May 4, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Musical artist Drake reacts from the sideline against the Brooklyn Nets in game seven of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Raptors fined for Drake's comments on Durant, Pharrell-produced NBA 2k15 soundtrack released

We’ve officially reached that point in the NBA off-season where actual bits of news are fewer and further between.

Which is why things like comments made by Drake and the soundtrack for NBA 2k15 classify as noteworthy.

Yes, Drake egged-on a crowd at a show in Toronto to chant for Kevin Durant, who was in attendance. The crowd obliged with a resounding ovation, and followed with a “KD” chant.

This is funny for many reasons, of course. The NBA, on the other hand, did not find Drake’s actions to be humorous in the least bit. In what is surely an attempt to nip any future artists/athletes/crowds from getting a similar idea, the league office fined the Toronto Raptors $25,000.

It appears as though the only reason that Drake was able to get the organization fined is that he is officially a paid “global ambassador”, and in some ways speaks on behalf of the organization. Or something. And that’s kind of a scary thought.

And as for NBA 2k15, the Pharrell Williams-produced soundtrack has been released. The 27-track list includes three songs by Pharrell himself and one one more that features the singer-songwriter-producer. It’s a pretty diverse set list, to be sure. Follow the link at the beginning of this article for the full list.

And finally, Indiana Pacers superstar Paul George, despite being knocked out for the 2014-15 season due to a fractured leg, has announced that his uniform number will be changing from ’24’ to ’13. Here is Bill Simmons, quoted in this ESPN story from a Grantland article, with his (apparently original) thoughts on the idea:

“By the way, I have some advice that will help Paul George become a household name,” Simmons wrote. “He should change his number immediately from No. 24 to No. 13. Here’s why … can you think of anyone being helped by a nickname more than Paul George suddenly becoming PG-13? ‘Uh-oh, PG-13 is heating up!’ ‘Warning, this game contains strong language, violence and a possible heat check!’ ‘We might have to make this performance rated R — it’s too hot to handle!’ Let’s make this happen already.”

Yep, we’re apparently at the point in the NBA off-season life where a pop-culture/sportswriter convinced a professional athlete to change their jersey number because it would sound cool as part of a nickname.

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