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Raptors: 20th anniversary jersey announced

The Raptors have announced their latest money-making scheme the return of their original jerseys for several home games next season:

I’t doesn’t matter how good the memories are,what music you play, or how smooth that video was, those purple jerseys are ugly. However, I’ll admit they’ll look great if the Raptors have a winning team next season.

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Raptors: Drake announces starting lineup

As we discussed, last night was ‘Drake Night’ at the ACC. Unsurprisingly, it turned out to be a rousing success, capped off by the Raptors actually beating the Nets.

The night was filled with lots of action both and off the court, including Drake announcing the starting line-up for the home side:

I’m going to assume it was unintentional, but I was highly amused by the revelation Jonas Valanciunas likes to spend his spare time in Scarborough town centre. I’m sure even their own residents are thinking there must be better things he can do during his days off?!

Photo credit: @Raptornlan

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Raptors: Drake Night at the ACC

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I’m sure when ‘Drake Night’ was originally conceived, it was pretty much under the heading of: ‘What can we do to manipulate Raptors fans’ into coming to watch a game?’

Who knew the timing of it would coincide with the team actually being relevant again?! Of course, it’s a relative term, given that the Raptors are only .500, play in the Eastern Conference and find themselves in the ridiculously lame Atlantic Division. Either way, I’ll take it.

The themed night, which will be hosted by the Raptors (and Toronto FC?) Global Ambassador, will feature a halftime DJ set from Future The Prince, whoever he is. The team is expected to wear their black road jerseys for the game against the Nets.

This is interesting, given that the organisation are currently considering changing their uniforms, with black & gold one of the options on the table.) I personally like the current colour scheme, but what would you do if you had any choice in the matter?

Photo credit: @NaclonRaptor

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Raptors: Rudy Gay donates 22 laptops to students

Rudy Gay is usually known for his shooting skills in the NBA.  However, the Raptors star yesterday added an assist way more valuable than any point he has ever scored.

Gay donated 22 laptops (in relation to the number he wears) to local students at Lord Dufferin Public School.  It was his first day as an ambassador for the Kids, Cops & Computers program:

As the former eighth overall draft pick said: “It only takes one moment to make a connection.” I assume he wasn’t talking about hooking up to the internet.

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Raptors: Go bike riding with Rudy Gay on Saturday

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Are you and/or your family looking for something to do this Saturday?  Are you a basketball fan, who fancies hanging out with one of the Raptors players?  Then the following tweet may interest you:

You’d normally expect Gay’s teammate Amir Johnson to come up with an idea like this.  However, it’s good to see the small forward making the effort to integrate himself with Toronto.

This is a big year for Gay, who is preparing for his first full season with the Raptors.  Let’s hope the team doesn’t come out ‘flat’ to start the 2013-14 campaign, otherwise it might ‘puncture’ their hopes of challenging for the playoffs.

Photo credit: @thedemski

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Raptors: Toronto to host 2016 NBA All-Star Game

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According to multiple reports, the news basketball fans in Canada have been waiting for is about to finally come true: Toronto is set to host the 2016 NBA All-Star game.

An official announcement is expected soon, after Toronto outbid their main opponent, Cleveland.  The event, one of the biggest weekends on the sporting calendar, will tie in with the Raptors 20th anniversary season.

MLSE began their bidding process last February and the decision clinches one of Tim Leiweke’s initial goals when he first became CEO and President.  Torontonians can look forward to all the usual festivities and events, including the celebrity game and slam dunk contest.

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Toronto Raptors: DeMar DeRozan’s shoe room

I thought it was just women who were obsessed by shoes, but apparently not.  It appears that NBA players, including the Raptors DeMar DeRozan, also own a ridiculous amount of footwear:

It’s often argued that a person’s compulsion is the ‘hobby’ itself, rather than whatever it is they’re actually obsessed with.  If true, maybe Dwane Casey can get DeRozan to transfer his addiction to maniacally doing everything within his power to help the team win during the upcoming season.

If the shooting guard can be half as successful as he is at collecting sneakers, the Raptors will be flying into the playoffs next April.

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Raptors: Rudy Gay meets Snoop Dogg

Rudy Gay and Snoop Dogg

When you’re a professional athlete, especially a high-profile one, there are certain benefits that us mere mortals could only hope to enjoy.  Look no further than Canada’s very own Sidney Crosby jumping the queue at his local DMV office.

One of the other advantages is the increased likelihood of bumping into/being allowed access to stars from other entertainment industries.  Evidence the Raptors Rudy Gay getting the opportunity to chill out with Snoop Dogg.

With Gay accepting that he has to be more of a leader for the Raptors this season, we can only hope the rapper didn’t lead him astray.  Let’s just say, when Snoop asked the 2006 eight overall draft pick to fly the friendly skies, he wasn’t talking about practising dunking.

Photo credit: @Team_RG22

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Raptors: Landry Fields and Elaine Alden have a son

I’ll admit I’m not someone who spends much time thinking about having children.  (But then, I’m not even particularly bothered about getting married. Yep, that’s right ladies, I’m one hell of a catch.)  As such, I totally empathise with the look on Landry Fields face as he and Elaine Alden headed to the hospital on Sunday for the birth of their child:

Landry Fields Elaine Alden await birth

Fields looks like the full realisation of what he’s done has finally hit him.  Kudos to the 25-year old for not doing a runner right there and then.

All joking aside, I’d still like to pass on my half-hearted congratulations to Fields and Alden, who gave birth to their son at 1:52 this morning.  Purely for the benefit of our female readers, the happy couple named him Jackson James Fields and he weighed in at 7.8 lbs.

Landry Fields and Elaine Alden
Elaine Alden with baby

With his parents genes, you have to like the odds of Jackson growing up to become an NBA player or a model. (Or both!)  On a scale of one to ten, how ridiculous is it that I’m already jealous of a kid that’s less than one day old?

Photo credits: @landryfields & @elainealden

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Toronto Raptors 2013-14 season: Here we come

I’m one of those rarest of commodities:  An eternally optimistic Raptors fan.  Even since first coming to Toronto in 2006 and going to the majority of home games during the 2006/07 campaign, I’ve been hooked.

(In my mind, the Raptors are still that same team, which finished with a franchise record-equalling 47 wins and clinched their first ever divisional title.  Feel free to analyse that as you see appropriate.)

As such, I’ll admit I’m probably just a little bit too excited about the release of the NBA regular season schedule, which will be announced tomorrow evening at 6:00pm ET.  And videos like this don’t help:

How can that not get you pumped for the new season?!  Despite what the majority of media experts may believe, no one knows for sure how the 2013/14 season will pan out for the Raptors.

Let’s just say, whatever’s coming, I’ll happily take my chances with the likes of Jonas Valanciunas, Amir Johnson and Rudy Gay.

Editors note: This now concludes Paul’s latest Raptors propaganda offering.

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