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September 18, 2018 6:03 PM Raptors president Masai Ujiri won’t change things up for Kawhi Leonard

Confident as always in the man he is, the personalities of the men and women around him and the culture he has built around his basketball team, Toronto Raptors president Masai Ujiri knows of only one way to face one of the trickiest situations of his professional career: Stay true to himself and what he stands for. “There is nothing we are going to do different 9

September 17, 2018 1:04 AM Canadians retool for basketball qualifier minus NBA star power

Venezuela moved atop the qualifying group with a 79-78 overtime win over Dominican Republic at home on Sunday — ahead of 6-1 Canada, 6-2 Brazil and 5-3 Dominican Republic. Chile is 1-6 and all but out of contention for a world championship berth. The group that includes Canada and Chile was thrown for a bit of a loop Sunday when U.S. Virgin Islands 9

September 14, 2018 12:49 PM Olynyk leads Canada past Brazil at World Cup qualifying

LAVAL, QUE.—Kelly Olynyk had 20 points and 18 rebounds to lift Canada to a 85-77 victory over Brazil to open the second round of World Cup qualifying on Thursday. Cory Joseph added 16 and 10 assists, while Tristan Thompson grabbed 12 boards. Kevin Pangos had 10 points and eight assists. Canada (6-1) and Venezuela, which improved to 6-1 with an 84-69 win over the U.S. Virgin 13

September 13, 2018 2:48 AM NBA quartet will lead Canada against Brazil in World Cup qualifying

Canada is heading into its most important men’s basketball game since 2015 with a roster chock full of NBA experience. Facing Brazil in Laval, Que., on Thursday night to open the second round of qualification for the 2019 World Cup, coach Roy Rana and his staff have settled on a team with four current NBAers – Indiana’s Cory Joseph, Miami’s Kelly Olynyk 12

September 4, 2018 3:23 PM Thompson, Olynyk, Joseph headline Canada’s list of NBA players for second round of FIBA World Cup qualifying

Cleveland’s Tristan Thompson and Miami’s Kelly Olynyk are among the six NBA players on Canadian coach Roy Rana’s training camp roster for next week’s FIBA World Cup qualifying game against Brazil. The two are joined by Khem Birch and Justin Jackson (Orlando Magic), Dillon Brooks (Memphis Grizzlies), and Cory Joseph (Indiana Pacers). Canada, which went 5-1 through 10

August 22, 2018 3:40 PM Social media buzzing over photo of Kawhi Leonard with LeBron James, Kevin Durant

NBA fans thirsty for any nugget of news or gossip in the slow month of August got a gift late Tuesday night when a photo emerged showing three of the league’s best players after a workout at UCLA. While it’s par for the course for NBA players from various teams to work out together informally in the summer, the star power from the picture tweeted by ESPN NBA writer 16

August 15, 2018 5:47 PM People are ‘underestimating’ Lakers — even with LeBron, forward Kyle Kuzma says

“Anybody that watched us play last year, we were in a lot of games,” he said, adding that this year’s roster is “hungry” and “competitive.” The Lakers also added some veterans to join forces with James and the young core of Kuzma, Ball, Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart. Those new faces include Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson, JaVale McGee and Michael Beasley 12

August 9, 2018 1:38 PM Kawhi Leonard breaks silence but stays quiet on reasons for wanting out of San Antonio

Kawhi Leonard’s first public statement since being part of a blockbuster NBA trade last month is full of thanks but short on explanations. The newly-acquired Toronto Raptors forward thanked everyone imaginable in San Antonio in a statement given to the San Antonio Express-News on Thursday but did not expand on the reason for his departure from the Spurs 13

August 7, 2018 7:11 PM Toronto Raptors sign guard Jordan Loyd to two-way contract

The six-foot-four, 210-pound Atlanta native averaged 17.4 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 33.3 minutes in 38 games last season with Hapoel Eilat in Israel. He shot .482 from the field and .399 from three-point range. Loyd spent the 2016-17 season with Fort Wayne of the NBA G League. He averaged 15.1 points, 4.2 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 28.4 minutes 13

July 26, 2018 1:18 PM Vince Carter on verge of one-year deal with Atlanta Hawks for 21st NBA season

Already the oldest player in the league, Vince Carter reportedly is coming back for a 21st NBA season. Carter has agreed with the Atlanta Hawks on a one-year deal, according to multiple reports. The 41-year-old Carter will join Dirk Nowitzki, who re-signed with the Dallas Mavericks two days ago, as the last members of the 1998 draft class left in the league 18