Drake may not have been on the court…actually, lets try that again. Drake may not have been playing in the NBA Finals, but the hip-hop superstar was undoubtedly an integral part of the series narrative.
The Toronto Raptors global ambassador was a fixture on the sidelines during home games, in the media pre- and post-game, and in Jurassic Park during road contests as Canada’s lone NBA franchise defeated the Golden State Warriors to capture its first championship.
Despite being loyal to the Raptors, Drake happens to have personal relationships with the likes of Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant — he even has their numbers, 30 and 35, tattooed on his left arm.
Following Thursday’s dramatic Game 6, Curry congratulated Drake via a video call that was posted online early Friday morning.
“Congrats, bro,” Curry said to his friend. “Tough one. Like, ahh! I hate seeing it,” to which Drake kept responding, “I know, I know.”
Drake was clearly wearing some new Raptors championship swag during the conversation, too, because at one point Curry asks him, “How you already got the hat?” before the two shared a laugh.
“Enjoy man, it’s big time for you, the whole city, the whole everybody,” Curry continued. “Y’all deserve it, man. Congrats.”
Curry, who spent part of his youth living in Toronto when his father Dell played for the Raptors, averaged 30.5 points, 6.0 assists and 5.2 rebounds per game in the Finals. But without Durant and with Klay Thompson at less than 100 per cent, Curry and the Warriors were unable to overcome the Raptors’ depth.
Durant ruptured his right Achilles tendon in his Game 5 comeback attempt, while Thompson sustained a torn left ACL at a crucial point late in Game 6. Both could miss the 2019-20 season and Drake made sure to wish them well.
“Much love, send my love, send my respect to the family. Tell Klay even though he called me a [expletive] the other day it’s all good, I’m gonna let it slide,” Drake concluded.