Podcap: Raptors Beat Hawks 109-102

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Here’s audio from Dwane Casey, Terrence Ross, Patrick Patterson, Amir Johnson, Jonas Valanciunas and Tyler Hansbrough after Toronto’s 109-102 win over Atlanta.

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Podcast: 2014-14 NBA Season Preview

Cleveland Cavaliers Media Day

McNeill and Mark and back with another Hoops Addict Podcast. We break down the big changes in each conference, make some fearless predictions for the upcoming season, talk about Byron Scott ripping on Dwight Howard, Steve Nash not playing this season and the brilliance of LeBron James.

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LeBron James Raves About Steve Nash

“It’s tough. You hate to see anyone have the game be taken away from him because of injury and especially a talent like that. Obviously he’s worked his tail off to try to be healthy and play for that franchise and over his career he’s always kept his body in shape, we all knew that. For his body to fail him at a time where he still feels like he has something to give to the game, I think it sucks. At the same time, he has nothing to be ashamed of. He should be proud of every moment that he had in this league — from him waiting behind and sitting on the bench behind J-Kidd (Jason Kidd) to finally getting his opportunity in Dallas and going back to Phoenix and having an unbelievable career, the two MVPs, and doing the things that he did. You just look at him, you would never (know). If you’re playing street basketball and he’s out on the side, you’re not going to pick him. And then when he finally gets his chance to pick the four guys that he wants to run with, then you’re going to be like, ‘Damn! I should have took that guy. I should have took him.’ And he’s part of that 90-50-40 club (with) a few guys — (Kevin) Durant, (Larry) Bird, Dirk (Nowitzki). Nash, he did it multiple years. I think 4-5 years straight, which is crazy. And never one of the most athletic guys. Always just played with his mind and his agility. So it sucks. It’s always bad when a guy, like I said before, I’ll harp on it again, when your career is kind of shortened because of injury.”

LeBron James raves about Steve Nash

Derrick Rose Introduced His New “D Rose 5 Boost”

On Saturday, Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose introduced his new signature shoe, the D Rose 5 Boost to fans in Chicago.

He hosted 20 kids from local nonprofit After School Matters at the adidas store for an intimate Q&A session where he gave advice on how to pursue your dreams,  work hard and stay hungry. Rose gave each fan with their own pair of the D Rose 5 Boost, signed autographs and took photos to commemorate the moment.

Here are some photos of the event.

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Best Beards In Basketball Infographic

A big thanks to the fine folks at Wahl for sending me this fantastic infographic about the best beards in basketball.

One of my favourite stats is that in each of the past eight seasons, the league’s MVP has rocked a beard, in one form or another.

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Podcap: Raptors Beat Celtics 116-109

Here’s audio from DeMar DeRozan, Kyle Lowry, Lou Williams, Greivis Vasquez and Dwane Casey after Toronto’s 116-109 win over Boston.

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Observations From Toronto Raptors Locker Room

Here are some observations, notes and quotes from the Toronto Raptors locker room after the team beat the Boston Celtics 116-109:

  • Jonas Valanciunas was rocking a Mike Tyson shirt.
  • DeMar DeRozan: “Honestly, I don’t worry about nothing anymore. My confidence is that high. I feel like I can do anything once I’m on the court. I’m not trying to put any limitations on my game when I’m out there on the court.”
  • Bruno Caboclo was showing teammates a video of Leandro Barbosa crossing over an opponent. Terrence Ross couldn’t get enough of the video clip.
  • DeRozan gave Valanciunas some friendly ribbing over his beard.
  • Dwane Casey wasn’t ornery, but he wasn’t happy with the defensive effort from his team. I expect the team to go through a bunch of defensive drills during practice this weekend.
  • Kyle Lowry still has a sign that his son made for him last season hanging in his locker.
  • Greivis Vasquez on the Air Canada Centre: “This is the best atmosphere in the entire NBA.”

Official Hoops Addict Fantasy Basketball League

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Are you a fellow fantasy basketball geek? If so, I’d like to invite you to join the official Hoops Addict Fantasy Basketball League.

The fine folks at DUNKEST.com will be hosting the league this year. I’m hoping to give away some prizes at the end of the season to the top teams in the league. I currently have some books from Bobby Knight to give away and I’m still looking for some sponsors to help out with donating prizes.

The strength of DUNKEST.com is to offer a free and totally innovative Fantasy Basketball game. Through a graphical interface that allows direct interaction with the court, users can create their Fantasy Teams choosing their favorite NBA players.

The management of the team throughout the season is simple and fun: trades and substitutions are possible during each day of the Regular Season and Playoffs in order to select the best starting five for future matches.

DUNKEST.com is very attentive to the scoring logic in order to reward the more strategic users and not the luckiest ones. Users can also create private leagues to challenge their friends (like the Hoops Addict league).

Moreover, from this year DUNKEST has introduced several sections to engage even more its users: a Forum to discuss the performances of the game, a Lineups section to check the probable rosters of the games, and a Statistics section that will be useful to pick the best players available.

Here’s the link to join the league. Of, if you need to search for the legue fter you create your team, the league ID is 0141199740986929.