By Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson
Taking a cursory look of all 30 NBA rosters, it’s a no brainer to observe the growing number of Canadian’s repping their country proudly. Names like Minnesota Timberwolves swingman Andrew Wiggins, Cory Joseph and Anthony Bennett of the Toronto Raptors and Boston Celtics center Kelly Olynyk are the new normal that have become fixtures in the NBA, a global league.
Not one thing wrong with it either!
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James is tied to Canada too, ya know! Tristan Thompson not only catches lobs from James nightly at Quicken Loans Arena in The Land, Thompson is also represented by Klutch, James’ sports agency.
“Basketball is great all over the world,” James told CBS Local Sports. “It’s great here and it’s great in Canada.”
Although the San Antonio Spurs house the most international players on its team with ten, the Cleveland Cavaliers, like the Minnesota Timberwolves have six international players that includes guys like Matthew Dellavedova, Timofey Mozgov and Anderson Varejão.
“I’ve got a guy from Russia, I’ve got a guy from Brazil, I’ve got a guy from Canada; I’ve got a guy from Australia as well,” James said. “To see the game travel so many places and countries, it allows us to be teammates it’s pretty cool. It’s pretty cool that I’ve got guys on my team from different walks of life.”
James will start Sunday’s game at Air Canada Centre this weekend. His 12th All Star Game appearance happens to be in Toronto, home of rapper/actor Drake. Any way James may have a starting five of his top Drake songs to warm up to on Sunday?
“It’s too many to name just five,” said James. “I’m a huge Drake fan and that’s a brother of mine. I support anything that he does.”
Brandon Robinson is a sports and entertainment writer and TV personality. You can catch him daily on CBS Radio and Play.It’s Brown and Scoop Podcast. Follow him on Twitter @SCOOPB and visit www.ScoopB.com.