• Morning Coffee – Sat, Jun 6

    Morning Coffee – Sat, Jun 6
    In a show of solidarity the NBPA agrees to resume the season.
    Report: NBA to test players every night upon return – TSN.ca
    The NBPA informed players today that NBA/NBPA will conduct coronavirus testing every night during resumed season — likely mouth swabs/light nasal swabs and not full invasive nasal swab. Minimum seven days quarantine for a player if positive.
    Charania also reports the league does not plan to shut down the season should a player test positive for the coronavirus. P
  • Top 3 Raptors – 2000-01 Season

    Top 3 Raptors – 2000-01 Season
    Peak Vince.The year Vince took the lead.
    3. Mark Jackson, 8.5 pts, 9.2 ast, 1.2 stlA slow, aging point guard with a giant ass and a knack for weighing floaters, Mark Jackson at the age of 35 discovered Showtime. Jackson setup Vince’s alley-oops which essentially involved throwing the ball somewhere in the vicinity of the rim only for Vince to course-correct and create another highlight. Jackson got on ESPN more that year than he had in his previous 13 years. Right place, right time.
    2. Ant
  • Morning Coffee – Fri, Jun 5

    Morning Coffee – Fri, Jun 5
    GO GET YOUR MASK, WE BALLIN’.N.B.A. Owners Set a July 31 Restart, All in Florida – The New York Times
    To earn one of the 22 invitations to Disney World, teams had to be within six games of a playoff berth as of March 11, when the N.B.A. abruptly suspended the season in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Joining the 16 teams that occupied playoff spots on March 11 are five teams from the West (Portland, New Orleans, Sacramento, San Antonio and Phoenix) and Washington from the East.
  • Top 3 Raptors – 1999-00 Season

    Top 3 Raptors – 1999-00 Season
    A wingman emerges.We have a spreadsheet going.
    3. Antonio Davis, 11.5 pts, 8.8 reb, 1.3 blkYou know Marc Gasol found the fountain of youth in Toronto at 34? Well, Antonio Davis did the same around 32 back then. Another victim of Jordan’s Eastern reign, this time by way of Indiana, Davis got shipped to Toronto for the fifth pick in the ’99 draft. His defensive impact was immediate and it was the surprisingly efficient offense and shot-blocking which surprised Raptors fans. Davis and O
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  • Morning Coffee – Thu, Jun 4

    Morning Coffee – Thu, Jun 4
    Pictured above is the house of Dr. Ossian Sweet.
    Masai Ujiri Discusses NBA Leaders' Roles as Activists After George Floyd Killing | Bleacher Report | Latest News, Videos and Highlights
    “We have to keep going, right? We have to keep talking about this because there is a problem,” Ujiri said Wednesday on The Jump. “We were stuck in our houses, dealing with a pandemic, and then here comes this pandemic that has actually been a part of our lives for a long time but people haven&rsq
  • All signs point to the NBA returning in late July

    All signs point to the NBA returning in late July
    It seems remarkably unimportant in light of bigger issues in the world, but news broke today that the NBA continues to march forward towards resuming play.
    Per Marc Stein, the NBA is intent on resuming in late July. Twenty two teams will be invited to Walt Disney World Resort. They would play between six and eight regular season games, number varying by reporter, and then the playoffs would begin. Twenty two teams will be invited because that number includes every team within six games of a play
  • Top 3 Raptors – 1998-99 Season

    Top 3 Raptors – 1998-99 Season
    What’s that? A trade on draft day?We have a spreadsheet going.
    3. Doug Christie, 15pts, 4.1reb, 3.7 astIt was tempting to put a young Tracy McGrady on this list but Doug Christie is still owed dues. The all-rounder was the linchpin in the club’s bounce-back towards relative respectability. He mentored McGrady, played Carter tough in practice and was an exemplar of professionalism, which was vital for the cousins in their early career. He played five years for the Raptors and in his l
  • Morning Coffee – Wed, Jun 3

