What was the first Canadian team in the NBA or a league that would become the NBA? Toronto Raptors or Vancouver Grizzlies? Nope. It was the Toronto Huskies, which played the 1946-47 season in the Basketball Association of America (which merged with the National Basketball League to form the National Basketball Association). The Raptors are paying home to their Toronto predecessors with these Huskies throwbacks: The Raptors previously wore white Huskies uniforms. The blues are new – and I like them up close. The design is relative simple, but the illusion of a thick belt with buckles is a nice nod to the 40s. My biggest potential gripe is how the blue numbers, outlined in white, show up against
Why is new Wizards coach Scott Brooks going so far out of his way to praise Washington’s backcourt of John Wall and Bradley Beal? Maybe because the guards need positive reinforcement about their ability to excel together. Wall, via J. Michael of CSN Mid-Atlantic: “I think a lot of times we have a tendency to dislike each other on the court. … We got to be able to put that to the side. If you miss somebody on one play or don’t have something go right … as long as you come to each other and talk. If I starting arguing with somebody I’m cool. I’m just playing basketball,” Wall said in a sitdown interview with CSN’s Chris Miller that airs tonight, Wizards Central: Offseason Grind, at 7:30 p.m. ET.
The Jazz expedited their rise this offseason by trading their first-round pick for George Hill, using cap space to acquire Boris Diaw in another deal and signing Joe Johnson. But Utah still has room for youth. The Jazz signed two of their three 2016 second-round picks – No. 52 pick Joel Bolomboy and No. 55 pick Marcus Paige. Jazz release: The Utah Jazz announced today that the team has signed 2016 second-round pick forward/center Joel Bolomboy (Ball-um-boy). He will wear jersey #22 for the Jazz. Jazz release: The Utah Jazz announced today that the team has signed 2016 second-round pick guard Marcus Paige. He will wear jersey #16 for the Jazz. Bolomboy is an energetic and athletic rebounder, and