July 21, 2011 |
Imagine Batman and the Joker are interested in fractional ownership of the same pickup truck. The caped crusader would want it all-black, eminently capable of off-roading, with a penchant for getting airborne. His nemesis might favor it in a crazy shade of orange, with a maniacal engine under the hood and an anarchists' disregard for fuel economy. The truck would be order and chaos fused together. Yin and yang. It would be the 2011 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor. Based on the F-150, a truck that's been the most popular vehicle in the U.S. for decades, the Raptor package adds a whole mess of menace and off-road accoutrement.
June 1, 2011 |
Jay Triano will not return as the Toronto Raptors' coach next season. The Raptors announced Wednesday that they will not exercise their option on Triano's contract. He will be retained as a consultant and a special assistant to Bryan Colangelo, the team's president and general manager. Triano, an Ontario native, guided the Raptors to a record of 87-142 in his three seasons as coach. The Raptors finished 22-60 this season, last in the Atlantic Division. Frank Hamblen , one of Phil Jackson's top assistant coaches with the Lakers and Chicago Bulls, is a possible candidate to be an assistant coach with the Indiana Pacers, according to NBA officials who could not comment publicly.
March 26, 2011
Clippers tonight vs. Toronto When: 7:30. Where: Staples Center. On the Air: TV: Prime Ticket, Radio: 980. Records: Clippers 28-45; Raptors 20-52. Record vs. Raptors: 0-1. Update: One of the Clippers' many losses on the road this season ? one of the 27 ? came a little more than a month ago at Toronto. The Raptors had lost 16 of their last 17 games before beating the Clippers on Feb. 13. This will be the first meeting between the Slam Dunk contestants, winner Blake Griffin and the Raptors' DeMar DeRozan since DeRozan had said he was robbed in the dunk contest and that it had turned into a prop fest.
March 26, 2011 |
Despite a lack of draft jockeying and accompanying intrigue, there is no shortage of story lines the final three-plus weeks of the season for the Clippers. After Saturday night's 94-90 victory against the Toronto Raptors at Staples Center, the Clippers tied last season's win total. The Clippers (29-45) rallied from a 10-point, fourth-quarter deficit to beat Toronto, fueled by a determined late effort from Blake Griffin in the midst of a 17-3 run. Eight of Griffin's 22 points came in the fourth quarter, and he had 16 rebounds for his 56th double-double, a Clippers record.
December 18, 2010 |
Kobe Bryant sat on the training table, a smile on his face, his right pinkie taped, an electric stimulus device connected to the finger he had sprained Friday night against the Philadelphia 76ers. Before he could be asked a question, Bryant blurted out: "Finger is fine. " Bryant then chuckled and smiled after he was asked whether he would play Sunday against the Toronto Raptors. "You think I'm going to miss a game for a pinkie?" Bryant asked. Bryant struggled with his shot against the 76ers, going three-for-11 and scoring nine points, a season low. "It's an issue," Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said about Bryant's finger.
November 6, 2010 |
Year 2 in the NBA has turned into a solid season for Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan. He has improved his output, nearly doubling his scoring from his rookie season. He has shot the basketball well. His defense has improved and his knowledge of the game has grown. DeRozan, a standout in his one season at USC, is making strides to become a better NBA player. "The experience is the main thing, just knowing what I have to do, what I'm expected to get from every player every night," DeRozan said.
November 5, 2010 |
The Toronto Raptors blew into town, apparently bringing a blast of chilly northern air into Staples Center. If the Lakers were the NBA's hottest thing, they cooled off quickly, needing every minute of Friday's game to fend off the unheralded Raptors. Their defense betrayed them and their interest level seemed mild at best, Pau Gasol's 30 points just enough to push them to a 108-103 victory. Friday's events won't be in the Lakers' end-of-season highlight video, for sure.
July 12, 2010 |
The Phoenix Suns restored some firepower after losing forward Amare Stoudemire to free agency by agreeing to acquire Hedo Turkoglu and Josh Childress from the Toronto Raptors and Atlanta Hawks, respectively, nba.com reported Monday. Turkoglu, a 31-year-old forward, was added in a swap that will send 27-year-old guard Leandro Barbosa to Toronto. Childress, the sixth player taken in the 2004 draftt, would join the Suns in return for a second-round draft pick.
June 28, 2010 |
On a windy day in March, a small gray puffball with onyx eyes arrives at the Ojai Raptor Center. The days-old baby owl has probably been blown out of its nest. A veteran volunteer takes on its feeding. She puts on a sweater with a large hood that hides her face. That way the owl won't see a human attached to the hand that presents it with mice four times a day. In the first few weeks of life, owls imprint on whoever is feeding them, identifying that creature as its parent. An owl that imprints on a human can never be released into the wild.