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Siakam signs four-year maximum NBA deal with Raptors

Oct 20, 2019 - 5:48 PM

Expect Cameroonian forward Pascal Siakam to play a major role again in the Raptors' title defense

Controversy-hit Rockets beat Raptors in Japan preseason game

Oct 10, 2019 - 11:04 PM

The Rockets split their preseason games with the NBA champion Raptors in a Japan tour overshadowed by the controversial tweet of Houston's general manager

Russell Westbrook picks up his first preseason victory with the Rockets. Photo by AFP

NBA champion Raptors trip Rockets in Japan preseason game

Oct 09, 2019 - 10:08 AM

The Raptors spoil the Harden-Westbrook Rockets debut in a Japan preseason game overshadowed by the NBA's China furor

HOT START. Raptors guard Fred VanVleet takes a shot in front of Rockets stars James Harden (left) and Russell Westbrook in their NBA preseason basketball game in Saitama. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

NBA champion Raptors, Lowry agree on $31M one-year deal

Oct 08, 2019 - 12:24 PM

Kyle Lowry's deal with the Raptors produces the largest salary cap hit for an NBA player who will be 34 or older

EXTENDED. Kyle Lowry stays with the 2019 NBA champions Toronto Raptors for another year. File photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images/AFP

NBA champion Raptors launch branded sports hijab

Sep 15, 2019 - 11:57 AM

The Hijabi Ballers project, based in the Greater Toronto Area, seeks to recognize and celebrate the athleticism of Muslim girls and women

CHAMPION BRAND. The Toronto Raptors help raise awareness of Muslim women athletes. Screenshot from Twitter (@raptors)

Jamie Foxx, Michael B. Jordan tackle Deep South racism in Oscar-tipped film

Sep 08, 2019 - 5:00 PM

The two star in 'Just Mercy,' based on the story of a black man put on death row in Alabama in 1988 for the murder of a young white woman he did not commit

Raptors’ Lowry withdraws from US World Cup team

Aug 13, 2019 - 10:41 AM

Kyle Lowry sits out of the FIBA World Cup as he continues to recover from his left thumb surgery

RECOVERY. Kyle Lowry supports the US FIBA World Cup team from home. File photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images/AFP

Serena powers past No. 1-bound Osaka in Toronto

Aug 10, 2019 - 10:02 AM

Naomi Osaka won't be pairing her No. 1 world ranking with a title as Serena Williams avenges her controversial US Open final loss

ALL GOOD. There’s no drama this time as Serena Williams (right) beats Naomi Osaka for the first time in 3 meetings. Photo from WTA

Serena, Osaka book US Open final rematch in Toronto

Aug 09, 2019 - 1:12 PM

'I've been actually looking forward to playing her for a while,' Serena Williams on facing Naomi Osaka for the first time since their controversial US Open title match

TAKE TWO. Naomi Osaka (left) says she's excited to face her idol Serena Williams again despite their ugly first meeting. Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images for USTA/AFP

'Linsanity’ star Jeremy Lin in tears as he hits ‘rock bottom’

Jul 30, 2019 - 5:05 PM

'Free agency has been tough because I feel like in some ways the NBA has kind of given up on me,' says veteran Jeremy Lin

LINSANITY. Jeremy Lin breaks down in tears because of free agency frustrations. Photo from Instagram (@jlin7)

WATCH: Kawhi hilariously thanks Raptors, Toronto

Jul 26, 2019 - 2:47 PM

Now a member of the Clippers, Kawhi Leonard looks back at everything the Raptors and the city of Toronto did for him

BOARD MAN. In arguably the most productive one-and-done season in the NBA, Kawhi Leonard leads the Raptors to their maiden title. Photo from NBA's Twitter account (@NBA)


Gasol takes $25.6M option, returns to NBA champ Raptors

Jun 27, 2019 - 12:58 PM

After getting traded late last season, Marc Gasol signs with the Raptors for one full year

TORONTO, ONTARIO - JUNE 10: Marc Gasol #33 of the Toronto Raptors is defended by DeMarcus Cousins #0 of the Golden State Warriors in the second half during Game Five of the 2019 NBA Finals at Scotiabank Arena on June 10, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images/AFP

