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December 18, 2014 | 07:25 PM ET Update

For Paul to finally acquire that elusive ring, the Clippers will need Blake Griffin to develop the capacity to dominate more frequently so that the team doesn’t become overly reliant on its shortest and grittiest competitor for bail outs. Paul was able to move beyond his most recent playoff misery last summer by taking a step back to assess his position. “I’m just in such a better place right now with who I am, in my mind and stuff,” he said. “I did a lot of reading this summer on different things and I realized I am playing basketball, you know what I mean. This is the best job I feel that there is in the world. I have a beautiful family. My family is healthy and I get to hoop.” Washington Post

December 18, 2014 | 06:54 PM ET Update
 

THE TOP 50 PLAYERS IN SPURS HISTORY

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December 18, 2014 | 06:38 PM ET Update

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Nasty break-up and all, Air Canada is the best thing that ever happened to the Toronto Raptors.

   
December 18, 2014 | 06:29 PM ET Update

Adrian Wojnarowski: Trade call coming tonight between Dallas and Boston, Rondo has been traded to the Mavericks, league sources tell Yahoo. Twitter @WojYahooNBA

The Boston Celtics traded All-Star Rajon Rondo to the Dallas Mavericks in a deal involving four other players and two draft picks, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Rondo will go to Dallas with Dwight Powell in exchange for Mavericks Brandan Wright, Jae Crowder, Jameer Nelson, a 2015 first-round draft pick and a future second-rounder, sources told Yahoo. Yahoo! Sports

“I’m down every time we lose, and especially when I’m not making the plays we need to,” Williams would say a few minutes later. “I didn’t make them in the game [Tuesday in a loss to Miami] … I had two turnovers that definitely cost us [in that game], and [Wednesday night] it was the same thing. Missing shots in the second half … I was pretty much nonexistent. New York Post

DeMarcus Cousins appears ready to return from a serious bout with viral meningitis when the Sacramento Kings host the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday night. The Kings upgraded Cousins' status from questionable to probable. He has been able to participate in portions of practice the past few days and his minutes will likely be limited. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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December 18, 2014 | 06:05 PM ET Update

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December 18, 2014 | 05:45 PM ET Update

The Warriors set no timetable for Bogut’s return. Bauman compared the Bogut situation to Houston’s Dwight Howard, who missed a little more than three weeks after receiving platelet-rich plasma therapy on his strained right knee. "Thank God it’s nothing major,” said agent David Bauman, whose Relativity Sports agency also represents Howard. “It’s a temporary setback. I’m not going to say two, three, four weeks, but that’s probably a reasonable assumption if all goes well, and then he’ll return sometime in January.” Contra Costa Times

 

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Just like everybody else, NBA players are spending more and more time on social media sites and photo-sharing services. Check all the pictures they are posting on Instagram, Twitter and more here.

   
December 18, 2014 | 05:23 PM ET Update

THE TOP 100 PLAYERS OF THE CENTURY

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December 18, 2014 | 04:30 PM ET Update

Shane Battier announced Thursday that he again will host his signature karaoke event in South Florida, with Battioke scheduled for March 3. The event, which previously has included the likes of Pat Riley, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh warbling contemporary and timeless songs, will be held at the Fillmore Miami Beach. South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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December 18, 2014 | 03:28 PM ET Update

THE TOP 50 PLAYERS IN CELTICS HISTORY

How bright is Boston's history? Well, the first 19 players in the list won NBA titles with the team.

   
December 18, 2014 | 02:45 PM ET Update

After scoring 13 points with 15 assists, 7 rebounds, and 2 steals in the Celtics’ 109-92 win over the Magic, Rondo was asked about another fresh set of rumors and he reiterated his dedication to the Celtics. “How many times you want me to say it?” he asked. “We discussed it on media day [in September]. My thoughts and my opinions as far as the organization hasn’t changed.” Boston Globe

And Rondo has played the situation perfectly. He is not going to leave Boston as a malcontent. He has maintained his desire to remain in Boston but it’s uncertain if the Celtics would pursue him in free agency if he is dealt during the season. Boston Globe

