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.
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Thompson hit unrestricted free agency, but it was widely expected that he would return to the Warriors.
Thompson, who suffered a torn ACL in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, averaged 21.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists last season for Golden State.
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However, it appears that landing Russell is a part of a bigger plan.
According to the New York Times’ Marc Stein, Russell will likely be traded by the Warriors.
“D’Angelo Russell doesn’t fit there whatsoever,” Stein said (h/t Bleacher Report). “They just wanted to make sure they did not see Kevin Durant, arguably the best player in the league when healthy, walk out the door for nothing. They got a 23-year-old All-Star, and they will trade him. It’s just a matter of when.”
It is expected that Russell will be traded next summer.
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If Livingston is on the Warriors’ roster past June 30th, he will be owed $7.7 million, so all signs point to a buy out being worked out.
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