Apr 23, 2012; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) during the game against the Milwaukee Bucks at the Bradley Center. The Bucks defeated the Raptors 92-86. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE

Raptors Roundup: 10/2/12

Rejoice, hoops fans.

With training camps underway league-wide, the 2012-13 NBA season is officially upon us, and unlike last season, it’s right on time. No more excruciating lockout B.S., no more billionaire owners publicly bitching about a few extra millions, and presumably, the temptation to vandalize one of David Stern’s houses has all but dissipated.

January 25, 2012; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Toronto Raptors center Andrea Bargnani (7) in action during the first quarter against the Utah Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-US PRESSWIRE

Anyway, with a new season comes new features from the folks here at Raptors Rapture. Writer extraordinaire Brian Boake and myself will do our best to crank out compelling and insightful content throughout the season, covering anything and everything that has to do with the NBA’s best Canadian team.

Of course, as confident as I am in our abilities—seriously, if you’re not reading everything BB writes, you’re missing out—we don’t want to rob you of the great Raptors coverage that’s circulating around the web. Denying you of that content would make us bastards. We’re not bastards.

So, check out the Raptors Roundup every morning here on RR, where we will compile all the latest news and notes about Dwane Casey, Andrea Bargnani and the rest of the gang. Enjoy.

  •  Dwane Casey wants his players comfortable, so he’s encouraging them to blast rap songs during practice. One man who’s not a fan of the idea: veteran hoops writer Doug Smith of the Toronto Star. Instead of rap, Smith suggested some Patsy Cline. Something tells me his input will be ignored.
  • According to Lori Ewing of The Globe and Mail, the Raps’ prized prospect Jonas Valanciunas has the right attitude heading into his first NBA season: “Since I was a kid I liked to play hard,” Valanciunas said. “I like to compete, I like to win. I think that’s helping me. I like the taste of victory.”

 Let’s hope his taste buds are satisfied early and often.

  • The Wu-Tang Clan famously stated that Cash Rules Everything Around Me, but according to Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun, shooting guard DeMar DeRozan isn’t stressing over the root of all evil. Good for him.
  • Eric Koreen of the National Post has all the key quotes from GM Bryan Colangelo’s Media Day performance. The most intriguing to me is his statement about tightening the leash on young players.
  • And finally, to wrap up our first edition of Raptors Roundup, here is the Toronto Sun’s Mike Ganter on Amir Johnson’s rebirth. Johnson says the struggles of last season are behind him. He also advises Jonas Valanciunas to throw some ‘bows to let opposing players know “you’re not a wimp.” Good stuff.

Austin Green is the editor of Raptors Rapture. “Like” Raptors Rapture on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @RaptorsRapture for all the latest news and updates about the best damn NBA team from Canada.

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