According to the NBA source, owner Mark Cuban and coach Rick Carlisle are ready to pull off a potential deal, realizing they would likely not make it through the West without a major upgrade at point guard. The Mavericks are No. 1 in the league in scoring offense (109.8 points per game) and the presence of Chandler in the middle, a legitimate shot-blocker, could allow Rondo to take more chances on defense. Boston Globe

The Celtics would be seeking more than just expiring contracts for Rondo. They would prefer first-round picks and a rising player in addition to expiring contracts. Players such as Brandan Wright and Jae Crowder have been mentioned in potential deals but the Celtics also would receive a first-round pick. The Mavericks own all of their draft picks. Boston Globe

MoraBanc Andorra agreed to terms with Nathan Jawai. The Australian big man will be announced by the Liga Endesa team as soon as he will send back the contract signed. Jawai comes from Galatasaray. The former NBA has played in Spain with FC Barcelona. Sportando

Rusty Simmons: The Warriors say center Andrew Bogut had platelet rich plasma therapy on right knee, and there is no timetable for his return. According to medical Web sites, PRP patients usually get pain relief within 3-4 weeks and continue to improve over a period of 3-6 months. Twitter @Rusty_SFChron

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December 18, 2014 | 02:08 PM ET Update

Before Thursday’s practice, Celtics coach Brad Stevens addresed the trade rumors. “Obviously, we experienced it all the way through last year,” Stevens said. “From my standpoint, the most challenging thing of it is, number one is just coaching the group and making sure that everybody knows we’re focused on playing Minnesota [on Friday]. We’re focused on doing what we need to do to get everybody playing at the best level that they can. WEEI.com

So does Stevens expect to be a part of any trade discussions? “My job is pretty well defined,” Stevens said. “And that is to coach, and to get our team ready to play and to play as well as we can. My expectations aren’t very big. I just want to be in the loop as [Ainge and his staff] deem appropriate. They’re good at their jobs and I’m hired to coach.” WEEI.com

Just repeating a few points there: 5-22 Knicks, 15-9 Bulls. “What’s done is done. I kind of don’t look at it, I kind of don’t think about it anymore,” Anthony said. “That’s in the past for me. … As far as now and thinking about that situation, it doesn’t even come close to me thinking about that.” New York Post

Abdul-Jabbar insists that basketball was really what his life had been about all along. He loves it and expects to play, he says, "as long as I keep my mental and physical health." But in December of 1977 he was nearly ready to quit. Just a month after his hand had healed sufficiently for him to return to action, he witnessed yet another violent act when teammate Kermit Washington crushed the face of Houston's Rudy Tomjanovich with a punch. "He was miserable," says Cheryl. "I sent him air-express letters saying, 'Kareem, your career is not a jail sentence.' He felt so sorry for himself it was disgusting." Sports Illustrated

"I was 17 years old, being cheered on the basketball court but being called a `nigger' by those same people on the street," he says. That summer riots erupted in Harlem. "I stepped off the subway right into the middle of it. It was chaos, wild, insane, and I just stood there trembling. Cops were swinging nightsticks at everybody, bullets were flying, windows were being smashed, people were stealing and looting. All I could think of was that I wanted to stay alive, so I took off running and I didn't stop till I was at 137th and Broadway, several blocks away. And then I sat huffing and puffing and pondering about what I'd seen, and I knew what it was: rage, black rage. The poor people of Harlem felt that it was better to get hit with a nightstick than to keep on taking the white man's insults forever. Right then and there I knew who I was and who I had to be. I was going to be black rage personified, black power in the flesh." Sports Illustrated

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December 18, 2014 | 01:41 PM ET Update

The Dallas Mavericks' pursuit of Boston's Rajon Rondo has more traction beyond the stage of just testing the water or kicking the tires, a source said today. The Mavericks have discussed particulars and the thinking is that any trade for Rondo would come with at least some degree of assurance that the versatile point guard would re-sign as a free agent with the Mavericks in the summer. Dallas Morning News

On what the Celtics are looking for in trades: “That’s easy, let’s get stars. Everybody wants a star first. In lieu of getting a star, because there’s very few of those, there’s not very many to go around to the 30 teams, the next option is draft picks, which you hope to be able to find the next stars in the draft. Not every draft is going to be as successful, but you need swings of the bat, so that would be next. Then, the next probably best thing is good, solid players. Not stars, but good players. Guys that can play a role on a team.” Boston Globe

