TAG: Drake

Smack / Aug 14, 2014 / 2:15 pm

Report: League Rep Denies Asking Raptors To Fire Drake

Drake

Drake recently made an onstage appeal for Kevin Durant to join the Toronto Raptors, the franchise for which the Canadian superstar serves as team ambassador. That’s not up for debate, and nor is that the NBA levied a $25,000 tampering fine against Toronto as a result of Drake’s very public plea. After news surfaced that the league offered to rescind the charge if the Raptors fired Drake, though, it has since come out in strong opposition of those incendiary reports. Read More »

Smack / Aug 13, 2014 / 11:00 am

Report: NBA Offered To Drop $25K Tampering Fine If The Raptors Fired Drake

Drake, Kevin Hart

On Monday, the league fined the Toronto Raptors $25,000 for violating the anti-tampering rules, citing an incident at Drake‘s OVO Fest concert when he specifically called out Kevin Durant (who was in the crowd), referenced his free agency in 2016, and made a direct plea for him to come to Toronto. It turns out, the Raptors could have gotten out of the fine, but only if they fired Drake as their global ambassador. Read More »

NBA / Aug 11, 2014 / 2:45 pm

Report: Raptors Fined For Comments Drake Made About Durant At Concert

Drake

Drake might know every in and out of the music industry, but he still has some lessons to learn about “working” for an NBA team. According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the Toronto Raptors were fined $25,000 due to comments Drake – the franchise’s global ambassador – made onstage about Kevin Durant during a recent concert. Read More »

Smack / Aug 5, 2014 / 11:15 am

Drake Makes Raptors Recruiting Pitch To Kevin Durant During Concert

Kevin Durant

For five years now, Drake has turned Caribana weekend into his own personal ode to his hometown of Toronto by holding the OVO concert series, which ran this past weekend. Last night was the main show, and as the official global ambassador of the Toronto Raptors, Drake did not pass up an opportunity to recruit Kevin Durant, who was in attendance. Read More »

Smack / Jul 17, 2014 / 10:15 am

Video: Drake & Brian McKnight Sing “Sidepieces” At The ESPYs

Drake, Brian McKnight

Drake did an OK job hosting the ESPYs last night. Maybe his opening monologue wasn’t as ruthless as Norm McDonald‘s in ’98, but he was entertaining to us — specifically with his Lance Cam. Perhaps his bravest choice of the evening came when he launched into the ballad “Sidepices” as a piano tinkled behind him — he was later joined onstage by Brian McKnight — and a room full of professional athletes sat and awkwardly laughed while stealing covert glances at their spouse. Read More »

GIFs, Video / Jul 16, 2014 / 11:15 pm

Watch Drake Blow In Lance Stephenson’s Ear At ESPYs

Drake, Lance Stephenson

Drake, Lance Stephenson (photo. @ESPN)

The lovable rapper/actor/emcee backpackers hate with the violence of an early Rakim couplet, Raptors global ambassador Drake, hosted the ESPYs tonight in Los Angeles and he got a couple humdingers in about Donald Sterling and others. Perhaps his greatest NBA-related skit involved Lance Stephenson and his former teammate Paul George. Read More »

instagram / Jul 8, 2014 / 9:30 am

Video: Jonas Valanciunas Tries Teaching Raptors Dancers Lithuanian Moves

Jonas Valanciunas, Toronto Raptors

Raptors 6-11 big man Jonas Valanciunas finished his second year in the NBA when Toronto was eliminated from the first round of the playoffs after a brutal Game 7 home loss to the Nets. During the offseason, the 22-year-old center decided it was time to show the Raptors dance team his native Lithuanian moves and wardrobe. Read More »

Style - Kicks and Gear / May 19, 2014 / 4:00 pm

Dime Q&A: Landry Fields On Drake, His New Career In TV, The Raptors & More

Landry Fields

Landry Fields is not your average NBA hooper. The dude owns a Stanford Degree, once sold his own jersey in disguise and hosted Jeremy Lin on his couch while NYC erupted into “Linsanity”. While he now resides north of the border, the 6-foot-7 shooting guard has recently added to the resume: musical entertainer.

On May 31, a Saturday, at 8 p.m. ET, Landry Fields will start a new journey on ABC’s “Sing Your Face Off.” The Stanford grad is now part of a new roster that includes himself, comedian Jon Lovitz, Skid Row lead singer Sebastian Bach, soap opera star Lisa Rinna and talented Disney personality China Anne McClain. Read More »

College, High School / May 8, 2014 / 1:15 pm

Dime Q&A: Star Recruit Isaiah Whitehead Talks Seton Hall, Legacy & Pregame Music

Isaiah Whitehead

Last month, D.C was home to the 41st annual Capitol Classic All-Star Game, hosting some of the nation’s best and elite ballers going head to head with D.C’s finest. The game this year featured talents such as Romelo Trimble, attending University Maryland next season, to Brooklyn’s own Isaiah Whitehead, attending Seton Hall next season. The game is one of the nation’s best high school showcases and definitely lived up to the bill. Read More »

NBA, Smack / May 5, 2014 / 11:00 am

Drake Embraces The Raptor After Game 7 Heartbreak

Drake, The Raptor

A No. 3 seed entering the playoffs, the Raptors weren’t supposed to be able to compete with a Nets team that had righted the ship from earlier this season and was poised to play upset with Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Deron Williams and Joe Johnson leading the way. Except, the Raptors gave them all they could handle and almost took it in the final game, which is what makes Drake‘s embrace of Toronto’s Raptor so heartwarming. Read More »