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Drake introduces Raptors players on ‘Drake Night’ in Toronto (VIDEO)

Jan 12, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT

It was Drake Night in Toronto on Saturday, and the recording artist not only broke out a retro Raptors jersey-lined jacket for the occasion, but he also got to do the player introductions.

Pretty basic stuff, although the flavor he added to the DeMar DeRozan intro feels like something we’ve seen before.

Toronto pulled away late for the 96-80 victory over a Nets team that had to go to double overtime the night before to secure a victory over the Heat.

  1. johngalt1783 - Jan 12, 2014 at 2:07 PM

    What is about NBA writers that insist on mentioning the Nets had to go double OT, were tired because they went double OT the night before the Raptors game?

    All that is irrelevant. The Nets were not good enough to win at home vs the Heat without going double OT, so too bad. On the other hand the Raptors had no control over the Polar Vortex negatively affecting their arrival time in Indianapolis before the Pacers game.

    The Nets lost because they got beat by a better team last night. That is all there is to it.

  2. themagicfanguy - Jan 12, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    They mention it because it’s relevant to the story, that’s kind of how this thing works. Please stop the whole “better team won” BS when you know its BS. There’s 82 games on the schedule, one win doesn’t make a team better than the other. If we went by your logic then the Nets are better than the Heat because they beat them the night before? Yeah, next time think about what you’re saying before spouting off about nonsense.

    • johngalt1783 - Jan 12, 2014 at 3:06 PM

      Last night the better team won. How it turns out over 82 games only time and old age will tell. The creaking you hear in Baclays is not the stadium parts by the Nets players parts.

      Sorry old is old.

    • leeeroooyjeeenkiiins - Jan 13, 2014 at 12:23 PM

      Check the standings son.

  3. rjmarrella - Jan 12, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    So…. Who is Drake?

    • strictlythedanks - Jan 12, 2014 at 5:09 PM

      Id rather not know.

      SHame on whoever thumbs this down.

  4. rjmarrella - Jan 12, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    Somehow I understand what people mean when they say the NBA has no idea how to market themselves. I really have no idea who Drake is… Reality TV?

  5. captainwisdom8888 - Jan 12, 2014 at 2:35 PM

    There are always a multitude of variables and reasons that factor into whether a team wins or loses, and you cannot say that any of the variables are “irrelevant” because every single one of them contributes to some degree to the overall equation that is the sporting contest. The fact that a veteran team of older guys such as the Nets played a double OT game less than 24 hours prior to this matchup with Toronto is definitely relevant to the outcome.

    You can always some up a game as: “This team lost because they got beat by a better team,” because regardless of the matchup, the team that wins simply has to be better than their opponent on that specific night alone (Unless it’s postseason play). Everyone knows the Nets aren’t as good of a team as the Heat in the grand scheme of it, but they were clearly the better team last night.

    • johngalt1783 - Jan 12, 2014 at 3:10 PM

      No one but Nets fans and EC media seem to think the Nets are better than the Raptors. Must be the water in the East River.

      Current NBA playoff odds

      http://espn.go.com/nba/hollinger/playoffodds

  6. onbucky96 - Jan 12, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    And you are…? Drake? Yeah…I don’t follow hip hop. I just troll.

  7. saint1997 - Jan 12, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    I like the idea of the Raptors switching to this black and gold, could make for a fun new look for a team whose uniform make them look like a grade 8 high school club

    • 1heatedtoombrayduh - Jan 13, 2014 at 11:46 AM

      i like the old school raptors jerseys the purple ones that Tmac and VC wore..theier jerseys are fine..they just need to get a little more lucky

  8. wwttww - Jan 12, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    One does not simply have a Drake Night

  9. hildezero - Jan 12, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    @rjmarrella,

    You are such an ignorant old skeezer, huh?

  10. rickyspanish - Jan 12, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    The Pistons’ announcer is my favorite, that guy is into it.

  11. DonRSD - Jan 12, 2014 at 5:05 PM

    Really – Wheelchair Jimmy aka the softest “rapper guy” ever created?

    Real hiphop heads don’t listen to this clown.

  12. rjmarrella - Jan 12, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    Drake is the rich kid who sings about growing up tough in Canada … Got it now….

  13. themagicfanguy - Jan 12, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    @john Who cares about odds? The Raptors are bad, so are the Nets. There’s no point in arguing who’s better until the end of the season when we see the standings. That’s like starting a ‘Utah is better than Charlotte’ argument, it makes no sense because both are terrible.

  14. themagicfanguy - Jan 12, 2014 at 8:18 PM

    @Don “Real hiphop heads”… Seriously? That’s not an actual term for a group of people, understand?
    Who are you to tell someone what’s real and what isn’t? Oh yeah, you’re nobody. How about you wait until he stops selling millions of records every year before calling him fake.

  15. fearthehoody - Jan 12, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    themagicfanguy is a Drakey fan! Bieber, One direction, Nickelback , sell millions of albums too so they must be good music right!?

  16. nicofthenorthstar - Jan 12, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    NBA. Cheese. Which one’s cheesier?

  17. lhollis74 - Jan 12, 2014 at 11:44 PM

    Uh, magician guy, “realhiphop heads” are a specific group of people, and we know who we are as opposed to the casual rap music listener. And Don is correct, we don’t listen to his music because of what he represents, “hip pop”. And the fact that you are unaware of what has just been explained to you is telling, in regards to your understanding of music genres. Uninformed people are grossly unaware of how much they don’t know.

  18. buttfumbles - Jan 13, 2014 at 2:17 AM

    Drake is awful I miss the days when hip hop was good

  19. knoxxlive - Jan 13, 2014 at 3:26 AM

    onbucky96 um yea he’s not jus a hip hop artist

  20. drewdatwit84 - Jan 13, 2014 at 6:37 AM

    “hip-hop heads” are the most ignorant bunch… disregarding mainstream hip-hop stars like Drake and others, why? bcuz they rap about stuff u don’t like? that’s YOUR problem… and look who “hip-hop heads” are fans of? LOSERS STUCK UNDERGROUND! that’s right, “rappers” who CAN’T get a deal. somehow your LOCAL fans think these underground losers are better than Drake. how is that possible when you’re BROKE and you’re not a globally famous millionaire like Drake? please… I’m not even a Drake fan. I just laugh at the stupidity of “hip-hop heads”.

  21. cheathamhouse1 - Jan 13, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    Drake is Hip Pop not Hip Hop

  22. neighbourhoodp - Jan 13, 2014 at 11:43 AM

    Half of you waste mans commenting wouldn’t last a day in Toronto lol

  23. yuwannano - Jan 13, 2014 at 5:49 PM

    Drake is Millennials what Will Smith (AKA The Fresh Prince) was to us Gen Xers. Both have their place in hip hop.

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