    Morning Coffee – Wed, Jun 3
    What used to be end of pre-season is now end of the season.Sources — Proposed date for Game 7 of NBA Finals is Oct. 12
    As the NBA models a 22-team format for the season’s proposed resumption beginning July 31 in Orlando, Florida, a timeline shared with teams as a last possible date for a Finals Game 7 lands on Oct. 12, sources told ESPN.
    Commissioner Adam Silver is expected to have a proposal to take to a vote of the NBA’s Board of Governors on Thursday, sources said.
    The expec
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  • The violence did not just start

    The violence did not just start
    Parsing an emotional reaction and converting it into an action can be difficult because you do not know how to act. You do not know what to do. When you have acted on an instinct it has come at a cost which seemed dissonant with the society and democracy we live in. Justice says that if a person harms another person, the latter should be made whole by the former under the authority of the government. If the victim is put in a worse condition by the government they have no incentive to seek justi
  • Top 3 Raptors – 1997-98 Season

    Top 3 Raptors – 1997-98 Season
    The star point got traded and the coach just quit.  We have a spreadsheet going.3. Chauncey Billups, 11.3pts, 2.7reb, 3.3astAfter Kenny Anderson tied himself to a chair in the Portland lockerroom and subsequently never reported to Toronto as part of the Damon trade, the Raptors lucked out…briefly. Boston traded Chauncey Billups, Dee Brown, Roy Rogers and John Thomas to the Raptors for Kenny Anderson, Popeye Jones and Zan Tabak. Pound for pound the Raptors won that trade. Billups wasn
  • Morning Coffee – Tue, Jun 2

    Morning Coffee – Tue, Jun 2
    Cypress Hill was right.
    Toronto Raptors guard Fred VanVleet says people ‘fed up’ with racism and discrimination – TSN.ca
    The Toronto Raptors guard was asked Monday what he thought of the protests happening in major cities across the United States following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. He was killed after a police officer held his knee on Floyd’s neck for several minutes and ignored his cries of distress.
    “It’s really unfortunate, but what’s
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  • Top 3 Raptors – 1996-97 Season

    Top 3 Raptors – 1996-97 Season
    The early peek. We’re now tracking score.3. Marcus Camby, 15pts, 6reb, 2blkHere’s a Vince Carter/Marcus Camby story that you may not know about.  A rookie Camby making blocks he had no business making was a sideshow in a season where the Raptors notched 30 wins including a win over the legendary Bulls.  An unorthodox jumper, a knack for hitting it high off the glass arms flailing was a taste of what you saw every night at the Skydome…or Maple Leaf Gardens. Camby&rsqu
  • Morning Coffee – Mon, Jun 1

    Morning Coffee – Mon, Jun 1
    Masai weighs in.The conversation can no longer be avoided because it is hard.We have to have it.Now.
    A letter from Masai » https://t.co/eddiniOeq9 pic.twitter.com/3ys3QJBLds
    — Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) May 31, 2020Opinion: Masai Ujiri: To overcome racism, we must raise our voices – The Globe and Mail
    “The video was sent to me without explanation. Watching it, I was confused: What is this? At first, I thought it was from years ago and someone was sharing it to make a poin
  • Top 3 Raptors – 1995-96 Season

    Top 3 Raptors – 1995-96 Season
    There wasn’t much to pick from until there was.3. Sharone Wright, 16pts, 5reb, 1blkTie Domi-type bruiser except he actually had skill. Relentless on the boards but was a tad undersized so the rebounding numbers were never there. High work-rate and never got discouraged after getting his shot blocked. The man could muscle his way up for a rebound in trees and every finish was a feat.
    2. Tracy Murray, 16pts, 4reb, 2astBefore Mo Pete we had Tracy Murray. I’m still not convinced the word
  • Morning Coffee – Sun, May 31