Raptors president Ujiri confident Kawhi will stay

Jun 26, 2019 - 3:03 PM

Even if Kawhi Leonard checks out the free agent market first, Raptors president Masai Ujiri believes the star forward will stay with the NBA champions

INTACT. The Raptors hope to bring Kawhi Leonard and the entire champion roster back. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Siakam named NBA Most Improved Player

Jun 25, 2019 - 10:31 AM

Pascal Siakam, who helped the Toronto Raptors capture their maiden NBA championship, becomes the first player in franchise history to win the award

MOST IMPROVED. Pascal Siakam made leaps and bounds in his best NBA season so far. File photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP


LOOK: Stars and laughs highlight Toronto Raptors championship parade

Jun 18, 2019 - 4:47 PM

Check out the joyous scenes that celebrate Toronto's first NBA championship

LAST LAUGH. Kawhi Leonard gets the last laugh which won over the hearts of many. Photo from Toronto Raptors' Twitter

Shooting at rally mars Raptors celebration of NBA crown

Jun 18, 2019 - 11:02 AM

Gunshots briefly halt the victory rally at the jam-packed square

MEMORABLE CROWD. The Toronto Raptors star in the victory celebration attended by one million people. Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images North America/AFP

Raptors coach Nurse to guide Canada in FIBA World Cup

Jun 17, 2019 - 10:56 AM

After leading the Raptors to an NBA title as a rookie coach, Nick Nurse will test his mettle in the international scene

ONE OF A FEW. Nick Nurse becomes the ninth rookie coach in NBA history to steer a team to a championship. Photo from NBA.com


FAST FACTS: Canada and its love affair with basketball

Jun 16, 2019 - 10:11 AM

For a country where the sport's inventor was born and where the first NBA game was held, the Toronto Raptors capturing their first title is a significant moment

TRUST THE KLAW. Kawhi Leonard helps bring to Toronto the Raptors' maiden championship in franchise history. Photo from Toronto Raptors' Twitter account (@Raptors)


WATCH: Kawhi's postseason for the ages

Jun 15, 2019 - 11:56 AM

After his much publicized move from the Spurs to the Raptors, Kawhi Leonard proves yet again he’s one of the league’s best

SENSATIONAL. Kawhi Leonard powers the Raptors to the NBA championship right on his first year in Toronto. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Toronto to hold Raptors championship parade Monday

Jun 15, 2019 - 8:49 AM

'Prehistoric: Dinosaurs rule the Earth again,' a newspaper headline screams as Canada cheers the Toronto Raptors' historic NBA title romp

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 13: The Toronto Raptors celebrate with the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy after their team defeated the Golden State Warriors to win Game Six of the 2019 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 13, 2019 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

WATCH: NBA game recap and highlights

Jun 15, 2019 - 1:17 AM

'This is why I play basketball. This is what I work hard for,' says Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard as the Raptors dethrone the Warriors for their first NBA championship

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 13: The Toronto Raptors celebrate with the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy after defeating the Golden State Warriors to win Game Six of the 2019 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 13, 2019 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

5 things we learned from the NBA Finals

Jun 14, 2019 - 7:32 PM

The Raptors become the first team outside the US to win the NBA Finals, and they did it with a roster of stars from around the world

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 13: Kawhi Leonard #2 and Serge Ibaka #9 of the Toronto Raptors celebrates their teams victory over the Golden State Warriors in Game Six to win the 2019 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 13, 2019 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

'We the champs:' Twitter users go wild after Raptors' historic NBA title

Jun 14, 2019 - 6:31 PM

Social media users congratulate the new kings of basketball

WATCH: Kawhi Leonard silences doubters with NBA title

Jun 14, 2019 - 6:00 PM

'The Klaw' powers the Raptors to their maiden NBA championship and captures his second Finals MVP plum in the process

DYNASTY KILLER. Kawhi Leonard and the Toronto Raptors stop the Golden State Warriors from winning a third straight NBA crown. Photo from NBA's Twitter account (@NBA)


