Drake, of course, is no Raptors-fan-come-lately. Here’s my colleague Sopan Deb on Drake’s performances on the sidelines: “I know he annoys many N.B.A. watchers. He has for a while, ever since he was named the Raptors’ global ambassador in 2013. Complex named Drake the “most annoying celebrity fan” last year. But, man, I do enjoy watching him troll N.B.A. players. I wish every team had a Drake.”
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And those of you playing catch-up would be well advised to read Peter S. Goodman’s terrific profile of Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Milwaukee Bucks star who is the greatest threat to the Raptors’ hopes. Back in Greece, where he was born to African immigrants, Antetokounmpo has gone from an outcast and victim of racism to the pride of the nation.
—Most of the steel tube manufacturing operations Barry Zekelman runs from Windsor, Ontario, are based in the United States and headquartered there. No one has any problems with that. But questions are being asked about his status as a foreigner seeking to promote protectionism in the United States.
—Earthworms had vanished from Northern North America during the last ice age. Now, after a break of 10,000 years, they’re back, and climate scientists are dismayed.
—Everything appears to be in place for the infamous containers of Canadian garbage to leave the Philippines by the end of June. But President Rodrigo Duterte is reported as “so upset about the inordinate delay.”
—Endangered right whales may be traveling more than 1,000 kilometers to the Gulf of St. Lawrence in search of food.
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—In India, Narendra Modi’s “brawny Hindu nationalism, populist humility and grand gestures for the poor — like building tens of millions of new toilets — helped him become the first prime minister in nearly 50 years to win a majority in successive parliamentary elections.”
—A cartoon version of Russia’s leader will star in an upcoming T.V. show in Britain. There are widespread predictions that President Vladimir V. Putin won’t be joining in the laughter.
—Sy Presten, 95, is reputedly New York’s oldest living press agent. He “prefers to be called a publicist, but the connotation no longer suits him. A publicist is a joyless and disembodied gatekeeper, unfamiliar with you or your publication.” There is plenty of joy left in Mr. Presten.
—“The denial of aging is unhealthy,” said Emma Thompson, who turned 60 last month. “It’s always been bollocks.”
—The economist Emily Oster, a proponent of data-driven parenting, wrote that “What we do in day-to-day parenting may matter less than we think, but what we do over all to serve the nation’s children may matter quite a bit more.”
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