    Morning Coffee – Sun, May 31
    Raptors release statement.Statement From The Toronto Raptors: pic.twitter.com/almbXwi005
    — Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) May 31, 2020Toronto Raptors release statement on racial injustice – Sportsnet.ca
    As the world continues to mourn the loss of George Floyd and protest against racial injustice, the Toronto Raptors released a statement on Saturday in response to the issue.
    The team called for humankind to confront the systemic problem and do more than just grieve.
    The statement reads as
  • Morning Coffee – Sat, May 30

    Morning Coffee – Sat, May 30
    First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a socialist.
    Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a trade unionist.
    Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Jew.
    Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

    Ex-Officer Derek Chauvin Charged With Murder in George Floyd’s Death – WSJ
    The protests over the death of a black man afte
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  • A statement from the staff of Raptors Republic

    Our support of black people neither starts nor ends with what they can do for us. We stand with the protesters in Minneapolis, Louisville, and elsewhere. We support the loved ones of George Floyd, Regis Korchinski-Paquet, Ahmaud Arbery, and every other black person who has been murdered, often at the hands of police in the United States, Canada, and elsewhere. Raptors Republic staff have donated individually to a variety of funds, including financial support for the family of victims and a bail
  • Top 100 NBA Players to Finish the Season 100-76

    To the surprise of no one, the NBA is trying very hard to finish it’s season. Players and owners alike have a watchful eye on dropping revenue, and will do their damndest to mitigate the financial losses that COVID-19 has subjected to their sector. Naturally, there’s a lot left to figure out before anything pops off and based on testing, personnel, quarantine and the possible complications of anything going sideways, it’s going to be a very large amount of work. However, the NB
  • Morning Coffee – Fri, May 29

    Morning Coffee – Fri, May 29
    100k dead. Let’s hand out some awards.Sources: NBA players/staff who are currently outside the United States are now allowed to re-enter the U.S. via new U.S. Department of Homeland Security issue. Prior travel restrictions existed due to coronavirus pandemic.
    — Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) May 27, 2020Crying Week: There are Toronto Raptors moments to cry about — and then there’s the Primo Pasta commercial – Raptors HQ
    At first glance (if this is your first glanc
  • Morning Coffee – Thu, May 28

    Morning Coffee – Thu, May 28
    Pack your bags, we’re moving to Florida.
    NBA news: League planning for families in Orlando; Kobe Bryant’s HOF class enshrinement postponed to 2021 – Deseret News
    Discussions have been centered around when family members could arrive at Walt Disney Resort in relation to when players arrive and when play resumes.
    Players are expected to arrive in Orlando in mid-to-late July, although no official date has been announced, and no schedule for games or a format have been decided.
    It
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  • Morning Coffee – Wed, May 27

    Morning Coffee – Wed, May 27
    The beginning of the beginning.
    Should the NBA crown a champion this season? – Sports Illustrated
    What’s the urgency? Why is there a need to crown a 2020 champion? The argument that the NBA had champions in lockout shortened seasons doesn’t really hold up. Those seasons started late, but they didn’t stop in the last month and take the next four off. Shawn Kemp famously gained 35 pounds during the 1999 lockout. When asked how it happened, Kemp told then GM Wayne Embry he d
  • NBA playoff re-seeding would be ideal for the Raptors

    NBA playoff re-seeding would be ideal for the Raptors
    It’s now been 75 days since Rudy Gobert’s diagnosis of Covid-19, which marked the start of the whirlwind shutdown of the the NBA and then the world. That’s long enough to matter; the Cuban Missile Crisis lasted 13 days, Nick Drake’s recording of the classic Pink Moon required two nights, and William Faulkner needed only six weeks to scribble his masterpiece As I Lay Dying. By comparison, however, the 2019 NBA offseason was 131 days long. We’re not there yet, but thi
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  • Morning Coffee – Tue, May 26

    The Naismith Cup – Round 2.Raptors to play Grizzlies in NBA’s new playoff format: report | Offside
    If the NBA is able to resume its season this summer, there’s a strong chance of a playoff matchup between the Toronto Raptors and the Memphis Grizzlies.
    ESPN’s Brian Windhorst discussed what the league’s return to action might look like, as well as the potential location. He was joined on his podcast, The Hoop Collective, by ESPN’s Tim Bontemps and Bobby Marks.
    A
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  • With Orlando Emerging as Front-Runner for NBA Return, Questions Linger

    With Orlando Emerging as Front-Runner for NBA Return, Questions Linger
    At the gate entrance to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, an overhanging arch reads the following phrase:
     
     “Where Dreams Come True.” 
     
