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10/03/2012

The Raptors are back on the court, well, one is on the ice....

Steve Russell - Staff Photographer - @RussellPhotos

Basketball is back, it is one of my favourite sports to cover.

Media Day for photographers is a little tedious, but offers us the rare opportunity to have a basketball blog with a lot of horizontal pictures. 

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Toronto Raptors 2011 first round draft pick centre Jonas Valanciunas makes it to his first media day. He was under contract in Europe last year.

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Toronto Raptors centre Jamaal Magloire is interviewed.

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The team photographer's assistant keeps track of old end new names.

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An excited Bryan Colangelo fist bumps with a less excited point guard Jose Calderon. The Spaniard will have to battle for the starting job this year.

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Toronto Raptors 6'8" power forward Amir Johnson is interviewed.

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DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry joke around between photo shoots and interviews.

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Landry Fields releases his inner zoolander in front of Andrea Bargnani, Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan.

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Toronto Raptors centre Jonas Valanciunas poses for Toronto Raptors' team photographer Ron Turenne.

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Toronto Raptors centre Jonas Valanciunas can dribble.

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Toronto Raptors power forward Amir Johnson.

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Toronto Raptors power forward Amir Johnson does have an eye at the back of his head!

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Toronto Raptors small forward Quincy Acy.

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Toronto Raptors shooting guard Terrence Ross plays around while waiting for his time in front of the camera.

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Toronto Raptors centre Jonas Valanciunas has a laugh at his first media day.

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Toronto Raptors guard Landry Fields films some TV promos on a green screen.

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Toronto Raptors centre Andrea Bargnani on the green screen.

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Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry dances on the ice while waiting for his turn on the green screen.

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Toronto Raptors shooting guard DeMar DeRozan on the green screen.

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New Toronto Raptors centre Jonas Valanciunas gets ready for his promos.

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Thanks for the pictures and words! Especially loved Landry's part coz he's hilarious. That looked like a fun media day and they're going to have a great season.

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