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Brooklyn Nets going gray for fresh new look

[ad_1] A year ago, the Brooklyn Nets knew their black-and-white court was due for a refurbishing. The court's minimalist color scheme, unique in the NBA, had remained broadly the same since Sean Marks took over as general manager in 2016 -- and really since the team moved from New Jersey.It had also been wildly popular. Rankings of team court designs over the last half-decade usually placed Brooklyn's floor within the
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Raptors launch branded hijabs in fan outreach

[ad_1] TORONTO -- The Raptors say a new line of team-branded hijabs is part of an effort to be more inclusive to fans of all cultures.The team's parent company, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, unveiled the Nike Pro hijabs emblazoned with the team logo in a social media post Friday. The Raptors say they are the first NBA team to offer an athletic hijab for Muslim women.MLSE senior marketing director
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The unusual path of new Raptors assistant coach Brittni Donaldson

[ad_1] Brittni Donaldson is joining Nick Nurse's staff to become the 10th current female coach in the NBA. Courtesy Toronto RaptorsBrittni Donaldson was almost literally born into basketball in Iowa, but even she could never have imagined her improbable path to becoming the league's 10th current female assistant coach, and the youngest at just 26 years old.Donaldson spent the last two seasons as a data analyst -- i.e., advanced stats guru
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Raptors’ Lowry (thumb) pulls out of World Cup

[ad_1] Kyle Lowry of the NBA champion Toronto Raptors says his surgically repaired thumb has not recovered sufficiently enough to allow him to participate with USA Basketball in camp for the FIBA World Cup, and he is withdrawing from consideration for the team.Lowry made the announcement Monday after meeting with his surgeon to gauge the recovery of his thumb, which was operated on last month. He was hoping to be
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NBA releases schedule — Kawhi in Toronto Dec. 11

[ad_1] The 2019-20 NBA schedule was unveiled on Monday, and with summer player movement scattering stars across the league to new teams, return games will feature prominently throughout the season.Kawhi Leonard will make his return to Toronto on Dec. 11 as the LA Clippers visit the defending champion Raptors. New Celtics guard Kemba Walker returns to Charlotte on Nov. 7 and Jazz guard Mike Conley is back in Memphis on
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Sources — Clips vs. Lakers tops Christmas games

[ad_1] A marquee matchup of two new dynamic duos created this offseason will headline the NBA's Christmas slate this year.The LA Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers will play at Staples Center on Dec. 25, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. The meeting will pit LeBron James and new teammate Anthony Davis against reigning Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.James will likely play in his 14th Christmas game this year and
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‘You can’t plan beyond next year’- Coaching in an NBA where stars call the shots

[ad_1] THE UNMISTAKABLE WAIL of electric guitar prompted Nick Nurse to bound to his feet. The grand finale he'd been waiting on was finally here, and the Toronto Raptors coach waved his arms to the heavens, gleefully swaying to the beat with the rest of the packed house at the Tropicana in Las Vegas.What Prince fan doesn't love "Purple Rain"? Although the high priest of pop had died of an
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Lin fears that NBA has ‘kind of given up on me’

[ad_1] More than a billion dollars in contracts were agreed to in the first 24 hours of the NBA's new league year, but free agency isn't a feeding frenzy for all players."Every year it gets harder," free-agent point guard Jeremy Lin said of his uncertain NBA future."In English there's a saying and it says once you hit rock bottom, the only way is up," an emotional Lin said as part
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Source — Raptors’ Lowry has surgery on thumb

[ad_1] Toronto Raptors All-Star guard Kyle Lowry had a procedure to repair a tendon injury in his left thumb, a league source told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski on Thursday.Lowry hopes to be ready for USA Basketball training camp and the FIBA World Cup later in the summer.During the playoffs, Lowry acknowledged that the injury on his non-shooting hand was affecting his play and said he planned to take care of it