NBA Commissioner Adam Silver sent a memo to the league’s staffers Sunday night to address the latest racial tensions in the country, sparked most recently by the death last week of a black man who was in handcuffs when a Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into his neck as he pleaded that he couldn’t breathe.

Silver’s memo, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press, made reference to that Minneapolis man, George Floyd — as well as Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old black man chased and killed by armed white men as he jogged through a south Georgia

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As the world continues to mourn the loss of George Floyd and protest against racial injustice, the Toronto Raptors released a statement on Saturday in response to the issue.

The team called for humankind to confront the systemic problem and do more than just grieve.

The statement reads as follows:

“As an organization and a community, we come from all over the world. We are diverse, we speak different languages, but our shared humanity unites us. When we see racism and violence committed against someone because of the colour of their skin, we should, and do, feel outrage. We cannot

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For more than 20 years I’ve gone to work with some of the most talented people on the planet.

I cover the NBA, a league where roughly 75 per cent of the players are African American. It is the most exclusive club in sports. Only 450 players are allowed a full roster spot at any given time. In my experiences, the players and coaches and executives I’ve met have been extraordinary. I learn from them and their stories and their examples all the time. I tell my kids about them.

I’m well beyond hero worship, but I know a good

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Aside from getting back to doing the job he loves, there’s another reason why Fred VanVleet is eager to resume the NBA season: he wants a chance to defend the Toronto Raptors‘ NBA title.

Sitting second in the Eastern Conference with a 48-18 record, the excitement was building for the Raptors as they inched closer towards the playoffs before the NBA abruptly paused its 2019-20 season on March 12 due to the novel coronavirus.

“It’s part of the reason that everybody wants to get back, at least from our camp,” VanVleet told Rachel Nichols on ESPN’s The Jump on

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Entering Week 4 of the NBA 2K League season, one team reigns above all others: Raptors Uprising GC.

Looking down at the rest of the league with a perfect 6-0 record, the Uprising have found a formula of success that simply can’t be beat for now.

Hot on their tails has been Warriors Gaming Squad, who is also perfect so far, but has played only five matches.

Both of these powerhouse squads are on a bye this week, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t anything to discuss.

Here’s a quick look back at the week that was — and what’s

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On Monday’s episode of In Conversation, Ron MacLean was joined by four-time NBA champion John Salley and multi-platinum Canadian rapper k-os. They discussed being raised as Jehovah Witnesses, Salley’s signing and taking k-os to Chicago and meeting the Dalai Lama.

In Conversation with Ron MacLean is a new digital roundtable show airing exclusively on Sportsnet’s Facebook page, YouTube channel, SN NOW and Sportsnet.ca on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7 p.m. ET/ 4 p.m. PT.

In the 20-30 minute show, MacLean will interview notable Canadians from all corners of the sports and entertainment worlds.

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New York Liberty general manager Jonathan Kolb knew that he and first-year coach Walt Hopkins would have to make some tough decisions on the team’s roster this year.

He just didn’t think they’d have to do it so quickly and without seeing players compete in training camp. The WNBA and the players’ union decided that teams would have to get their rosters under the salary cap by Tuesday so that players could start getting paid on June 1.

It’s left many teams with tough decisions on who they will cut and little time to figure it out.

“It is the

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