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Originally from Newfoundland, I've been a Raptors fan since Isiah Thomas burst through that large paper Raptors logo on May 24, 1994. But I've been an NBA fan since the Lakers/Celtics rivalry of the 1980s. I'm also an avid baller, and the Nike Hyperdunk might be my favourite basketball shoe since the Air Jordan 5.

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Lunchbox Links - Rudy Gay Links Galore!


Rudy Gay trade analysis, Jonas Valanciunas, everything you wanted to know about NBA towels, and more!

Lunchbox Links for January 23, 2013


Raptor report cards, DeMar DeRozan's January regression, and some love for Ed Davis highlight today's edition of the links.

Lunchbox Links


In today's edition of the links, we discover that Kevin Durant grew up wanting to play for the Raptors, the Raptors still have an outside shot at the playoffs and Aaron Gray can dunk.

Lunchbox Links for January 11, 2013


The triumphant return of Lunchbox Links includes a look at the 2012-13 season to date, Rudy Gay trade analysis, confirmation that the Raptors have sucked since 2004, and T-Mac having big trouble in little China.

Sources: Jose Calderon wants trade


ESPN's Mark Stein is reporting that representatives for Jose Calderon have informed the Raptors that Calderon welcomes their attempts to trade him, according to sources close to the situation. Where could Calderon end up? Well, the Dallas Mavericks were probably an option before they acquired Darren Collison. It will be interesting to see how this thing plays out given the assumption that Jerryd Bayless was allowed to walk because Calderon would back up Kyle Lowry.

Raptors Pull Qualifying Offer To Bayless


ESPN's Mark Stein is reporting that the Raptors have pulled their qualifying offer to Jerryd Bayless, which makes him an unrestricted free agent. Lots of speculation that this move signals something else in the works from the man with the large collars and undying Bargnani love. Stay tuned.

Sources: Steve Nash to Lakers


After all the Knicks talk, ESPN's Mark Stein is reporting that Steve Nash is heading to the Lakers. It's a three-year deal that nets him considerably less than what the Raptors were willing to pay. But he gets to stay close to his three children in Phoenix. Despite spurning the Raps, Nash remains our greatest basketball export. Please don't boo the man for doing right by himself and his family. I'll step off my soapbox now...

Valanciunas closer to joining Raptors


Jonas Valanciunas has started negotiations on the release agreement with his team in Lithuania, sources said, an important step in the 2011 lottery pick finally being able to join the Raptors. While it has been expected all along that Valanciunas would be in the NBA in 2012-13 after a final season in his native country, news of talks with Lietuvos Rytas are a comforting development for Toronto fans who missed having their center of the future in 2011-12. The release agreement is part of the process before Valanciunas can pay the $2.4-million buyout to the team in Lithuania and sign in Toronto. The Raptors are allowed to pay $550,000 of that.

Could Kentucky Beat the Toronto Raptors?


Is Charles Barkley right? Could Anthony Davis and the Kentucky Wildcats actually beat the Toronto Raptors? The Wages of Wins Journal attempted to answer that question, but we'd be interested in reading your thoughts in the comments. Do you think a college team - even one as stacked as the current Kentucky squad - actually has a chance against an NBA team? UPDATE: For the record, Stan "The Hedgehog" Van Gundy thinks the idea is absurd. UPDATE #2: Basketball Prospectus doesn't think it's likely, even in a simulation that generally makes favorable assumptions.

Raptors upset Nuggets 105-96 (Rapid Recap)


- It’s taken almost three weeks and a dozen games, but Andrea Bargnani finally displayed some of the aggressiveness he teased fans with during his first 13 games of the 2011-12 season. Il Mago's 12...

Raptors' Bayless out rest of year with torn oblique


The Toronto Raptors announced Tuesday night that guard Jerryd Bayless is expected to be sidelined for the remainder of the 2011-12 season with a partially torn left oblique muscle. Bayless underwent tests on Tuesday at Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital after leaving Monday’s game against the Orlando Magic early in the second quarter. Bayless, in his second season with Toronto, has averaged 11.4 points, 3.8 assists and 22.7 minutes. He started five games from March 11-17, averaging 21.8 points and 7.6 assists.

Raptors hand out 10-day contracts like candy


On the heels of news that the Toronto Raptors signed Michigan State alum and former Charlotte Bobcat Alan Anderson to a 10-day contract, the team has inked a 10-day deal with University of Tulsa product Ben Uzoh. The balance of power has shifted in the East. Adjust your expectations accordingly.

Raptors Lose to Humphries, Nets in Lottery Battle (Rapid Recap)


- When former dunk contest winner and NBA castoff Gerald Green drops 26 points in less than 25 minutes, you probably have the same chance of winning as a 16th seed. And that’s exactly how this one...

