• article-image: Toronto, this is for you

    Toronto, this is for you

    We’ve seen it before: Toronto trailing and in need of a spark. The players look around and they know all that’s needed is a couple plays, that’ll be enough to get their crowd going. And then it happens, a monster block, a couple big threes, maybe even a thunderous dunk that sends the Canadians with a reputation for being friendly into a frenzy and turn Scotiabank Arena into the most intimidating place to play in the NBA.

  • article-image: Change The Game

    Change The Game

    The reverberations of the hate crime on June 6, 2021 will be felt by London’s Muslim community forever. Purple and green ribbons can be seen on people’s chests as a show of unity around the southwestern Ontario city, and the impact of this despicable act can’t be shaken.

  • article-image: David Johnson: Ready For The Opportunity

    David Johnson: Ready For The Opportunity

    Tucked away in the living room of a close friend’s house in Louisville, David Johnson watched the 2021 NBA Draft waiting for his name to be called. At 47th overall, he heard Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum announce it would be the Toronto Raptors extending that privilege to him and what followed was a warm and extended embrace with his mother Sheritha Bousso that included tears of joy and cries of “You did it! You did it!”

  • article-image: SeasonLong NBA Cares Community Assist Award: DeAndre Bembry

    SeasonLong NBA Cares Community Assist Award: DeAndre Bembry

    Making the NBA was the dream. Unlike countless others, DeAndre Bembry’s came true. What he couldn’t have ever imagined is that when he was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks with the 21st overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, it was with a heavy heart. Just two weeks prior to the draft, Bembry’s beloved younger brother Adrien Potts became a victim of gun violence. Bembry’s brother was his lifelong best friend. The two separated by just two years in age, making it to the NBA was just one dream they had shared together. Now Bembry had made it, but his little brother wasn’t by his side. 

  • article-image: The importance of the Raptors and basketball to the Chinese community

    The importance of the Raptors and basketball to the Chinese community

    When the Raptors asked me to write something for Asian Heritage Month, I thought about this photo of myself I dug up from my parents’ basement several years back (That Leafs hat is going for $200 in certain places, so word of advice: keep all your stuff).  So many memories come flooding back when I look at this picture.  I immigrated with my parents and sister from Hong Kong to Canada in 1992. As an eight-year-old with just a brief grasp on English living in a new country, everything was foreign. 

  • article-image: Wayne and Terri Embry continue to impact culture for future generations

    Wayne and Terri Embry continue to impact culture for future generations

    A few hours ahead of a Philadelphia road game in March 1965, Wayne Embry was with his Cincinnati Royals teammate Oscar Robertson in their hotel room when the phone rang. It was Embry’s wife, Theresa (Terri), on the other end of the line, calling from their family home in Cincinnati, Ohio. “Wayne, Yvonne and I are going to Selma to march,” she told Embry.

  • article-image: Sarah Chan: When opportunity and passion collide

    Sarah Chan: When opportunity and passion collide

    When Sarah Chan showed up to volunteer at a Giants of Africa basketball camp in Kenya, she simply wanted to give back to the youth in attendance. Chan didn’t know Raptors President Masai Ujiri, wasn’t overly familiar with Giants of Africa, and didn’t have any idea that her positive attitude and work ethic at the camp would leave an impression that would change the trajectory of her own story as she began a journey that would culminate in her being named manager of scouting in Africa for the Toronto Raptors.

  • article-image: Norman Powell: Inspiration, NBA Champion, and Raptor forever.

    Norman Powell: Inspiration, NBA Champion, and Raptor forever.

    The Toronto Raptors announced the trade of guard Norman Powell to the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for guard Gary Trent Jr. and guard-forward Rodney Hood on Thursday. Though Powell’s time as a Toronto Raptor has come to an end, Powell will be a Raptors NBA Champion forever.

  • article-image: Savanna Hamilton: Ahead of the game

    Savanna Hamilton: Ahead of the game

    The best basketball players can see plays unfolding a few possessions before they happen. Savanna Hamilton’s own playing career at Ryerson University was cut short due to injury, but on the court and off, she has always operated a few steps ahead of everyone else. Today, the host and producer at MLSE, is known for an infectious personality and the ability to make whoever she is interviewing feel immediately at ease. Behind the scenes, though, Hamilton has been putting in the work. 

  • article-image: Kathy Evans: Leading with Purpose

    Kathy Evans: Leading with Purpose

    This month we will be highlighting some of the women in the MLSE & Raptors organization who are leading, innovating and leaving their mark on the sports industry in a continued celebration of #IWD2021 This week we are featuring the Director of Strategic Research for the Toronto Raptors, Kathy Evans.

  • article-image: Shannon Hosford: Leading by example

    Shannon Hosford: Leading by example

    In the spirit of International Women's Day on March 9, we will be highlighting some of the women in the MLSE and Raptors organization who are leading, innovating, and leaving their mark on the sports industry in a continued celebration of IWD all month long.  This week, we are featuring Shannon Hosford, MLSE CMO. Hosford has been with MLSE since 2000 and has been a leader in many of the organization's biggest successes along the way.

  • article-image: Raptors To Welcome Limited Number Of Fans Back To Games Beginning March 19

    Raptors To Welcome Limited Number Of Fans Back To Games Beginning March 19

    Vinik Sports Group and the Toronto Raptors announced Thursday that it will welcome a limited number of fans, with a capacity of 3,500, back to AMALIE Arena for games starting on March 19 when the Raptors face the Utah Jazz. Tickets for the 18 remaining Raptors games at AMALIE Arena will go on sale to the general public on March 11 at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster following pre-sale opportunities for Raptors and Tampa Bay Lightning members on March 10.