Jubilation in Toronto as fans celebrate Raptors' NBA win

Jun 14, 2019 - 4:32 PM

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also joins the Raptors revelry, tweeting 'And that's how we do it in the North'

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 13: The Toronto Raptors celebrate with the Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy after their team defeated the Golden State Warriors to win Game Six of the 2019 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 13, 2019 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Injury-riddled Warriors vow 'We'll be back' atop NBA

Jun 14, 2019 - 4:10 PM

'True champions like we are, we should be able to adapt and keep this same kind of DNA no matter what our roster looks like next year,' says Steph Curry

NOT OVER. Steph Curry says the Golden State Warriors are far from done. Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images/AFP

LOOK: NBA personalities react to Raptors dethroning Warriors

Jun 14, 2019 - 3:46 PM

Paul Pierce, Magic Johnson, Vince Carter, and more chime in as the Raptors prevent the Warriors from clinching a third straight NBA title

WE THE NORTH. Twitter reacts to the Toronto Raptors winning their first NBA title. Background photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images/AFP


Klay Thompson suffers torn ACL as Warriors face tough off-season

Jun 14, 2019 - 2:41 PM

The Warriors now head to a difficult postseason as both stars Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant face a year-long rehab

BIG BLOW. Warriors star Klay Thompson after hurting his leg following an awkward landing in Game 6. Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images/AFP

Klay Thompson falls as Golden State crumbles in Game 6 loss

Jun 14, 2019 - 12:44 PM

The Warriors dynasty comes to an end as another star in Klay Thompson succumbs to injury

Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images/AFP

RAPTORS RULE: Toronto dethrones Warriors to bag first NBA crown

Jun 14, 2019 - 11:49 AM

The Raptors pounce on a Warriors side that lost another star to injury to capture the franchise’s first championship

HISTORIC. Kyle Lowry and the Raptors wrap it up on the road. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Warriors set for emotional NBA Finals showdown with Raptors

Jun 13, 2019 - 2:58 PM

History favors the Raptors but the Warriors take inspiration playing for injured star Kevin Durant in their farewell game at the Oracle Arena

SUPERSTAR SHOWDOWN. Kawhi Leonard and the Raptors hope to contain the Warriors 'Splash Brothers' Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

HIGHLIGHTS Warriors vs Raptors - NBA Finals 2019 Game 6

Jun 13, 2019 - 10:13 AM

Bookmark for Game 6 updates of the 2019 NBA Finals on June 13, 9 pm ET (June 14, 9 am, Philippine time) live from Oracle Arena in Oakland, California

Family tragedy taught Kawhi to enjoy life and hoops

Jun 13, 2019 - 9:44 AM

Since his father's murder, Kawhi Leonard has learned that life and basketball are 'two different things'

COMPOSED. With his trademark calm demeanor, Kawhi Leonard has helped the Raptors handle pressure situations. Photo from AFP

Warriors' Durant undergoes torn Achilles tendon surgery

Jun 13, 2019 - 8:40 AM

'It's going to be a journey but I'm built for this,' says Kevin Durant as he faces a year of rehabilitation

ROAD BACK. After Kevin Durant turns his focus on rehab, the Warriors star says he’ll be cheering for his 'brothers' as they try to force a Game 7 against the Raptors. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFP

WATCH: Kawhi says failure to contain Warriors cost Raptors win

Jun 12, 2019 - 6:41 PM

The Raptors may have fallen short against the Warriors in their first try to secure the crown, but Kawhi Leonard believes 'we can win'

KING OF THE NORTH. Kawhi Leonard looks to bring the first NBA title for the Toronto Raptors. Photo from NBA Stats' Twitter account (@nbastats)


Playing for Durant, Warriors face emotional must-win test

Jun 12, 2019 - 11:59 AM

'We'll be ready for it, but there's no more statements needed to be made about who we are as a team and our heart and our competitiveness,' says Steph Curry

INSPIRED. Steph Curry and the Warriors expect fans to rally behind them in their final game at the Oracle Arena. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

Durant injury sends shock waves across NBA free agency

Jun 12, 2019 - 9:49 AM

After suffering an Achilles injury, Kevin Durant now faces a year of intense rehabilitation and another season working his way back to peak form

