Toronto Raptors

21 Jan 19
17 Degree Sports

Hard to believe that January is flying by fast, as the NBA is in the midst of the second half of their regular season, as teams are establishing themselves as contenders or cellar dwellers in the NBA. With this week being another week of key games determining the playoff picture, each game becomes crucial going […]

21 Jan 19
The Undefeated
North of Dayton, Ohio, in the small town of New Carlisle, there’s a stretch of U.S. 40 called Wayne Embry Way. It runs in front of Tecumseh High School, where the 6-foot-8 future Hall of Famer spent his teen years as the only black player on the team — and the only black student at the school. His climb to the highest ranks of basketball has earned him many accolades over the years. On Monday in Memphis, Tennessee, he’ll earn one more. Embry, 81, is one of four former NBA and WNBA players who will receive the 14th Annual National Civil Rights Museum Sports Legacy Award. Along with Chris Bosh, Candace Parker and Bill Walton, Embry is being recognized for “significant contributions to civil and human rights and for laying the foundation for future leaders through their career in sports in the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” Known as “The Wall” because of his stature and his ability to block shots and set screens at the center position, Embry also reached the highest executive level in the sport, becoming the first black general manager in the NBA. “It’s indeed a great honor to be honored on this occasion because I have a great respect and admiration to Dr. King and what he meant for this country and for all Americans,” Embry told The Undefeated. “Having lived through ’40s, ’50s, ’60s and having to go through what we went through back before the civil rights movement and all with Dr. King — and of course there were others, John Lewis and others, that we should include — it’s just an inspiration to be able to have achieved and contributed to a lot of what Dr. King stood for and efforts and sacrifices that he made to make it possible. That’s inspired me to want to make things better for others.” Embry attended Miami University, near his hometown, and earned a bachelor’s degree in education. He was selected by the St. Louis Hawks in the 1958 draft and was traded to the Cincinnati Royals shortly thereafter. Over his 11-year NBA career he was a five-time All Star with the Royals and won a championship in 1968 with the Boston Celtics. In this Dec. 20, 1969, file photo, former Milwaukee Bucks center Wayne Embry is honored for his leadership contributions to the Bucks’ first year and looks over a trophy made from his basketball shoe as the Boston Celtics played the Bucks in Milwaukee. Embry fought racism for decades by refusing to let it defeat him. Drafted into the NBA in 1958, when quotas limited the number of black players, he was the only African-American on the Cincinnati Royals, and he later became the NBA’s first black general manager. AP photo/File He was taken by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 1968 expansion draft, and just a year later he was in their front office as an assistant to the team president. He helped create a Bucks team that included Oscar Robertson, Bob Boozer, Bob Dandridge and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The Bucks won their only NBA title in 1971, sweeping the Baltimore Bullets in four games. In 1972, Embry was named general manager. “I was stunned,” Embry said. “I had no idea because back in those days I never gave it a thought that anyone would even think about considering me as a general manager — it never happened before. I just vividly recall being in my office in Milwaukee and I got a call from ownership, and they called and said they’d like to meet with me at 4 o’clock that afternoon. [newsletter-culture] “I went to their office and they said, ‘Sit down,’ and I sat there kind of wondering why I was there. I didn’t know if I was going to be fired or what was going to happen. And they said, ‘You’re the new general manager of the Milwaukee Bucks.’ And I just sat there. I didn’t respond one way or the other. And then it finally hit me that they were dead serious, and I said, ‘Well, what happened to the current general manager?’ And they said, ‘Well, he’s taken the job in Houston. And so we’re naming you the general manager to succeed him.’ “Of course the media and others took the story and made a big story and they asked me what significance I saw in it. I was just kind of nonchalant about the whole thing, but I was really excited inside. I just wanted to make sure that I would be successful and hopefully be a general manager for a long time. And inspire others.” Abdul-Jabbar left for Los Angeles in 1975, and Embry’s days in Milwaukee were numbered. Off the court, his community activism includes mentoring youths and young adults. He’s held board positions at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland and several companies, including Kohl’s, Centerior Energy Corporation, PolyOne, M.A. Hanna and Ohio Casualty Insurance Company. Embry is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and the author of the autobiography The Inside Game: Race, Power, and Politics in the NBA. Wayne Embry announces his resignation as general manager of the Milwaukee Bucks during a news conference on Nov. 23, 1976. In 1972, Embry became the first black general manager in professional sports. “I think for us athletes we’ve got to just step back and think that we are blessed to have the opportunity to play professional sports,” Embry said. “It’s just important that we give back and encourage others. “Hopefully I set an example,” he said. “All that we’re talking about is the inspiration of those like Dr. King and others who inspire me. And I attribute a lot of my success and opportunities that I’ve had to them and the efforts that he put forward. I think that when I was named general manager, my intentions were to not fail. … I was asked at the time that if I saw any significance or found any significance in being the first. And I said, ‘Only if it’s significant to others. And hopefully I’m not the last.’ ” Since 2004, Embry has been the senior basketball adviser for the Toronto Raptors, and he continues to encourage players. “I try to tell them to keep thinking positively and to realize that they might have to persevere through certain circumstances,” Embry said. After his tenure with the Bucks, he eventually became a general manager for the Cleveland Cavaliers and accomplished another first when he was promoted to president of the team in 1994. In 1992 and 1998, he was honored as NBA Executive of the Year. A trustee of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame since 1974, he was enshrined in 1999.
21 Jan 19
High Velocity Sport

Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images This isn’t quite the make-or-break point of the 2019 NBA fantasy basketball season, but you’ll want to start planning your playoff push sooner than later. Luckily, the Week 15 slate shapes up nicely to assist you, especially if you take advantage of this handy guide. By examining schedules, matchups and recent trends, […]

21 Jan 19
Fantasy Basketball Crew

Hello Fantasy Basketball Junkies! We’re already halfway through the season and Week 15 is starting. If you want the best waiver wire options, you’ve reached the right place. We will give you a list of free agent players you need during week 15. Most suggestions can be found in at least 50% of Yahoo fantasy […]

21 Jan 19
Sufficient Living

Things To Do: Jan 21st to 27th Hi guys – before we move forward with the weekly things to do post, we wanted to provide some clarity on why a new account is creating this post and provide the community with some information about who we are and how this came about. We’ll keep this […]

21 Jan 19
Toronto Sun

With the benefit of hindsight, as with most things, it is easy to connect the dots and get a pretty good idea of what went wrong for C.J. Miles this season. The man worked his ass of in the summer to come back and be the player the Raptors thought they were signing in July […]

21 Jan 19
GeekandGear.com

There’s been a lot of clever NBA All-Star marketing over the years. Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum did a “Napoleon Dynamite”-themed video for his buddy Damian Lillard this season. The Toronto Raptors made a faux-vintage action figure ad for Kawhi Leonard. Now it appears that anime website Crunchyroll is trying to get “One Piece” […]

21 Jan 19
Raptors Realm

The Toronto Raptors blow out the Memphis Grizzlies 119 to 90. What was at first a competitive game turned into a massive beat down to the likes of the Green Ranger and the presumably “Go Daddy curse” victim C.J. Miles.   Game Notes Jonas Valanciunas is injured with a dislocated left thumb. OG Anunoby was […]

20 Jan 19
INKLING LEAGUE

Thanks to the Drake Curse — there will be no Super Bowl this year. New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Rams, New Orleans Saints — you’re all officially cursed! (Instagram) Thanks to the Drake Curse — there will be no Super Bowl this year. It’s a long-running joke for sports fans that when […]

20 Jan 19
ProBasketballTalk

Could a big push from the anime crowd help Adams, who is an excellent player but who has never been an All-Star, notch his first bid?

20 Jan 19
OutOfSightSports

By: Troy Pierce SUNDAY(1/20/19) LAC-SAS (League Pass): The last matchup between these teams had the Spurs win in a game where LaMarcus Aldridge was on fire, pouring in 38 points and leading San Antonio to a 122-111 win. The Clippers played well enough to win the last meeting but costly mistakes kept them from coming […]

20 Jan 19
Nachrichten Welt

Dank des Drake Curse – es wird in diesem Jahr keinen Super Bowl geben. New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Rams, New Orleans Saints – Sie sind alle offiziell verflucht! (Instagram) Dank des Drake Curse – es wird in diesem Jahr keinen Super Bowl geben. DRAKE SMASHES LONG-HELD BEATLES RECORD Für Sportfans ist […]

20 Jan 19
AÉNL Media

[ad_1] A Pascal Siakam iso at the buzzer was all the Raptors desired to steal a earn from the Suns. Raptors ahead Pascal Siakam lofted a beautiful remaining-handed layup in at the buzzer for Toronto, giving the Raptors a two-point win around the Suns just as time ran out in regulation.  Siakam ran proper via […]