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Michael Jordan, earning $80,000,000 a year, turns 50

Houston - When Sunday rolls around and the NBA All- Stars take to the court, as fans celebrate his 50th birthday, the business mogul, Michael Jordan, will have an eye on Nike commercials,

NBA: Raptors knock off frustrated Celtics Special

Toronto - For a young Toronto Raptors team learning under the tutelage of new head coach Dwane Casey the team has had its share of disappointments this season.

NBA: Raptors finally defeat NBA’s last place Bobcats Special

Toronto - It wasn’t pretty but the Toronto Raptors were finally able to defeat NBA’s last place team, the Charlotte Bobcats, and finished its five-game home stand with a 3-2 record.

NBA: Raptors unable to spoil Bosh’s return, lose to Heat Special

Toronto - The boos rained down on Chris Bosh at a sold-out Air Canada Centre but the reception was nowhere near as harsh as last season for the former fan favourite.

NBA: Raptors get payback against Linsanity and Knicks Special

Toronto - What a difference a month makes. It just was on Valentine’s Day that Toronto basketball enthusiasts and even casual fans snapped up tickets to sell out the Air Canada Centre to witness the phenomenon of Jeremy Lin that had taken the NBA by storm.

NBA: Another late collapse for Raptors in Loss to Bulls Special

Toronto - Same old story. For the Toronto Raptors, the “fourth quarter collapse” storyline has grown stale this season with many fans and critics eager for the team to quickly play out the string of meaningless games remaining.

NBA: Undermanned Bucks pull past Raptors Special

Toronto - Coming off a humiliating lopsided loss in Detroit the Toronto Raptors responded with a great bounce back effort against the Milwaukee Bucks at home but it was a familiar ending.

NBA: Howard powers Magic past Raptors Special

Toronto - With all the speculation swirling around the NBA about whether Dwight Howard will be traded before this season’s trade deadline, the powerful centre looked unaffected in the pre-game shoot around moments before tipoff against the Toronto Raptors.

NBA: Turnovers costly as Raptors fall to Grizzlies Special

Toronto - Dwane Casey is starting to sound like a broken record. Once again he stepped up to the podium to address the media after another close loss and expressed similar words after his team was unable to close out a winnable game.

NBA: Raptors cool off Pistons before all-star break Special

Toronto - After a few days off to reflect and some hard practices, the Toronto Raptors rebounded from its Friday loss to NBA’s worst team to cool off one of the league’s better teams of late.

NBA: Bobcats snap long losing streak against Raptors Special

Toronto - After an emotional week and three tough losses against two of NBA’s better teams and sensation Jeremy Lin, a match against last place Charlotte Bobcats would have been either the win to reward Toronto Raptors’ great play or the perfect letdown game.

NBA: Spurs withstand late charge from Raptors Special

Toronto - A day after Lin-sanity captivated the city, Toronto Raptors picked up the pieces after back-to-back heartbreaking losses to push another of NBA’s best to the limit.

NBA: Bryant’s clutch jumper lifts Lakers over Raptors Special

Toronto - Perhaps DeMar DeRozan’s father put it best when he walked past the Los Angeles Lakers dressing room moments after the Toronto Raptors suffered a heartbreaking 94-92 loss at the hands of Kobe Bryant.

NBA: Raptors take advantage of tired Celtics Special

Toronto - A win is a win. In a season like the one the Toronto Raptors are currently mired in, the team needs to pick up W’s any way it can. Especially, since the team is without its leading scorer Andrea Bargnani and now guard Jerryd Bayless.

NBA: Bucks squeak out win over Raptors Special

Toronto - As the Toronto Raptors approach the halfway mark of the season it seems the team is losing more than just games at the moment. Whether its pride or players to injuries – the short, compressed season is turning into a long one.

NBA: Johnson powers Hawks over Raptors Special

Toronto - After coming off a winning road trip, the Toronto Raptors returned home, but playing in front of its own fans was not enough to help rally against a deep Atlanta Hawks team. In fact, it wasn’t even close and the game was already out of hand by halftime.

NBA: Aldridge leads Trail Blazers past Raptors Special

Toronto - Having a 30-20 night is a special feat and not accomplished every day in the NBA. On Friday night the Toronto Raptors returned home from a winless three-game road trip and fell victim to the LaMarcus Aldridge show at the Air Canada Centre.

NBA: Raptors lose game and more against Kings Special

Toronto - The Toronto Raptors started the season stressing the importance of playing a defensive style of basketball. Head Coach Dwane Casey can pat himself and the rest of his staff on the back and consider that mission accomplished.

NBA: Raptors lack desperation in loss to Nets Special

Toronto - For the first six games of the season the Toronto Raptors were being praised for its impressive defence, dedication to hustling on both ends of the floor and playing a physical style of basketball.

NBA: Raptors shut down Cavs 92-77 Special

Toronto - The Toronto Raptors are starting to show signs of a team that is gaining confidence with each passing day. Under new Head Coach Dwane Casey the team is buying into the defensive-first philosophy and has been a pleasant surprise after six games.

NBA: Raptors home opener spoiled by Pacers Special

Toronto - Eight months after its last regular season home game, the Toronto Raptors played its home opener in front of a sold-out crowd at the Air Canada Centre. But the Indiana Pacers spoiled the evening and hung on for a 90-85 victory on Wednesday night.

NBA: Raptors fall short to Celtics in pre-season opener Special

Toronto - The boys are back in town. The Toronto Raptors made its long-awaited return to the hard court Sunday afternoon against the Boston Celtics in front of a surprising 16,721 fans at the Air Canada Centre.

NBA: Spurs topple Mavs in wild west showdown

Dallas - In a statement game for both Western Conference teams, the Dallas Mavericks hosted the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night and despite delivering hard fouls that worked up the home crowd, came up short in a 97-91 battle.

NBA: Spurs hang on against sub-500 Kings, 108-103

San Antonio - Hosting Sacramento on Friday night, the San Antonio Spurs had to wait until the closing minutes for their second consecutive game against a sub-500 team to pull out another victory, this one a 108-103 win over the scrappy Kings.

NBA: Spurs nudge pesky T-Wolves, still on top

San Antonio - After a three-game road trip that saw the San Antonio Spurs lose two of three, they returned home to the AT&T Center and eventually handed the Minnesota Timberwolves their 29th defeat of the season, 94-91, on Sunday night.
 

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