The NBA Talked to the Toronto Raptors About Drake's Overzealous Courtside Behavior
Chef Curry with the pot.
Game one of the NBA Finals kicks off at Oracle Arena in Oakland on Thursday, May 30th. The Kawhi Leonard-led Toronto Raptors will face off against Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors.
And yet, even with all the talent on the court, the focus has been on Toronto Raptors global ambassador Drake.
During the Raptors last series, in the Eastern Conference finals against the Milwaukee Bucks, Drake was seen on courtside screaming, jumping, and talking trash to Bucks players, including star Giannis Antetokounmpo. (At one point Drake gave Raptors coach, Nick Nurse, a quick shoulder rub.) It became so distracting, Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer publicly talked about it.
The NBA was listening. According to ESPN, the NBA talked with the Toronto Raptors about Drake’s courtside antics.
In fact, according to one report, from Michael Grange, who covers the Raptors for Sportsnet, the NBA suggested Raports move his seats back. The team said no.
One proposal was to have Drake move seats so he wouldn’t be so close the players and in line of sight for cameras. The Raptors said no. https://t.co/Uqr1F8cCcs
— Michael Grange (@michaelgrange) May 29, 2019
While some have been put off by Drake’s behavior, one person who doesn’t seem to mind, yet, is Curry. He said:
It’s been entertaining…I know it’s a tricky situation with him being right there on the court, but at the end of the day, he’s having fun, having — you can’t hate on nobody having fun. Well, I guess in this life everybody hates on people having fun. So it’s par for the course on that one.