Lowry records triple-double as Raptors cruise past Wizards

  Dressed in the same pinstriped purple dinosaur jersey that Damon Stoudamire once wore, Kyle Lowry broke a record belonging to the former Toronto point guard. Lowry had 13 points, 10 assists and a season-high 11 rebounds for his first triple-double of the season, leading the Raptors to a 103-84 victory over the Washington Wizards on Friday night. DeMar DeRozan scored 25 points...
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November 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Likely one-and-done Johnson 'won't take a backseat' at Arizona

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Rondae Hollis-Jefferson didn't want to let the cat out of the bag when it came to the skills of Arizona incoming freshman Stanley Johnson, but who is fooling whom? "Then I would be spilling the beans," Hollis-Jefferson with his signature smile. "I'm not into spilling the beans. He's a great athlete and he likes to play hard." That would be made to order for Arizona...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
October 03, 2014  |  Discuss

The greatest finishes in Arizona Wildcats history

TUCSON, Ariz. -- After the Arizona Wildcats' victory over Cal last weekend, the talk quickly turned to this: Was the 36-point fourth quarter, capped by a 47-yard Hail Mary on the final play, the greatest finish in school history, in any sport? We say yes. I put together a list of possibilities, and then four of us affiliated with FOX Sports Arizona -- myself, writer Steve Rivera...
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September 27, 2014  |  Discuss

The Verbal Agreement

It’s 11:30pm a brisk wind is in the air on a cool Wednesday evening. I had this unexplainable feeling once I checked my phone and the inevitable had happened. Kyle Lowry the head of the Toronto Raptors snake verbally agreed to a 4-year deal worth 48 million. After years of developing talented superstars from Damon Stoudamire, Vince Carter, Tracy McGrady and Chris Bosh who all elected...
Via Inside the Purple Room
July 03, 2014  |  Discuss

McKale modernization ups ante for Arizona basketball

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Arizona women's basketball coach Niya Butts turned to a UA official and said, "it's unreal . . . unreal." That's the feeling of those involved and in the middle of the $30 million renovation of McKale Center. "After what I'm seeing today, it's going to be hard to beat it," said Butts, who took her first look at the renovations that involve tripling the space for...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
June 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Stoudamire hasn't taken 'next step' in talks with Oregon State

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Arizona assistant coach Damon Stoudamire said Thursday that he has had "preliminary discussions" with Oregon State about the program's vacant head coaching job but added that there hasn't been anything beyond that. In his words, the two sides haven't taken "that next step." Stoudamire, who just completed his first year on the Wildcats' staff under coach Sean Miller...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
May 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Portland Trail Blazers Return To The Playoffs Against The Houston Rockets

For the first time since the 2010-11 season, the Portland Trail Blazers will be going to the playoffs. And for the first time since Scottie Pippen, Damon Stoudamire and Detlef Schrempf were on the team, the Blazers will be looking to make it out of the first round of the playoffs. For the 2013 portion of this season, the Blazers were untouchable and were in the hunt for the best...
Via Oregon Sports News
April 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Study Finds Isiah Thomas As Best Drafting GM Since 1989

Isiah Thomas is the best drafting general manager in the NBA, according to an empirical study conducted by ESPN. While with the Toronto Raptors and New York Knicks, Thomas had a Net Expected Wins Average of +1.7 per pick. Thomas drafted Damon Stoudamire seventh overall in 1995 and Tracy McGrady at ninth during his tenure with the Raptors. David Lee, Trevor Ariza, Wilson Chandler...
Via RealGM
April 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Nick Johnson highlight reel

Junior guard Nick Johnson became Arizona's eighth Pac-12 Player of the Year with his selection this week in voting by conference coaches. He joins an illustrious group that includes Sean Elliott (twice), Derrick Williams, Damon Stoudamire, Mike Bibby, Jason Terry and Chris Mills. To commemmorate the occasion, Arizona's video staff put together this highlight reel of Johnson's season. Enjoy.  
Via Fox Sports Arizona
March 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Toronto Raptors Bring Back 1995 All Purple Jerseys In 2014-15 Season

Photo Credit: Raptors.com In celebration of the Toronto Raptors 20th Anniversary of being an NBA team, the franchise thought it would be creative to bring back the colorful purple jerseys that fans had grown to love. According to the team’s press release, the original jerseys will make its return to the NBA on selected games next season. BIG #Raptors news at #PlayersGala: Purple...
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March 06, 2014  |  Discuss
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