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Raptors arrive for NBA preseason games

The NBA’s Toronto Raptors practiced at the University of Hawaii’s Stan Sheriff Center this morning in preparation for preseason exhibition games against the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday and Tuesday.

The league’s only Canadian franchise arrived in Honolulu on Friday night after conducting training camp in British Columbia. The Raptors feature All-Stars Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan, but also have a prominent local tie in general manager Bobby Webster, a 33-year-old Kailua native and a 2002 ‘Iolani School graduate. Webster was promoted to GM from within the organization this summer.

“Proud to be from Hawaii and a great opportunity to bring the Raptors to Hawaii,” Webster said at the Sheriff today. “Growing up, I remember the Lakers coming to training camp and that’s always really memorable I think for the basketball community and just in general to have a professional sports team come.”

The Clippers, featuring the frontcourt of Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, have conducted training camp here as part of the Clippers Hawaii Classic. They are holding a Fan Fest at the Hawaii Convention Center between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. today. The Clippers players and coaches will appear there at some point to interact with fans.

Sunday’s game is at 4 p.m., with tickets available at etickethawaii.com.

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