It’s getting old, it’s annoying, and it’s causing issues for viewers and fans who simply want to watch an intense NBA playoff game without a “superfan” hogging the spotlight with his over-reaching antics.
Rapper and Toronto Raptors fan Drake is that annoying fan who simply thinks his fandom is bigger than the game, and his antics again took center-stage as the Raptors took Game 1 of the NBA Finals over the Golden State Warriors.
As Warriors’ forward Draymond Green was leaving the court following the conclusion of Toronto’s 118-109 victory, he and Drake engaged in a verbal altercation that was brief, but again makes Drake’s antics a talking point.
“It wasn’t really a scuffle because I didn’t hit him and he didn’t hit me, or I didn’t push him or he didn’t push me,” Green said (h/t ESPN). “We talked; we barked a little bit. But I wouldn’t necessarily consider it a scuffle. [It wasn’t] what I personally would consider a scuffle.”
“The league office had conversations directly with Drake and his manager, and I think we ended up in a good place,” Silver said before the game.
“I think in the case of Drake, as I’ve said before, I mean, we certainly appreciate his superfan status, and I know he’s beloved in the community of Toronto,” Silver said. “I think certainly we don’t want fans, friend or foe, contacting an NBA coach during a game. I think that even as Nick Nurse later said, I didn’t even realize it was Drake or hardly was aware that I was being touched, and I think those can lead to dangerous situations. You’re in the middle of coaching a game and you’re completely focused — you obviously don’t want somebody who is not on your team touching you.
“We understood that in this case, given Drake’s relationship to the team, it’s not the same as just any fan who happened to be courtside touching a coach. But I think that’s an absolute bright line that we have to draw. So that’s one example, and I would also say that I think the issue for the league is that he has this ambassador-type role with the team. So he is viewed a little differently than any fan sitting there. But at the same time, I think there are appropriate lines that shouldn’t be crossed in terms of how a competing team is addressed, or the officials, for that matter.”
Drake, Toronto’s “global ambassador”, was again courtside for Game 1, and again caused issues, reaching a point that no other fan, or “superfan” has in the past.
Warriors’ Stephen Curry Suffers Broken Left Hand
Curry suffered the injury after a hard fall to the floor, following a collision with Suns’ center Aron Bynes, who fell on top of Curry’s hand resulting in a fracture in the second matacarpal, the bane in the hand below the index finger, according to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne.
“Obviously it’s been a tough start for us on many levels,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said after the game. “So we’re just trying to find our footing. And obviously this puts us in a tough spot. So we’ll assess it, and we’ll go from there.”
“Just one of those things,” Kerr said. “Aron Baynes came up after the game and just wanted to know how Steph was doing. You could tell he felt really bad. It was just a random basketball play, so stuff happens.”
“I saw it happen,” Warrior’s owner Joe Lacob said. “So obviously sad. It’s not good. But sort of a silver lining maybe, because some of our young players are going to get an opportunity to play. So I like our young players a heck of a lot. So I think it’s a silver lining. Ironically, I’m an optimist, so we’ll see what happens.”
With so many injuries piling up on a disappointing start to the season for Golden State, Lacob dismissed the idea of tanking.
“It is against every single thing I and we stand for,” Lacob said, according to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne. “We will fight like hell. Develop our young guys. Learn to win. You don’t get better by trying to lose. Our entire organization is about winning. And we will win. Some bumps in the road, perhaps. But we will never accept losing.”
Lacob added that the focus remains on the long-term plan for the Warriors.
“I’m just telling you that the bottom line is I’m not negative and I’m not going to get negative,” Lacob said, according to The Athletic’s Tim Kawakami and Ethan Strauss. “I’m an optimist and we’re building something. You’re always looking short term and you’re looking intermediate term and you’re looking long term.
“And I think we’ve got a lot of good young players in place,” he continued. “Potentially, there’s a silver lining in all of this, who knows? And I’m very optimistic about our future. Very optimistic about our future. I think we’re going to be there at some point. Can’t say when. We’ve obviously got a lot of injuries now, but we’re going to be there.”
Jonas Jerebko Heading to Europe
Former Golden State Warriors’ forward Jonas Jerebko is continuing his playing career in Europe this upcoming season.
According to Lithuanian basketball journalist Donatas Urbonos, Jerebko is close to sign with Khimki Moscow Region.
Jerebko averaged 6.3 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 1.3 assists last season with the Warriors, highlighted by some strong play during the playoffs.
James McAdoo to Play in Turkey
Former Golden State Warriors forward James McAdoo is heading to Turkey to continue his playing career.
According to Emiliano Carchia of Sportando, McAdoo has signed with Turkish team Besiktas.
McAdoo entered the NBA has an undrafted talent back in 2014, spending his first three seasons with the Golden State Warriors, winning titles with the Dubs in 2015 and 2017.
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