The NBA locked out its players Friday when its collective bargaining agreement expired, becoming the second pro sports league shut down by labor strife.
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Like his good pal LeBron James, singer Drake has had a whirlwind summer. The rising hip-hop star spoke with The Life about his No. 1 album, his NBA friends, Coach Cal, Toronto sports and more.