Friday October 1 2010 – 11:30pm Eastern – Toronto, ON
For those that didn’t like the blog that was posted earlier today (Rap History) … lighten up.
I told you it was on off-the-wall, off-topic blog that would be followed by some actual basketball / NBA / Raptor news at some point today … and that’s what THIS blog is all about.
UPDATE ON DAMPIER
Word is that Erick Dampier was impressed with what he heard and saw from the Toronto Raptors but he left town without giving any real indication of when he might make a decision regarding his next NBA home.
The 14-year vet is scheduled to meet with the Houston Rockets and it is believed that the Texas town and T.O. are the final choices/options on the big man’s list.
Dampier spent Thursday night dining with Toronto’s management team … and the Raptors new Director of Player Personnel, Alvin Williams (who attended the dinner as well) told me on the FAN 590 earlier today that he believes Dampier’s experience, size, rebounding, and shot-blocking abilities could be invaluable to the Raps.
You can listen to my chat with Williams here:
I’m sure there are a ton of Raptor fans out there that are quite peeved – if not disgusted – about the story that the Toronto Sun had earlier today RE: Alonzo Mourning ‘mentoring’ Chris Bosh in Miami.
Hey, Zo, you could have done that in Toronto ya know!
Loyal fans of the Heat and many folks connected to the community in Miami and South Beach praise Mourning for his big heart (and smile) and his willingness to give and give back … but folks in T.O. will probably only remember him breaking their hearts and his willingness to take (the $$) and never come back.
Didn’t see the story? Check it out:
I’ve got to give a shout-out to two outlets / websites that, quite honestly, I hadn’t heard about before today. But maybe they’ve got to make it onto my reading list now after doing some solid legwork on the approaching NCAA basketball season.
According to www.hoopstarcanada.com, this fall a record 40+ Canadians will be playing at Division 1 schools in the U.S. … highlighted by the likes of Tristan Thompson and Cory Joseph.
To read more about this story – and the connection to the rise in NCAA numbers with the rise in ‘prep school’ numbers – check out this story from torontoobserver.ca:
Unfortunately, I will not be heading out to Vancouver for the next 5-6 to continue to keep an eye on the Raptors’ Training Camp. However, my spies are plugged-in and I will still be keeping up with the boys in red as much as humanly possible.
Sluggin’ it in the gym every day will not be something I’ll miss but I am disappointed that I won’t get a chance to see the first pre-season game … when BC’s Steve Nash returns to his home province – with his Phoenix Suns – to take on Canada’s only team.
And what a perfect time to mention, again, for the 1,000,000th time, that Toronto should NOT be Canada’s only team. Vancouver was robbed of its franchise and I hope the NBA gets it together one day – and does the right thing – but finding an owner that is ‘willing and STABLE’ to bring a team back to Van-City.
Speaking of which … www.vancouvernba.org
ANNIVERSARY IN VANCOUVER
If you haven’t heard … in addition to the pre-season game between the Raptors and Suns and Toronto’s training camp overall … there will be another big event in Vancouver in the coming days.
Jay Triano, Steve Nash, Sherman Hamilton, Rowan Barrett and many more from the Sydney Olympic team will gather for a special ’10-year Anniversary’ dinner/celebration/ceremony.
I hope to have more on that soon.
Have a good one folks.