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Lunchbox Links for January 17, 2013

In today's edition of the links, we discover that Kevin Durant grew up wanting to play for the Raptors, the Raptors still have an outside shot at the playoffs and Aaron Gray can dunk.


MVP candidate Kevin Durant grew up wanting to play for the Toronto Raptors. Of course, the Dinos got their franchise player one year before Durant entered the draft. So there's no reason to ponder what could have been. Nope. None at all.

NBA players react to the Manti Te'o controversy. Te'o's girlfriend is about as real as Andrea Bargnani's All-Star potential.

Speaking of All-Stars, final balloting for the 62nd NBA All-Star Game is complete and it's safe to say that no Raptors will suit up for the Eastern Conference.

Should the Raptors keep Kyle Lowry or Jose Calderon? Grantland's Zach Lowe provides a terrific breakdown. Lowe also had some fun with the way Amir Johnson loads up for a jumper.

Could the Raptors make the playoffs? They have an outside shot at it, according to Devin Dignam of Wages of Wins.

DeMar DeRozan provides his Cali-approved playlist to the folks at Slam.

Aaron 'Air' Gray soars to the rim for a jam against the Brooklyn Nets. Well, maybe "soars" is the wrong word. But he dunked.

Former Raptor Jalen Rose explains the NBA 'Inner Circle'.