Title: Lack of continuity a badge of honour as Raptors 905 start title defence
Date: November 9, 2017
Original Source: The Athletic
Synopsis: In my latest for The Athletic Toronto, I wrote about Raptors 905 raising a championship banner with almost no holdovers from their championship team present.
t was a little unusual, an excited crowd of 4,775, all adorned in replica championship rings, likely squinting to try to make out the new names and faces on the team as Raptors 905 raised their 2016-17 D League — now G League — championship banner to the Hershey Centre rafters.
G League president Malcolm Turner was on hand, flanked by Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment chairman of the board Larry Tanenbaum and Dan Tolzman, 905’s general manager, and head coach Jerry Stackhouse. There was also Bruno Caboclo, who had been assigned to the team a day prior, ending any uncertainty as to whether he would accept another go-round with the Raptors affiliate. He has been a key figure of the 905 experiment to date and a major factor in the team coming back from a 1-0 series hole in the finals last year. Beyond Caboclo, Negus Webster-Chan is the team’s only other returnee, and he was inactive. The next most recognizable face may have been DJ Andre 905, the team’s official DJ, or, if his face counts, Stripes, the mascot.
“They still need to wear their name tags,” Stackhouse said before tip-off. “I get in the huddle a little bit and gotta remember who I got. It’s not E.J. (Singler), it’s not Will (Sheehey). I’m still getting used to my guys a little bit. But this group, we’re growing. (It’s a) great group of guys that want to get better. This is a fun team to be on, if you want to get better, if you want to work hard. If you don’t wanna do those things, it’s probably not a fun experience.”