Toronto gears up for Japan Games

Basketball / NBA Oct 7, 2019

Toronto gears up for Japan Games

by Kaz Nagatsuka

The defending NBA champion Toronto Raptors showed their energy on the floor on Monday as they hit the gym for their first practice since arriving in Japan for a two-game preseason series against the Houston Rockets. The two teams will square off on Tuesday ...

Raptors to defend crown in post-Leonard era

Basketball / NBA Oct 7, 2019

Raptors to defend crown in post-Leonard era

by Ed Odeven

The Toronto Raptors' magic-carpet ride last season lifted the franchise to new heights of popularity throughout Canada. Now, it's back to work for second-year head coach Nick Nurse and his team. The defending NBA champions' preseason mission, including their Tuesday and Thursday night games against the ...

Toronto fetes Raptors with parade

Basketball / NBA Jun 18, 2019

Toronto fetes Raptors with parade

Two weeks from now, the Toronto Raptors' roster might look as different as Danny Green's combed-out mohawk with looming decisions from Kawhi Leonard, Marc Gasol and Green that brought an air of uncertainty to Monday's street party in Ontario. As the Raptors gathered with mobs ...

Rockets, Raptors set for two games in Japan

Basketball / NBA Mar 5, 2019

Rockets, Raptors set for two games in Japan

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Well, it's only preseason contests this time, but Japan will host NBA games for the first time in 16 years when the Houston Rockets and Toronto Raptors face each other, the league announced at a Tokyo news conference on Tuesday. The teams will compete on ...

Kawhi Leonard pens farewell to San Antonio, Spurs fans

Basketball / NBA Aug 10, 2018

Kawhi Leonard pens farewell to San Antonio, Spurs fans

Understated superstar Kawhi Leonard penned a farewell letter to San Antonio, thanking Spurs fans for their support as he starts anew as a member of the Toronto Raptors. Leonard broke his months-long silence in a letter penned for the San Antonio Express-News and thanked coach ...

Kohama-Casey friendship endures

Basketball | HOOP SCOOP Aug 27, 2016

Kohama-Casey friendship endures

by Ed Odeven

A few days before the Rio Olympics kicked off, Mototaka Kohama, the godfather of Japanese basketball, reunited with one of his closest friends. Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey made a long-awaited visit to Japan to see Kohama. The two men hadn't seen each other in ...

Kanazawa hires Suzuki

Basketball Jun 12, 2015

Kanazawa hires Suzuki

by Ed Odeven

Yukinori Suzuki, who guided the Oita HeatDevils for the past four seasons, was named the first head coach in Kanazawa Samuraiz history on Thursday. The expansion team will make its bj-league debut for the 2015-16 season, the circuit's final scheduled season before the launch of ...