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The Toronto Raptors on Monday announced that rapper Drake would be joining the team as a global ambassador.

A Toronto native, Drake will bring a sense of swag to the Raptors that has been missing for quite some time, and in the process, he’ll also help redesign their uniforms — though, if he really had any sense about him, he’d be looking to change the name altogether.

Regardless, I think it’s a swell idea — akin to the Nets’ former partnership with Jay-Z — and it’s a lead other NBA teams should follow. But the task of deciding which rapper should serve as each team’s ambassador is a challenge, and teams have things like training camp to worry about right now.

Fortunately, I’m here to help with a suggestion for which rapper would make the ambassador for each team in the league:

EASTERN CONFERENCE:

Miami Heat: Flo Rida gets the nod, narrowly beating out Rick Ross and Uncle Luke, but don’t think we won’t change our minds in a heartbeat if his posse keeps getting kicked out of games . . .

Brooklyn Nets: Jay-Z

New York Knicks: Nas

Indiana Pacers: Mike Epps, who is already cool with George Hill . . .

Chicago Bulls: Kanye West

Atlanta Hawks: Outkast

Boston Celtics: Marky Mark . . .

Milwaukee Bucks: Coo Coo Cal

Philadelphia 76ers: The Roots

Toronto Raptors: Drake

Detroit Pistons: Eminem, but be careful how often you let him in front of a TV camera:

Washington Wizards: Wale

Cleveland Cavaliers: Bone Thugs-n-Harmony

Charlotte Bobcats: Petey Pablo, but keep your shirt on, please.

Orlando Magic: Dangeruss, the inspiration behind James Franco’s character in Spring Breakers:

WESTERN CONFERENCE:

Oklahoma City Thunder: Josh Sallee, who already has Kevin Durant’s vote . . .

Los Angeles Clippers: Kendrick Lamar

Memphis Grizzlies: Three 6 Mafia

San Antonio Spurs: Tony Parker. He’s going to need something to go back to once his hoops career is over . . .

Golden State Warriors: Digital Underground

Los Angeles Lakers: Ice Cube, who was not a fan at all of Dwight Howard leaving this offseason. Plus, with him in the front office, every day will be a good day.

Denver Nuggets: Peyton Manning . . .

Dallas Mavericks: Cowboy Troy

Houston Rockets: Slim Thug, who already seems to fancy himself a great NBA ambassador for the city

Utah Jazz: The Mormon Tabernacle Choir? DJ Jazzy Jeff? OK, fine, Delirious Miles . . .

Portland Trail Blazers: Macklemore, but he goes straight to the Sonics once they return to Seattle

Minnesota Timberwolves: Atmosphere

Phoenix Suns: Riff Raff. The guy drops Dan Majerle references into his songs, I don’t know what more you could ask . . .

New Orleans Pelicans: Lil’ Wayne

Sacramento Kings: Shaq

Got a better suggestion? Leave it in the comments.

Now, for some links:

• Toronto will host the 2016 NBA All-Star Game, eh?

• The NBA is also likely going to ditch the 2-3-2 format in the Finals.

• Apparently A-Rod still has a couple supporters:

• Western Kentucky’s strength coaches are insane . . .

• A guy wearing a shirt promoting a high-class prostitution site spoiled a record-setting ending at the Berlin Marathon.

• Bryce Harper plans to get "as big as a house" this offseason.

DeAndre Jordan is weird:

• Celtics forward Brandon Bass learned to swim with some little kids . . .

• What were the most popular NFL jerseys in London?

• Three of the Bucs' losses have come after the team had a win probability of 95 percent or better in the last five minutes.

• Three blind swimmers made the swim from Alcatraz to San Francisco — or at least they think they did . . .

• Arizona State will be wearing this hideous get-up on Saturday:

• Lolo Jones is eating 9,000 calories per day in preparation for the Winter Olympics.

• The Bears thought a former teammate was tipping his new teammates off on stunt calls, but Lions coach Jim Schwartz isn't buying it.

• Torrey Smith had an awesome pregnancy announcement on Instagram:

• Todd Helton thanked Rockies fans with a full-page ad in the Denver Post:

Cool sweater, Graham Glasgow.

• After tearing his ACL for the second time, Florida defensive tackle Dominique Easley will test out the NFL instead of returning to the Gators.

Andrew Bynum cut his hair:

• Mike Leach reacts to “Popcorn Guy” from Saturday’s Washington State game . . .

• The NHLPA voted to approve hybrid icing, effective immediately.

• Tennessee fans have a message for the recently-fired Lane Kiffin.

• Stephen Colbert takes on the NCAA’s targeting rule . . .

• North Carolina’s P.J. Hairston pranked teammate Marcus Paige:

Tagged: Celtics, Rockets, Raptors, Dwight Howard, Brandon Bass

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