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He doesn't look out of shape to me. IamAmirJohnson RT @hadisworld: Great workout session with @jonnyroxxmusic @iamamirjohnson @thisisveezy247 #lockedin http://t.co/XA9BmORj About 6 hours ago by Amir Johnson Toronto Raptors - Forward

J. Valanciunas: "I am honored to serve as a model for youth

Translated using Google J. Valanciunas: "I am honored to serve as a model for youth In October 2011. 22 11:07 His age - 19-year-old Jonas Valanciunas - quite thoughtful. Facing the basketball star, is the second Sabonis, winning all of their old European championships and world championship - an incredible humble. NBA newcomers exchange for the 5th number, whom he praised the "Toronto Raptors" club - a surprisingly disinterested. Orally, belongs to the type of people who after a decade nesimatymo want to say: "You have not changed at how much." Belarusian sports website pressball.by to Vilnius Lithuania morning club Centers talking not only about basketball. - Many basketball experts you baptized in the second Sabonis. How do you assess such a compliment? - Arvydas - the most prominent Lithuanian basketball player of all time, because such comparisons can be uncomfortable. However, I have to justify such compliments need to excel in many aspects of the game. Therefore, I spend most praise through the ears - I'm afraid that too much praise can I stop improving and unrealized me all the natural gifts and potential parents. Neužstrigčiau that way, keep looking around and looking for examples, which I follow. For the new generation Lithuanian basketball - Sarunas Jasikevicius, Darius Songaila and others too good as Sarunas Marciulionis and Rimas Kurtinaitis generation of stars. I want to be equal to or better than the men: the same strong spirit, unyielding duels and helpful team. If, while working, maybe one day the young players will compare with me. But so far I'm only at the beginning of the road. more on link to story

According to Reports, Raptors To Hire Ed Stefanski

Well, that's that. Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the Dinos are finalizing an agreement with Ed Stefanski that would make him the Raptors' new executive VP of basketball operations. GM he is not. And as per Woj's post, as expected, Bryan Colangelo will still have the final say on decisions. But regardless, this is not exactly a good news story considering that of the initial four reported candidates for Toronto's open position, Stefanski was at best, third, on most people's wish lists. We've already dug into Ed and his outlook as a member of Toronto's front office but we'll discuss more in the following days.

BREAKING NEWS IN RAPTORLAND

Stefanski is the man, but will he be allowed to be the man?

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Check it out. I kind of expected him to do something like this. Nice job

Could NBA2K12 Replace a "Locked-Out" NBA Season?

So maybe we get some semblance of a season after all? Based on yesterday's lockout talks, it seems that both sides actually made some progress, coming closer to a 50/50 split in terms of revenue split. It's an encouraging piece of news, but hardly one to start celebrating. We've heard a good number of "false positives" already in this whole mess, so it's hard to pull out your Raptors' schedule in order to plan your TV viewing just yet. Or is it? We've been kicking the idea around internally for a while, but wanted to throw it out to our readership this morning. If there is no NBA season this year, how interested would everyone be in a fake one? Thanks to the video game NBA2K12, it's quite possible to play out the season as if there were no labour issues at all. So we'd love to gauge your interest in this as readers. Would you be interested in reading previews and recaps to a fake season? What about actively participating in terms of taking on a team? We've already got some of the other SB Nation bloggers on board for such an endeavour, but want to get a feel from fans as to how good of an idea they think this would be. I personally think it would be pretty funny to read recaps about Andy Rautins dropping 42 on the Raps, but would this only be amusing for a short period of time? Would it get stale over 82 games? Love to hear everyone's thoughts on this as we wait on the outcome of today's negotiating session...

Raptors’ DeRozan pleads for patience from fans

Eric Koreen Oct 14, 2011 – 3:00 PM ET If not for the current NBA labour dispute, DeMar DeRozan would be in Toronto right now. He would be watching as the seasons change, probably complaining about the pre-season that always seems to drag on. Instead, he is in Los Angeles, where the Raptors shooting guard says it is scorching. And he is living at home with his parents. "They might kick me out," DeRozan said in a phone interview on Thursday. "They might give me an eviction notice or something." Luckily for the sanity of both DeRozan and his parents, the 22-year-old face of the Raptors is keeping himself busy. He opened up about his schedule, his game, his team and, of course, the lockout

Stefanski no longer front-runner for Raptors' front office position?

Talk about timing. In the wake of our in depth look at Ed Stefanski as potential future GM of the Toronto Raptors, and our concerns regarding his suitability, Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that talks with Stefanski have hit a snag. Recently Wojnarowski had reported that former 76er GM and President Stefanski was the front-runner for the Raps' position, but apparently sources are saying not to rule anyone out yet. "Anyone" would likely include Kevin Pritchard and Jeff Bower, as the fourth reported candidate for the position, Dennis Lindsey, pulled out earlier this month. Obviously this is a great way to start the weekend considering the potential hiring of Stefanski wasn't exactly a popular thread here at the HQ, and in other Raptor-centric spaces. This doesn't mean Stefanski is completely out of the running of course, but hopefully the "snag," reportedly Stefanski being more interested in Portland's open position, allows either Pritchard or Bower to sneak in.

NBA Commissioner David Stern on WFAN at 4 PM EST

For those looking to hear some lock-out talk, check out WFAN 66 AM Sports Radio in New York at the top of the hour as they'll be talking to NBA Commish David Stern. Billy Hunter had his turn on the station yesterday, now, Mr. Stern is up to bat, likely giving his side of things in terms of the breakdown in talks, and the role George Cohen, director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, will now play in discussions.

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