Author Topic: 2015-2016 Toronto Raptors Thread: We Have "It"!  (Read 20078 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline hockeyfan1

  • All Star
  • *****
  • Posts: 6627
  • Gender: Female
    • View Profile
2015-2016 Toronto Raptors Thread: We Have "It"!
« on: July 29, 2015, 10:57:49 AM »
The Raptors will be playing some pre-season games all across the country, in the popular Canada Series, from Vancouver to Ottawa beginning October 4th.


http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/raptors-wiggins-headline-2015-nba-canada-series/


                                                    -------


Also, (no official schedule released yet by the NBA yet), the Raptors will play a regular season game at the O2 Arena in London, England against the Orlando Magic, on January 14th, 2016.


http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/raptors-will-play-regular-season-game-in-london/
« Last Edit: July 29, 2015, 11:02:11 AM by hockeyfan1 »

Offline Nik the Trik

  • Sittler Status
  • ******
  • Posts: 21723
  • Some Guy On a Message Board
    • View Profile
Re: 2015-2016 Toronto Raptors Thread: We Have "It"!
« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2015, 11:07:25 AM »

It's July. Why in the world start a Raptors season thread with virtually no information about the coming season?
Give a man the reputation of an early riser and he can sleep 'til noon
-Mark Twain

Offline hockeyfan1

  • All Star
  • *****
  • Posts: 6627
  • Gender: Female
    • View Profile
Re: 2015-2016 Toronto Raptors Thread: We Have "It"!
« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2015, 11:18:32 AM »
Why not?  There's pre-season games upcoming, a season schedule yet to be released, etc. 

Yes, it's July.  So?  As I said, we'll eventually post team info, upcoming schedule, roster, etcetera.

Relax.

Offline Nik the Trik

  • Sittler Status
  • ******
  • Posts: 21723
  • Some Guy On a Message Board
    • View Profile
Re: 2015-2016 Toronto Raptors Thread: We Have "It"!
« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2015, 11:36:10 AM »
Yes, it's July.  So?

So there's nothing to talk about which, for those of us who actually follow and discuss basketball here, is sort of central to the idea of the thread.
Give a man the reputation of an early riser and he can sleep 'til noon
-Mark Twain

Offline hockeyfan1

  • All Star
  • *****
  • Posts: 6627
  • Gender: Female
    • View Profile
Re: 2015-2016 Toronto Raptors Thread: We Have "It"!
« Reply #4 on: July 29, 2015, 12:46:30 PM »
In it's 65 year history, the 2016 NBA All-Star Game will be played in Toronto at the Air Canada Cengre.

It will be the first time that an NBA All-Star event will be played outside of the U.S.  The game itself will take place on February 14th.

Here is the official logo:




Source:  Sportsnet, NBA.com

Offline hockeyfan1

  • All Star
  • *****
  • Posts: 6627
  • Gender: Female
    • View Profile
Re: 2015-2016 Toronto Raptors Thread: We Have "It"!
« Reply #5 on: July 29, 2015, 01:20:34 PM »
Some secondary All-Star Game logos:





and...








Offline hockeyfan1

  • All Star
  • *****
  • Posts: 6627
  • Gender: Female
    • View Profile
Re: 2015-2016 Toronto Raptors Thread: We Have "It"!
« Reply #6 on: July 29, 2015, 02:47:48 PM »
Lou Lamoriello, who became a part of the MLSE organization when he was hired as Leafs GM recently, has strong basketball roots:

Adrian Wojnarowski   @WojYahooNBA
Lou Lamoriello has two great basketball legacies: Hiring Pitino at Providence and pushing ownership to let Rod Thorn make Marbury-Kidd trade.

Adrian Wojnarowski   @WojYahooNBA
Lamoriello influenced a lot of young basketball coaches, including Jeff Van Gundy on Providence staff and Lawrence Frank with Nets.


http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/lou-lamoriello-has-strong-basketball-legacy/

Offline hockeyfan1

  • All Star
  • *****
  • Posts: 6627
  • Gender: Female
    • View Profile
Re: 2015-2016 Toronto Raptors Thread: We Have "It"!
« Reply #7 on: August 15, 2015, 02:15:01 PM »
Raptors official 2015-2016 schedule released.

Some important notes:

- first 11 of 14 games will be on the road
- there will be 17 back-to-back games
- four games in five nights will be played only once
- All-Star Game events   Feb.12-14
- a performance at the O2 Arena in London against the Orlando Magic   Jan.14 (counts as regular season game)           
- Vince Carter Celebration Night   Feb.21
- home opener versus the Indiana Pacers   Oct.28
- several games on national U.S. television

Check these out:
http://www.nba.com/raptors/schedule/2015

http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/breaking-down-the-raptors-2015-16-schedule/
« Last Edit: August 15, 2015, 02:19:31 PM by hockeyfan1 »

Offline L K

  • All Star
  • *****
  • Posts: 8527
    • View Profile
Re: 2015-2016 Toronto Raptors Thread: We Have "It"!
« Reply #8 on: August 17, 2015, 08:36:54 PM »
Valanciunas was called from the Lithuanian national team to complete a medical in Toronto.  The Raptors are close to signing him to a contract extension.

