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NEWS: Anthony Bennett Is Something The Raptors Aren’t…. A CHAMPION! [KingpinTV.net]




Although the painful memory has faded because LeBron James has uplifted the franchise, it wasn’t too long ago when the Cavs were haunted by taking Anthony Bennett with the first pick overall in the draft. That didn’t work out so well, and Bennett was a throw-in for the trade that brought Kevin Love to Cleveland. After bouncing around a few years in the league, Bennett took his battered reputation overseas and can now call himself a champion, if nothing else. Continue reading

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VIEWS FROM THE SIX: Who Is Serge Ibaka? [KingpinTV.net]


A documentary about the newest Raptor, Serge Ibaka. This was filmed Continue reading

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VIEWS FROM THE SIX: Toronto’s Forgettable Sports Moments Pt 2! [KingpinTV.net]


Raptors Global Ambassador Drake Holds Back The Tears

Paul Pierce is a sure fire first ballot Hall of Famer. He is a 10 time allstar, An NBA champion, The 2008 NBA finals MVP and one of the

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VIEWS FROM THE SIX: Derozan Nearly Had One Of The Greatest Dunks in Team USA History! [KingpinTV.net]


Yes it was a miss due to a foul, but imagine if he connected.

Even King James appreciated the attempt:

Here is what it would of looked like if Derozan connected:



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VIEWS FROM THE SIX: Raptors Fan Ejected from Eastern Conference Finals Game 4 Was Murdered in Toronto! [KingpinTV.net]



A 34-year-old man killed during a daylight shooting in a quiet Toronto neighbourhood has been identified as former Vancouver gangster Sukh Deo.

According to reports from The Vancouver Sun, Deo was shot Tuesday afternoon while driving a white Range Rover near Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue shortly before 3 p.m. Continue reading

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VIEWS FROM THE SIX: Photos From The Toronto Raptors 2016 Playoff Run! [KingpinTV.net]


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In honor of the Toronto Raptors 2016 NBA playoff push, we have Continue reading

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NEWS: Bismack Biyombo Blown Bunny Counter! [KingpinTV.net]

Bloggers note: This Funny segment is courtesy of the True hoop affiliate for the Toronto Raptors
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PHOTO: Kyle Lowry Has Slimmed Down! [KingpinTV.net]


Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry (Fourth from left) Is looking trim. Will he regain his all-star form? Season to follow


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INSIGHT: How Raptors 905 Came To Be [KingpinTV.net]


Bloggers Note: It may seem like no big deal that Canada has been rewarded a NBADL (National Basketball Association Development League) team to the rest of the NBA but to the Raptors franchise and fanbase this a blessing in disguise.

The Toronto Raptors as a franchise & basketball fans in Canada are more than excited about the fact that the Raptors have a “D-League” Affiliate. Lets face it. Basketball has come a long way in Canada within Continue reading

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NEWS: Raptors Guard Lou Williams Wins Sixth Man Of The Year Award! [KingpinTV.net]

Toronto Raptors guard Lou Williams has won the NBA’s Sixth Man Award as the league’s best reserve player.

Williams averaged a career-high 15.5 points in his 10th NBA season, helping Toronto win a franchise-record 49 games.

Williams earned 78 first-place votes and 502 total points from a panel of 130 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada.
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OVOraps is fashion inspired by the Raptors Global Ambassador Drake.

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** CANCON stands for Canadian Content – The music/video/fashion must produced by either a Canadian artist, producer or designer**



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NEWS: Raptors’ Kyle Lowry NBA All-Star Starter! [KingpinTV.net]

Kyle Lowry’s abundant talents have made him an NBA all-star. Social media helped make him a starter in the league’s marquee mid-season showcase.

With a huge late surge fuelled by votes cast through Twitter and other sites, the Raptors point guard will start for the Eastern Conference in the Feb. 15 all-star game at Madison Square Garden.

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NEWS: NBA Fines Drake & Toronto Raptors $25,000 For Kevin Durrant Remarks At OVO Fest! [KingpinTV.net]

The Toronto Raptors have been fined $25,000 for comments that rap star and team ambassador Drake made about Kevin Durant at a recent concert that the NBA has deemed a violation of its anti-tampering rules, sources with knowledge of the league’s ruling told ESPN.com on Monday.

Rapper Drake, the global ambassador for the Raptors, asked a Toronto crowd to

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HIGHLIGHTS: Drake Night In Toronto At The Air Canada Centre! [KingpinTV.net]

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Drake Night in Toronto was the hottest ticket in the city! Move over hockey, there is a new sheriff in town. Check the video highlights below.

