Russell Westbrook was one of the topics du jour after Raptors shootaround on Wednesday morning, but something else also received equal attention – reaction to Donald Trump's stunning presidential victory on Tuesday night.
Ryan Wolstat, Toronto Sun
A passionate hoops observer, Ryan Wolstat has covered a variety of sports for Sun Media ranging from the NFL to Toronto FC and the Toronto Rock. But none get the juices flowing quite like basketball. Besides covering the Raptors, Ryan is a keen follower of the NCAA and March Madness. Ryan is a Toronto native and a graduate of Ryerson's School of Journalism and the University of Guelph. He has also written for the National Post and a variety of magazines and websites. Ryan, who joined the Sun in 2005, lives in Toronto.
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If there is one thing DeMar DeRozan loves — besides simply playing basketball — it is proving his legion of critics wrong. He doesn’t do it maliciously and won’t rub mistakes in their faces, but every time he makes someone think twice about something they wrote or said about him, DeRozan smiles.
When the Raptors open the regular season on Wednesday against Detroit, it doesn't look like first choice power forward Jared Sullinger will take the floor with his teammates.
Terrence Ross has been gifted with considerable natural ability. He is as athletic as just about anyone in a league filled with supreme athletes and can be a great three-point marksman when he heats up.
TORONTO — Following a demoralizing loss on Wednesday, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons had maintained that his charges were “resilient” and would bounce back in the series wrapper against the Baltimore Orioles.
Another brilliant effort by a Blue Jays starter wasn’t enough to off- set the latest bullpen collapse.
TORONTO — As DeMar DeRozan, back after signing a rich new contract with the club put it: “We’re at the bottom of the hill now."
In what was likely his second-last start of the season, Francisco Liriano made the case for more turns on the hill. The big left-hander battled through some early wildness – his Achilles Heel – and went six excellent innings as Toronto opened its final homestand of the regular season with a 9-0 laugher over the Yankees.
LAS VEGAS — Norman Powell first served notice that the Raptors might have landed a steal with the 46th pick of the 2015 draft here last year when he averaged some gaudy numbers (18 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.5 blocks and assists per game).
Tim Duncan spent nearly two decades as the quiet storm in the middle of the San Antonio Spurs franchise, putting the team on his broad shoulders and carrying it to heights unseen in modern American sports.
Canada's men's basketball team saw its dreams of playing in the Rio Olympics dashed.
LeBron James and Stephen Curry will get the bulk of the attention — good and bad — following one of the most memorable finishes in NBA history, Cleveland’s 93-89 Game 7 title win late Sunday evening, but Tristan Thompson deserves his share of the spotlight as well.
CLEVELAND — It is a storyline wrestling scriptwriters would be proud of.
CLEVELAND — Nothing Draymond Green says is ever surprising, because the Warriors big man is not afraid to speak his mind.
OAKLAND — It won’t be too long now until the Golden State Warriors repeat as NBA champions.
The Raptors have talent, there is little doubt of that.
Kings of the court in the King’s Court.
Despite coming into Tuesday’s Game 6 the heavy favourite to be named Finals MVP — whether his Cavaliers won or lost — LeBron James made it very clear that there is only one trophy he’s concerned about.
Professional athletes always say that the hardest thing to do in sports is to close out an elimination game.
Golden State had just moved within a victory of the NBA title, yet in the aftermath late Sunday night, all anyone in the back corners of the Oracle Arena wanted to talk about was this: Had LeBron James done enough — win, or lose — to be named MVP of the Finals?