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Toronto Raptors release new look

By: Kamal Hylton (@KamalHylton)

In its continued efforts to evolve as a franchise, the Toronto Raptors have released its new logo to go along with the “We The North” campaign. A revamped design that has the fingerprints of a particular someone, Drake playing his part as the teams Global Ambassador.

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The early reactions have been mixed from Raptors nation, especially in the face of celebrating its 20th Anniversary and turning back the clock to the purple jerseys and the dinosaur logo. The dinosaur logo originally the target of jokes, especially with its ties to the Jurassic Park movie franchise, has become cool again in the same way some clothes that are considered “retro” or “throwbacks” become trendy once again.

We all knew that red was always going to be included, and the claw mark does still give it a Raptors feel, but something about this logo is rubbing people the wrong way?

It might have a little something to do with this.

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A point that the official Nets twitter account made with two words.

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Personally, I don’t know how to feel about the redesign just yet and want to withhold my judgement until the full colour scheme and new jerseys are unveiled in the new year.

Here’s a quick promo the Raptors cut to introduce the new look.

Do you like the new look? Hate it? Let me know your thoughts @KamalHylton and don’t forget to follow @NBANationOz.

 

 



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Jabari Parker Torn ACL; Will Miss Remainder Of Season

Milwaukee Bucks Rookie Jabari Parker has informed teammates of a torn ACL in his left knee sustained during an awkward drive in the paint against the Suns yesterday, per Y! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski.

Parker, the #2 overall pick in this year’s draft, has been averaging 12.3 points and 5.5 rebounds per game, and is also second in field goal percentage (.490), helping the Bucks clamber back towards playoffs relevancy. 

The young forward will now miss the rest of the 2014/15 NBA season. We wish him a speedy and healthy recovery.

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Kings Fire Head Coach Mike Malone

The Sacramento Kings have sensationally fired head Coach Mike Malone despite beginning the new season with better-than-expected results.

Starting with an impressive 11-13 record in the tough Western Conference, and competing without star center DeMarcus Cousins for 9 games, the Kings felt it necessary to relieve Malone of his duties and instate assistant coach Ty Corbin in the interim. Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news via Twitter yesterday afternoon to a considerable backlash from fans who found it to be a big surprise.

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Kobe Bryant Passes Michael Jordan

Kobe Bryant has officially moved into third on the all time scoring list, passing Michael Jordan on a made free throw in Minnesota this afternoon.

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When Destiny Meets Greatness [Video]

He’s just 31 points away from third on the all time scoring list, but that’s not the real accomplishment for a guy like Kobe Bryant. Having modeled his game from a man who is widely regarded as the greatest to ever play, the passing of Michael Jordan holds a high level of significance for the Black Mamba, and he’s nearly there.

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2015 NBA All Star Uniforms Unveiled

Adidas and the NBA have released the uniforms for the 2015 All Star Weekend to be held in New York City this coming February. The league has had mixed responses to jersey designs over the past few years, however this latest style is flawless in its simplicity and according to the designers Adidas, a throw back to New York City’s rich basketball history, and it’s “unique personification of the as a mecca of sports, music, and fashion”. 

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Kobe’s Triple Double A Breath Of Fresh Air [Video]

During one of the most tumultuous seasons in Lakers history, there has been little to cheer about for fans of the much fabled franchise. 

One of the few joys still afforded to the fans however, is a well rested and rejuvenated Kobe Bryant who, while shooting a career low…. is as aggressive and determined as ever. That was on full display yesterday as Bryant carved out his 20th career triple double, while also becoming the only member of the 30k+ points club to eclipse 6,000 assists. Not bad for a 36 year old right? 

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2014 FIBA World Cup: Three Euro-based players with NBA futures

By: Kamal Hylton (@KamalHylton) Throughout the 2014 FIBA World Cup there have been some stellar performances from quite a few players that are currently on NBA rosters. These are players we’re well familiar with, or in some cases will get familiar with them if/when they decide to come to North America. What I’d like to focus on in this piece are three players that currently play in Europe and would be a great fit in the NBA. There are a few others that are worth keeping an eye on and showed themselves well in moments, but these three were fairly consistent for their teams and proved vital figures in important games.

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Sneaker Watch: Adidas Crazylight Boost

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Adidas have unveiled the new, amazing ‘Crazylight Boost’ sneaker for Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard.

The new sneaker pays homage to the Blazers Point Guard, with the colourway of Purple, Red & Black nodding at Lillards College colours of Weber State and his NBA home of Portland. Lillard’s nickname of ‘DAME’ is also incorporated into the shoe with the ‘E’ in the name using the 3 stripes of Adidas. Neat.

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FIBA World Cup: Brazil dominate rivals and Boomers come up short

By: Kamal Hylton (@KamalHylton)

Yesterday’s knockout games were good, but today’s games were even better! Providing excitement and drama in two games that were billed as interesting clashes.

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