4 years/60 million.  Pretty solid deal.  Especially with the cap going up next year where 15 million is essentially the old 8-10 million.
« Last Edit: August 18, 2015, 04:39:47 AM by L K »

Offline hockeyfan1

  • All Star
  • *****
  • Posts: 6627
  • Gender: Female
    • View Profile
Re: 2015-2016 Toronto Raptors Thread: We Have "It"!
« Reply #9 on: September 26, 2015, 06:29:01 PM »
The Raptors will soon sign Canadian free agent and ex TWolves Anthony Bennet.


http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/report-raptors-strong-frontrunner-to-land-anthony-bennett/

Offline WhatIfGodWasALeaf

  • All Star
  • *****
  • Posts: 6484
  • Gender: Male
    • View Profile
Re: 2015-2016 Toronto Raptors Thread: We Have "It"!
« Reply #10 on: September 26, 2015, 09:00:09 PM »

The Raptors will soon sign Canadian free agent and ex TWolves Anthony Bennet.


http://www.sportsnet.ca/basketball/nba/report-raptors-strong-frontrunner-to-land-anthony-bennett/

What happened to this guy?

I remember a lot of hype around him. 

Offline Nik the Trik

  • Sittler Status
  • ******
  • Posts: 21723
  • Some Guy On a Message Board
    • View Profile
Re: 2015-2016 Toronto Raptors Thread: We Have "It"!
« Reply #11 on: September 26, 2015, 09:06:09 PM »
What happened to this guy?

I remember a lot of hype around him.

He went into his rookie season hurt and overweight and never really found his game. He was always a bit of a tweener, not really big enough for the 4 or quick enough to guard 3's, and so he's struggled to find a niche even as a bench player.

I wouldn't completely give up on him yet but he's definitely a long shot project right now.
Give a man the reputation of an early riser and he can sleep 'til noon
-Mark Twain

Offline WhatIfGodWasALeaf

  • All Star
  • *****
  • Posts: 6484
  • Gender: Male
    • View Profile
Re: 2015-2016 Toronto Raptors Thread: We Have "It"!
« Reply #12 on: September 26, 2015, 09:36:43 PM »

What happened to this guy?

I remember a lot of hype around him.

He went into his rookie season hurt and overweight and never really found his game. He was always a bit of a tweener, not really big enough for the 4 or quick enough to guard 3's, and so he's struggled to find a niche even as a bench player.

I wouldn't completely give up on him yet but he's definitely a long shot project right now.

Thanks for the update Nik, would be great if the could turn it around being closer to home.

Isn't he 6 ft 8 in?

Does he play small?

It's a little shocking to see that a first overall guy fell so far.

Offline Nik the Trik

  • Sittler Status
  • ******
  • Posts: 21723
  • Some Guy On a Message Board
    • View Profile
Re: 2015-2016 Toronto Raptors Thread: We Have "It"!
« Reply #13 on: September 26, 2015, 10:04:24 PM »
Thanks for the update Nik, would be great if the could turn it around being closer to home.

Isn't he 6 ft 8 in?

He is, which is a little small for a PF and at 240lbs, it's a little heavy to be guarding quicker wings.

Does he play small?

He certainly doesn't have a traditional back to the basket game and he hasn't shown much evidence of the sort of physicality you want from a low post player.

It's a little shocking to see that a first overall guy fell so far.

Maybe but the two important things to remember are that he was a complete surprise as a #1 pick and the entire draft class was just awful. The guys drafted 3rd, 4th and 5th have all struggled to make much of an impact as well.
Give a man the reputation of an early riser and he can sleep 'til noon
-Mark Twain

Offline WhatIfGodWasALeaf

  • All Star
  • *****
  • Posts: 6484
  • Gender: Male
    • View Profile
Re: 2015-2016 Toronto Raptors Thread: We Have "It"!
« Reply #14 on: September 26, 2015, 10:09:11 PM »
Thanks for the update Nik, would be great if the could turn it around being closer to home.

Isn't he 6 ft 8 in?

He is, which is a little small for a PF and at 240lbs, it's a little heavy to be guarding quicker wings.

Does he play small?

He certainly doesn't have a traditional back to the basket game and he hasn't shown much evidence of the sort of physicality you want from a low post player.

It's a little shocking to see that a first overall guy fell so far.

Maybe but the two important things to remember are that he was a complete surprise as a #1 pick and the entire draft class was just awful. The guys drafted 3rd, 4th and 5th have all struggled to make much of an impact as well.

Ah ok, I did not know that.

Thanks again.

TMLfans.ca

Re: 2015-2016 Toronto Raptors Thread: We Have "It"!
« Reply #14 on: September 26, 2015, 10:09:11 PM »