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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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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

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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

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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

The suit does not name Brown or Drake, who have both dated Rihanna, as defendants, but blames the club for creating the combustible combination. “She’s been known, like Helen of Troy, to cause trouble,” Jaroslawicz said. Sources said Drake, 25, sent Brown, 23, into a rage when his table sent over a note that read, “I am f--king the love of your life.” Brown had just bought the hip-hop star a pricey bottle of champagne, sources said. Drake’s camp maintains the fight was instigated by a member of Brown’s crew. Jaroslawicz said it’s the club’s fault. By selling both camps bottle service, “you’re throwing gasoline on the flames,” he said. New York Post

June 15, 2012 Updates

They love Rihanna, but still hate each other. A festering beef between R&B singer Chris Brown and rapper Drake over their gorgeous ex-girlfriend exploded Thursday into a bloody, bottle-throwing melee inside a packed Manhattan club. Drake, accompanied by a menacing 15-member entourage, incited the predawn brawl by rejecting Brown’s peace offering — a $2,000 bottle of Ace of Spades champagne — and sending back an incendiary note, police sources said. New York Daily News

French-speaking BDL readers can check out video of a sunglasses-sporting Parker explaining the ocular occurrence at a Friday press conference, thanks to Magana300M (via Nigel D at RealTalk NY). The rest of us can check out this translation from Reuters' Gregory Blachier: The three-time NBA champion said he got some shards of glass in his left eye during the incident on Wednesday. "I was there with a bunch of friends when a fight broke out. They started to throw bottles about ... I got it all," Parker told a news conference. "The cornea has been touched. I can't do anything for seven days ... But I was lucky. The injury won't prevent me from competing the Olympics in any way," he added. Yahoo! Sports

May 25, 2011 Updates

While watching enthusiastically from a courtside seat, Drake was proven right as James sparked the Miami Heat with 35 points and helped shut down the Chicago Bulls’ Derrick Rose late in a 101-93 overtime victory in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals on Tuesday night. With the victory, only one triumph stands in the way of James and the Heat from advancing to the NBA Finals as they own a commanding 3-1 series lead. “I always let him know that it’s his night,” Drake told Yahoo! Sports. “Let’s get it, let’s go out there with a clear mind and forget all the other stuff going on and just stay focused on the task. That ring. Tonight, I told him it was his night. And it was his night tonight.” Yahoo! Sports

January 3, 2011 Updates

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