Toronto Raptors free agent profile: Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic

Toronto Raptors free agent profile: Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic

The Toronto Raptors‘ fanbase clamored for more interior rebounding all season long, as their inability to match up against more physical and tall lineups handicapped them against elite teams. If the Portland Trail Blazers start to tear it down, Jusuf Nurkic would make a ton of sense. Nurkic has spent the last 5.5 seasons as […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

The roof of The Dome has been opened

Here’s some good news for a fanbase that needs some!

According to the CTV Toronto helicopter, the roof at the Rogers Centre is OPEN.

Per Source: The dome is OPEN. The source? The CTV Toronto chopper. pic.twitter.com/Z32Y8A355T
— Paul Ross (@RealPaulRoss) May 12, 2022

The Blue Jays are in Tampa Bay this weekend and then they’ll return on Monday to kick off a six-game homestand that’ll see them host the Seattle Mariners and Cincinnati Reds.
The weather forecast shows rain for Monday, but if things clear up, we could see the team roll with an open roof for the first time this season.
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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

New York Yankees fan who got Aaron Judge homerun ball in Toronto got to meet him

Sports rule.

No matter what side of the fanbase you sit on between the AL East foes in the Yankees and Blue Jays, you can’t help but feel good for nine-year-old Derek Rodriguez.
You see, Torontonians Derek and his father, Cesar, are both massive Yankees fans who had tickets to all three games of the series between the two teams. Derek, a massive Aaron Judge fan, was donning a shirt the players’ number 99 on the back.

Enjoy the kindness.
Aaron Judge and this very generous Blue Jays fan made this kid’s night! pic.twitter.com/qgFe9j8BTX
— MLB (@MLB) May 4, 2022

When Judge juiced a sixth-inning no-doubter to left field, it bounced into the second deck right where Blue Jays fan Mike Lanzillotta was sitting.
“When it came to me, and I picked it up, and I was just like, ‘Wow, like, I got to give it to this kid,’” Lanzillotta told The Athletic. “It’s his player, his T-shirt.”
Cameras picked it up right away caught a heart-melting hug between the two and
And ahead of the rubber match between the two teams Wednesday, both Rodriguez and Lanzillotta got welcomed into the Yanks’ dugout to meet Judge.

Last night, 9-year-old Derek Rodriguez was given @TheJudge44’s home run ball by Mike Lanzillotta
Today, they both got to meet Aaron before the game.
We are crying too. pic.twitter.com/fmGwEv9Xgv
— MLB (@MLB) May 4, 2022

You can’t pick up what was said in any of the clips posted, but you can just see the joy beaming from the young Rodriguez’s face.
Lanzillotta, meanwhile, didn’t walk out of it all empty-handed as George Springer went out of his way to give him two signed jerseys.
How can you not love baseball?
Zach Laing is the Nation Network’s news director and senior columnist. He can be followed on Twitter at @zjlaing, or reached by email at zach@oilersnation.com.


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Author: Zach Laing / Blue Jays Nation

Kyle Lowry calls Scottie Barnes “cornerstone” for Raptors franchise

Kyle Lowry calls Scottie Barnes “cornerstone” for Raptors franchise

The Toronto Raptors fanbase may have given Kyle Lowry all of the love and adoration they had to give in his return to Canada, but the greatest Raptor to ever do it managed to get the last laugh. Despite strong outings from Fred VanVleet and Scottie Barnes, the Miami Heat were able to grind out […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

How can the Raptors re-sign DJ Wilson after 10-day expiration?

How can the Raptors re-sign DJ Wilson after 10-day expiration?

Very rarely has a Toronto Raptors united the fanbase after just two games (both of which were losses), but DJ Wilson managed to do just that. One of the four 10-day signings Toronto brought in due to COVID-19 opt-outs, Wilson was clearly the most impressive of the four. Wilson averaged 12.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, and […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors: Nick Nurse issues stern warning to Chris Boucher after loss

Raptors: Nick Nurse issues stern warning to Chris Boucher after loss

The Toronto Raptors fanbase had to be thrilled when Chris Boucher was included in the opening night rotation, as he quickly recovered from a finger injury that forced him to miss the entire preseason. Unfortunately, that optimism has faded fast, as he has thrown up some clunkers. Boucher is averaging just 6.0 points and 4.3 […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Thank you for changing this franchise, Kyle Lowry

Toronto Raptors: Thank you for changing this franchise, Kyle Lowry

After the fanbase spent an offseason spent wondering what the next move would be for their franchise player, Kyle Lowry is no longer part of the Toronto Raptors, as he’s taking his talents to Miami to play for the Heat next season. It was reported by the likes of Adrian Wojnawoski and others that the […]
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Author: Joseph Zita / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Kyle Lowry declining Team USA invite is the right move

Toronto Raptors: Kyle Lowry declining Team USA invite is the right move

Last night sent the Toronto Raptors fanbase into a state of unbridled euphoria, as they were able to somehow land the No. 4 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft. Considering that Kyle Lowry is a free agent, they could use this selection to potentially land his successor if he does indeed decide to leave. Lowry […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Aron Baynes hints he was misused in unfulfilling season

Toronto Raptors: Aron Baynes hints he was misused in unfulfilling season

One common refrain that the Toronto Raptors fanbase kept hitting in regards to their disappointing season was the notion that free agent signing Aron Baynes deserved a good chunk of the blame. Brought in after Marc Gasol and Serge Ibaka left, Baynes never seemed to get on the right foot. After a career year with […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Toronto Raptors: Where will the Raptors play in 2020/21?

Toronto Raptors: Where will the Raptors play in 2020/21?

  The Toronto Raptors fanbase has been unable to enjoy a game in the confines of Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena. The trend is likely to continue next season as the Raptors could be based in Louisville, Kentucky. The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic will continue to affect the Toronto Raptors organization’s operations as it has the […]
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Author: Jason Mills / Raptors HQ