NBA playoffs 2019: League reportedly spoke to Raptors about Drake's sideline antics

By E.Jay Zarett 30 May 2019 31
NBA playoffs 2019: League reportedly spoke to Raptors about Drake's sideline antics

The NBA may not be happy with Drake.

The league spoke with the Raptors about the rapper’s “activity and presence on the sideline” during the Eastern Conference finals, a spokesperson told ESPN.

Drake has been a noticeable presence at Toronto’s games throughout the postseason and was seen giving coach Nick Nurse a shoulder rub during Game 4 against the Bucks.

“I don't know of any person that's attending the game that isn't a participant in the game a coach — I'm sorry, a player or a coach, that has access to the court,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer told reporters after that game. "I don't know how much he's on the court. It sounds like you guys are saying it's more than I realize. There's certainly no place for fans and, you know, whatever it is exactly that Drake is for the Toronto Raptors, to be on the court.

"There's boundaries and lines for a reason, and like I said, the league is usually pretty good at being on top of stuff like that."

The Raptors went on to close out Milwaukee in six games. They’ll face the Warriors in the NBA Finals, with Game 1 set for Thursday.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr said earlier this week the team wasn’t concerned about Drake’s presence on the sideline.

"I'm not worried about Drake. I called him on his cell phone earlier," Kerr joked to reporters. "My daughter's rolling her eyes right now. She's like 'Dad, no more dad jokes.'"

Golden State forward Draymond Green agreed with his coach.

"Drake can't shoot. Nor can he pass," Green said earlier this month. "You ever seen Drake play basketball?"

Game 1 of the NBA Finals between the Warriors and Raptors will tip off Thursday at 9 p.m. ET in Toronto.


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