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Re: 2017-2018 Toronto Raptors Thread: "O.G...Change Is In the Air!"
« Reply #90 on: May 14, 2018, 12:56:40 PM »
Velociraptors (and that family line) had feathers! T-rexes too!

Jurassic Park popularized the 'raptor' look; Michael Crichton/Stephen Spielberg were aware of the research and fossil record on feathers at that time but opted for the classic lizard skin look because it would be more cool/scary. They also chose velociraptor instead of the more cumbersome to pronounce and less-cool-sounding Deinonychus that the book raptor was based off of.

The Toronto NBA team, if I recall correctly, came down to the Raptors or the T-rexes largely because of that film's popularity at the time.

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Re: 2017-2018 Toronto Raptors Thread: "O.G...Change Is In the Air!"
« Reply #91 on: May 14, 2018, 01:00:01 PM »
The Toronto NBA team, if I recall correctly, came down to the Raptors or the T-rexes largely because of that film's popularity at the time.

I think T-Rexes was in the running at one point but the actual runner-up was "Towers" as far as I can recall.
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« Reply #92 on: May 14, 2018, 05:47:09 PM »
The Toronto NBA team, if I recall correctly, came down to the Raptors or the T-rexes largely because of that film's popularity at the time.

I think T-Rexes was in the running at one point but the actual runner-up was "Towers" as far as I can recall.

You're right!

Beavers was also an option, so I'm kind of wondering if these were the Boaty McBoatfaces of their era.
http://www.nba.com/raptors/history/raptors_history.html

The citation doesn't seem to reference Towers for some reason.
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« Reply #93 on: May 14, 2018, 05:53:17 PM »

The other bit of useless trivia I know about that expansion and team names is I think the Grizzlies were going to be called the Mounties but it turned out the RCMP had sold their merchandizing rights to Disney and Disney wouldn't allow it.
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Re: 2017-2018 Toronto Raptors Thread: "O.G...Change Is In the Air!"
« Reply #94 on: May 28, 2018, 02:21:56 AM »
From an older article:
Mike D"Antoni, coach of the NBA's Houston Rockets, called Casey's firing "laughable":

(P.S.  It's only an opinion)

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"I'm not criticizing anyone, everybody has their reasons for making decisions,” D'Antoni said. “It's just the nature of the business, but it's kind of laughable."


http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/news/houston-rockets-mike-dantoni-toronto-raptors-firing-dwane-casey-coach-of-year-nba-playoffs/9xsoj8f95w8s1fzy23e8d6lmd

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Re: 2017-2018 Toronto Raptors Thread: "O.G...Change Is In the Air!"
« Reply #95 on: May 28, 2018, 02:24:02 AM »
Speaking of the Raptors, make that rumours...

Looks like the rumour mill is churning to the idea of trading Lowry, DeRozan (includes Valenciunas & Ibaka):

Masai Ujiri fired Dwane Casey and is not expected to limit his shakeup to only one move. Of course there’s a better chance DeRozan does return, but Toronto will explore all options, per multiple league sources.

DeRozan, Lowry and Jonas Valanciunas will likely garner the most interest on the market, though Ujiri could look to cut salary in the form of top disappointment Serge Ibaka or Norman Powell, who is about to see his salary take a leap as his extension kicks in.



https://ca.yahoo.com/sports/news/nba-trade-rumors-raptors-exploring-225541532.html
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« Reply #96 on: May 28, 2018, 02:34:06 AM »
Congratulations to DeMar DeRozan on being named to the All-NBA second team.

DeMar DeRozan received a big honour on Thursday afternoon, being named to the All-NBA second team.

Only Vince Carter (2001) and Chris Bosh (2007) had previously earned second-team recognition while members of the Raptors. DeRozan (2017) and Kyle Lowry (2016) previously were named to the third team. DeRozan and Carter (third-team, 2000) are now the only Raptors to make multiple All-NBA squads.



http://torontosun.com/sports/basketball/nba/toronto-raptors/raptors-derozan-named-to-all-nba-second-team-but-will-he-be-back

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Re: 2017-2018 Toronto Raptors Thread: "O.G...Change Is In the Air!"
« Reply #97 on: May 29, 2018, 11:46:25 PM »
So it looks like Bryan Colangelo created a bunch of fake twitter accounts that he then used to defend his job performance(and choice of shirts), criticize other execs(including Ujiri) and dish dirt on players.

Have to admit, that's another notch in the NBA's column for entertainment value.
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Re: 2017-2018 Toronto Raptors Thread: "O.G...Change Is In the Air!"
« Reply #98 on: May 30, 2018, 07:24:37 AM »
So it looks like Bryan Colangelo created a bunch of fake twitter accounts that he then used to defend his job performance(and choice of shirts), criticize other execs(including Ujiri) and dish dirt on players.

Have to admit, that's another notch in the NBA's column for entertainment value.

https://www.theringer.com/nba/2018/5/29/17406750/bryan-colangelo-philadelphia-76ers-twitter-joel-embiid-anonymous-markelle-fultz

I am entertained. It is next level pettiness.
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Re: 2017-2018 Toronto Raptors Thread: "O.G...Change Is In the Air!"
« Reply #99 on: May 30, 2018, 08:52:16 AM »
Oh, it all makes sense now. @stevesimmons is Mark Hunter's burner account.

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Re: 2017-2018 Toronto Raptors Thread: "O.G...Change Is In the Air!"
« Reply #100 on: May 30, 2018, 10:36:31 AM »
Oh, it all makes sense now. @stevesimmons is Mark Hunter's burner account.

I wouldn't be surprised if Simmons had "burner" accounts of his own, except for the fact he's probably not techie at all and wouldn't even know how to set one up.

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Re: 2017-2018 Toronto Raptors Thread: "O.G...Change Is In the Air!"
« Reply #101 on: May 30, 2018, 10:42:25 AM »
Oh, it all makes sense now. @stevesimmons is Mark Hunter's burner account.

I wouldn't be surprised if Simmons had "burner" accounts of his own, except for the fact he's probably not techie at all and wouldn't even know how to set one up.

Nah, someone like Simmons is just fine saying the dumb things he says on his regular account.

But I don't doubt for a second that a good number of NHL GMs probably have burner accounts, they're likely only using them to observe and not to trash their own players though.

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Re: 2017-2018 Toronto Raptors Thread: "O.G...Change Is In the Air!"
« Reply #102 on: June 01, 2018, 04:19:27 AM »
The Lebron James sweepstakes begin:  The quest for Lebron & the Raptors...

Much speculation has been made about the fact that Lebron James will become a free agent come July 1st of this year.  As of right now, James' Cavaliers will be battling Curry's Warriors in the NBA Final.

Will they or won't they?  The Raptors, that is.  Such as in luring James north of the border.A far-fetched improbable undertaking?  Not quite.  The Raptors need to shed salary (Ibaka, Powell, etc.) in order to even consider such a signing in the first place.

Besides all of that, would LeBron choose to play here?

Read all about the how and the why:
https://raptorsrapture.com/2018/05/31/the-official-pitch-for-lebron-james-to-join-the-toronto-raptors/

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Re: 2017-2018 Toronto Raptors Thread: "O.G...Change Is In the Air!"
« Reply #103 on: June 07, 2018, 12:37:00 PM »

For as long as man has walked upon this earth, he has blamed a woman for his own mistakes.  ::)

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Re: 2017-2018 Toronto Raptors Thread: "O.G...Change Is In the Air!"
« Reply #104 on: June 07, 2018, 12:42:59 PM »

Although, to be fair, the story is a lot funnier if it was his wife.
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