It seems Drake has got the attention of the Milwaukee Bucks fan base.
The Raptors’ global ambassador and ridiculously wealthy rapper has risen to the level of chief irritant in the Cheesehead state for his sideline antics these past two games in Toronto.
Drake certainly gets far more latitude from the security personnel at Scotiabank Arena — venturing on to the court from his courtside seat to both cheer the Raptors and jeer their opponents.
Both coaches in the series were asked about Toronto’s own version of Jack Nicholson or Spike Lee, the omnipresent in-house celebrity.
Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer initially tried to ignore the Drake questions, but eventually piled on along with the majority of Milwaukeeans when asked his opinion of the hyper-active Drake.
“I don’t know how much he’s on the court,” Budenholzer said. “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 are boundaries and lines for a reason, and like I said, the league is usually pretty good at being on top of stuff like that.”
Raptors head coach Nick Nurse wisely went the other direction, even though he was the only individual who was physically confronted by Drake during the game when Toronto’s biggest home-grown rap talent tried to lessen the tension of the moment mid-game for the coach with an unsolicited shoulder massage.
“It’s certainly not a distraction for me,” Nurse said of Drake perhaps getting a little too close to the action. “I didn’t even know I got the shoulder rub last night ’til someone showed me a picture today because I was so locked into the game.
“I think the fans on whichever team comes out on the wrong side get disappointed about a lot of things, coaching decisions to refereeing decisions to playing decisions, and everything else. It’s which way the wind’s blowing sometimes and it’s just that when they lose a couple games.
“It’s the same with our fans when we lost a couple. They were up to that, it’s kind of part of the show.”
Love him or hate him, Drake is not going away, at least not while the Raptors are still alive in the post-season. But that’s not to say the league won’t be calling on the Raptors before this series gets back to Toronto for Game 6.
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