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Kawhi Leonard May Stay In Toronto

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All the talk about Kawhi Leonard not intending to remain with the Toronto Raptors beyond this season may need to be tempered a bit, according to a report from the San Diego Tribune’s Mark Ziegler.

Per the report, a source close to Leonard indicated that the superstar forward is going to remain in Toronto for the long-term,

Here’s what someone who knows Leonard as well as anybody told me privately: “He’s going to fall in love with Toronto – it’s going to happen. He’s not going to leave, I’m telling you.”

Furthermore, the report cites comments made by Norman Powell’s mother, Sharon, who discussed how her Southern California boy adjusted to life in the Great White North.

“The first time I went, it was freezing cold – cold like you just don’t know,” Sharon says. “But it was the best, it was amazing … Norman loves it there, he really does. He likes the city, the people, the team. The fans are so great, so supportive. They’re humble, they’re nice, they’re cordial. I haven’t seen pushy people yet.

“It’s just a fabulous place. Everybody has treated us with open arms. I’m hoping when Kawhi gets there he’ll feel the same way. I know he’ll be treated the same way.”

 

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Pistons’ Andre Drummond Says Pairing with Blake Griffin ‘Nightmare’ for Teams

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Detroit Pistons big man Andre Drummond is a big fan of playing alongside forward Blake Griffin and believes it gives the Pistons an edge over their opponents.

In fact, Drummond believes that he and Griffin pose a “nightmare” challenge for opposing teams.

“I think for me, my job is to make his game as easy as possible on the offensive end. When I get him open, he usually makes the right plays,” Drummond said, accordig to The Associated Press.

“It’s a nightmare for teams. You’ve got to really pick your poison, who you really want to get going, and it’s scary when we both get it going.”

Drummond is putting in a solid season, averaging 17.4 points and 15.0 rebounds per game this season.

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Heat’s Dwyane Wade Reflect on Final All-Star Game

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After making his final appearance at an NBA All-Star game as an active player, Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade took time to reflect on the experience as he enters the final few months of his NBA playing career.

“Whatever my legacy is and whatever it will become, it’s what I’ve been building since anybody ever heard my name or before that,” said Wade, soon turning his attention to the remainder of the season, according to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

“So at the end of the day, when it’s over, I think that the respect that I’ve been getting from fans around the world, fans in arenas, the players that I’m playing against, that’s the thing that makes me fill my heart with joy. Because I just want a respect for what I bring to the table, and that’s in both on the court and off the court. And I’ve been getting that.”

Wade will be calling it a career at the end of the season.

“So I’ve just got to keep it going. I’m 37 years old, I’m a young man in life. I’ve got a long life ahead of me, and I’m destined to do other things that’s great. So see what that is.”

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Celtics’ Jayson Tatum Addresses Trade Rumors

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Ever since New Orleans’ Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis put in a trade demand rumors have been running non-stop about which teams, and which players, will be a part of his exit from New Orleans.

One player in particular, Boston Celtics’ star Jayson Tatum, has been rumored to be a main piece in a potential trade that would land Davis in Boston.

Tatum, isn’t concerned with the constant chatter.

“And my response is always the same; control what I can control, I don’t take it personal. I understood coming in that it is a business. They have to make the best decision for them, whatever that may be. Especially right now; I can’t control it.” Tatum said, according to NBC Sports’ A.Sherrod Blakely.

“You learn pretty quickly that when you are under contract, you don’t have too much say-so,” Tatum said.

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