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  1. Raptors, comfortable and confident, taking advantage of roster cohesion

    Nov 6, 2014, 10:00 AM EST

    Toronto Raptors Media Day

    Toronto returns all five starters, most of its top reserves from team that won Atlantic Division last season

  2. ProBasketballTalk 2014-15 NBA Preview: Utah Jazz

    Oct 10, 2014, 11:15 AM EST

    Derrick Favors, Gordon Hayward, Quin Snyder

    The Jazz have been amassing young talent for a while, it’s time for some of that to start paying off.

  3. ProBasketballTalk 2014-15 Preview: Toronto Raptors

    Sep 19, 2014, 10:30 AM EST

    Brooklyn Nets v Toronto Raptors - Game Seven

    Kyle Lowry and Co. return for another run

  4. Stephen Curry’s list of best shooters ever is full of people close to him

    Aug 27, 2014, 9:20 PM EST

    2011 T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and Youth Jam

    Warriors guard might be bit biased when it comes to rating 3-point shooters

  5. Report: Raptors sign James Johnson to two-year deal

    Jul 10, 2014, 9:15 AM EST

    Toronto Raptors v Memphis Grizzlies

    Johnson facing domestic assault charge

  6. Report: Raptors trade Steve Novak to Utah Jazz

    Jul 4, 2014, 4:59 PM EST

    Steve Novak

    Jazz get a shooter, the Raptors get cap space.

  7. The Extra Pass: Blake Griffin’s alternate reality; plus Wednesday’s recaps

    Los Angeles Clippers v Miami Heat

    Tell me if this sounds at all familiar. 24 years old, about 6-foot-8, 6-foot-9. Roughly 250 pounds. Stronger and faster than just about everyone. Phenomenal basketball IQ. Highly skilled, but often criticized for what he can’t do instead of appreciated for what he does. That’s Blake Griffin. And at one point, that was LeBron James,…

  8. Kyrie Irving says he plans to defend his All-Star Weekend Three Point Contest title

    Jan 24, 2014, 4:18 PM EST

    Foot Locker Three-Point Contest

    Kyrie Irving is going to be a little busier this weekend in New Orleans for the All-Star Game, what with the fans voting him a starter and all. But he wants to defend his Three Point Contest title. Irving beat Matt Bonner in the final round last season, he was a bit of a surprise…

  9. Kobe is back but loss to Raptors shows Lakers still have a lot of work to do

    Dec 9, 2013, 2:17 AM EST

    Toronto Raptors v Los Angeles Lakers

    LOS ANGELES — Kobe passed the first challenge he has set before himself. Eight months of never-ending therapy sessions and workouts to return to the court paid off — Kobe is back. He was introduced with Darth Vader’s theme music and Staples Center was buzzing like it was a playoff game. Kobe was on the court…

  10. Bargnani blows by Garnett for dunk (VIDEO), later gets ejected for trash talking him

    Dec 6, 2013, 11:12 AM EST

    kg-bargnani

    When the Knicks got Andrea Bargnani the sales pitch from the pro-Bargnani side was he could do things Steve Novak couldn’t — play some defense in the post and put the ball on the floor and blow by guys. Whether those skills are really worth $23 million over two years is now a moot question,…

  11. Monday And-1 Links: Luke Walton wants another shot in NBA

    Oct 21, 2013, 8:59 PM EST

    Kobe Bryant, Luke Walton

    Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points. • Luke Walton spent most of last season on the Cleveland bench (he got…

  12. Steve Novak disappointed in last season’s playoff benching while playing for Knicks

    Oct 11, 2013, 10:27 PM EST

    Steve Novak

    The Knicks were in Toronto for a preseason game against the Raptors on Friday, so all eyes were on the players involved in the trade that went down between the teams this summer. Andrea Bargnani leaving Toronto was the biggest part of the deal, considering his status as a former number one overall draft pick…

  13. Knicks’ Woodson likes combo of ‘Melo, Bargnani and Chandler

    Oct 7, 2013, 12:17 PM EST

    Carmelo Anthony

    How about this Knicks frontcourt: Carmelo Anthony, Andrea Bargnani and Tyson Chandler? My first thought is it moves Anthony to the three when he performs better at the four, plus that puts a world of defensive pressure on Chandler. However this is why the preseason exists, run this lineup out there and see how it…

