Drake made headlines during Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Milwaukee Bucks when in the middle of gameplay, he left his courtside seat to give Raptors coach Nick Nurse a brief massage.
The move drew the ire of Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer, who chastised the rapper when asked about it by reporters the next day.
“There’s certainly no place for fans, or whatever Drake is for the Raptors, on the court,” Budenholzer said. “There’s boundaries and lines for a reason.”
Drake was a hot topic of conversation on today’s conference call with Mike Budenholzer. He said, in part, “There’s certainly no place for fans — or whatever Drake is for the raptors — on the court. There’s boundaries and lines for a reason.”
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The NBA has also issued a warning to Drake:
In an interview with Chris Haynes, NBA commissioner Adam Silver is now talking about Drake, and expressed his appreciation for Drake’s passion for the Raptors and the league before acknowledging that Drake needs to take it down a couple of notches on the sideline.
“Obviously there are some lines that even ambassadors shouldn’t cross,” Silver said of Drake, who has been dubbed a Raptors ambassador. “And I think one — in the heat of the moment —I think to give the coach a massage.“I think Drake understands that as excited as he is and as appreciative as we are of his support, that there’s gotta be lines drawn.
Obviously you don’t want to end up touching a coach because the coach may not realize what’s going on in the middle of the action.”
Silver confirmed to Haynes that he has since spoken with Drake and his manager about his behavior.
“I think he has a better understanding now of where that line is,” Silver said. “His manager Future, who sits with him too. We’ve all talked, all of us together. There’s been conversations that have taken place. It’s more just ‘Alright, let’s find where that right line is.’”
We should all expect Drake to be on his best behavior Game 1 against the Golden State Warriors on Thursday in Toronto.
Get your popcorn ready.
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