Nike Crown League Kicks Off in Toronto! | The Audman Media

 

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Nike Crown League fittingly kicked off in Toronto on Canada Day on Kerr Hall Gymnasium’s newly renovated court at Ryerson University in downtown Toronto.  For the second consecutive summer, the Crown provided an opportunity for the best ballers in the city to compete on a highly competitive stage.  The end goal….#ClaimRoyalty

Re-Living the 2016 NBL Canada Finals Recap | NBL Canada

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A complete recap of the 2016 NBL Canada Finals in which the Halifax Hurricanes defeated the London Lightning in a thrilling seven game series to secure their first league championship.

Cleveland is King! | Brendan Bowers Chronicles Cavs NBA Title Run | Hoops Talk Nation

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The Cleveland Cavaliers memorable title run to the 2016 NBA championship will go down for many as one of the greatest moments in sports history.  LeBron James carried his Cavs team from a 3-1 series deficit to beat the Golden State Warriors in game seven of the Finals and helped deliver on his promise to bring a title to Cleveland.

Brendan Bowers followed the Cavs every step of the way and chronicled their playoff run in a brand new book called, “Cleveland is King”  with the foreword written by Cavs legend, Mark Price.

Order your copy here.

The Audman caught up with Brendan to discuss the new book and all things Cavaliers.

Click here to listen to their interview.

 

DeMar DeRozan on Playing in Toronto! | The Audman Media

textgram_1464620400DeMar DeRozan is a two time All Star who led the Toronto Raptors in their most successful campaign in franchise history before falling to LeBron James and the Cavs in game six of the Eastern Conference Finals.  DeRozan will also be a free agent this summer earning him the right to sign with any NBA team in the league.  The topic of free agency has always been a bit of a sore spot for long time Raptor fans who can still feel the sting of past free agents who’ve bolted the moment their paperwork freed them up. This is part of the reason DeRozan’s comments during the Raptors season-ending availability were so refreshing.

As you would expect, DeRozan was asked about his future plans and spoke openly and freely about his fondness for the T-DOT (AKA The 6) and the significance of setting records in a Raptors uniform.

“I don’t think so,” DeRozan replied when asked whether he thought he could find a better situation elsewhere.

“My mind-set has always been Toronto. I always preached it. I was passionate about it when we was losing. When we was terrible, I said I’m going to stick through this whole thing and I want to be that guy who brings this organization to where it is now. I definitely don’t want to switch up after we win,” he said. “I think one thing that’s always greatly said about me is I’m a loyal person. That’s just how I live my whole life. Period. And at this point in my career, it’s all about winning. That’s the only thing that matters.”

DeMar was selected with the ninth pick of the 2009 draft and can be paid a lot more than any other team, because of the rules of the collective bargaining agreement.

#WeTheOthers Take Off North of the Border | The Audman Media

The Toronto Raptors wasted no time churning out freshly printed #WeTheOther swag that was handed out at Toronto’s Jurassic Park outside of the Air Canada Centre on Tuesday evening. This of course comes on the heels of the much talked about botched CBS on-line poll that referred to the Raptors as “Others”

Raptors fans immediately embraced the mishap and added this incident to the growing list of Dis-Respeck-ful events perpetrated against them from their friends south of the border. Even Toronto mayor,  John Tory joined the fray and penned this open letter to the chairman of CBS chairman Sean McManus.

For whatever its worth, CBS Sports did apologize for the oversight indicating that the poll was created before the Raptors beat Miami to advance and while the apology his nice gesture, Raps fans want them to put some RES-PECK on that!

NBL Canada Announces 15 16 Regular Season Awards | NBL Canada

 The National Basketball League of Canada is pleased to announce the winners and recipients of the NBL’s postseason awards.

Cleveland Cavs Poke Fun at Drake’s Expense | The Audman Media

The Toronto Raptors advance to the Eastern Conference Finals for the first time in franchise history and they start the series on the road against LeBron James and the undefeated Cleveland Cavs. It was during the pre-game that the Cavs decided to poke some fun at Mr. Toronto, Drake by plastering a picture of him wearing a Cavs jersey.

How’s that for a #View?

Running The Three Man Weave on TSN!

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I was recently invited to contribute my thoughts to a weekly basketball column on TSN.com called “Three Man Weave”. The Weave examines the latest going ons in the hoops world and is ran with precision by a couple of my basketball ball brothers, Will Strickland and Duane Waston, hosts of TSN 1050’s #1On1 with Will & Duane.

With so much going on the world of hoops, the timing of my invite couldn’t have been better.

We touch on the D’Angelo Russell situation, the significance of the Raptors reaching the 50 win plateau and the Final Four selections.

Check it out here…

 

Gary Durrant Sports Agent Press Conference Announcement

Former pro basketball player, Gary Durrant, announced at Wayne Gretzky’s restaurant in downtown Toronto that he will be joining Verus Management Team, a full service sports representation and management firm based in Miami, Florida. He will focus his efforts on assisting young people achieve their dreams of having a career in professional sports.

NBL Canada Stories: Anthony Johnson

During the 2012 NBL Canada draft, Anthony Johnson was made the second overall selection by the Moncton Miracles.  He would subsequently be traded and landed in Windsor where he was one of three players on the team to play in all 40 regular season contests for the Express.  The 6’5 forward would help the Express advance to the playoffs but they were defeated by the Storm in five games and his first year in NBL Canada would come to a close.  Johnson took his talents overseas where he experienced great success and traveled the world the next three years playing the game he loves. Looking to now play a bit closer to home, Johnson turns his sights in the playing in Canada once again. This is his story…

 

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About the National Basketball League of Canada

The National Basketball League of Canada (NBLC) was founded in 2011, and is Canada’s only professional domestic basketball league. There are currently 9 teams, with two divisions: Central and Atlantic. The NBLC is committed to being one of the leading professional basketball leagues in the world. The NBLC provides Canadian athletes, international athletes, coaches and officials the opportunity to participate in the game they love at the professional level. The NBLC is also dedicated to raising awareness of the sport of basketball throughout Canada, by providing fans with an exciting and entertaining experience.