Thursday, 24 September 2009

Raptors to hold training camp at Carleton

For the second consecutive season, fans in Eastern Ontario will get a chance to watch the Toronto Raptors up close at Carleton's Ravens Nest. The Raps will go with two-a-days and culminate their Ottawa camp with an intra-squad game. Head Coach Jay Triano enters his first full season as Raptors Head Coach with a revamped lineup that includes 6'10" Hedo Turkuglu, who helped lead the Orlando Magic to the NBA Finals last season. The Raps have a distinctive Euro flavor to their roster and expect more emphasis on team defense especially as Jay looks to lead Toronto back into the post-season.

Raps to hoop it up in Ottawa

NBA junkies in the nation's capital will soon have a chance to get an up-close look at the Toronto Raptors.

The Raptors have announced they will conduct the first part of their training camp at Carleton University from Sept. 29-Oct. 3 before returning to the Air Canada Centre in Toronto Oct. 4-27.

This will be the second year in a row the team has held training camp in Ottawa.

The Raptors will hold two-a-day practices at the Ravens' Nest. The practice sessions will be closed to the public, but the team will host an open intrasquad game Saturday, Oct. 3 at 1 p.m. at the Ravens' Nest.

Admission to the intrasquad game is $20 per ticket, with the proceeds being donated to a charity selected by Carleton's athletics department. Tickets are available online on a first-come basis at

The Raptors Basketball Development Department, in conjunction with Carleton's men's and women's basketball teams, will conduct three clinics for players aged 10-14 at the Ravens' Nest Gymnasium — one on Sept. 29 for girls only, another on Sept. 30 for boys only and a co-ed clinic on Oct. 2. The clinics will run from 8-9:30 p.m.

There will be no fee to register for the clinics, but they will require participants to sign a waiver.

Players can register for the clinics online by going to the Carleton athletics website at and clicking on the Raptors logo.

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