Found October 30, 2013 on That NBA Lottery Pick:
It appears that rapper Drake’s first order of business as the Toronto Raptors new global ambassador is to star in a hype video for the organization. Thanks to the fine folks over at Deadspin, below is the full clip of Drake talking his love of the organization and growing up in Toronto: *** Drake image courtesy of Getty Images

The Raptors Have Discussed The Possibility Of Trading Rudy Gay

credit: When the Raptors traded for Rudy Gay last season, many saw it as the Raptors trying to get themselves an all-star to build around. However, it should be noted that at the time of the trade, Bryan Colangelo and not Masai Ujiri was the GM of the Raptors. Now that Ujiri is at the helm, chances are good that Ujiri has a different attitude towards Rudy Gay. According...

Toronto Raptors unveil 2013-14 mascot, “Stripes”

Due to the Toronto Raptor mascot tearing his ACL in the offseason, the Toronto Raptors had to hustle to get a replacement and earlier, they officially announced the new mascot for the 2013-14 NBA season. Here are the fine folks over at the Toronto Star with more of the details: Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment will turn to Stripes, a black-clad version of the mascot generally...

Report: Raptors GM Has Talked About Trading Rudy Gay

According to Bruce Arthur of the National Post, Raptors general manager, Masai Ujiri, has talked about trading Rudy Gay. Gay, who previous general manager, Bryan Colangelo, acquired from the Grizzlies in January, averaged 19.5 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 33 games with the team last season. …Sources say he has talked about moving Rudy Gay, but he has been patient. He...

Drake Says It’s Raptors’ Time to Dominate NBA, Wants Other Teams to ‘Hate’ Playing Toronto (Video)

The Toronto Raptors started at the bottom. Some 19 years later, they’re still at the bottom. But that’s nothing Drake can’t change. The popular rapper grew up in Toronto, back when he was still known as Aubrey Graham, and was still living there when the franchise made its NBA debut in the 1995-96 season. So, when he was asked him to join the franchise as the team’s global...

Toronto Raptors Introduce Temporary Replacement Mascot

Out for the season with a torn Achilles, Raptor, the Toronto Raptors mascot has an interim replacement – his name is Stripes.  The look is different as Stripes will wear a black jersey with numbers 13 and 14 on the front/back to signify he temporary. According to Doug Smith of The Star: Facing the season-long loss of the iconic Raptor — the delightful stuffed animal that has...

Amir Johnson posterizes guy in suit in Raptors locker room

As previously noted on That NBA Lottery Pick, we love it when NBA players decide to “posterize” or “dunk cam” each other and the latest “dunk cam” came courtesy of Amir Johnson. Check out the Toronto Raptors forward throwing down an epic jam over a guy in a suit in the Toronto Raptors locker room: *** Amir image courtesy of Getty Images

Always Looking Up: How the Toronto Raptors Prepare for Opening Day

Opening day is just around the corner and let’s be honest these guys are tired of the preseason. It’s time for the regular season to begin. I had a chance to talk to some of your favorite Raptors about their most memorable opening day moments, along with what went right and what went uncharacteristically wrong. Let the NBA season begin!!!

Raptors Begin Season Against Celtics

Toronto Raptors open up their new NBA season against Boston Celtics today, when they will be looking to kick off their campaign with a win in front of their home crowd at the Air Canada Centre. Steve Novak is the Canadian’s side biggest signing during the off-season. He has replaced Andrea Bargnani, who went the other direction out to New York. Indiana’s forward, Tyler Hansbrough...

Toronto Raptors Wipe Off the Rust in Game 1 of 82

Inside the Purple Room is back! It begins with the Toronto Raptors coming out flat to open the game. The Boston Celtics had to prove to themselves they will actually be a good team. The Raptors found life in the late stages of the third to put this game which was a nail biter through the third to rest. Now, coach Casey is always there to point out all the mistakes the Raptors made...

Raptors have discussed trading Rudy Gay

The question is hanging there, and Masai Ujiri is waiting. He has just been asked why he won’t reveal his basketball philosophy, and in his silence the sound of jackhammers and earth-moving rumbles through the windowpanes of his corner office. He is on the top floor, downtown, and outside you can see North America’s fifth-biggest city — fourth if you discount Mexico City ...

Ujiri Remains In Evaluation Stage Of Raptors' Roster

Masai Ujiri would have liked to make more significant moves to the Toronto Raptors' roster during his first few months on the job, but deals didn't materialize beyond the Andrea Bargnani trade with the New York Knicks. “It’s our first time all together,” said Ujiri. “It’s an evaluation time for us. “We are still evaluating. I don’t know (about the team). I can’t...

Drake Discusses Being The Global Ambassador For The Raptors (Video)

Ummm.. This was a lot more cinematic than I thought it would be. A few short weeks ago the Toronto Raptors announced that the city’s hometown star, Drake, would be coming onboard as the Global Ambassador for the team. With the team giving him the power to change “everything but the name”, people have been […]

NBA players leave the court to make deliveries

Rudy Gay, DeAndre Jordan and Amar'e Stoudemire abandoned the court and became delivery men for an ad promoting the NBA's new online source for game tickets. Wearing their full NBA uniform, the players faced adversity as they attempted to deliver tickets to basketball fans. Broken elevators, bad weather and some bad driving couldn't prevent tickets from being delivered...

PODCAST: Hip Hoop Junkies & Hoop Heads North present RAPS TALK Ep. 47 (10.30.2013)

Episode 47 of RAPS TALK (10.30.13) - It's a new NBA season and the Raptors have started off the season undefeated.  On this week's podcast we recap the Raptors season opener against the Celtics, discuss Stripes the interim Raptors mascot, talk about Andrew Nicholson, Andrew Wiggins and the rest of the Canadian ballers in action this past week.  The NBA regular season is...

Raptors win ugly in season opener vs. Celtics

There’s plenty of time to go and that’s good because there’s plenty of work to do for the Raptors. It was hardly a crisp and pretty performance to open the NBA regular season — too many turnovers, too much stagnant offence, too many missed free throws — but the only thing that truly matters is the outcome. And beating the Boston Celtics 93-87 before an Air Canada Centre...
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