Batum looks around the league, hears everyone already discussing the free agency of Kevin Durant. They’ll both fall in 2016, yet Batum believes he and Durant are made of the same disposition with different external temperaments. Durant’s been swarmed with questions about his future with the Oklahoma City Thunder. For Batum, the case is simple: Why leave Portland? “I still have time and I like low key so there’s no reason to think yet, but why not stay in Portland?” Batum told RealGM. “I’ve been here for seven years now, so why not?” RealGM

And so Batum went for 35 and 27 points in the final two games of the World Cup to give France the bronze medal, and he noticed his Portland teammates urging him in training camp: Shoot, Nic. Shoot. “I try to do everything on the court, but I know I got to be more aggressive,” Batum told RealGM. “The team needs it. Everybody’s pushing me here. When Tony Parker didn’t play with us this summer, Boris Diaw and I had to step up our games. That was a cool learning experience for me. Here, we’re all young and I would like to be the guy for LaMarcus and Damian. I would like that a lot. But I know I need to be aggressive, and it is coming.” RealGM

Jonah Ballow: Fisher says Stoudemire will not play tonight vs. Bulls. They want to give Stoudemire rest with back-to-back coming up. Twitter @jonahballow

Ramona Shelburne: Have heard Kings want give Ty Corbin a chance this season. But also some interesting names like Mully & Kenny Smith floating around. Twitter @ramonashelburne

The cautious Fratello will not be drawn into predictions or thoughts about Ukraine’s chances in this group so soon before the draw for the tournament was made clear, and especially before he has a good idea on the composition of his team’s roster. “If you ask how many games can we win in this group, I think the preparation is going to be very important, for any of these teams,” he said. “If I could tell you right now who is going to show up and play for us in the summer, it would make it easier to talk about my team.” TalkBasket

"I've learned a lot, to say the least," Jordan told me during an interview at Time Warner Cable Arena on Wednesday afternoon. Jordan met with me to discuss his selection as the Charlotte Business Journal's 2014 Business Person of the Year. Previous honorees include department store CEO Tim Belk and former Duke Energy Chairman Jim Rogers. Business News

Sarver also shared that sentiment with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver recently. "I had this conversation with him just the other day," Silver said Wednesday night in Charlotte before the Suns-Hornets game. "I don't think it's imminent but, yes, over time, there's no question that what was once one of the very best buildings in the league is becoming older. "They invested in a renovation there, the prior ownership did. Robert, as he looks out into the next decade, realizes that at some point he's going to need a new building. It's early stages but it's something that the league office can be helpful with. At least we have the experience of many more markets." Arizona Republic

Silver said Charlotte would be awarded an All-Star Game. The 2015 and 2016 events are in New York and Toronto, respectively, with 2017 and 2018 announcements to come. Silver said he met with Hornets Chairman Michael Jordan and Hornets President and Chief Operating Officer Fred Whitfield on Wednesday about a timeline in relation to $40 million of upcoming renovations to Time Warner Cable Arena. Arizona Republic

We're in search of a new NBPA logo and we're inviting you – the fans! – to participate in the process by designing and submitting your very own logo entries. Your logo will compete against fans and professionals from around the country. The winning logo will be announced during the 2015 All-Star Weekend. SportsBlog.com

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Raul Barrigon: via @FT_Bball, Darko Milicic ready for his kick boxing debut. http://t.co/nkaIifjBrm Twitter @BarriHoopsHype

THE TOP 50 PLAYERS IN CELTICS HISTORY

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December 18, 2014 | 11:42 AM ET Update

Ainge also fielded a hypothetical question: if Boston traded Rondo and did not receive a marquee star in return, how long Celtics fans can tolerate having a team with no stars on it? "I think Celtics fans want to see good team basketball and winning basketball. I think we need to start moving in that direction," Ainge said. "We need to win -- play the game the right way and win. I don't know if stars are required. I mean, winning is what's important. It's assumed in the NBA that stars are needed and that's true, but there's been some successful teams without a star. But I have every intention of continuing to try to find stars. When I say stars, I mean great players that have a positive effect on winning. Not stars that people want to watch, but stars that help winning basketball. Because I think that's what Celtics fans want, is to win." Booth Newspapers

