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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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Steph Curry hoping to return to action March 1st vs Wizards

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We’ve finally got a Steph Curry injury update!

Despite rumours suggesting he’d be sidelined for the remainder of the season, the Golden State Warriors superstar is aiming to make his return to the court during a March 1st home game at Chase Center. According to reports, the return date isn’t set in stone, but is more of a personal goal that he hopes to accomplish.

The 31-year old MVP has played in just four games this season, and hasn’t seen the court since suffering a a fractured left hand on October 30th. He has had two separate surgeries in the injured hand since being out of action.

Curry has won three NBA titles, two MVP Awards, and has averaged 23.5 points, 6.6 assists and 4.5 rebounds over a span of 698 career regular seasons and ten-plus seasons.

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Knicks are apparently no longer interested in acquiring Andre Drummond

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Andre Drummond anyone?

It’s clear as day the Detroit Pistons are trying to rid themselves on Andre Drummond’s albatross contract as they aim to start a rebuild. However, it appears their asking price is too high, and teams are shying away due to both the flaws in the big man’s game, and the potential that he will leave via free agency this offseason when he inevitably declines the $28.8 player option attached to his contract.

They were engaged in trade talks with the Atlanta Hawks involving Drummond, but a potential deal reportedly fell through

Just hours after that report, another potential Drummond suitor has pulled the plug on acquiring him: the New York Knicks.

According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, the Knicks initially touched base with the Pistons regarding Drummond’s availability earlier this season, but apparently are no longer in the running for his services.

The Pistons are apparently looking for a first round pick and an NBA ready center in return for trading away the two-time NBA All-Star.

The 26-year old, who is playing in his eighth NBA season, has averaged 17.3 points, 15.3 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 40 games for the 15-27 Pistons so far in 2019/2020.

The 2020 NBA Trade dealine is less than a month from now on February 6th.

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LeBron James passes Isiah Thomas to move into 8th all-time in NBA assists

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After posting eight assists in the Los Angeles Lakers’ 128-99 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday, LeBron James surpassed the legendary Isiah Thomas to move into eight on the NBA all-time assist leaderboard.

In an incredible career that has resulted in all sorts of accolades and milestones, James ranks this as among his his best accomplishments to date.

“One of the best point guards this game has ever seen. And one of the toughest as well. Just his upbringing, coming from Chicago, doing the things he was able to do on the floor. From Indiana going to the Bad Boys in Detroit, just setting the tone for what he wanted his career to be” said James after the game.

“Anytime I’m linked with the greats, and ‘Zeke being one of those, it’s just an honor, and I think back to my childhood and where I’m from.”

The 35-year-old Akron, Ohio native, who is currently playing in his seventeenth NBA season, has accumulated 9,067 assists in 1190 career regular season games.

He has also won three NBA championships, three NBA Finals MVPs, four NBA MVP Awards (2009–2010, 2012–2013), and has been selected to 15 All-Star games during that span.

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