As the official “global ambassador” for the Toronto Raptors, Drake appears in a new promo spot for the team in which expresses his love for the Canadian city and its basketball program.
“I love this city more than anything in the world,” Drake says of his hometown over dramatic shots of the Toronto skyline and other establishments. “I have the option to live anywhere I want [but] I always end up coming back home… Everything that I’m saying is inspired by this city.”
He admits being a big fan of the franchise since its inception in 1995 and hopes to return it to glory, particularly in terms of fan support — citing college sports and European soccer fandom as a level for which to strive.
“It becomes something to live by, something to die by,” he says of collegiate athletics and soccer overseas. “They’re so passionate about it… I want to bring that energy here. I want other teams to hate coming to play the Raptors.”
According to Rolling Stone, the rapper is in charge of a new clothing line for the franchise and will take on certain hosting duties — including a spot at the 2016 All-Star Game.
The Toronto Raptors began the 2013-2014 season against the Boston Celtics, hoping to rebound from the previous season during which the team finished tied for dead last in the Eastern Conference’s Atlantic Division.
Michael Jordan believes he could have beaten LeBron James in a game of one-on-one when he was in his prime. However, he’s not sure about Kobe Bryant.
In a video promoting the “NBA 2K14″ video game released Tuesday, Jordan said there’s a long list of players he would’ve liked to have played one-on-one — Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, Julius Erving,Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, Bryant and James, who is on the cover of this year’s game.
“I don’t think I would lose,” Jordan, 50, says in the video, before smiling and adding, “other than to Kobe Bryant, because he steals all of my moves.”
James, when informed of Jordan’s comments, acknowledged he has thought about the hypothetical matchup.
“MJ said that? I’ve thought about the matchup, but no one will ever see it and it’s not going to happen,” James said Tuesday after the Miami Heat’s training camp practice in Nassau, Bahamas. “It’s good for people to talk about.”
This year marks the first time on the cover for James, a four-time league MVP who has led the Heat to back-to-back NBA championships.
When reminded that he is on the cover of the game, James referred to Jordan’s comments as good for business.
“Where he’d say this at? Oh, it was for my game? It’s good promotion then,” James said.
Jordan, a six-time NBA champion and five-time MVP, also said that the game was much more physical when he played than it is today.
“You go in with the understanding of, ‘I’m going to get hit. I’m going to pay the price,’” he said. “But that’s part of the game. I’m not going to be afraid to go inside. Those are the types of things that these kids don’t even have a clue of how we had to grow up and how we had to play.”
Jordan has had a sponsorship deal with 2K Sports since 2011, when he first appeared on the cover of the popular game. He shared the cover the next year with Magic Johnson and Larry Bird.
Dean “The Dream” Meminger, who helped the NY Knicks clinch the 1973 NBA title, was found dead in his hotel room Friday … wearing his championship ring, reports TMZ.
Meminger was found unconscious inside his NYC hotel room by staff members after failing to check out. He was pronounced dead on the scene. There were no signs of trauma. A witness reportedly saw “white stuff” oozing out of his nose.
Meminger had long suffered from drug addiction, including cocaine, even in his pro-basketball days. He almost died in a rooming house fire where he was allegedly smoking crack back in 2009.
The 65-year-old was a first round draft pick back in 1971.
His family released a statement following the news, “We want to thank everyone for their prayers and condolences during this difficult time for our family.”
On Wednesday Paul, also known as CP3, was elected president of the NBPA after previously acting as a vice president.
Amongst all the drama, Paul replaced Derek Fisher. Fisher was there through all the controversy including the February firing of Billy Hunter, the union’s longtime executive director, public squabbles and lawsuits, including Hunter’s lawsuit against the NBPA and Fisher in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
“I think I have a lot of experience, being around and knowing what’s going on,” Paul said Wednesday. “Moving forward is not about me or any one person. It’s about the players as a whole. It’s going to take a lot of work, but we have a great executive committee, a great group of guys who are ready to move forward.”
Paul hadn’t even settled in good before he started putting together a list of players’ demands to take to the NBA, TMZ is reporting.
Players went with CP3 because they feel he’s bold enough and has enough clout to effectively take on the league.
Paul is reportedly taking his new role very seriously and is already talking to players about his agenda, which includes:
– Preparing a battle plan to fight any league proposal for HGH testing
– Eliminating flopping fines
– Forbidding any dress code additions/changes
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Kevin Garnett has agreed to waive his no-trade clause, clinching an agreement on a trade that will landPaul Pierce, Garnett and Jason Terry with the Brooklyn Nets, sources close to the process told ESPN The Magazine’s Chris Broussard on Thursday night.
Garnett waiving the no-trade clause was the last step to sealing the deal, sources said.
No trade between the teams can officially be consummated until July 10 — when a league-wide moratorium on signings and trades is lifted after free agency begins Monday — but the teams made fast progress on finalizing the trade parameters.