Miller already has the looks of an NBA rotation player and his improving play with the Bighorns is just adding more pudding to the bowl. If NBA teams hold off on signing him to a deal until the 10-day contract's begin on January 5, then he will be an immediate candidate for a 10-day. His path back to the NBA might be shorter than he imagined when he was picked up by Reno, but the system he's playing in is exposing his talents on the offensive end, the exact thing that gets NBA player called up to the League. Ridiculous Upside

There was a point in Tuesday’s game at New Orleans when Rudy Gobert and Enes Kanter were yapping at each other while walking off the court for a timeout. Quin Snyder met them at midcourt and had a quick chat, while team captain Gordon Hayward huddled with his two teammates from behind. The Jazz coach wasn’t trying to put out a team fire. Deseret News

Snyder absolutely loved what was going on between the two players, even if it seemed that they were bickering. “That was great. I was so glad to see them. I don’t care if they yell at each other. I like the communication,” Snyder said. “Once you start talking to each other like that, now you’ve got a chance to grow and to stretch. It’s when they don’t say anything that I get concerned.” Deseret News

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December 18, 2014 | 09:58 AM ET Update

Given Rondo's looming unrestricted free agency, any deal would have to come with assurances that he'd be willing to re-sign with his new team. While those discussions have yet to take place with agent Bill Duffy since no trade agreement is in place, a person familiar with Rondo's thinking said the possibility of competing for championships in Dallas or Houston intrigues him. CBSSports.com

Ken Berger: LAL more viable option in free agency than trade for Rondo. Best asset is 1-5 protected pick, which could move if Rondo makes them better. Twitter @KBergCBS

Ben Rohrbach: Ainge says he'd like to see Rondo shoot more. "I know he can shoot it, but he just loves passing." #LoveActually Twitter @brohrbach

A player that increasingly intrigues Raptors management is Memphis centre Marc Gasol. The Spaniard is a free agent this summer. The greatest lack on the Raptors roster is a truly dominant big man. Gasol is a Jungian figure that features prominently in GM Masai Ujiri’s bedside dream diary. Gasol, 29, has good fiduciary and competitive reasons to stay where he is, but it’s still the Western Conference. He might be great for five or six more years and never make it past the second round of the playoffs. Maybe Gasol can be convinced that he should take a free-agent discount in order to ride roughshod over the Eastern Conference for the foreseeable future. Toronto Globe & Mail

So we all know what Anthony must know — that even money can’t can’t gloss over the mistake he made. But he steadfastly insisted as he readied for this trip that he won’t allow regrets to drift into his mind. “No, if I start doing that and saying what if to myself and second-guessing and questioning myself, it won’t be right,” Anthony said. “For me, mentally, it won’t be right, so I’ll not allow myself to sway toward asking myself what if with this situation or that situation. “What’s done is done. I kind of don’t look at it, I kind of don’t think about it anymore. That’s in the past for me, just a situation that I had to deal with, that I went through this off-season. As far as now and thinking about that situation, it doesn’t even come close to me thinking about that.” Bergen Record

After all, when you have been where he has, being unsure whether you will start or not doesn't even register on the drama scale. His NBA journey to this point? "If I wanted to complain about it, I would say it's been unfair,'' Robinson said. "If I stick to me and not complain about it, I would say I've just had a tough road.'' Oregonian

Mitch McGary’s rough rookie season continues. The Thunder forward will miss the next 2-3 weeks with periostitis (inflammation) in his left tibia. It's not expected to be a serious injury, but McGary's court activity will be lowered as a treatment. This news comes only a few days after McGary finally made his NBA debut, scoring three points and grabbing four rebounds in six brief minutes against the Suns on Sunday. Oklahoman

