Day 1 of training camp (not counting Media Day) is in the books, and the Raptors will begin the second of their four two-a-day practices Tuesday in Halifax.
The first day of camp featured some intense action, valuable learning experiences, and Kyle Lowry and John Lucas III chillin’ together in some garbage cans. I love the creativity, but these guys are millionaires. Let’s get them some legitimate ice baths to soak in.
For non-trash-can-related news and notes surrounding everyone’s favorite Canadian NBA team, simply scroll down and click away.
- According to Mike Ganter of the Toronto Sun, big man Ed Davis has dropped some weight (from 237 to 230 lbs.), added some strength and—although I’ll have to see it in a game to believe it—is apparently sporting a smooth new shooting stroke. With two seasons of NBA experience behind him, don’t be shocked if Davis makes some major improvements in 2012-13.
- Eric Koreen of the National Post wants you to know that if you screw up in the presence of Kyle Lowry, you will be hearing about it. Ever since his college days at Villanova—and probably before that, as well—Lowry has been referred to as a “fierce competitor,” “tough as nails,” a “bulldog,” and a “natural leader.” But while countless athletes are labeled with those cliches, they actually seem to apply to Lowry. The dude simply will not tolerate losing, and he won’t hesitate to get in a teammate’s face if he feels it’s necessary. The Raps definitely needed a player like Lowry, and I’m expecting him to improve the team dramatically.
- Jay Satur of nba.com/raptors has the complete recap of Day 1 of training camp, which includes several video interviews and some talk about how Lowry improves the team’s overall “swagger quotient.” According to Dwane Casey, “It goes up, it goes up, it goes up, it goes way up.” Thanks, coach.
- Doug Smith of the Toronto Star reports that Casey wants to play an up-tempo style this year, as the team desperately needs to improve their offensive production. The Raps were 28th in the league in both points per game (90.7) and fast break points per game (9.6) last season. With the speedy Lowry now running the show, look for both of those numbers to go up, up, up, way up, as Coach Casey might say.
- To conclude this edition of Raptors Roundup, go ahead and treat yourself to this behind the scenes video of the Raptors Dance Pak photo shoot, courtesy of Jay Satur at nba.com/raptors. You have to sit through a hair and makeup montage, but trust me, it’s worth it. I wouldn’t do you like that, Raps fans.
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