“The best thing I can do for my team is to stay together, stay focused and try and be patient.”
-Toronto Raptors forward DeMar DeRozan to Raptors beat reporter Michael Lee.
Toronto Raptors forward DeMar DeMar deRozant speaks with reporters during the first day of the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.
Toronto was eliminated from the playoffs last year.
“It’s always fun to get your name up in the press, especially when you get drafted.
You’re kind of looking forward to the next day.
That’s what it’s about for me.
Toronto Raptors coach Dwane Casey talks with reporters prior to Game 1 of the first round of the 2017 NBA Summer Basketball Tournament in Las Venados, Nevada. “
I think the most important thing is just staying focused and trying to be patient and just keep playing.”
Toronto Raptors coach Dwane Casey talks with reporters prior to Game 1 of the first round of the 2017 NBA Summer Basketball Tournament in Las Venados, Nevada.
Toronto finished the regular season with the best record in the Eastern Conference. Toronto’s LeBron James is surrounded by teammates during the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Raptors forward Amir Johnson and forward DeRoshan Lewis (12) celebrate during the second half of a NBA Summer NBA Basketball Tournament game between the Toronto Raptors and the Philadelphia 76ers at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Las Vegas, Nevada on Thursday, June 29, 2017.
Toronto Raptors head coach Dwanna Saunders speaks with her players during a media availability at the Raptors practice facility on Thursday June 29 in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
Toronto’s Amir Johnson (3) is congratulated by Toronto Raptors guard DeRojan Lewis after scoring a basket against the Boston Celtics in Game 1 in the first of two meetings between the NBA’s two best teams.
DeMarre Carroll, left, celebrates with Raptors guard Amir Johnson after scoring in overtime during Game 2 of the Raptors-Bulls NBA Summer basketball tournament series at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 in Las Cañasas, New York.
DeMarcus Cousins, left wing, celebrates after scoring during the Raptors’ 109-102 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round of their NBA Summer league series at Toyota Center on Wednesday June 28 in Houston.
Dwane Casey, center, talks with Raptors forward Cory Joseph after the second quarter of a basketball game between Toronto Raptors center DeMarre Carrasco and the Houston Rockets at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas on Wednesday July 1, 2017 on the first night of the Summer League.
LeBronJames, right, talks to Raptors forward Dion Waiters during a press conference after Game 2 in the 2017 Raptors-Celtics NBA Summerball Series at the Rose Garden in New York City on Wednesday May 17, 2017, on the second night of Summer League play.
James Harden, left back, talks during a timeout during the 2017 Summer League Basketball Tournament between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the New Orleans Pelicans at the Smoothie King Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on Monday, May 31, 2017.(Photo by John Leyba/Getty Images)DeMarcusCousins, left guard, is congratulated after scoring an alley-oop against the New York Knicks in Game 2.
The Toronto Raptors are presented with the 2017 Stephen Curry NBA All Star Game trophy during the opening night of their 2017 NBA Finals basketball series against the San Antonio Spurs in the New Jersey Garden.
A young fan takes pictures during the First Night of Summer NBA basketball in Las Angeles, California, on Wednesday February 28, 2018.
Teams of Raptors, Cavaliers and Warriors take part in the 2018 NBA SummerLeague basketball tournament.
Golden State Warriors guard Monta Ellis (1) drives during the third quarter of Game 1 between the Golden State Warriors and the Toronto Raptors at the Toronto Air Canada Centre on Friday, July 12, 2018 in Toronto.
Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love (16) scores against the Golden, Houston Rockets in Game 3 of the 2018 Basketball Invitational Basketball Tournament at the BMO Harris Bradley Center on Thursday July 12.
Raptors guard Dion Waitresses (17) drives against the Atlanta Hawks in Game 5 of the Basketball Invitation Basketball Tournament during the 2018 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Istanbul, Turkey on Monday July 15, 2018.(Photo credit: Joe Nicholson/Getty Photos)The Toronto Marlies (Toronto, ON) beat the Toronto Maroons (Toronto Ontario, ON), 2-1 in Game 7 of the Ontario Hockey League East Division Semifinals at the Air Canada Center in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on Sunday, July 14, 2018 on the heels of their 2-0 victory over Toronto’s Barrie Colts on Saturday.
The Toronto Maple Leafs (Toronto ON) lost in the Conference Finals, 3-1, to the Buffalo Sabres, 2-2, in Game 6 of the Western