Mark Cuban's negotiations with Sony might have been released by a hacker, but don't expect the majority of his communications with Mavericks players to ever make it into the public sphere. The Mavericks owner told For The Win that he communicates with his team using Cyber Dust, the private messaging app he introduced earlier this year. The app quickly deletes messages after they are read and alerts users when a screengrab is taken. "What happened … can and will happen to more athletes," he said in a conversation with For The Win over the app. Indianapolis Star

Former Phoenix Suns forward Richard Dumas has pleaded guilty to two counts of theft after being accused of stealing merchandise from an exchange store. Maricopa County prosecutors say 45-year-old Dumas entered his plea Thursday. He's scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 20. Contra Costa Times

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December 18, 2014 | 07:13 AM ET Update

Adrian Wojnarowski: The Dallas Mavericks are serious suitors for Rajon Rondo, league sources tell Yahoo Sports. Houston's discussed Rondo deal with Boston too. Twitter @WojYahooNBA

As part of package, the Mavericks are willing to give Boston a 2015 first-round pick with limited lottery protection, sources told Yahoo Sports. Before a deal is consummated, Dallas needs to confer with Rondo's agent, Bill Duffy, about the franchise's ability to re-sign him as a free agent in the summer. Those conversations wouldn't happen until an agreement is in place. Yahoo! Sports

The prime plan, as noted here for more than a year, has been to add a high-quality player to a rotation featuring Rondo, believing this would be the quickest way to push the club toward contender status. That was the desire last summer when the Celts tried most everything possible, to no avail, to get into the Kevin Love sweepstakes. Boston Herald

That was the plan to some degree even into last week. But president of basketball operations Danny Ainge has, according to league sources, begun to realize that the chances of acquiring an impact player are moving from slim to pipe dream and that the feared longer rebuild may be on the horizon. Boston Herald

The third option, if the Celtics cannot get a star to pair with him or get a worthwhile return in trade, would be to let Rondo walk. This would be the last choice, but word continues to be strong that the club will not take on anything that might weigh down its rebuilding just to get something for its best player. Boston Herald

Every year around this time, the trade rumors start swirling around the Celtics point guard, and this season is no different. “It’s a way of life since I’ve been here,” he said after Wednesday’s win over the Magic. “It’s just part of it.” WEEI.com

While the Celtics seem willing to part with Rondo for the right price, Rondo reiterated publicly his desire to stay in Boston. “How many times do you want me to say it?” he asked. “We discussed it on media day. My thoughts and my opinions as far as the organization hasn’t changed, so … I’m enjoying life. You can’t win ‘em all, but these guys are funny, I’m young and I’m doing what I love to do. It’s a dream come true. I can’t be upset about anything, really. “I just want to be a better person each year, be a better teammate each year, and I think I’m doing a pretty good job so far, just trying to lead these young guys. I’m not that old, but they make me feel like it.” WEEI.com

Adrian Wojnarowski: Trade market for Lance Stephenson continues to be lean for Charlotte, league sources tell Yahoo. Talks with Indiana yet to gain traction. Twitter @WojYahooNBA

Charlie Villanueva: On his decision process of choosing the Mavericks over the Clippers: "To be honest, when I was with coach [Rick] Carlisle it just seemed so real. He was speaking from the heart. That's what I loved about him. Obviously, his resume speaks for itself. Just sitting down to talk to him man to man. I was there for two days and he personally worked me out both days. It just showed how much he cared about his players and wants his players to be successful. The thing that he always said was like, if I did decide to come here that he would make sure that I would become a better player. Not to take nothing away from what the Clippers and Doc Rivers is doing, but it just felt right with Rick. It was just a feeling. I went with a feeling in my gut and I feel like I made the right move." Dallas Morning News

Irving is frustrated that his shot isn’t falling, but he admitted to losing track of Mack a couple of times on Wednesday. (It was more than a couple). Irving’s defense is improved over past seasons, but now comes the next important step when he has to learn how to do it every single night. That goes for all the players, not just Irving. Akron Beacon Journal

The crowd, which was amped early, left in the fourth quarter as the Cavs turned in their most disappointing performance of the year. Losing happens, especially against a talented team like the Hawks, but the fight wasn't there, something Blatt admitted after the game. It left him sitting at the podium after the game with very little to say. "I don't want to get up and walk out of here, that's not fair to you," Blatt said. "I really don't have too much to say. That was embarrassing how we played. I apologize to all the good fans that came out here as they always do. Really just a poor, poor performance and I don't really have a whole lot to say." Cleveland Plain Dealer

