Rapper and Toronto Raptors & # 39; global ambassador & # 39; Drake has crossed a line through interaction with players and coaches during NBA playoff games, according to Milwaukee Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer.
In Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Tuesday in Toronto, the animated Drake often approached the field from his usual first seat to talk to Raptors players and laugh at Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo. At one point during the Raptors win, an enthusiastic Drake rubbed the shoulders of Toronto trainer David Nurse, who didn't seem to notice or give up.
However, Budenholzer does matter.
& # 39; I don't know how much he's on the field & # 39 ;, Budenholzer said Wednesday, prior to Thursday's Game 5 in Milwaukee. & # 39; It sounds like you (reporters) say it's more than I realize. There is certainly no place for fans and whatever it is that Drake is for the Toronto Raptors to stand on the pitch. There are limits and lines for a reason, and as I said, the competition is usually pretty good to keep up with things like that. & # 39;
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Raptors forward Norman Powell (24) and center Serge Ibaka (9) celebrate with Drake during the second half of Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals series against the Bucks of the team
David Nurse didn't notice it or admitted Drake rubbed his shoulders in Game 4
Toronto & # 39; s Kawhi Leonard walks through Raptor's global ambassador Drake during Game 4 on Tuesday
Drake was named the global Raptors ambassador in 2013 and is a member of the team's executive committee, although his exact role is somewhat undefined.
On Wednesday, a tweet from a senior executive for Octagon, the agency that represented Antetokounmpo, called Drake because of his repeated trolling of the Bucks in general and specifically their superstar power forward.
& # 39; Imagine a gig and an athlete on VIP seats, right next to the band, standing on stage to show off during the entire game, knowing that cameras are with him, sometimes the singer massages & # 39 ;, wrote Georgios Dimitropoulos, Antetokounmpo & # 39; s former European agent before being appointed senior director for Octagon Basketball Europe. & # 39; Security and he both allow it. Never seen anything as disrespectful as this … & # 39;
Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer does not think the competition should allow Drake to run to the track, as he did during Game 4
The tweet has since been deleted.
Drake responded on Instagram with a screenshot from another post and read: & # 39; If you don't want the other team to party and dance, prevent them from scoring, winning or reaching their goal. Get over it and keep moving. & # 39;
He was hard to miss during the victory of the Raptors on Tuesday
The 32-year-old resident of Toronto laughed when free throws were missed by Antetokounmpo, who hit only 6 out of 10 (including an airball) but still scored 25 points; Drake yelled at referees and hit five with Raptors players all while hitting on the sidelines.
Budenholzer explained that he is not necessarily aware of everything Drake does during Raptors games.
Drake was named the Raptors Global Ambassador in 2013 and is a member of the team's executive committee, although his exact role is somewhat undefined
Drake laughed when free throws were missed by Giannis Antetokounmpo (right), who hit only 6 or 10 on Tuesday (including an airball), but still scored 25 runs. Last year, the NBA reportedly warned the world-famous artist about & # 39; the use of bad language & # 39; after trading barbs with Cleveland Cavaliers Center Kendrick Perkins in the semifinals of the Eastern Conference.
& # 39; You can't help but occasionally see Drake in timeouts or in and out of timeouts, whether he's encouraging or cheering for Toronto, & # 39; he said. & # 39; You know, trying to talk to referees. To say that I don't see it at all would be inaccurate, but to say that I give it a lot or every thought, you know, it's kind of a & # 39; same answer, same mantra.
& # 39; I just tend to ignore and focus on our team, focus on whatever it is that we have to do. & # 39;
Bucks fans have certainly noticed.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has recently given a headline with the text: & # 39; Milwaukee totally hates Drake, somehow allowing him to wander through the court and troll Giannis.
Last year, the NBA reportedly warned the world-famous artist about & # 39; the use of bad language & # 39; after trading barbs with Cleveland Cavaliers Center Kendrick Perkins in Game 1 of the semifinals of the Eastern Conference. The pair exchanged words when the Raptors and Cavaliers marched halfway to the tunnels and another hard change followed at the end of the game.
Drake became the target of jokes in 2014 when he saw an illuminated roller on his pants during a second round against the Brooklyn Nets.
One of the three finalists for the NBA's MVP award, Antetokounmpo, was not asked about Drake after Game 4.
Because he sits next to the jury table next to the Raptors couch, Drake can be seen everywhere in NBA broadcasts in Toronto
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