Photo by Harry How/Getty Images/AFP

WATCH: NBA game recap and highlights

Jun 11, 2019 - 10:11 PM

The Warriors edge the Raptors by the slimmest of margins to keep their NBA title hopes alive

FIGHTING CHANCE. Steph Curry and the Warriors look to extend the title series again in Game 6 at home. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

Warriors seek one last win in farewell to NBA's oldest arena

Jun 11, 2019 - 7:01 PM

Before moving to a swanky $1 billion stadium in San Francisco next season, the Warriors hope to treat their fans with a win at the Oracle Arena one last time

Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images/AFP

WATCH: Durant's shock injury exit stuns NBA Finals rivals

Jun 11, 2019 - 6:28 PM

'There was just a couple minutes where it all seemed so eerie and strange and it took maybe a little bit for both teams to collect themselves,' coach Steve Kerr on the moment the Warriors lost Kevin Durant to injury again

BROTHERHOOD. Toronto guard Kyle Lowry hushes the Raptors fans as an injured Warriors star Kevin Durant exits in the 2nd quarter. Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images/AFP

Raptors must cope with near miss as Warriors get new life

Jun 11, 2019 - 5:08 PM

After coming within a shot of their first NBA championship, the Raptors need to quickly recover from the heartbreak against the resurgent Warriors

Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

LOOK: NBA players react to Kevin Durant Achilles injury

Jun 11, 2019 - 2:21 PM

NBA players give Raptors fans a piece of their mind after some burst to raucous cheering as Kevin Durant goes down to injury again

Warriors confirm Durant Achilles injury after Game 5 win

Jun 11, 2019 - 12:59 PM

The Warriors' victory dims as Kevin Durant's injury gets worse after willing himself to play in their must-win match against the Raptors

Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images/AFP

Warriors' three-peat bid still alive but Durant out again

Jun 11, 2019 - 11:41 AM

(UPDATED) Despite losing Kevin Durant again, the Warriors spoil the Raptors’ bid to wrap up the series behind the clutch plays of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson

Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

Durant's return for Warriors in NBA Finals was a short one

Jun 11, 2019 - 10:27 AM

Warriors star Kevin Durant appears to have reaggravated the same right calf injury in Game 5

OH NO. Kevin Durant clearly isn't 100% yet as he exits in the 2nd quarter of Game 5. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

Warriors star Durant returns for NBA Finals Game 5

Jun 11, 2019 - 8:39 AM

Kevin Durant represents the Warriors’ last chance to stay alive and seize momentum against the Raptors

SAVIOR. The Warriors hope Kevin Durant can help them save their three-peat bid. Photo by  Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images/AFP

Canada's excitement builds as Raptors on brink of NBA crown

Jun 10, 2019 - 9:56 PM

The Raptors are on the verge of winning their maiden title in their 24-year history and becoming the first NBA champions outside the United States

WE THE NORTH. Fans in Toronto are in full support of their beloved Raptors. Photo from Toronto Raptors' Twitter account (@Raptors)


Raptors plan: Stay calm and capture a historic NBA title

Jun 10, 2019 - 4:16 PM

The Raptors maintain a stoic manner even if they are on the verge of securing their first NBA crown and dethroning the two-time defending champion Warriors

HISTORY IN THE MAKING. The Toronto Raptors are a win away from becoming the first team outside the United States to win an NBA title. Photo from NBA TV's Twitter account (@NBATV)


NBA free agency could make Raptors, Warriors both losers

Jun 10, 2019 - 1:22 PM

Toronto's Kawhi Leonard and Golden State's Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson are expected to be highly prized free agents

KING IN THE NORTH. The Toronto Raptors are bent on re-signing Kawhi Leonard. Photo from NBA Stats' Twitter account (@nbastats)


HIGHLIGHTS: Warriors vs Raptors - NBA Finals 2019 Game 5

Jun 10, 2019 - 11:06 AM

Bookmark for Game 5 updates of the 2019 NBA Finals on June 10, 9 pm ET (June 11, 9 am, Philippine time) live from Scotiabank Arena in Toronto Ontario