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Raptors, Rockets to play two preseason games in Japan on October 8 and 10

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For the first time since 2003, the NBA is returning to Japan.

The league has announced that the Toronto Raptors will face the Houston Rockets in Tokyo, Japan at the Saitama Super Arena next preseason on October 8 and October 10.

Raptors president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri is particularly excited about his franchise getting the opportunity to grow their brand in the country.

“The Raptors are proud to represent the NBA, Canada, and the city of Toronto as we head to Tokyo in October,” said Ujiri.

“You have only to look at our organization to know that we truly believe basketball is a global game. We come from all over the world, and we are all connected through the love of our sport. We are looking forward to sharing that with basketball fans in Japan.”

Whether their star player Kawhi Leonard will still be on the team at that time is still up in the air. Only time will tell.

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Rajon Rondo out 6-8 weeks due to significant hand injury

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The Los Angeles Lakers have just found out they have lost another veteran guard to a long-term injury.

The team announced that Rajon Rondo will be sidelined for the next 6-8 weeks after breaking his right thumb during practice in the Disney Bubble in Orlando.

The 34-year old, who is in his second season with the franchise, has averaged 7.1 points, 5.0 assists and 3.0 rebounds in 48 appearances this season, mostly coming off the bench.

The Lakers are first place in the Western Conference with a 49-14 record. They are 5.5 games above the second place Los Angeles Clippers as they head into the final eight games of the season when the NBA restarts at the beginning of August.

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Vince Carter officially announces retirement after 22 NBA seasons

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Vince Carter is packing his bags and riding off into the sunset.

The eight-time NBA All-Star announced on Thursday via the Ringer’s ‘Winging It’ podcast that he is “officially done playing basketball professionally.”

At 43 years of age, Carter began his career with the Toronto Raptors during the 1998/99 season. Throughout his illustrious career, he averaged 16.7 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.2 assists split between eight different teams in 1466 combined regular season games.

This past season with the Atlanta Hawks, he broke the NBA record for most seasons played, and become the first player to have played in four different decades. He is also the oldest player in NBA history to record at least 20 points

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NBA to vote on 22-team format starting back up on July 31

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There finally appears to be a concrete plan for the NBA to resume their season.

According to reports, the NBA has proposed a format that will consist of 22 of the league’s teams returning to action as early as July 31st at Orlando’s Disney World. The latest the season could end would be October 12th, which would be Game 7 of the NBA Finals.

The NBA’s board of governors and the National Basketball Players Association are still negotiating all the details, but there will be a vote on the plan this Thursday.

Three-fourths of the NBA’s 30 teams must vote in favor for the league to go ahead with the proposal. The plan is expected to pass with flying colors.

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