Shaquille O’Neal approves of Drake’s antics during NBA playoffs
Drake, of all people, has somehow been involved in some of the biggest storylines throughout the Toronto Raptors’ run to the NBA Finals.
While the musician has rubbed a lot of people the wrong way — especially when it comes to Toronto’s postseason opponents and their respective fan bases — Shaquille O’Neal believes Drake’s antics are great.
“Think about it? The practice facility is named after him,” Shaq said, alluding to how the Raptors renamed their training facility after Drake, when approached by a TMZ Sports camera crew. “So what’s the difference between him and Steve Ballmer? What they do? He’s just having fun, having a good time. And, again, as a guy sitting there watching on TV, it’s very entertaining.
“Drake is a smart guy. He knows what he’s doing. It’s called ‘marketing’ people. The drama… I love it. So, as a fan and an analyst, you just want to see good basketball.”
Drake, previously tabbed as the Raptors’ “global ambassador,” is arguably the No. 1 celebrity superfan in the NBA. That said, the case can be made he occasionally crosses the line with some of his courtside conduct.
So much so, in fact, that NBA commissioner Adam Silver recently revealed he had a chat with Drake about possibly toning things down a bit. Yet, given how Drake has continued to amp up his behavior during the Finals, it does not appear he paid much attention to Silver’s suggestions.
Among the instances when Drake arguably went overboard since his conversation with Silver came following the Raptors’ Game 1 victory when he called Draymond Green “trash,” which sparked a minor confrontation. The Golden State Warriors superstar, incidentally friends with Drake, later downplayed the significance of the incident.
The Warriors were allowed to get in some trolling at Drake’s expense in their own right following Sunday’s Game 2 win, and it will be interesting to see how things go from here in the series.
One thing is certain, though: Shaq hopes Drake keeps on doing what he’s doing, critics be damned.