    While Disney World symbolizes childhood and famous cartoons, it soon can be the site for an NBA fan’s dream to come true. 
     
    What is that dream? The return to basketball. 
     
    On Tuesday May 19, Shams Charania and Sam Amick of The Athletic reported that Orlando/Disney World has &l
  • Morning Coffee – Mon, May 25

    Morning Coffee – Mon, May 25
    Soon.
    Coronavirus: New York governor says pro teams can resume training | NBA.com Australia | The official site of the NBA
    With the NBA, NHL, MLB and MLS all working on plans to play, Cuomo encouraged sports that can be held without fans in attendance to do so if the economics can be worked out.
    “Do it! Do it!” Cuomo said. “We want you up.
    “We want people to be able to watch sports. To the extent people are still staying home, it gives people something to do. It&rsqu
  • Morning Coffee – Sun, May 24

    Morning Coffee – Sun, May 24
    We’re winning back-to-back titles. That’s all there is to it.NBA in talks to resume play at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
    The NBA has entered into exploratory conversations with the Walt Disney Company about restarting the remainder of its season at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida, in late July, NBA spokesperson Mike Bass said Saturday.
    “The NBA, in conjunction with the National Basketball Players Association, is engaged i
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  • Morning Coffee – Sat, May 23

    Morning Coffee – Sat, May 23
    Is it six feet apart and less than five people or five feet apart and less than six people?Gordon Monson: Jerry Sloan was a lion and a lamb – The Salt Lake Tribune
    Larry Miller used to love telling the story about Sloan’s calm during a kerfuffle in the Jazz locker room during halftime of a game when the coach scolded Greg Ostertag in front of the team for some mindless indiscretion, and Ostertag responded by throwing a bag of ice at Sloan’s head. Sloan saw the bag coming, leane
  • Morning Coffee – Fri, May 22

    Morning Coffee – Fri, May 22
    Hey fellas, I found a bunch of shit on the internet. Here it is.
    Lakers’ Jared Dudley Shares Details on NBA Return Amidst Coronavirus Pandemic – NBC Los Angeles
    “Orlando makes perfect sense because of Disney,” said Dudley. Disney owns ABC and ESPN, both broadcast partners with the NBA.
    NBC LA reached out to sources with knowledge of the discussions, and they confirmed that Disney World is the frontrunner and that a deal is “close, if not imminent.” During the
  • Morning Coffee – Thu, May 21

    Morning Coffee – Thu, May 21
    Pride only hurts.
    Raptors’ return to face additional challenges as NBA’s sole Canadian team – Sportsnet.ca
    Travellers returning to Canada are required to undergo 14 days of self-isolation, which seemingly would prevent any returning Raptors from practicing at OVO Centre – the reason they would be coming back to Toronto at all.
    Similarly, if the whole roster and staff were to gather in Toronto, how would they be treated if they were arriving en masse in either Orlando or L
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  • #TheShotChallenge is what you need in quarantine

    #TheShotChallenge is what you need in quarantine
    What is #TheShotChallenge? (get a peek here) It’s what happens when quarantine collides with a historic moment. It’s also what we all did at some point over the last year. You know, go to the corner of the room, take a crumpled piece of paper and aim for a half-filled cup of team on the dresser. As we shot it, we crouch on the ground seeking a line of sight to whether the piece of trash actually went in (it didn’t, it never does, except that one time but I don’t have it o
  • Morning Coffee – Wed, May 20

