Drake holds the status of one of the most renowned NBA fans globally.
In the realm of American sports, the Toronto Raptors boast a distinctive feature: the most famous figure associated with the franchise has never played for them, coached them, or any other team for that matter.
Despite overshadowing figures like Doug Christie or Donyell Marshall in terms of notoriety, Drake, 15 years into his illustrious musical career, remains committed to putting the spotlight on his hometown teams. This commitment manifests in various ways, from designing ostentatious chains in anticipation of championship victories for the Blue Jays, Maple Leafs, or Raptors to seizing moments on the Raptors’ telecast to playfully jab at their rivals—a recent instance being during Toronto’s 108–105 loss to the Celtics.
In his humorous commentary, Drake remarked, “I feel like I’m in a time lapse right now. First of all, this guy’s not Nick Nurse. I haven’t been here in awhile,” alluding to the new boss Darko Rajakovi?. He continued by expressing his confusion about the changes on the court, saying, “I don’t know where we’re at. The court’s a completely different color.”
Turning his attention to the Raptors’ opponent, he amusingly commented on Boston guard Payton Pritchard, stating, “Payton Pritchard’s out here looking like a crypto scammer. What’s going on, boys?”
In a self-deprecating manner, Drake acknowledged the passage of time since his last visit to Scotiabank Arena, stating, “I feel like the last time I was here was 1998.”
Drake’s association with the Raptors is enduring, and who knows, perhaps one day he may even own the team.