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Draymond Green on how he'd handle Drake in Warriors-Raptors NBA Final

Draymond Green on how he'd handle Drake in Warriors-Raptors NBA Final

When it comes to the NBA, it's often synonymous with rapper Drake.

Yeah ... I know.

To catch you up -- he's a Toronto Raptors superfan, er "global ambassador," who freely roams the court at his enjoyment during games, which means, of course, there's a possibility he is sitting courtside if the Raptors play the Warriors during a possible NBA Finals matchup. That is if the Raptors are successful during the Eastern Conference finals against the Milwaukee Bucks -- a team Drake already left an impression on.

Naturally, a reporter had to ask Draymond during Warriors practice on Thursday how he would handle Drake if the Warriors faced the Raptors during the series. And well, he gave a very Draymond answer.

"Drake can't shoot. Nor can he pass," Green told reporters. "You ever seen Drake play basketball?"

Draymond has, apparently.

"I saw a couple highlights," he said. "They wasn't so high. So I really don't care."

For the record, I've never seen Drake play basketball beyond perhaps a scene in "Degrassi," and even then I wasn't impressed. 

Beyond being his presence on the court, he has a tendency to let his emotions get to him. Remember, he's not on the team.

Just recently, on ESPN's "The Jump,"  NBA player Kendrick Perkins talked about Drake's antics during Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals. Beyond rubbing shoulders with Raptors head coach Nick Nurse, Drake rubbed Perkins the wrong way previously -- so he mentioned that as much as he supports Drake's fandom, there is a line.

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"At the end of the day, if it was another fan that wasn't Drake, they probably would be put out of the arena," Perkins said.

It appears the players aren't too impressed by his antics, but we will have to see how Green reacts -- if he reacts at all, and if they both get the opportunity. 

NBA rumors: Warriors' Kevon Looney possible Rockets free-agent target

NBA rumors: Warriors' Kevon Looney possible Rockets free-agent target

Warriors big man Kevon Looney will become an unrestricted free agent on Sunday. And unlike last summer, Golden State will have to give the 23-year-old more than the minimum to re-sign him.

There will be a market for Looney, and the Houston Rockets are expected to be a suitor.

As Sam Amick of The Athletic wrote on Tuesday night:

As it stands, [the Rockets] have no cap room and are limited to the midlevel exception (annual salary starting at $5.7 million).

A source with knowledge of the Rockets’ plans said Danny Green, Jeremy Lamb, Al-Farouq Aminu, DeAndre Jordan, Brook Lopez and Kevon Looney are also possible targets.

The Dubs have Looney's full bird rights and can give him a max contract if they wanted. That obviously won't be happening, but the point is they aren't limited financially in terms of what they can offer like they were last summer.

In Golden State's memorable Game 6 win in Houston last month, Looney recorded 14 points, five rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 20 minutes.

The No. 30 overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft sustained a non-displaced first costal cartilage fracture on the right side of his chest during Game 2 of the Finals in Toronto. His expected recovery time is six to eight weeks, which means Looney should be at full strength when training camp opens up in late September.

You should expect the Warriors to make it a priority to re-sign him.

“Looney has become one of our foundational pieces," Golden State head coach Steve Kerr told reporters on May 22.

And now, they're going to have to show him the money.

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Kevin Durant all smiles roaming around New York after Achilles surgery

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Kevin Durant all smiles roaming around New York after Achilles surgery

Kevin Durant isn't expected to play in any NBA games next season, but he's not letting that dampen his mood.

Nearly two weeks after having surgery to repair his right Achilles tendon, Durant is up and roaming around New York City with the assistance of a knee walker.

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Tony Durant, Kevin's brother, posted that image Tuesday evening of them walking around SoHo.

Immediately after the Golden State Warriors lost to the Toronto Raptors in the 2019 NBA Finals, Durant flew to New York City and had Dr. Martin O'Malley perform the Achilles surgery.

With the start of free agency just days away, rumors have started swirling about Durant's mindset as he approaches his big decision.

On Monday, Bleacher Report's Ric Bucher reported that Durant was "pissed" with the Warriors for their role in his injury. But a day later, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that there is no such rift between Durant and the Warriors.

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Based on the new image, Durant appears to be in good spirits.

We'll find out in the next few days if Durant will bring that smile back to the Bay Area for the next five years, or if it will stay in New York City for the next four.