TORONTO – It was two hours before the opening tip and Paul Charles was standing towards the back of Maple Leafs Square with his six-year-old son Kiro.
TORONTO – It’s been 37 years, but Raptors head coach Dwane Casey hasn’t forgotten what it was like coming home to Kentucky as a national champion in the spring of 1978.
TORONTO – A year ago Andrew Wiggins was starring as a freshman for the Kansas Jayhawks and getting set to take on Western Kentucky in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.
Vlad Matevski remembers the worst of it. Long before Ryerson was getting set to host the CIS Final 8 men’s basketball tournament for the first time in the school’s history, Matevski spent four seasons on the court with the Rams.
TORONTO – It was just over a week ago, after a Raptors pre-game shootaround in Indiana, that Dwane Casey was asked about his team’s defensive progress.
TORONTO – About an hour and a half before the opening tip Dwane Casey was talking about the importance of taking care of the basketball.
Jamie Clark still remembers the feeling of excitement. He says there were rumours for years about professional basketball coming to London, Ont., a city that’s sporting landscape has always centred around its junior hockey team, in some capacity.
TORONTO – Tristan Thompson glanced across the room at the throng of reporters hovering around a certain teammate’s stall and smiled.
TORONTO – On a night when the new-look Cleveland Cavaliers were in town to take on the Eastern Conference leading Toronto Raptors, both teams put basketball aside for a few moments to celebrate the life of a man who made a major impact on so many people around the world, Masai Ujiri being one of them.
TORONTO – Sitting on the sidelines in a sport jacket, dress pants and sneakers likely isn’t the way Tyler Ennis once envisioned his homecoming.
TORONTO – Standing in front of a small throng of Toronto media about two weeks ago, Alvin Williams and Antonio Davis were asked about Vince Carter and whether it was time to honour the player widely regarded as the best to ever wear a Raptors uniform.
TORONTO – It was nearly three hours before the opening tip and Conrad Yu and Apoorva Keocar had already made their way into Maple Leaf Square just outside the Air Canada Centre.
TORONTO – When Dwight Powell headed off to Stanford in 2010 he made his mom, Jacqueline Weir, a promise. When he was young she’d always stressed the importance of education and the value of getting a college degree, so in … Continue reading →
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The first in a five-part series looking at some of Canada's top up-and-coming basketball talent. Long before Trey Lyles was a top NCAA basketball recruit headed off to the University of Kentucky, he was spending five to six hours a … Continue reading →