Posts Tagged ‘Toronto Raptors’

Robin Lopez takes mascot hating international

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — We’ve spent a lot of time chronicling Portland center Robin Lopez and his reign of violence against mascots. This weekend that battle went north of the border, as the Blazers took on the Toronto Raptors. During the game, the Raptors mascot strayed a little too close to a Portland huddle — and for some reason, Atlanta mascot Harry the Hawk was there, as well — and Robin Lopez decided it was time to strike. Sure, the Raptor may have been wearing a Lopez wig, but is that really cause for violence?


VIDEO: Lopez Attacks Again

And as the cold-hearted Lopez noted via Twitter, “Two with one stone.”

It’s never sunny in Philadelphia

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It’s been a frigid winter the last few months here in the Northeast — snow, sleet, and frigid temperatures. I’m in New York City, and it’s been so rough that I’ve tried my best to stay indoors as much as possible, sitting here blogging in front of the heater.

But apparently there are some places where even being inside doesn’t help. The Philadelphia 76ers play in the Wells Fargo Center, and from the looks of things, it’s cold in that arena.

Last week, the Indiana Pacers had a shootaround in Philly where they were, apparently, freezing…

Then, last night, it was apparently cold enough that even while sitting on the bench, Toronto’s Patrick Patterson had to break out the gloves…

Someone needs to invite the Heat to town…

Comparing Zach LaVine and Vince Carter


VIDEO: Dunk recap

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — One of the greatest dunk contest performances of all-time was in Oakland in 2000, when Vince Carter unleashed epic dunk after epic dunk. And while dunk contests since then have been up-and-down, this year Minnesota rookie Zach LaVine turned in another dunk contest for the ages. In fact, LaVine has drawn comparisons to Carter, and as this Vine from the NBA shows, there certainly are some similarities…

(Vine via TNLP)

James Johnson has hops

ALL BALL NERVE CENTERJames Johnson plays forward for the Toronto Raptors, but he comes from a family of martial arts experts and has a black belt in a form of karate himself. This means that despite being 6-9, Johnson can do some impressive stuff, such as the time after practice when he jumped into the air and kicked loose several balls stuck in the net. Yesterday, with the Raptors in Memphis, Johnson showed he can still get up, as these videos from his teammates Landry Fields and Terrence Ross show…

Man of many talents @broke_3 ๐Ÿ‘ฃ #WeTheNorth

A video posted by Landry Fields (@landry2fields) on

#TaDa lol wtf

A video posted by Terrence Ross (@3tross1) on

Lou Williams shows love for those “on our side”

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night the Toronto Raptors won a game in Denver, Colorado, over the Nuggets, 116-102. And just because the Raptors were on the road, that didn’t keep Raptors fans from coming out and cheering their team on. Because if there’s anything we’ve seen about Raptors fans, they are all-in when it comes to their squad, even if that means showing up in an opposing arena.

Check the video below to see a clip of Raptors guard Lou Williams leaving the floor after the win. As he walks down the tunnel and back into the locker room, he gives a fan a finger point, but then stops and says “You’re on our side, my bad,” and turns around and goes back over the fan to give him a high five. They the north…

If you're on our side, Lou Williams has got you. #WeTheNorth #RTZ #NBA #Toronto #NBABallot

A video posted by Toronto Raptors (@thetorontoraptors) on

Raptors reveal their new logo

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Back in March, the Toronto Raptors revealed a new logo that they said would be part of their upcoming 20th anniversary season in 2015-16. That logo, it was said, was going to be part of a larger re-branding campaign. And today we may have just gotten a peek at the next step in that campaign. A new video posted to YouTube by the Raptors celebrates their current “We The North” slogan, and then ends with a brief look what seems to be a new logo, featuring a ball swiped by a Raptor claw.


VIDEO: Raptor Logo

Here’s another look at it, from an image they posted to their official Facebook page

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These are both black-and-white, obviously, so I guess now we wait and see if this is it, or it we get a colorized version soon.

UPDATE:ย The Raptors officially unveiled the logo with all four color schemes Friday afternoon:

Jonas Valanciunas will ship your packages

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Funny video here from the Toronto Raptors of center Jonas Valanciunas working undercover at a Toronto package shipping company. I mean, about as undercover as you can be with your jersey and photo on display in a huge frame about five feet away from you. Nice touch pretending to have trouble pronouncing his own last name…


VIDEO: Jonas Shipping

Drake introduces the Toronto Raptors

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Last night in Toronto, the Raptors hosted their second-annual Drake Night. This is a night where the popular hip-hop star, who is officially the team’s “global ambassador,” takes over the game operations for an evening. And last night this meant Drake took over the pregame introductions for the P.A. announcer. Drake is probably the only person who could get away with announcing Amir Johnson by saying, “He recently got a tattoo of a Swiffer Wet Jet.”


VIDEO: Drake Night

Raptors mascot plays tennis with Genie Bouchard

By Jeff Case

Eugenie Bouchard is one of the rising stars in the women’s tennis circuit, ranking No. 7 in the WTA and also, a Canadian. She was at the Toronto Raptors-Orlando Magic game last night at Air Canada Centre and during a break in play, was challenged to a tennis match by the Raptors’ mascot (who was clad in a Bouchard-like blonde wig and tennis outfit).


VIDEO: Genie Bouchard plays tennis with the Raptors’ mascot

 

NBA Players in Halloween costumes

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Halloween has come and gone, which means it’s time once again to see what some NBA players went dressed as this year. We already checked in on the Oklahoma City Thunder, but let’s check out the costumes of some other NBA players…

LeBron James went as Flo from the Progressive Insurance ads…

Carmelo Anthony was…I don’t know what this costume is…

Happy Halloween #OfficerFriendly

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Paul Pierce was Captain America…

Deron Williams and his wife went as Khal Drogo and Khaleesi from “Game of Thrones”…

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