Rapper Drake becomes Global Ambassador for Toronto Raptors

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Aside from a new album, Young Money cash king, Drake, is taking on a new role: the Global Ambassador for the Toronto Raptors NBA team.

The new job description will see the rapper boost Toronto Raptors international profile as the team gears up to host the 2016 NBA All-Star Weekend, the first time the event will be held outside of the US, and return back to the stage where the first-ever NBA game was played on November 1, 1946 in Toronto.

Born Aubrey Drake Graham, the Toronto-born musician, and self-proclaimed Raptors fan was announced of his new role on Monday.

“Drake will be our ambassador and help us forge this new vision, this new buzz, this new excitement for where we’re taking this organization,” said Tim Leiweke, six months into his new job as president and chief executive officer of team owner Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd.

Putting rumours to rest that this new job description was a publicity stunt, Drake reassured the media that he is excited by the new challenges of working with the basketball team.

“Obviously, I won’t be able to be in the building every day but I am extremely dedicated to it,” he said. “I do take it very seriously as a new job and a new chapter in my life.

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