There were rumblings that Drake was not happy with the team’s new logo. Still, the all-star game is in Toronto in February 2016. He will be back. Drake Night 3, anybody?
Paul Pierce tormented the Raptors all series – from “It” to a huge Game 1 to “That’s why I’m here!” So, once the Wizards completed their sweep of Toronto, Pierce sure wasn’t stopping. He took aim at his old friend Drake, whose last album was “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late:” Paul Pierce: Drake a fool lol
Perhaps inspired by the Toronto Raptors beginning their playoff run, Canadian rapper Drake has been steadily posting his pickup basketball highlights on Instagram — and he’s not too bad. This will inevitably end in Drake signing a 10-day contract with the Raptors this fall and playing five minutes in a preseason game.
Drake redeemed himself this week with a long-distance game-winner, and mentioned Steph Curry in his Instagram caption. The defense may have been a little soft.
As he was leaving a Golden State Warriors vs. Los Angeles Clippers game, Drake took a brief moment to videobomb TNT sportscasters Mike Fratello and Kevin Calabro.
When the Raptors went to Drake — the team’s “Global Ambassador” — and asked him during which game he wanted to hold “Drake Night,” his choice was easy. “If there’s anybody I want to beat, it’s the Nets,” the rapper said before the Raptors went out and did just that, 105-89, at Air Canada Center on Wednesday night. “I had some conversations with the guys and asked them to overdo it for me,” he continued with a smile. “I got to choose which game was going to be ‘Drake Night’ this year, and I felt like this was the one.”
Ryan Wolstat: More Drake on redesign: “I think people are going to be floored with what we have in store for next season. I’ve got great things that will adorn your, uh, body as you move through life. I don’t know. I was trying to find a good way to say that.”
Demar Derozan is one of the most talented and important pieces of the 2014-2015 Toronto Raptors, who currently have the league’s best record at 12-2. Drake, the team’s global ambassador, also has a tight relationship with many of the players, even the newly arrived Lou Williams, who was just named the NBA’s Eastern Conference Player Of The Week. While on the NBA TV Fan Night Pre-Game show discussing Drake’s relationship with the Raptors with Chris Webber, Derozan mentioned that Drake said he’d give Derozan a copy of his mixtape, Derozan says is “coming out in January.”
Josh Lewenberg: NBA statement: “As Raptors’ Global Ambassador, Drake must follow our anti-tampering rules. At no point did we suggest his title be removed, but we were clear that as long as he acted as a representative of the team, he is subject to the league’s rules”. Fair explanation from NBA. Even if Drake is not paid employee he’s an acknowledged rep of the organization & its brand. League’s rules apply
This has risen beyond the level of a spat. It’s an executive knife fight. Raptors officials would not comment on the Drake versus NBA situation. They are plainly loath to make their secret war public. They also refused to address a key detail – that the NBA offered to drop the tampering fine if the team agreed to strip Drake of his title. The Raptors apparently refused.
Toronto has been in the crosshairs since GM Masai Ujiri’s profane outburst against Brooklyn during the playoffs. That small tempest fed off a general, leaguewide discomfort with Drake’s role and influence.
You were at OVO. What’d you think of what Drake did at the end of his set with KD? Patrick Patterson: Ha, that was funny. It was cool. I know Drake, the whole OVO crew, Toronto, Canada, they would love to have Kevin Durant there. It’d be a great piece to this culture that we’re trying to create in order to win and be successful. I’d love it if Kevin Durant came, I’m not going to say I wouldn’t. That’d be a great piece, that’d be a great player to have. I thought it was fun, it was entertaining, the fans loved it. Kevin probably loved it as well, I think I saw a tweet about him saying, “Shout out to Drake, I love the 6,” something like that. It was definitely entertaining. It was a smart move on Drake’s part.
Josh Lewenberg: So, is tampering charge legitimate? It’s a grey area. Even if Drake is not a paid employee he reps team as an ambassador, hence team fine
Rap superstar Drake helped out defending slam dunk champion Terrence Ross with his first dunk in the battle round of the dunk contest Saturday night. Drake, who serves as a global ambassador for the Raptors, walked onto the court with Ross’ trophy from last year. The dunk took a few attempts, but the final result was spectacular.
“Me and Drake been cool for a long time,” said Cousins, who played his freshman and sophomore season at Erwin (now Center Point) High in Birmingham before transferring to LeFlore. “It’s not something that just happened when I came to the NBA. We actually got cool when I was a freshman back at UK (Kentucky). I’m a big fan of his and it’s vice versa.”
In the second installment of his YouTube web series #REALDMC, Mobile native Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins gets an assist from multi-platinum rapper Drake in his campaign to be voted to play in the 2014 NBA All-Star game in New Orleans. Cousins is seen chopping up it up with Drake, whose latest album “Nothing Was the Same’ debuted at No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 when it was released in late September, backstage at on the Sacramento date on the rapper’s “Would You Like a Tour’ show on Nov. 18th. “Listen, I wanna let y’all know something,” Drake says to in front of a crowd of adoring fans. “You wanna know why I was looking forward to coming to Sacramento, really? Other than all of y’all of course, but, I’mma let y’all know. My brother, he goes by the name of Demarcus Cousins, that’s my dog for life.”
DeMarcus Cousins has some friends in high places, Grammy-award winning rapper Drake being one of them. Cousins first met the Canadian-born musician during his lone season at Kentucky and the two have been tight ever since. In fact, when his last tour stopped over at UC Davis a year and a half ago, Drake caught a game courtesy of the Sacramento Kings starting center. Last week, the platinum-selling artist was back in the Sacramento area, this time performing at Sleep Train Arena and Cousins was in attendance. If you missed the show, Cousins documented his experience for his new web series being delivered on his official YouTube Channel. You can watch the video below.
In what will start out looking like a publicity stunt and may end up changing the face of a franchise, the Toronto Raptors are about to begin a major partnership with the city’s most globally recognizable citizen. On Monday, MLSE will announce the first of several initiatives with hip-hop impresario Drake, which will see him acting as a host, business partner and consultant for the team.