ryan.wolstat - July 13th, 2011
The Raptors have filled their coaching staff. No surprises.
Johnny Davis was pegged by the Sun’s Frank Zicarelli almost a month ago, Tom Sterner by NBA.com’s David Aldridge.
They both have excellent track records and have coached some quality teams.
P.J. Carlesimo and Alex English are gone while Micah Nori, Erich Huges and Scott Roth are sticking around.
- Canada’s junior women’s squad has finalized its roster for the FIBA Women’s U19 tournament which starts next week. What I found odd was only one player hails from the GTA (plus one from Barrie). Quebec, BC and Edmonton are heavily represented.
- The first ever Women’s U25 Wheelchair Basketball tournament starts on Friday at Brock University in Hamilton. Interestingly, the women’s roster in that one has just one GTAer. Guess basketball really is spreading country-wide.
- Canada’s senior men’s team is starting workouts now in preparation for a qualifying tournament later this summer.
- Finally, wanted to give a plug for Basketball Talk the Way It Should Be, an enjoyable read for hoops fans from Dave Mendonca and Audley Stephenson of the Breakdown Show. An entertaining quote book with thoughts from many ex-Raptors, NBA players and celebrities.
mike.ganter - February 14th, 2011
DeMar DeRozan’s nightly pre-game routine includes dozens of jumpers from a variety of spots on the floor. He does this each and every night along with fellow Young Onez member Sonny Weems with the ever helpful Eric Hughes feeding them passes.
They’re almost always the first Raptors on the court and generally remain out there the longest of any of their teammates.
But through December and then January, the payoff didn’t seem to be coming for DeRozan. Weems jump shot made some huge strides but DeRozan, while more successful getting to the basket and the free throw line than Weems, always seemed to be struggling to find any consistency with that mid-range jumper.
Then along came February and it was like a light went on.
Suddenly DeRozan was not just hitting his mid-range efforts, he was expanding his zone to just inside the three-point line and still knocking them down with regularity.
For the month of February, and this includes Sunday’s so-so-effort of 7-of-18 shooting, DeRozan is hitting at a 55.4% success rate, up from 44.2% in January.
There is a confidence in that shot now that didn’t seem to be there before.
DeRozan is by no means a finished product. Eventually the hope is he can zero in with some regularity from three-point range too, but for now, it’s just another step in the right direction.
— Mike Ganter