  14. Masai Ujiri cautious with his words but thinks Raptors headed in right direction

    Sep 27, 2013, 4:07 PM EST

    Masai Ujiri

    There are a lot of fans in Toronto that think they have a playoff team this season. A lot thought that last season, something encouraged by the bold words of Bryan Colangelo. Didn’t exactly work out that way…actually it was nothing close to that way. Now there is a new sheriff in town, GM Masai…

  15. Felton says younger Knicks better prepared for long season

    Sep 24, 2013, 12:49 PM EST

    2013 Yao Foundation Charity Game Press Conference

    Gone are Jason Kidd, Rasheed Wallace, Kurt Thomas, and Marcus Camby. In their place are Metta World Peace, Andrea Bargnani, Beno Udrih, and Tim Hardaway, Jr. It’s not quite that clean and simple (Chris Copeland and Steve Novak are gone as well) but the idea is clear — New York got younger. Last season they…

  16. Bargnani working out with Knicks, still recovering from pneumonia

    Sep 24, 2013, 1:17 AM EST

    Raptors Bargnani reacts to a missed basket against the Nets during their NBA basketball game in Toronto

    Some Knicks fans seem to have an unrealistic expectation of what Andrea Bargnani will bring to Manhattan this season. Count me in the group that thinks the attitude changes once they see him play, but this is what the time before training camp starts is for — unbridled optimism. But first they need to get…

  17. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: Toronto Raptors

    Sep 19, 2013, 8:44 AM EST

    Raptors Gay prepares to throw the ball into play from the end court in the first half of their NBA game against the Celtics in Toronto

    Last season: Raptors’ fans went into the season thinking the playoffs were a possibility, but it didn’t take long for that ship to run aground on the rocks of reality. The team defense struggled, Andrea Bargnani was Andrea Bargnani, Jonas Valanciunas looked like rookie, Kyle Lowry battled injuries, nothing went as planned and everything fell…

  18. ProBasketballTalk 2013-14 Preview: The New York Knicks

    Sep 18, 2013, 8:45 AM EST

    Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler

    Last season: If you’ll recall, New York’s offseason leading up to last year was widely regarded as a joke. Jeremy Lin was let go, Raymond Felton was brought in, and then the Knicks seemed to sign all the oldest players available in free agency. But with the benefit of hindsight, the Knicks did about as well…

  19. Carmelo Anthony expects the Knicks to be better than they were last year

    Sep 11, 2013, 12:14 AM EST

    Indiana Pacers v New York Knicks - Game Five

    The Knicks had a great regular season in 2013, finishing with the second-best record in the East behind only the defending champion Miami Heat. Carmelo Anthony leading the league in scoring was a big part of that, as was J.R. Smith putting together a season worthy of him bringing home the league’s Sixth Man of…

  20. Friday And-1 Links: Toronto’s Amir Johnson rides an elephant

    Aug 30, 2013, 8:20 PM EST

    Amir Johnson elephant

    Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points more than Fox News loves blond female anchors… • That is the Raptors’ Amir…

  21. Heat, Thunder have smallest roster turnover this summer

    Aug 27, 2013, 3:28 PM EST

    Miami Heat's James and teammates wait to take the court against the Spurs during the second half in Game 6 of their NBA Finals basketball playoff in Miami

    Roster consistency is a good thing. Look at the final four teams left standing in the NBA last season — Miami, Indiana, Memphis and San Antonio. Every one of them is consistent. You have to make some moves to get the talent you need, but after that there is really something to be said for…

  22. Trailer for new “Linsanity” movie looks pretty good

    Aug 26, 2013, 1:24 PM EST

    Dallas Mavericks v New York Knicks

    “Linsanity” was a perfect storm in the perfect market. You had a player in Jeremy Lin about to be cut but with one really good skill — he could attack off the pick-and-roll going right (and he was good in transition). He gets thrown on the court out of desperation by a struggling Knicks team…

  23. Report: Quentin Richardson won’t play for the Raptors either

    Jul 18, 2013, 12:53 PM EST

    Atlanta Hawks v New York Knicks

    When veteran big man Marcus Camby was scheduled to head to Toronto as one of the pieces the Knicks gave up to acquire Andrea Bargnani, we knew almost immediately that he wasn’t going to play for the Raptors. Camby isn’t looking to finish out a career that’s lasted 17 NBA seasons by playing for a…

  24. Thursday And-1 links: List of deals that have become official

    Jul 11, 2013, 10:29 PM EST

    Los Angeles Clippers Paul reacts during their loss to the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 5 of their NBA Western Conference Quarterfinals basketball playoff series in Los Angeles

    Here is our regular look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points like they love going to Vegas for Summer League… • Since the calendar flipped…

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