While the Toronto Raptors may not have the most well-known or appreciated product across the landscape of the NBA, they benefit from one of the biggest names in the entire world of celebrity in Drake being a visible superfan and supporter of the franchise.
Toronto is not above letting Drake get on the broadcast and say whatever he’s feeling, and that can make for some hilarious commentary. The Boston Celtics were in his crosshairs in this game, as it was an unflattering comparison ascribed to one of their bench players.
Drake nearly had Matt Devlin and the rest of the broadcast crew on the verge of tears when he compared Celtics guard Payton Pritchard to a “crypto scammer.” You never know who will be in the line of fire when you give him a chance to freestyle.
When asked about new coach Darko Rajakovic, Drake simply replied that Darko is “not Nick Nurse.” While the rapper had more of a relationship with Nurse than most tangentially connected “brand ambassadors” have with head coaches, it seems like Rajakovic has some work to do if he wants to get to know Mr. Graham.
Drake had multiple wild quotes on Toronto Raptors-Boston Celtics broadcast.
On top of the fact Drake said it felt like he hadn’t been to a Raptors game “since 1998” due to all of the personnel and aesthetic changes the franchise has made, the “Take Care” brainchild said that his credit card almost got declined when trying to purchase a tequila shot. There’s never a dull moment when he’s near a microphone.
In a Raptors season that hasn’t had a ton of craziness that can take over social media, Friday’s Drake-themed dalliance managed to turn some heads. Between getting the megastar on the broadcast and playing on one of the few in-season tournament courts that doesn’t make your eyes melt, OVO’s fingerprints were all over this game.
Unfortunately, the Raptors were unable to pull off a miraculous comeback win. Pascal Siakam had one of the best games he will tally all season long, some odd coaching decision from Rajakovic towards the end of the game gave Boston the win and sunk Toronto to 5-7.
Toronto at least looked like an exciting team that will make Drake want to return to Scotiabank arena more frequently last season. Scottie Barnes keeps getting better, Siakam looks to have recovered from a slump early in the season, and the offense is more free-flowing (if inconsistent) than last year.