”
“My guys were telling me that Bleacher Report says we’ll win 59 games,” Crowder said. “That’s a lot of wins, but I want to get past the first round of the playoffs. Two seasons in a row getting swept” (Note: The Celtics lost in six games this past year) “that’s my goal to be honest with you. I think our ceiling is the Eastern Conference Finals. Toronto is not a team we’re worried about. I think Cleveland is the top team. That’s what it comes down to.”
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Josh Lewenberg: A couple Raptors roster/rotation notes based on the depth chart I just tweeted (obviously a lot can change between now & opening night). 1) Raptors signed Sullinger with the intention of starting him at the 4. Not set in stone but it’s his job to lose, I’m told. Like last year, Patrick Patterson may end up playing bulk of PF mins but, rightly or wrongly, they believe he’s better suited coming off bench. 2) Lucas Nogueira is expected to get first crack at earning backup C mins, given experience, but leash wont be long. Jakob Poeltl could push him in camp.