The Toronto Raptors are coming off a 23-43 season, but they are 5-1 in the preseason with a young core that includes DeMar Derozan, Landry Fields, Kyle Lowry, Jonas Valanciunas, and rookie Terrence Ross. It is a very different team than the one that finished 12 games behind the 8th-seed last season. ESPN’s John Hollinger recently picked the Toronto Raptors to win 33 games this season. (Insider!) The Raptors do not agree. From the Toronto Sun:
“I saw today someone predict we’re going to win 33 games, so, with that lack of respect, that should get us motivated to come in this gym each and every day to bust our tails,” [head coach Dwane] Casey said.
“(The) Hollinger report or whatever it was. That right there tells us how much lack of respect the league has for us and how much we’ve got to continue to work each and every day we walk on the floor.”
Casey isn’t the only one who disagrees. DeRozan recently took to Twitter to share his opinion.
Who the hell is John Hollinger!? #Clown
— DeMar DeRozan (@DeMar_DeRozan) October 25, 2012
DeRozan loses points for not calling Hollinger a fraud, but if he really hasn’t heard of him, he wouldn’t be sure anyway.
[Toronto Sun, US PRESSWIRE]
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