HoopsHype Terrence Ross rumors

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Sam Amick: Raptors exercise options on Jonas Valanciunas and Terrence Ross. Now on board through 2014-15. Put Jonas on your League Pass alert, FYI. Twitter @sam_amick

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“The talent is there,” Casey said. “There is not a better athlete in the NBA than Terrence Ross. But just, bringing it on a consistent basis is his own personal challenge. We pushed him as a coaching staff and work with him till the cows come home, but until he makes up his mind mentally that he is going to exert that same athleticism and effort on both ends of the floor, that’s when he will make the next step. … He has been working with a shooting coach this summer, trying to get that consistent, working on his shot. His ballhandling, his defense in pick-and-roll situations, he has been working on that all summer.” Sporting News

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That dunk, which came after the Toronto guard caught a pass off the side of the backboard, set up the finale between Ross and Utah guard Jeremy Evans, last year’s champion. Evans then one-upped him by slamming a one-handed, windmill dunk over a painting of him dunking. Well, Ross topped that dunk and sealed his 2013 title by jumping over a ballboy, putting the ball through his legs, and then flushing it, one-handed, with plenty of force. “It was my favorite event to watch every year, since I was a small child,” said Ross, who added that he hadn’t really competed in a dunk contest. “Actually winning it, I never thought I’d do it.” Boston Globe

Ross said the plan to jump over the ballboy was hatched by his agent. Ross said he told the boy the day before that he was going to dunk over him, but Ross didn’t say that he was going to go through his legs. “You’re not going to hit me, right?” the boy asked him. “No, I’m not going to hit you,” Ross said. Boston Globe

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How are you getting ready for the dunk contest? Terrence Ross: I'm just practicing hard, just working the dunks I think I should be able to do at the contest. DeMar [DeRozan] is helping me, Rudy [Gay] is helping me a lot. DeMar is giving me some good advice on how to do some dunks and improve on my score while getting the crowd on my side. Who is the best dunker at the All Stars? Terrence Ross: I would say [Michael] Jordan and [Dominique] Wilkins, those two were the best. HoopsHype

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Terrence Ross is thrilled to be one of six competitors and the lone rookie entrant in Saturday’s Sprite Slam Dunk contest in Houston as part of All-Star Saturday. And as the Toronto Raptors guard defies gravity, he’ll be uplifted by a number of young fans he probably never knew he had. That’s because the 22-year-old guard out of Washington plans to dunk something far bigger than basketballs — he wants to help dunk cancer and help the children battling the despicable disease every day. Before the Raptors play host to the Denver Nuggets tonight, Ross will announce his involvement in launching a three-part fundraising campaign in partnership with “Dunk Cancer” and its month-long initiative, ”Dunk Cancer Month,” during the NBA’s All-Star Weekend. Ross has committed to help raise money to benefit the Children’s Cancer Association and his high school back home, Jefferson High, in Portland, Ore. “Ever since I was in about the third grade, my mom has run an out-of-home day care service,” Ross said. “So there were always kids around. One of the kids that she took care of had cancer. We were close to the family and were always around each other so it hit home for us. That’s the main reason I’ve chosen to support “Dunk Cancer” and “Dunk Cancer Month.” NBA.com

So what does the 6-foot-6, 195-pound Ross, the youngest of the contestants, have planned? “I’ve been planning my dunks for about a week now, testing them with teammates to see which will get really good scores,” said Ross, who noted that Raptors newcomer Rudy Gay has provided some pointers. “I’m definitely going to do something new, nothing I’ve done during the season.” So a few surprises then? “Possibly,” said Ross, who is averaging 6.6 ppg and 2.1 rpg in 17.3 mpg. “I think I have a fairly good chance of winning. Plus, I need to advance to build up my contribution.” NBA.com

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The NBA announced Thursday that rookie forward Terrence Ross (@T_DotFlight31) has been selected to participate in the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest on All-Star Saturday Night presented by State Farm. Ross is the fifth Raptor invited to participate in the event, joining Vince Carter (2000), Tracy McGrady (2000), Jamario Moon (2008) and DeMar DeRozan (2010 and 2011). This year’s contest will take place Saturday, February 16 at the Toyota Center in Houston and will be broadcasted on TSN2 and TNT beginning at 8:30 p.m. (ET). Raptors.com

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For the past week or two, teammate DeMar DeRozan has been paying particular attention to young Ross. In Ross, DeRozan sees a second — or actually a third — chance at dunk redemption and he doesn’t want to see him come up short. If you haven’t guessed by now, this is all about the dunk contest that will be part of NBA all-star event a week Saturday and Ross’ expected involvement. Official word of the contestants doesn’t arrive until Thursday night, but there is a groundswell of support for Ross which includes Eastern Conference all-star captain Dwyane Wade, who has taken to Twitter to trumpet the inclusion of Ross. Toronto Sun

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