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Saturday , Jul , 02 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Sonny Weems leaves Raptors, heads to Europe

Sonny Weems has decided to take advantage of his overseas eligibility and is on the verge of signing a one-year contract with a team in Europe, according sources close to the situation.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: This is the right move for Sonny Weems -even if there’s no opt-out clause when the lockout ends.

The energetic swing needs regular minutes in order to reach his full potential as a solid rotation player in the NBA.

A work stoppage would hurt him. So would returning to the Toronto Raptors, who are suddenly crowded at the two-three spots.

Signing a contract in Europe gives Weems a guaranteed income, playing time, and an opportunity to hone his craft.
 
He can then return to the NBA in July of 2012, where a market for his services should exist.

--Oly Sandor.

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Sunday , Apr , 10 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

DeMar DeRozan on improving 3-point shot: ‘it will come’

Hoops Hype: You had only attempted 46 three-pointers in the first 78 games. Is that the next part of your game that you want to expand?

Demar DeRozan: Oh yes, definitely. It will come through time. I really don’t stress about it. Because once it comes, that is another part of my game that will develop. Will work on that this summer a lot and come back ready next year.

 
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: He has been a bright spot in an otherwise dismal season.

The Toronto Raptors 2011 struggles can be tied to former franchise face Chris Bosh joining pals LeBron James and Dwyane Wade in South Beach.

Without Bosh, the Raptors had to rebuild. They already had a key piece in DeMar DeRozan -the second year man from USC, who looks more than capable of filling Bosh’s considerable shoes.

DeRozan is explosive, dynamic, and committed, and deserves greater consideration for the NBA’s Most Improved Player award after his terrific campaign.

However, to become an All-Star, to regularly attend David Stern’s February classic, he must extend his range. Currently, DeRozan is a solid mid-range shooter; he must become a three-point gunner.
 
Then DeRozan will be unstoppable. He’ll be able to go to the hoop at will or punish sagging defenders with his newfound stroke.

He’ll have help, too. There’s a crew of up-and-coming pieces in The Big Smoke: Jerryd Bayless, Ed Davis, Amir Johnson, James Johnson, and Sonny Weems.

The Raptors also have cap space, a trade exception from the Miami Heat, and an upcoming lottery pick. The future is looking up north of the border. It starts and ends with DeRozan taking the next step and developing his three-point shot.

Fortunately, he knows this. Fortunately, he’s a gym rat, who loves working on his game. Fortunately, he’s mature beyond his years. And fortunately, he wants his team to succeed.

So next year looks promising -or just better than 2011- because of DeRozan. Bottom line: there’s something for Raptor fans to look forward to.

--Oly Sandor.


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Friday , Apr , 01 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Evans on Weems’ girfriend search: ‘his other pillow must be getting cold’

Sonny Weems via twitter: “Think (it’s) time for me to get a girlfriend,”

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Reserve swing for the Toronto Raptors seeks single female for relationship. She must be up for double-dates with DeMar DeRozan and girlfriend. She must up on basketball lingo and tolerant of a video-game playing male.

The Toronto Raptors are out of the playoffs, but they’re hoping to get Sonny Weems into a relationship.

Weems, it seems, is lonely. He recently professed his loneliness on twitter, and seems tired of being the third wheel with teammate DeRozan and his steady squeeze.

Several Raptors had advice for Weems' situation. Amir Johnson told the Toronto Star’s Dave Feschuk that Weems should relax and let things unfold.

“Just my take: You can’t search for your partner,” said Johnson, 23. “You’ve just got to let it happen naturally. Eventually you’ll find somebody.”

Well said. But leave it it to Reggie Evans, one of the team’s elder statesmen, to provide both wisdom and comedy.

“Sonny’s just going through mixed emotions. Want a girlfriend, don’t want a girlfriend. Want that lifestyle, don’t want that lifestyle,” Evans said. “We should do a poll on Twitter, see who wants to go on a date with him. We could make a Canadian reality show, Who Wants to Date Sonny Weems?

“There’s plenty of girls out here in Toronto that can be a good candidate for him. He’s a very nice guy, good guy to be around . . . I guess he needs somebody to keep his pillow warm. I guess his other pillow must be getting cold.”

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Wednesday , Sep , 08 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Linas Kleiza: ‘I want to go back to Toronto and prove myself’

"I just felt it was a good move by me to improve my career and improve as a player," Kleiza said of the year overseas. "I had a big role on a very big team, a very good team. That kind of helped improve all my skills and allow me to show what I wasn't able to do in Denver.

"In Denver I was a role player and I did it pretty good," he said. "But coming back here and showing I could do a lot more things I'm not just that player that I was in Denver. That's why I want to go back to Toronto and prove myself all over again. Show people that I was a better player than I was in Denver."

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Linas Kleiza can’t be worse than Hedo Turkoglu.

In July of 2009, the Toronto Raptors inked Turkoglu to a five-year, $53 million pact. The Canadian Dinosaurs were expecting a banner year from the Turkish swing.

What they got was something different: Turkoglu arrived at training camp out of shape; never bothered getting in shape; underperformed all year; behaved unprofessionally; and finally requested a trade this off-season.

Thankfully, GM Bryan Colangelo accommodated his request, shipping him to Phoenix for combo guard Leandro Barbosa. 

Kleiza won’t have the same sense of entitlement. After a year in Greece, he’ll be hungry for regular minutes and will give a full effort when on-court.

Unfortunately for Kleiza, the Raptors are loaded at the swing spots. So he’ll compete with Barbosa, DeMar DeRozan, Sonny Weems, and Julian Wright for playing time at the two and three spots.

However, Kleiza has starred for Lithuania at the FIBA World Championship. For instance, he had 30 points and 9 rebounds in a Sweet 16 win against China.

And if Kleiza keeps having those kind of nights, minutes won’t be an issue in Toronto.

--Oly Sandor.

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