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Raptors Player Preview: DeMarre Carroll, and the quest for health

Turning 30 is a big deal, whether you’re a regular dude facing existential dread, or a basketball player facing an exit from your prime. In the NBA, there are plenty of players who have impact well into their 30’s, but there’s no doubt that a decade rolling over changes perspective, and changes how we talk about a player, fair or not.

DeMarre Carroll just turned 30, as he enters the second year of a 4-year, $60 million deal with the Raptors. While his delightful fashion sense tells us he’s still feeling youthful off the court, there’s real concern about how young he feels on the court. Carroll played in just 46 regular season and playoff games in 2015-16, often fighting through a myriad of injuries that, when listed out, is fairly depressing...

Read the rest of my preview at Raptors HQ.