With their run to Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals last spring, Raptors guards DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry received a detailed education in playoff basketball. Now, as a new season approaches, DeRozan and Lowry hope they'll get a shot to finish at the top of the NBA heap and earn that coveted class ring. ''Me personally, I think it's time,'' Lowry said as Toronto opened training camp Monday.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves announced a number of additions to their front office and coaching staffs on Sunday night, including assistant general manager Noah Croom and director of player personnel Brian Pauga. Croom comes to the Timberwolves after spending the last 12 years as an agent and legal counsel with Goodwin Sports Management, one of the top agencies in the NBA. He is widely known as an expert at navigating the salary cap and collective bargaining agreement and has long been well respected in NBA circles for his ability to help facilitate deals. He also served as an assistant GM for the Vancouver Grizzlies. Pauga follows GM Scott Layden to the Timberwolves from San