Raptors kneel for both U.S. and Canadian anthems in first game back – CTV News

Raptors kneel for both U.S. and Canadian anthems in first game back – CTV News

Nearly five months after he’d played a meaningful game, and on a night that was bigger than basketball, Kyle Lowry had no plans to pace himself.

The Raptors’ veteran guard had 33 points and a career-high 14 rebounds to lead Toronto to a 107-92 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday in their opening game of the NBA’s much-anticipated restart.

“Nah, man. Nick (Nurse, Raptors head coach) says he’s going to ease us back in and use it as exhibition,” Lowry scoffed. “But our competitive spirit, we have too many competitive guys out there that want to go out there and play and hoop and win games, especially playing against a team like the Lakers, a team that is No. 1 in the West. The competitive juices get going.”

OG Anunoby had 23 points, while Pascal Siakam added 15 and Fred VanVleet chipped in with 13 points in the Raptors’ first real game in 145 days, and in a world that’s drastically changed in the time since.

LeBron James, who was singing along to “O Canada” when the camera panned past him, had 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Kyle Kuzma added 16 points.

The NBA’s restart is unprecedented. The stakes, on several levels, are huge. Emotions are running high – and it was obvious from the night’s pre-game ceremonies.

Linking arms in a line behind the words “Black Lives Matter” on the court, the Raptors and Lakers kneeled for both “O Canada,” because of the systemic racism and police brutality that also exists north of the border, and “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Nurse said in that moment he thought of Colin Kaepernick, who first kneeled in an NFL game nearly four years ago.

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NBA 2K20: Someone Made Insanely Accurate Versions Of Kobe Bryant, Lebron James, And Others

The NBA 2K modding community is one of the most talented groups you’ll find. Oftentimes their work is good enough to not only be included in the retail version, but in some instances, the digital artwork adds another layer of enjoyment to the title.

The latest example comes from modders Shuajota and Arteezy. They have put together two of the most realistic versions of the late Kobe Bryant that you’ll find.

Shuajota sent me an exclusive look at the most-updated version of his young Bryant render. That one is below:

Shuajota, who is based in Spain and who runs the Facebook page DNA of Basketball, has Bryant looking regal and also poised to drop a string of 50-point games on a virtual opponent’s head.

Arteezy’s version captures Bryant the way most of us remember him after he retired, with the full beard. The almost photo-realistic quality is stunning.

The Lakers are a popular team throughout the world, and that includes the modding community. Another modder, Awei, who has had his work showcased by Shuajota has already upgraded the newest Lake

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LeBron James’ Double-Double Lifts Lakers Over Trail Blazers – Blazer’s Edge

LeBron James’ Double-Double Lifts Lakers Over Trail Blazers – Blazer’s Edge

The Blazers’ current losing streak extended to three games after the Lakers exited the Moda Center with a 128-120 victory. Saturday’s action unfolded in the shadow of Skal Labissière’s knee injury that occurred in the early portion of the first quarter. Despite his exit, the Blazers battled the first-place Lakers to the final whistle. Ultimately, LeBron James’ masterful double-double proved to be the difference (21 points, 16 assists).

Here is a look back at Saturday’s result as we wait for news on Labissière’s injury.

First Quarter

The Blazers’ plans to combat the Lakers’ abundance of size came to an abrupt end when Skal Labissière exited early in the first quarter with a left knee injury. Unsurprisingly, the Lakers focused on attacking the paint. Size was not the only thing working in Los Angeles’ favor. Anthony Davis, LeBron James and JaVale McGee all did a superb job of sealing off their defenders in pursuit of favorable opportunities. The Lakers finished the first quarter with a 24-12 advantage in the points in the paint column.

Regardless of the size disparity, the Blazers kept pace thanks to a 14-point outburst from Damian Lillard. On top of Lillard’s exploits, Portland’s proficient shooting from distance provided a cushion when Los Angeles completed a 10-0 run late in the frame. The Lakers finished the first quarter with a slight 34-32 lead.

Second Quarter

Kyle Kuzma took a shot to the face in the opening quarter, but that setback did not slow him down. The former Utah standout had his shot clicking from inside and outside the arc. Kuzma added 11 points to his total in the second quarter?

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Report: Magic plans to help Lakers in free agency but can’t join meetings – theScore

Report: Magic plans to help Lakers in free agency but can’t join meetings – theScore

Magic Johnson plans on helping the Los Angeles Lakers during free agency but won’t be allowed to join official meetings with available players due to NBA rules, according to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne.

“A friend of mine called and says Kawhi (Leonard) wants to meet with you,” Johnson said, according to Shelburne. “I said no problem. I’m available if that’s what this man wants.”

“But I got a great life. I’m not trying to mess with anybody’s job.”

It was previously reported that Johnson was planning on joining Lakers owner Jeanie Buss in a meeting with Leonard’s camp. However, Johnson claimed that neither the Lakers nor Buss have asked him to participate

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