Drake may just be the physical manifestation of the concept of fandom (dissertation forthcoming) but NBA brass are hoping he can keep it together for the upcoming finals. The Toronto Raptors and Golden State Warriors will face off in Game One of the finals Thursday and ahead of the game, the NBA commissioner revealed he had a little conversation with Raptors Ambassador Aubrey “Drake” Graham.
“We appreciate how big a fan he is, and I know the Raptors do. And I think he has the official designation of ‘ambassador’ and not just now to the Raptors and Toronto but I think, as a Canadian, to all of Canada and he’s a global star, so it’s a huge deal that he’s so engaged with the team and loves the NBA so much,” commissioner Adam Silver told Yahoo Sports.
Will we see a backrub in the Finals from @Drake? 🤷♂️
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— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) May 29, 2019
“Obviously, there’s some lines that even ambassadors shouldn’t cross,” he continued good-naturedly. “And I think in the heat of the moment to give the coach a massage… I think Drake understands that as excited he is and as appreciative we are of his support, there’s got to be lines drawn and obviously, you don’t want to end up touching a coach… and I think there’s a line too in terms of sitting right on the floor, in terms of engagement with the referees and players on other teams.”
Silver added that he had a conversation with Drake and his manager, Future the Prince, after Game Six against the Milwaukee Bucks (when the infamous Nick Nurse massage took place) to “find where that right line is.”
So maaaybe no more court-side massages (but we all know how heated Drake gets in the moment). The Raps’ most famous superfan isn’t the only one with Raptor Fever, though. All of Canada is getting in on the action, especially those who have been waiting for this moment for approximately 24 years.
— USA TODAY Sports (@usatodaysports) May 30, 2019
— Kevin Misener (@Misener680NEWS) May 30, 2019
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) May 30, 2019
The Kawhi Leonard mural on Queen West has been updated and now features the starting five plus Drake giving coach Nick Nurse a shoulder rub @raptors #Toronto #Raptors #nbafinals #WetheNorth pic.twitter.com/q9HTMJWSm5
— blogTO (@blogTO) May 30, 2019
As the sun rises…
And you wake up and realize…
For the first time ever…
Toronto is hosting the NBA Finals.
— Eric Smith (@Eric__Smith) May 30, 2019
— Devin Heroux (@Devin_Heroux) May 30, 2019
Raptors fans were lined up before 7 a.m. to get into Jurassic Park ahead of Game 1 of the #NBAFinals 😳
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 30, 2019
Even Jimmy Kimmel’s Guillermo wants in on that sweet Canadian action. Literally. The Live! correspondent attended Wednesday’s NBA Finals Media Day and took shots of maple syrup with the players. That’s one way to fuel a team.
— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) May 29, 2019
Let’s go, Raps!