Pregame news conference:


Drake joins Paul Jones & Sherman Hamilton on Raptors Game Day:


Drake announces the starters:


Drake applauds the Raptor victory:



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NEWS/VIDEO: Drake Becomes A Toronto Raptor, Joins In Team Re-Branding! [KingpinTV.net]

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.

In a league driven by shiny-object syndrome, the Toronto-born musician has always had an earthy feel to his fandom.

Three years ago, just as it was about to get really bad, he laid out his bona fides.

“I am a Raptors fan to the death,” Drake told ESPN.

How grim was it back then? Whoever transcribed the ESPN interview included the 26-year-old global brand-factory “sighing” as he said it.

Last week, he appeared on the same U.S. sports network’s daily screaming competition, First Take.

“The real goal here is to build up the Toronto Raptors,” Drake announced in the midst of wider conversation about the league.

Host Stephen A. Smith burst into laughter. Then he got quiet (a first).

“The Toronto Raptors? Really? Really?!”

Yeah, pal. Really.

Over the years, Drake’s been a regular in the courtside seats. When he shows, he usually sits a few chairs over from another boldface name — Bell CEO George Cope, the guiding force in the MLSE boardroom.

Unlike a lot of the one per centers at the ACC, the pair spends the basketball game watching basketball, rather than their cellphones.

That loyalty — and also his immense following inside the game — has been noted.

The nuptials will start Monday with an announcement that Drake is partnering with the Raptors as they accept the 2016 NBA All-Star Game.

He’ll be drafted in as a non-official host of festivities. An actual MC, as well as a figurative one.

The hip-hop star will also launch a clothing line in conjunction with the team. Most intriguingly, he is being asked to consult on a complete redesign of the club’s image to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the franchise in the 2014-15 season.

According to sources at MLSE, everything about the team is on the table . . . aside from the name. Give up your Huskies dreams. MLSE and Drake are sticking with dinosaurs.

Going forward, this will be more than a business arrangement.

It would be wrong to call what comes next a renaissance. That would imply that the Raptors have a legacy to build on. After 18 years, all they have is one playoff series win and Vinsanity to draw from. That’s it.

It’s within Drake’s power to change that.

The template is the Brooklyn Nets.

A terrible franchise marooned in a city no one in the NBA wanted to go to. It was the sort of team good players left. This will sound familiar to you.

An ownership change was a part of it. Moving to the correct side of Manhattan was a bigger part. There was a rebrand.

But the key element of Brooklyn’s resurgence is Jay-Z, and the trail of glamour he was able to lay down.

Hip hop’s cool uncle took an (incredibly tiny) ownership position in exchange for polishing the shield. He didn’t have to do much. Switch from Yankees to Nets ball-caps. Show up to a few games. Whisper in the ears of a few guys who grew up on The Blueprint.

The result is an almost instant contender, the sort of marquee brand future hall of famers want to be associated with.

Drake is already doing many of these things for free, but it’s never been directional. He is friends with many of the game’s stars (“No relationship is closer than me and LeBron,” he was once said), but he hasn’t taken an active interest in luring them to Toronto. In the past, there was no reason to do so, and no conduit through which to operate even if he felt like it.

Now he has the ear of MLSE CEO Tim Leiweke, and the attention of everyone in the organization. There is, as yet, no suggestion he will take an ownership stake.

Last week, Raptors centre Amir Johnson taped himself buying up hundreds of copies of Drake’s new album and handing them out at Dundas Square.

At the time, it seemed like he was helping out a pal. Maybe he was in fact doing some promo for his new boss.

After laying the groundwork, Jay-Z gave up his share of the Nets in order to start a sports agency business. Look at all he managed in just a couple of years.

That same sense of possibility suffuses Drake’s arrival into the family. After so many years of executives who couldn’t lure major talent up to the land of bad cable TV or keep the what they had, they finally have a pitch man NBA stars will listen to.

Guys in this league don’t listen to suits. They don’t listen to former players. They listen to the only people they look up to — pop cultural icons. Drake’s bigger than any of them right now.

He’s got a two-year window in which to work. Most of the money comes off the Raptors books in the summer of 2015. That’s his target.

The potential is so exciting, they’re already starting to worry about it in the tower over the ACC.

“We just hope he doesn’t want to be an agent,” one key MLSE figure said, joking.

And also not joking at all.


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VIDEO: Raptor Play By Play Announcers Speak On Their Knowledge Of Wale! [KingpinTV.net]

Matt Devlin and Leo Rautins had these less than favorable words to say about Grammy award nominee Wale after Rudy Gay responded to his trash talking with a three:

Rudy clarified after the game on twitter that he an Wale are actually friends and that they were just joking with each other on the court.

Wale had this photographic response as the announcers appeared to pay him no mind:

Here is the video footage:

You win some and you lose some

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