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    Today being Canada Day here in North America. I think this will be a perfect time for me to launch a new thread regarding the epicenter city of Canada, especially English Canada, that is without a doubt also the epicenter of Canadian basketball for decades. Where the best and deepest Canadian basketball talent hail from. Where that city enjoys the NBA with two franchises in its history (Huskies in 1945, Raptors since 1995) and its current one since 1995. Where it has THREE CIS schools with a basketball program all playing in the OUA.

    This is where we will talk about the Toronto Raptors, of course. We can talk about the Toronto-area NBL Canada teams from the western side of the GTA like the Brampton A's and the Mississauga (formerly Oshawa) Power, though those will still get plenty of mention on the ABA/PBL/NBL Canada thread. All discussions about Canadian College Hoops will remain there, unless that can be expanded if it involves York, Ryerson, and Toronto. There will be profiles into several Toronto players. We can include the Toronto-based CCAA schools from Humbert and Seneca. Very possible we'll tap into Toronto's surprising basketball history like with the obscure Toronto Tornadoes from the CBA and the 1994 FIBA World Basketball Championships that it co-hosted with nearby Hamilton. Among many things.

    As already mentioned here on these boards, now is perhaps the greatest time for Toronto basketball in its history. We are witnessing a basketball boom in Canada with the Ontario capital city of Toronto definitely at the forefront with its rich, diverse, and multicultural population. We have recently witnessed several players from Toronto get drafted into the NBA in the last few years like #1 picks Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett, Corey Joseph, Tyler Ennis, Tristan Thompson, Andrew Nicholson, and Nik Stauskas. This wave plans to raise Canadian basketball to new heights and it's exciting to see this young crop succeed!

    To start off things, I'll post this great Eric Kosteen's National Post article reporting the rise of Toronto basketball since Phil Dixon became a highly-regarded recruit from there since 1988 becoming the epicenter of Canadian basketball actually before then. Just after Bennett became the Cavs #1 draft pick last year overall. Things became more accessible for basketball starting then and having better opportunities since:
    http://sports.nationalpost.com/2013/10/12/176655/
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    Great move Toronto, in bringing back Kyle Lowry with a 4-year $44mil contract. He's strong and fast as a guard. Will make Toronto better next season with another Atlantic Division title and a deeper playoff run:
    http://www.thestar.com/sports/basket...le_lowry.html#

    And bringing back Patrick Patterson too:
    http://www.thestar.com/sports/raptor...patterson.html
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    yeah, those moves and the ATL trade are going some way to making up for what seems like an odd draft day. your thoughts on bruno durban?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jesuc jexus View Post
    yeah, those moves and the ATL trade are going some way to making up for what seems like an odd draft day. your thoughts on bruno durban?
    You know, I haven't thought all that much of the young Brazilian. Toronto certainly would need someone in the frontcourt to take pressure off Jonas Valenncinius. But Bruno's such a raw unknown to me, more so arguably than Capela and Saric, I need more time to learn about him. Plus, he's younger--a teenager.

    Hope he won't be another Rafael Aruajo.
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    Did say the Toronto area-based NBL Canada teams with the Brampton A's and the Mississauga Power will get plenty of mention here. Brampton was one of the best teams in the league this past season, really well for an expansion team. Mississauga barely made the playoffs for its debut in it (including its start in Oshawa for two seasons), but with Montreal dropped out for now everyone in the Central Division advanced.

    Fanside SI blog for Toronto, Tip of the Tower, has Ryan Greco doing his part to help sports fans uncover hidden gems like NBL Canada and Brampton and Mississauga with great atmosphere at the A's Powerade Centre home whenever the A's and the Power get together there for fun, affordable high-energy pro basketball.
    http://tipofthetower.com/2014/07/21/...o-sports-gems/
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    Raptors release their 2014-15 NBA regular season schedule as part of its second We The North campaign and in their defense of their Atlantic Division title. They'll be on ESPN, TNT, and NBATV around 8 times during the season, with NBATV being its most frequent place. In Canada, all 82 games will be shown live on the TSN and Rogers Sportsnet channels:
    http://www.nba.com/raptors/schedule

    If you haven't been following NBL Canada in the past three seasons, you should. I largely do it there on the ABA and PBL thread. But, with two franchises based in the GTA, NBL Canada released its own 2014-15 schedule earlier than the NBA did. On the western part of Toronto, the Brampton A's and the Mississauga Power engage in another showdown as the rivals, seemingly separated by the Lester B. Pearson International Airport with Brampton the northernmost city of the two. Both face off at Brampton's Powerade Centre on November 1 and later again at Mississauga's Hershey Centre 12 days later as the Power's Annual School Day Game at 11am Canada/US EST (10am Canada/US CST) as the first two of eight regular season games for those two.
    http://www.mississauga.com/sports-st...-a-s-showdown/
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