Is Drake betraying Raptors by pulling for Stephen Curry, Warriors?
Drake, the Toronto Raptors’ No. 1 celebrity fan and global ambassador for the NBA organization, seems to have embroiled himself in a minor controversy — or at least ensnared himself in a conflict of interest — after announcing recently that he is pulling for Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors, although to what extent is somewhat unclear.
The rapper likely befuddled the team and its fans by raving about Curry and the Warriors during an interview with Canadian celebrity interviewer Nardwuar.
“Steph’s one of those guys where if there’s a basketball court outside, he’s probably going to go out and put up some shots ’cause that’s his life,” Drake said, via the Toronto Sun. “…I’m wishing him a speedy recovery and, hopefully, he can do what he does this year and repeat.”
CBS Sports Anath Pandian posted the relevant portion of the interview on Twitter.
The Raptors Global Ambassador, Drake, is rooting for Steph & the Warriors to repeat as champions pic.twitter.com/8vzECnKunE
— AP (@Ananth_Pandian) May 9, 2016
Granted, Drake doesn’t explicitly state he’s pulling for Curry and the Warriors to repeat as champions — a notion that flies in the face of his typical ardent and passionate support of the Raptors, who are still in the playoffs — but his comments probably nevertheless rubbed the Raptors and their fans the wrong way.
It’s unclear whether Drake will be in his customary courtside seat at Air Canada Centre — a location from where he has been known to stir up trouble (here and here) — for Wednesday’s Game 4 showdown with the Miami Heat. Odds are reasonably good he did catch all the action in Monday’s heartbreaking 94-87 loss in overtime.
And even better for Drake, he then could have caught Curry’s superhuman heroics — especially in the fourth quarter and overtime in his return to the court during Golden State’s 132-125 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers later in the evening. A win-win for the rapper in some respects … you know, outside of the Raptors losing.