The best and the worst of the Raptors’ season: The Toronto Raptors wrap up the regular season on Wednesday with a game against New York at Madison Square Garden. Before they play that one, and determine their first-round opponent in the process, here is a look back at the previous 81 games, starting with the play of the year: Terrence Ross posterized Kenneth Faried on Jan. 31 with what might have been the best dunk of the year in the NBA. (Photo: Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors throws out the first pitch before the start of the Toronto Blue Jays’ game against the New York Yankees on April 6, 2014 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The Blue Jays lost 6-4. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
Toronto Raptors guard Greivis Vasquez uses shoes to show support for the peace to his home country of Venezuela before their game against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena in Miami on Monday, March 31, 2014. (Photo: David Santiago/El Nuevo Herald/The Associated Press)
The Toronto Raptors have unveiled their new logo. No, not the logo that will be part of the team’s rebranding for the 2015-16 season, the one that global ambassador Drake is helping to design. Instead, the team has released a 20th anniversary logo it will wear on a patch on the team’s home jerseys next season.
Notably, the logo will feature the colour purple, gone from the team’s colour scheme for the last eight seasons.
Lamentably, the logo could not roll all 19 years into one concise emblem. From cartoon dinosaurs to Drake, click through for a list of things notably missing from the logo. (Photo: Toronto Raptors/handout)
Rodman dedicated the game to his “best friend” Kim, who along with his wife and other senior officials and their wives watched from a special seating area. The capacity crowd of about 14,000 at the Pyongyang Indoor Stadium clapped loudly as Rodman sang a verse from the birthday song. (Photo: Kim Kwang Hyon/The Associated Press)
A bottle of vodka with handmade illustrations of Rodman with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Rodman’s name in Korean sits on the roof of a car outside a Pyongyang hotel on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014. Rodman came to the North Korean capital with a team of USA basketball stars for an exhibition game on Jan. 8, the birthday of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
The former NBA star went on a strange, angry rant in an interview when CNN’s Chris Cuomo asked Rodman about Kenneth Bae. Rodman has come under fire for not pushing for the release of the American imprisoned in North Korea on charges of committing “anti-state” crimes.
Rodman became increasingly agitated and eventually started screaming at Cuomo. (Photo: David Guttenfelder/The Associated Press)
This happened: NBA players wore jerseys with sleeves for yesterday’s games. Here are the Chicago Bulls, Brooklyn Nets, Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers’ Christmas Day looks. (Photos: Seth Wenig/The Associated Press, Chris Carlson/The Associated Press)
Former NBA star Dennis Rodman held tryouts Friday for a North Korean team to face a dozen NBA veterans in an exhibition game on leader Kim Jong-un’s birthday next month — though he hasn’t convinced all the players on the American team that it’s safe to come to Pyongyang.
The flamboyant Hall of Famer said plans for the Jan. 8 game are moving ahead but some of the 12 Americans he wants are afraid to come.
Some foreign analysts say the dramatic purge and execution of Kim’s once-powerful uncle less than a week ago has cast doubt on Kim’s future. But officials here say there is no instability and Kim remains firmly in control.
“You know, they’re still afraid to come here, but I’m just telling them, you know, don’t be afraid man, it’s all love, it’s all love here,” Rodman told The Associated Press after the tryouts at the Pyongyang Indoor Gymnasium. “I understand what’s going on with the political stuff, and I say, I don’t go into that venture, I’m just doing one thing for these kids here, and for this country, and for my country, and for the world pretty much.” (Photos: David Guttenfelder/The Associated Press)
Want to buy Michael Jordan’s Chicago-area mansion?: This aerial photo shows the home of former Chicago Bulls star Michael Jordan, in Highland Park, Ill. Jordan’s 56,000-square foot home in suburban Chicago is up for auction. Concierge Auctions says the sale is taking place Monday, Dec. 16, 2013. (Photo: Ted S. Warren/The Associated Press)
Evander Holyfield has been made whole again. On TV, at least.
A new Foot Locker commercial features former boxing opponent Mike Tyson making amends with the retired heavyweight champion, offering Holyfield an apology and returning a piece of his ear. Tyson famously bit off the top of Holyfield’s ear during a 1997 bout — an act for which he was disqualified.