Brooklyn has agreed to send three first-round picks (2014, ’16 and ’18) along with Kris Humphries’ expiring contract, Gerald Wallace, Kris Joseph, MarShon Brooks and a sign-and-traded Keith Bogans to the Celtics for Pierce, Garnett and Terry, a source told Broussard.
It was initially reported that Brooklyn had included Tornike Shengelia and Reggie Evans, but the source said that the Joseph and Brooks were in the final tally.
By agreeing to add Terry to the trade, sources said, Brooklyn alleviated some of Boston’s concerns about absorbing the remaining three years and $30 million on Wallace’s contract.
Because Pierce is making nearly $17 million this season, Brooklyn needs the deal to wait until after the start of free agency and the lifting of the moratorium on July 10, because the $15.3 million team option the Celtics had on their longtime captain is used in the trade.
In 2014, Boston gets either Brooklyn’s pick or Atlanta’s pick, whichever is worse. And in 2017, Boston has the right to swap picks with Brooklyn, a source said.
The Celtics now are a team in transition looking to accelerate the rebuilding process by chasing draft picks and creating cap space.
After news of the proposed trade, Sportsbook.com dropped the Nets’ odds to win the NBA title from 50-1 to 25-1.
Newly out NBA center Jason Collins and his twin brother Jarron will be guests on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on May 15.
Collins became the first openly gay NBA player when he came out in a Sports Illustrated article last week – and ABC has been on him ever since, with “Good Morning America” scoring the first TV interview with the free agent last Tuesday.
Kimmel will be his first late-night stop, and of course, ABC News and the network’s sibling station ESPN (under Disney) have all had exclusive access. Folks are betting that an invite for next season’s “Dancing With the Stars” will come soon.
As previously reported, Oprah Winfrey will speak with NBA player Jason Collins, his twin brother Jarron and family for their first interview together after Collins’ public announcement as the first openly gay active pro athlete in a major American sport. [Scroll down to watch the promo.]
The interview, to air on “Oprah’s Next Chapter” this Sunday, May 5, has expanded to 90 minutes, airing from 7:30 to 9 p.m. ET/PT on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.
Collins reflects on the worldwide reaction following his decision to reveal that he is a gay man and how he hopes his story will further the conversation around equality. Oprah and Collins are joined by his twin brother, former NBA player Jarron Collins, his parents Portia and Paul Collins, his sister-in-law Elsa Collins and aunt Teri Jackson, a San Francisco Superior Court judge and the first family member he came out to.
Take a look at pics from the interview and a clip below.
Oprah Winfrey with Jason Collins in Los Angeles
Oprah Winfrey with Jason Collins (right) and twin brother Jarron Collins (left) in Los Angeles
Oprah Winfrey with Jason Collins (right), his twin brother Jarron Collins (center) and sister-in-law Elsa Collins (left) in Los Angeles
Oprah Winfrey with Jason Collins and his family (L-R): Teri Jackson (aunt), Paul Collins (father), Portia Collins (mother), Oprah Winfrey, Jason Collins, Jarron Collins (twin brother), Elsa Collins (Jason’s sister-in-law).
First Look: Oprah’s Next Chapter with NBA Player Jason Collins
Oprah speaks with NBA player Jason Collins; his twin brother, Jarron; and the Collins family in their first interview together since Jason became the first active male professional athlete in one of the four major American team sports to announce he’s gay. Tune in Sunday, May 5, at 7:30/6:30c.
The Game messed up his hand over the weekend during a pickup playoff game in Los Angeles.
As part of the infamous Drew League, the rapper executed a slam dunk, but broke a bone in his thumb and wrist immediately afterward when he fell to the ground and someone accidentally stomped on his right hand – crushing the bones, according to TMZ.
Sources close to The Game tell TMZ the rapper is expecting to be sidelined for a month.
Now that Evelyn Lozada is getting ready to jump the broom with one of the most talked about NFL stars, Chad Ochocinco of the New England Patriots, it’s almost like she doesn’t quite belong on the infamous realty series, “Basketball Wives.”
But she remains since her ex-fiance was former NBA player Antoine Walker.
At any rate, this season is bound to be another one filled with drama, hopes dreams, and rigid tension.
Since Lozada is busy trying to actually be a wife, things may be different for her this time around, as she goes into planning mode, finalizing the details of her summer wedding.
In an interview with ESPN, the soon-to-be Mrs. Ochocinco explained that she’s doing most the planning, but her man may be interested in choosing the music. She also said being a football wife has its minor differences from what she’s used to.
“I don’t really think there’s much of a difference other than his season is way shorter than basketball. And they have curfews. And we can’t stay at the same hotels. Oh, and we’re freezing sitting outside!”
While her hubby-to-be is winning the bread on the field (although he didn’t play in the Super Bowl), she’ll be raking in the cash with her new book about being a basketball wife.
“It’s going to be released June 5; it’s a series of three books. The first book is called “The Inner Circle,” and it’s primarily based on my life, friends that have been in the limelight and have been married and engaged and girlfriend of players. It’s a lot of these stories in these books, but obviously with fictitious names. You would never know what situation was Evelyn’s situation. A lot of it is real, true stories.”
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