Found October 29, 2013 on Inside the Purple Room:
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!!!

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...

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

Raptors' Lowry prepared to play through pain

With a protective splint wrapped all the way around his injured left ring finger, Kyle Lowry practiced Sunday for the first time since sustaining the injury last week. "It's very sore, it's very tender," Lowry said of the torn tendon in his finger, which will require him to wear the splint on his non-shooting hand for six weeks, still participating in practices...

Raptors’ Kyle Lowry Practices Sunday, Will Play in Season Opener

After tearing a tendon in his left ring finger last week, Raptors’ Kyle Lowry is wearing a protective splint as he prepares for the season opener against the Boston Celtics on October 30th. Lowry practiced on Sunday for the first time since tearing the tendon in his finger, as reported by Josh Lewenberg of CSN. The guard believes that the splint should not hinder this ability...

Amir Johnson dressed up like a zombie for the annual Toronto Zombie Walk

As we clear out of the rest of our Halloween-related content here on That NBA Lottery Pick, Toronto Raptors forward Amir Johnson decided to do something “undead” during his spare time over the weekend. Amir took part in the annual Toronto Zombie Walk and below is a just few photos of the Raptors big man getting all dolled up and walking with his zombie make-up on:

Drake speaks about love of Toronto Raptors in “season hype video”

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

Raptors Name Gay, DeRozan Team Captains

The Toronto Raptors have named Rudy Gay and DeMar DeRozan as team captains. Gay was acquired last January by the Raptors in a trade with the Memphis Grizzlies. DeRozan signed a long-term extension with the Raptors last October.

2013/14 NBA Team Preview Haikus: Toronto Raptors

  High flying slam dunks, gorgeous crossovers, a beautifully executed give and go - basketball is an art form.  So, with that in mind, The Hoops Manifesto is putting an artistic twist on your run of the mill NBA team previews: our previews for all 30 NBA teams will take the form of a haiku.  Next up: Toronto Raptors  

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...

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...

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 ...

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...

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 […]
Raptors News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.