What the Raptors roster got up to during the off-season
The Raptors’ 2016 season ended with a whimper, but that doesn’t mean the city won’t be excited when the team returns to the court against Chicago tonight. Here’s how they stayed happy, healthy, and well fed in the off-season.
DeMar DeRozan led his alma mater’s football team onto the field last month.
— USC Trojans (@USC_Athletics) September 10, 2017
And he racked up highlights in the Drew League in Los Angeles:
— Raptorr (@Raptornian) July 1, 2017
The Drew is a mixture of competitive amateurs and professionals. DeRozan got a little heated during one game:
Here he is dunking on James Harden:
DeMar is lowkey a #TheDrew legend already
— Raptorr (@Raptornian) July 1, 2017
And on Skip Bayless:
You’re a clown for that tweet after a man gets hurt with a potential career ending injury! Shit bigger then basketball!
— DeMar DeRozan (@DeMar_DeRozan) October 18, 2017
He also hosted a bunch of lucky kids in British Columbia:
— LangleyEventsCentre (@LangleyEvents) August 9, 2017
…where the Raptors trained during the off-season. That’s newly-acquired CJ Miles:
By the way, anyone looking for an antidote to the poisonous swamp water of Twitter should check out Miles on Instagram, where he posed for a baby announcement:
Professed his love for his wife:
Soooooo In case y'all were wondering my WIFE @iamlaurenmiles has been the greatest Preggers lady of all time lol.. I heard all these horror stories from dudes about how crazy it was gonna get but she has been a straight up G .. I don't have any bruises or cuts (Only because I'm quicker than a woman with a belly ) And the bullet went right through it was nothing lol….Nah but truthfully all jokes aside she has been nothing but a blessing since the day I met her and nothing has changed with this pregnancy… As long as I get her her chicken and jalapeños we been Gucci lol I can't wait til My lil lady gets here.. #143 #TheMileses ? #HappyWifeHappYLife #Avacado #CamTannedHisKnees
“I’d never lived before your love, I’d never felt before your touch, and I never needed anyone to make me feel alive, but then again, I wasn’t really living.” Happy Anniversary @iamlaurenmiles .. there is no one on this earth ? that Could ever be more perfect to do life with .. I Love You so much ! #CheersToForever #WellNoCheersForYouPreggers #ButTodayWillStillBeGreat ?? #imWillingToHaveADrinkForYouToday #SacrificeCuzILoveYou #143
And got excited over dental surgery:
He and the missus appear to have spent some time in Hawaii:
Kyle Lowry went travelling, too—to South Africa:
South Africa and ALL of Africa , what more can I say!!!! These pictures and videos don't do you any justice but , Look at the Beauty you've allowed me to capture, the people you've allowed me to meet , the beautiful animals I've gotten to be up close and personal with, the friends and family you've allowed me to share this with, the chance to see people in a different element, and the chance to change people lives. THANK YOU!! I've enjoyed every single moment I've been here!!! And I WILL be back!!! #lowkeythelionvideoidamnnear?onmyself?? #kartersasnervoustoobutkamwashype #teamWORLDgotthedub# #thanksforthelayupserge?? #ILOVEAFRICA#peace✌?untilnexttime
And to Philadelphia, his hometown, where his foundation was giving out school supplies:
A big thank you to everyone that made the @LowryLoveFoundation Back to School Backpack Giveaway a huge success. From @kyle_lowry7 and the Lowry Family to @adidashoops to the volunteers and, most importantly, to the kids and families of North Philly, we thank you for your support and couldn't do it without y'all. Stay tuned for the next event!
He also passed out food for (Canadian) Thanksgiving.
— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) October 7, 2017
— Kyle Lowry (@Klow7) October 8, 2017
Jonas Valančiūnas had a terrible time in the fresh air and sun:
He played in the 2017 EuroBasket for Lithuania:
He also spent some time with a new family member:
And went fishing:
And showed off his sweet whip:
Jonas Valanciunas arrived to Lithuania National Team camp with Audi 80 (1992) pic.twitter.com/IabPEH0Z5D
— Donatas Urbonas (@Urbodo) July 21, 2017
And he managed to squeeze in a quick visit with the president of Lithuania, who gave him an umbrella badge to commemorate his participation in a public safety campaign:
He also got a ceremonial jar of what appears to be honey:
Sports are weird. Welcome back, everybody!