RaptorsHQ Rapid Recap: Charlotte Bobcats 98 - Toronto Raptors 91


- How does a team that played competitive basketball against the Lakers, Celtics and red-hot Knicks lose to a Charlotte Bobcats squad that entered tonight’s game riding a 16-game winless streak?...

RaptorsHQ Lunchbox Links for Tuesday, February 14, 2012


The Toronto Raptors hook up with the New York Knicks for a Valentine's Day tilt at the Air Canada Centre. With that in mind, I'd like to welcome you to the Linsanity — or linfengkuang — edition of...

RaptorsHQ Rapid Recap: Milwaukee Bucks 105 - Toronto Raptors 99


- What’s the cure for a three-game losing streak? If you’re the Milwaukee Bucks, it’s a road date against the Andrea Bargnani-less Toronto Raptors. - In the first game of a seven-game home stand,...

RaptorsHQ Lunchbox Links for February 2, 2012


Charles Barkley is embarrassed by the state of the NBA. And after watching the Raptors struggle to put up 64 points last night against the Boston Celtics, can you blame him? Of course, the logical...

RaptorsHQ Rapid Recap: Toronto Raptors 94 - New Jersey Nets 73


- Missing two of their biggest offensive weapons in Andrea Bargnani and Leandro Barbosa, the Toronto Raptors somehow managed to cruise to a 21-point victory over the New Jersey Nets. As broadcaster...

RaptorsHQ Lunchbox Links for January 24, 2012


Could the offensively challenged Toronto Raptors use some help? Check out this list of the NBA's best unsigned free agents and the top 10 NBA prospects currently playing in Israel. In the interest...

RaptorsHQ Lunchbox Links for January 19, 2012


Basketball Prospectus introduced a new offensive rating called Four Pettinella Score (PET). And guess what? The Toronto Raptors' own Andrea Bargnani ranked among the top 10 so far this season. H...

RaptorsHQ Lunchbox Links for January 17, 2012


Andrea Bargnani looking legit qualifies as one of the top 10 biggest surprises of the NBA season, according to Fox Sports.The City blog has seen Bargnani surge into the top five of its PSAMS...

RaptorsHQ Rapid Recap: Washington 93 - Toronto 78


- As the Toronto Raptors learned last week against the New Jersey Nets, there are no guaranteed wins for this team. Facing a Washington Wizards squad that had tuned out its coach and scored above...

RaptorsHQ Rapid Recap: Toronto Raptors 90 - New York Knicks 85


- The Toronto Raptors grinded out a win in the Mecca of Basketball, defeating the Amar'e Stoudemire-less New York Knicks 90-85. The Raptors held the Knicks to 35.9 percent shooting overall and just...

RaptorsHQ Rapid Recap: Orlando Magic 102 - Toronto Raptors 96


- The Toronto Raptors put on a clinic on how to blow a game tonight at the Amway Center in Orlando. Despite strong efforts in the first and third quarters, they basically stepped aside in the...


Game Day Thread: Toronto Raptors vs. Orlando Magic

Game Day Thread: Raptors vs Magic - Drop by as we discuss the Dinos' attempt to start off 2012 with a W!

Raptors finish front-office interviews


According to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, league sources have confirmed that Toronto Raptors president Bryan Colangelo has completed interviews with four candidates for a high-ranking executive job. Philadelphia 76ers general manager Ed Stefanski, San Antonio Spurs assistant GM Dennis Lindsey, Indiana Pacers pro personnel director Kevin Prichard and former New Orleans Hornets GM Jeff Bower are candidates to take over general manager duties from Colangelo. Who is your favourite candidate and why?

The 10 Most Reckless NBA Franchises


Thanks to the ridiculous contracts awarded to questionable players like Andrea Bargnani and Hedo Turkoglu, the Toronto Raptors were one of the most reckless franchises operating under the last CBA. It's hard to side with the owners in the current labour dispute when some of them (*cough*MLSE*cough*) appear to be incapable spending their money wisely.

Valanciunas leads host Lithuania over Serbia


Toronto Raptors draft pick Jonas Valanciunas helped host Lithuania become the first team at the EuroBasket tournament to score 100 points with a 100-90 win over Serbia. Valanciunas had 18 points (on 8-of-9 shooting), five rebounds and a block in just 20 minutes, as Lithuania, 2-1, got 47 points from its bench. Valanciunas, one of the youngest players competing, is now shooting 75% from the field and averaging 9.2 points, 3.6 rebounds, a block and a steal in 17 minutes per game.

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