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We the North: 25 Years of the Toronto Raptors

We the North: 25 Years of the Toronto Raptors


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"Doug Smith always gets the first question in any Raptors press conference--as the dean of our press corps, he's been in the front row for every development over the past 25 years. There's no one better placed to write a history of our team's first quarter century."
--Nick Nurse, head coach, Toronto Raptors

Bringing Jurassic Park to your home, a celebration of Canada's most exciting team.

When the Toronto Raptors first took the court back in 1995, the world was a very different place. Michael Jordan was tearing up the NBA. No one had email. And a lot of people wondered whether basketball could survive in Toronto, the holy city of hockey.

More than two decades later, the Raptors are the heroes not only of the 416, but of the entire country. That is the incredible story of We the North, told by Doug Smith, the Toronto Star reporter who has been covering the team since the press conference announcing Canada's new franchise and the team's beat reporter from that day on.

Comprising twenty-five chapters to mark the team's first twenty-five years, We the North celebrates the biggest moments--from Vince Carter's amazing display at the dunk competition to the play-off runs, the major trades, the Raptors' incredible fans, including Nav Bhatia and Drake, and, of course, the challenges that marked the route to the championship-clinching Game 6 that brought the whole country to a standstill.

We the North: 25 Years of the Toronto Raptors tells the story of Canada's most exciting team, charting their rise from a sporting oddity in a hockey-mad country to the status they hold today as the reigning NBA champions and national heroes.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780735240360
Publisher: Penguin Canada
Publication date: 10/20/2020
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

DOUG SMITH is a sports reporter for the Toronto Star and has covered the Raptors since their inception in 1995. He is recognized throughout the NBA as the expert on all things Raptors, and spent five years serving as the first and only non-American president of the Professional Basketball Writers Association, a group of more than 200 men and women who regularly cover the league and its teams. His international basketball experience includes major assignments at the1992 FIBA Tournament Of The Americas (which was the debut of the United States Dream Team), the 1992 Barcelona, 1996 Atlanta, 2000 Sydney, 2004 Athens, 2008 Beijing, 2012 London and 2016 Rio Olympics, as well as men's world championships in Toronto, Indianapolis, Athens and Izmir and Istanbul, Turkey.

Table of Contents

Foreword Vince Carter 1

Introduction 5

1 First Game 9

2 Damon Stoudamire 19

3 Canada Issues 28

4 Isiah Thomas 36

5 First Coaches 44

6 The Fans 54

7 International Players 62

8 The Characters 70

9 Canadian Players SO

10 Media and Accessibility 88

11 Vince Carter I 97

12 Vince Carter II 106

13 Demar Derozan 114

14 Masai Ujiri 122

15 Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment 133

16 The Women of Mlse 142

17 Player Development 149

18 Training Facilities 15B

19 Kyle Lowry 167

20 Tough Decisions 176

21 Kawhi Leonard 184

22 Dwane and Nick 194

23 The Turning Point 202

24 Two Shots 210

25 Championship Night 219

Epilogue 231

Acknowledgments 235

Index 237

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