<span class="vcard">Dan Feldman</span>

Nerlens Noel, set to start, runs off court just before tipoff (video)

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Nerlens Noel was a late scratch from the starting lineup – as late as can be.

The 76ers big man went to take the tipoff against the Bulls yesterday. Then, suddenly he left for the locker room. Bathroom break?

Noel entered the game a few minutes later.

Kyle Lowry: DeMar DeRozan stopped Raptors from making black and gold main colors

Toronto Raptors' DeMar DeRozan, left, drives past Philadelphia 76ers' Robert Covington during first half of an NBA basketball game in Toronto, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
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A couple years ago, the Raptors were considering changing their colors to black and gold.

As we know now, they kept red as a primary color. They just created a Drake-inspired black-and-gold alternate jersey to go with home whites and road reds.

Why didn’t the Raptors go full Drake?

Apparently, DeMar DeRozan.

Kyle Lowry on The Lowe Post podcast with Zach Lowe:

We was supposed to change everything. We was supposed to go to black and gold everything.

And DeMar was like, he didn’t want to do that, because he’s been here with the red and the white – and they’re Canadian colors.

Listen, our colors are red and white. This is what it is. Let’s leave it how it is. We’re Canada’s team.

It’s very cool how the Raptors have embraced being Canada’s team. It wasn’t long ago players like Steve Francis and Vince Carter seemed to loathe it up there.

Now, it’s a place some – including DeRozan – want to be.

We The North has been a brilliant marketing scheme, as it really reflects how fans feel.

Keeping maple-leaf read in the color scheme only helps form that identity.

Matt Barnes says he won’t talk to Derek Fisher during game, because ‘he’ll run and tell’

Derek Fisher, Matt Barnes, Russell Westbrook
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Matt Barnes‘ Grizzlies host Derek Fisher’s Knicks tomorrow.

Just don’t expect Barnes – who was suspended two games for fighting Fisher in a domestic-violence incident – to roll out a welcome mat.

Or speak with Fisher at all.

Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News:

“I don’t talk to snakes,” Barnes told the Daily News.

“I know I got to keep my mouth shut because then he’ll run and tell,” Barnes said. “So we’re focused on playing that team (the Knicks). And when I’m retired, him and I will cross paths again.”

Barnes apparently continues to blame Fisher for telling. As if reporting violent behavior, not the violent behavior itself, is the problem.

It might not be for a good reason, but at least Barnes not talking to Fisher is a step toward handling this better.

Joakim Noah shoots one ugly jumper (video)

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Joakim Noah wants a bigger role.

It’d help if his jumpers didn’t look like mine.

Gregg Popovich flags down Tony Parker for key advice: ‘You’re doing great’ (video)

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Gregg Popovich called Tony Parker to the bench during the Spurs’ win over the Cavaliers last night, and the point guard scanned the bench for who wanted his attention.

Popovich: “Yo, right here [waves]. You’re doing great.”

That was it.

I love how annoyed Parker looked walking away, whether or not he actually felt that way.