HoopsHype Drake rumors

August 13, 2014 Updates

Toronto has been in the crosshairs since GM Masai Ujiri’s profane outburst against Brooklyn during the playoffs. That small tempest fed off a general, leaguewide discomfort with Drake’s role and influence. Toronto Globe & Mail

This has risen beyond the level of a spat. It’s an executive knife fight. Raptors officials would not comment on the Drake versus NBA situation. They are plainly loath to make their secret war public. They also refused to address a key detail – that the NBA offered to drop the tampering fine if the team agreed to strip Drake of his title. The Raptors apparently refused. Toronto Globe & Mail

August 11, 2014 Updates

You were at OVO. What'd you think of what Drake did at the end of his set with KD? Patrick Patterson: Ha, that was funny. It was cool. I know Drake, the whole OVO crew, Toronto, Canada, they would love to have Kevin Durant there. It'd be a great piece to this culture that we're trying to create in order to win and be successful. I'd love it if Kevin Durant came, I'm not going to say I wouldn't. That'd be a great piece, that'd be a great player to have. I thought it was fun, it was entertaining, the fans loved it. Kevin probably loved it as well, I think I saw a tweet about him saying, "Shout out to Drake, I love the 6," something like that. It was definitely entertaining. It was a smart move on Drake's part. CBSSports.com

August 5, 2014 Updates
February 16, 2014 Updates

Rap superstar Drake helped out defending slam dunk champion Terrence Ross with his first dunk in the battle round of the dunk contest Saturday night. Drake, who serves as a global ambassador for the Raptors, walked onto the court with Ross’ trophy from last year. The dunk took a few attempts, but the final result was spectacular. For The Win

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November 26, 2013 Updates

In the second installment of his YouTube web series #REALDMC, Mobile native Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins gets an assist from multi-platinum rapper Drake in his campaign to be voted to play in the 2014 NBA All-Star game in New Orleans. Cousins is seen chopping up it up with Drake, whose latest album "Nothing Was the Same' debuted at No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 when it was released in late September, backstage at on the Sacramento date on the rapper's "Would You Like a Tour' show on Nov. 18th. "Listen, I wanna let y'all know something," Drake says to in front of a crowd of adoring fans. "You wanna know why I was looking forward to coming to Sacramento, really? Other than all of y'all of course, but, I'mma let y'all know. My brother, he goes by the name of Demarcus Cousins, that's my dog for life." Birmingham News

"Me and Drake been cool for a long time," said Cousins, who played his freshman and sophomore season at Erwin (now Center Point) High in Birmingham before transferring to LeFlore. "It's not something that just happened when I came to the NBA. We actually got cool when I was a freshman back at UK (Kentucky). I'm a big fan of his and it's vice versa." Birmingham News

November 25, 2013 Updates

DeMarcus Cousins has some friends in high places, Grammy-award winning rapper Drake being one of them. Cousins first met the Canadian-born musician during his lone season at Kentucky and the two have been tight ever since. In fact, when his last tour stopped over at UC Davis a year and a half ago, Drake caught a game courtesy of the Sacramento Kings starting center. Last week, the platinum-selling artist was back in the Sacramento area, this time performing at Sleep Train Arena and Cousins was in attendance. If you missed the show, Cousins documented his experience for his new web series being delivered on his official YouTube Channel. You can watch the video below. Cowbell Kingdom

September 30, 2013 Updates
September 29, 2013 Updates

In what will start out looking like a publicity stunt and may end up changing the face of a franchise, the Toronto Raptors are about to begin a major partnership with the city’s most globally recognizable citizen. On Monday, MLSE will announce the first of several initiatives with hip-hop impresario Drake, which will see him acting as a host, business partner and consultant for the team. Toronto Star

June 21, 2013 Updates
June 22, 2012 Updates

This wasn’t the kind of bottle service NBA star Tony Parker had in mind. The San Antonio Spurs guard (pictured) — injured in the Chris Brown-Drake melee at a SoHo nightclub — filed a $20 million lawsuit against its owners yesterday, saying they should have known better than to let the Rihanna love rivals in at the same time. In papers filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, Parker holds W.i.P.’s owners responsible for the “corneal laceration of the left eye and other injuries” he suffered in the bottle-throwing brawl at the now-shuttered Vandam Street club. New York Post

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