    Morning Coffee – Wed, May 20
    WHO let the dogs out?Lewenberg: How the NBA hiatus could impact the Toronto Raptors’ future – TSN.ca
    How will the NBA’s hiatus influence Toronto’s plans in 2020?
    This is not a great summer to be hitting the open market. Even before all of this, the free agent class of 2020 was expected to be underwhelming, and only a few teams projected to have significant cap space to spend with most of the league planning for what could be a loaded crop in 2021.
    Now there’s a very
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  • Morning Coffee – Tue, May 19

    Morning Coffee – Tue, May 19
    Boom Biddy Bye Bye.
    Draft prep: Discussing the Raptors’ landscape at Nos. 28 and 58 with Sam Vecenie – The Athletic
    Vecenie: Between this and our undying love of pop-punk music, our relationship has been on firm ground for years, and I’m glad we’re actually getting a chance to talk about first-rounders instead of late-round flyers!
    As you mentioned, the Raptors have been immensely successful at getting contributions from young players. It speaks not only to their talent i
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  • Five Memorable Games Involving Michael Jordan and the Toronto Raptors

    Five Memorable Games Involving Michael Jordan and the Toronto Raptors
    The Michael Jordan documentary, The Last Dance, has united basketball fans each week for the past month.
    Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic with no live basketball on, the younger generation is seeing Jordan’s superstardom and greatness on display.
    Throughout Jordan’s 15-year NBA career, he squared off against the Toronto Raptors 19 times.
    Here are five memorable games featuring Michael and the Raptors:
    Toronto Raptors defeat Chicago Bulls 109-108 (March 24, 1996) 
    Before Jo
  • Morning Coffee – Mon, May 18

    Morning Coffee – Mon, May 18
    Take the money and run.Landry Fields’ response to Raptors’ $18M offer: ‘Did you say 8 or 18?’
    Knicks restricted free agent Landry Fields would’ve been a logical part of a sign-and-trade. To preempt that and maximize its chances of landing Nash, Toronto – through agent Chris Emens – offered Fields a three-year, $18.75 million contract.
    “Wait, did you say eight or 18?” Fields remembers asking.
    Emens had said 18. The Raptors were submitting an o
  • Morning Coffee – Sun, May 17

    Morning Coffee – Sun, May 17
    Paging Healing Power of Sport.
    NBA appears willing to delay start of next season in order to finish 2019-20 – StarTribune.com
    What’s been said: The Wolves haven’t made any official statements on their desire to return. Some teams in locations that have relaxed stay-at-home measures have reopened practice facilities for individual workouts, but the Wolves haven’t yet in compliance with Gov. Tim Walz’s order. The Wolves are working with local health officials on the b
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  • Morning Coffee – Sat, May 16

    Morning Coffee – Sat, May 16
    Watch out guys, the Sixers are coming.
    NBA return: Optimism is growing among stars – Sports Illustrated
    I’m more confident than ever that the NBA will find a way to finish its season. Why? First, it’s become increasingly clear that the league doesn’t give a damn when it starts next season. The thinking is the longer the NBA pushes back the start of next season, the better chance it has of holding games with fans in attendance, opening up a revenue stream that Adam Silver
  • Morning Coffee – Fri, May 15

    Morning Coffee – Fri, May 15
    What does next season look like?Coronavirus: FIBA postpones final Olympics qualifiers
    FIBA officially postponed the final four qualifying tournaments for the Tokyo Olympics to next summer on Thursday, according to the Associated Press, a move that could significantly interfere with the NBA.
    The Olympics were initially scheduled to take place this summer in Tokyo, though they were postponed earlier this year to start on July 23, 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
    How could this impact the NBA?
    T
  • Morning Coffee – Thu, May 14

    Morning Coffee – Thu, May 14
    It’s Miller Time!
    Can the N.B.A. Come Back, and Stay Back? – The New York Times
    The N.B.A., mind you, is not without hope. There has been some real progress in the testing arena, starting with the Orlando Magic’s ability to secure clearance last week from local health officials and the league to test asymptomatic players and staff members. With the Lakers and Clippers also expected to soon receive similar blessings in Los Angeles, Orlando’s breakthrough makes it somewhat
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