Tuesday, October 15th, 2013 at 11:18 am  |  21 responses

DJ Augustin ‘Tired of People Laughing’ at the Raptors

In the wake of hip-hop star Drake’s new ambassador role with the Toronto Raptors, XXL spoke with DeMar DeRozan and DJ Augustin. In the interviews, which are mostly about Drake and hip-hop, Augustin, a first-year Raptor, said some interesting things about what’s in store for the Canadian franchise. From XXL: “‘As a great basketball team, we’re tired of people laughing at us and thinking we’re not good,’ said Augustin. ‘Thinking that we’re from Toronto, Canada, we shouldn’t be a part of the NBA. We’re a big part of the NBA, and we’re going to surprise a lot of teams. I think we have a great chance of making the Playoffs. We have anything you need to get to that stage, and once you get to that stage, anything can happen. We’re just working hard. We got a hard-working group of guys. Everybody’s unselfish, and we want to win.’”

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  • VanCityBBall

    Me too.

  • JML-G

    yea, its time to laugh at Cleveland

  • Wade

    They need to fire dwayne casey

  • Mat Zaranek

    Broken record. You don’t hear guys that have been around these parts making such lofty proclamations. Its always the guys coming from winning teams, thinking they will somehow bring that culture and pride over. Welcome to Toronto, land of the Leafs and MLSE’s propensity to be content without actually contending. Excited to see how this season plays out with all the tanking pressure despite having a pretty dangerous starting lineup. But if the team starts like they did last year, the sound of the laughs will be drowned out by the kaboom of Ujiri blowing it all up. The teams murky future lies very much in the balance this season as the 2016 rebranding quickly approaches. Whatever that even means…

  • spit hot fiyah

    the toronto drakes

  • anon

    If they don’t want to be laughed at then they shouldn’t have a bandwagon fan like Drake be their “ambassador”. Dude was trying to get into the Heat dressing room only a few months ago.

  • chingy

    Drake’s been going to Raptors game for a while now so I’m not so sure he’s a bandwagon fan…and besides, it’s not like the Raptors are so good that a fan would like to jump onto its bandwagon

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    I don’t think you can use a celebrity as an example. They have money to blow and free time. They go to any where that’ll increase their celebrity. Like if a celebrity lives in Chicago they’ll always be at big venues to be “about their city”.

    Raptors have a strong team this year without augustin. He may not even start. If Rudy’s vision surgery improves his shot and demar improvesand can’t forget Jonas they are 6-8th seed in east

  • shockexchange

    Well DJ had better call Andrew Wiggins or somebody who can do something about it.

  • north

    Augustine “may not even start”? You meant, won’t start unless there are major injuries right? Or maybe you still think it’s 2009.


    Shut up DJ!!! Statements like this make ppl believe the DJ stands for dumb jock!

  • Lenin-Gil Phillips

    I am actually impressed with Derozan’s new post up game, but Rudy Gay should be the one posting up he is really dangerous down there at the 4. Raptors will make the playoffs book it!!!

  • LLC#12

    the toronto male ducks. i like it.

  • Allan


  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    Major injuries he’s not on the bobcats

  • T

    Drake was born and raised in Toronto and has been a fan since the franchise started. Get your facts straight before calling someone a bandwagon fan.

  • MackAtttack

    Replaced by… ?

  • Melvin flynt

    Stop the bs bandwagon talk I’m from T.O and I’m a miami heat fan and toronto raptors fan too…!, I like the nuggets and many other teams and players etc..- everybody has there favourites..At the end of the day every era an years in nba is different and its heats time now bk2bk until they get get knocked off, raptors gotta shot at making the playoffs this year with the new roster..-2016 all star game Toronto! – drake revamping the image is great for the city!! That he loves an is loyal raptors fan..- so what if he’s a heat fan an likes lebron?.. Canada has many great bball players on the rise! The respect will come!- the raptors must replace Casey with George Karl!! And somehow some way get Wiggins in 2014 draft!

  • provo101

    …Lionel Hollins

  • Nathan Shane Long

    Isn’t Drake another one of those fake ass celebrity rapper phony “bandwagon” heat fans

  • robb