The three ball was Atlanta's weapon of choice, hitting 16-of-28, including a franchise-record nine in the second quarter as the Hawks outscored Cleveland, 39-26, to take a halftime lead. "Very damaging," James said of the Hawks' three-point shooting. "A three ball is an equalizer in our game. That's the way they go. They had five or six uncontested threes and we can't accept that. If guys are going to make shots, they have to make shots over us, contested. We can be satisfied with that but we can't be satisfied with the open looks they got." Cleveland Plain Dealer

Bucks General Manager John Hammond sensed from his first encounter with Parker that the player’s desire to be special, plus his support system, separated him from other rookies. “He came in for his press conference and I’m sitting there next to him and I’m thinking, ‘Is this guy 19 or 29?’ Because he had that kind of poise, that kind of maturity about him already,” Hammond said. Washington Post

Bucks Coach Jason Kidd benched Parker for the entire fourth quarter of wins against Memphis and Oklahoma City last month. After matching his season low with six points in a similarly season-low 21 minutes in the Thunder win, Parker emerged from the training room with an ice pack on his right shoulder — the result of a strain suffered during summer league — but offered no excuses or complaints. “No need to get back out there if it’s working,” Parker said, while adding Kidd didn’t need to explain his decision for not playing him in those situations. “I can get an idea of what I need to do to stay on the floor. Be aggressive, do things that I can do on the defensive end, to make sure I can do my assignments.” Washington Post

Now Parker is left with a long road to recovery. But he is also left with the measured calm of an “old soul.” And he is left with that imagination he lauded to the children at Discovery World. The scoring touch that propelled him to average 14.3 points on shooting 60.6 percent in six games in December, including a 22-point game against James’s Cavaliers, will do him little good in the days ahead. Wisdom and imagination — tools that have brought him so far already — must now be relied upon once again. “For me, stay consistent, stay on yourself,” Parker said when asked about motivations in November. “The goal is to try to be remembered as much as possible. Washington Post

Parker began fantasizing about a career in the NBA when he was about 6. He grew up watching old tapes of his father, Sonny, a wing with the Warriors in the late ’70s and early ‘80s. He studied the greats while watching “NBA Hardwood Classics” and mimicked their moves at the Mormon Church in Chicago’s Hyde Park. But as he navigated through his lone season at Duke, and his play began to resemble that of a high lottery pick, the dream gave way to angst and the road ahead of him became real. “I was afraid of leaving, afraid of what could happen in the future,” Parker said. “You don’t want to go away from school. You grow up when you go away from school. Nobody wants to grow up.” Washington Post

Jeff McDonald: Patty Mills (shoulder) has graduated to contact work, went through entire shootaround today. Still looking at January return, per Pop. Twitter @JMcDonald_SAEN

"Michael Malone is a good man," Ranadive said. "He's an honorable man, and he did great things for this organization. ... We needed a coach [in 2013] that would restore structure, restore discipline, restore a system defense, and I consulted with some of the experts in the business and they said [Malone] was a great choice." ESPN.com

Charlie Villanueva on how he proposed to his fiancée: "Well the good thing is that my lady so happened to be from Dallas. That kind of worked out. I was nervous, to be honest. I've never been that nervous in my life. It was worse than sitting in the green room waiting for my name to be called. I went out to dinner and took her to the American Airlines Center and that's where I did it. I just felt like it was right, her being from Dallas, watching the Mavericks growing up to now being with a Maverick. I just felt like doing it in Dallas was the right spot." Dallas Morning News

When the Raptors went to Drake — the team’s “Global Ambassador” — and asked him during which game he wanted to hold “Drake Night,” his choice was easy. “If there’s anybody I want to beat, it’s the Nets,” the rapper said before the Raptors went out and did just that, 105-89, at Air Canada Center on Wednesday night. “I had some conversations with the guys and asked them to overdo it for me,” he continued with a smile. “I got to choose which game was going to be ‘Drake Night’ this year, and I felt like this was the one.” New York Post

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