Drake, Kendrick Perkins weigh in on what inspired Game 1 confrontation (vid)
Toronto Raptors superfan and musician Drake, as he is wont to do from time to time, mixed it up with a player of an opposing team during Game 1 of the team’s Eastern Conference semifinal series with the Cleveland Cavaliers. This time, Kendrick Perkins was the target of Drake’s ire.
The first of two incidents involving Drake and Perkins, who was not even suited up for the game, began beefing at halftime of the Cavaliers’ thrilling 113-112 victory at Air Canada Centre.
Drake acting tough and barking at Kendrick Perkins may not end well for him. pic.twitter.com/LZsJHQQVXp
— gifdsports (@gifdsports) May 2, 2018
Things again came to a head after the game when the two began jawing with one another.
Drake and Kendrick Perkins got into it again after the end of Game 1. (via @mcten) pic.twitter.com/ahve2NSo1M
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 2, 2018
Perkins later explained what preempted the confrontations in a text message to ESPN, per a tweet from Adrian Wojnarowski.
“What happened was I was talking to my old teammate Serge (Ibaka) walking into halftime telling him ‘We about to win this game,’ and Drake butted in talking (expletive) to me. So I said something back to him.”
Drake later seemingly jokingly added to his explanation when reacting on social media to Woj’s original reporting on the matter.
.@Drake clarifies what he said to Kendrick Perkins after Game 1
(via @ElliottWilson/Instagram) pic.twitter.com/gvKU190jnY
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) May 2, 2018
While amusing, other reports have surfaced that may better explain what Drake did — or said — to precipitate things.
The Drake-Perkins drama certainly is not the first run-in Drake has had with an opponent of his beloved Raptors. And it goes without saying it won’t be the last, either. It will be interesting to see if Drake manages to force himself into the story line of Game 2 on Thursday night.