Found January 12, 2012 on
The Toronto Raptors never had a shot. Located in a tax-heavy country, and in a city which, despite its cosmopolitan/multicultural qualities (it’s one of the most diverse cities in the world) and big-market advantages (it’s the 5th largest city in North America), likely inspires little enthusiasm among most American-born players, the franchise was seemingly preordained to an unstable and hopeless existence. Tracy McGrady’s departure for Orlando in the summer of 2000; Vince Carter’s incessant whining and sulking, and eventual (forced) trade to New Jersey in 2004; and, finally, Chris Bosh’s opting for Miami’s greener pastures in 2010; all seem to confirm the notion that Toronto is merely a layover for star players who’ll inevitably take their talents to more familiar (and less costly) environs.
Which really is too bad. Despite being regarded in some quarters as a joke (for reasons enumerated above), the Raptors have earned the loyalty and favor of a rabidly passionate fanbase, no small...
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Down one point with about 23 seconds to play, Sonny Weems, currently of Zalgiris Kaunas and formerly of the Toronto Raptors, decided to take matters into his own hands. Sonny was asked to inbound the ball on the deciding play, but he made sure he got it right back. He then ran the clock down to about seven seconds, elected not to use a screen set by one of his teammates, and...
Toronto Raptors forward Andrea Bargnani left Wednesday's game against Sacramento due to a strained left calf.
Bargnani had 10 points and 10 rebounds when he was hurt. The team said he will not return.
The No. 1 overall pick in the 2006 draft, Bargnani entered Wednesday's game averaging a career-high 23.5 points.
He has scored at least 20 points in eight of the first 10 games.
Toronto Raptors forward Andrea Bargnani will undergo an MRI on Thursday to determine the extent of a calf strain that forced him out of a loss to the Sacramento Kings a night earlier.Bargnani left Wednesday's game after suffering the injury in the second half. He shot just 2-for-13 for a season-low 10 points.The 7-footer has had a strong start to the season, averaging 22.3 points...
On Hardwood Paroxysm, James Herbert has a fascinating conversation with new Raptors coach Dwane Casey. Toronto had the 30th best defense in the NBA last year but is now 16th. No team has improved more, even though the Raptors made few personnel changes and had a short training camp. It's a tribute to the power of coaching, from a coach who has been passed over for job after...
The Sacramento Kings named Alex English as an assistant coach.
English joins the staff of Keith Smart, who was named head coach earlier this month following the firing of Paul Westphal.
A high-scoring forward during his playing days, English has spent the past seven seasons with the Toronto Raptors.
An eight-time All-Star, English scored 25,613 points during his Hall of Fame career...
12 seconds left, game on the line. In whose hands do you want the ball? Definitely not Jamaal Magloire, who sealed a Pacers win by airballing his first free throw and bricking (but at least catching rim) on the second. [TSN] More »
Tonight's Kings game against the Toronto Raptors, including three keys to victory, and the games probable starters.
Danny Granger is not too concerned about his early season shooting woes.
The Toronto Raptors might be more worried about DeMar DeRozan's sluggish start, especially if Andrea Bargnani is out for an extended period.
Granger and the Indiana Pacers go for their second victory in Toronto this season Friday night when the Raptors look to get back on track before hitting the road...
Jan 11, 7:00 PM | Air Canada Centre
Sacramento Kings vs Toronto Raptors Odds
A key NBA battle sees the visiting Kings travelling to Toronto Wednesday to face the Raptors on Wednesday.
Supporters of the Kings have seen them go 3-7 and 3-7 ATS so far this season, while the Raptors are at 4-6 and 5-5 ATS. In totals betting, the Raptors are 3-7, while the...
Jan 13, 7:00 PM | Air Canada Centre
Indiana Pacers vs Toronto Raptors Odds
NBA betting interest will be piqued on Friday when the Pacers of Indiana hit the hard court against the Raptors of Toronto.
This season the Raptors are 4-7 overall and 5-6 ATS against the number, while the Pacers are 7-3 and 6-4 ATS. As for the totals, Toronto is 3-8 on the OU...
TORONTO (AP) Tyreke Evans scored a season-high 29 points, DeMarcus Cousins had 21 points and a career-high 19 rebounds and the Sacramento Kings snapped a seven-game losing streak in Toronto by beating the Raptors 98-91 Wednesday night.
Isaiah Thomas scored 12 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter and Jimmer Fredette had 10 for the Kings, who had not win in Toronto since Feb. 22...