The blogger previews continue with the Pacific division where Captain Canada himself, Steve Nash, along with former Toronto Raptor, Hedo Turkoglu will be battling with the defending world champs. Let's see what these bloggers from the West Coast had to say...
While other teams in the East are looking forward to new guys like Amare Stoudemire, Carlos Boozer, Chris Bosh and of course, Lebron James making an impact on their teams, the Toronto Raptors are looking to Amir Johnson. to have a big season With the departure of Chris Bosh in the offseason, Amir Johnson will have to step in and fill those shoes. He put in work in the offseason, check out his mixtape at the LA Drew League. (via Ballislife.com)
Team Name: Toronto Raptors Last Year’s Record: 40W-42L Key Losses: Chris Bosh, Hedo Turkoglu, Marco Belinelli, Antoine Wright Key Additions: Linas Kleiza, Leandro Barbosa, David Andersen, Ed Davis
What significant moves were made during the offseason?
Well, the offseason has pretty much been a bust for the Toronto Raptors. First off, Chris Bosh decided to “take his talents to South Beach” and join forces with Dwyane Wade and one, Mr. Lebron James. To make matters worse, Bryan Colangelo wasn't able to turn CB4 into a substantial name coming up north. Then, there were a flurry of rumours that were flying around this summer, where Toronto would give up Hedo Turkoglu, Jose Calderon and Reggie Evans for Leandro Barbosa, Boris Diaw and Tyson Chandler. Most fans got excited for this potential new-look Raptors team but that dream trade was quickly crushed when MJ got off the golf course and vetoed the trade. The lone bright spot of the offseason was that Colangelo was able to unload that hefty contract of Hedo Turkoglu for the Brazilian Blur, Leandro Barbosa.
The highlight for us at Hip Hoop Junkies and Hoop Heads North at last weekend's NBA Jam Session in Halifax was getting the opportunity to talk with Atlanta Hawks All-Star center, Al Horford. The Dominican-born player was selected to play in his first NBA All-Star game last season and was also an integral part of the Atlanta Hawks' successful 09-10 season with their first 50-win season in over 10 ten years. A big thanks goes out to the folks at NBA Canada for allowing us to have a few minutes with Al, make sure you check out more about NBA Jam Session at nbajamsessioncanada.com.