Plenty of big stars were at Drake’s OVO Fest including NBA superstar Kevin Durant. During the concert Drake used the opportunity to “recruit” Durant to the Toronto Raptors saying:
“You know, my brother [Oklahoma City Thunder star] Kevin Durant was kind enough to come to the show tonight and watch us,” Drake said. “I just want him to see what would happen if he came to play in Toronto. Let him know what would happen.”
The problem with the seemingly harmless gesture is that Drake is the Global Brand Ambassador for the Toronto Raptors and since Durant will not be a free agent until 2016, Drake’s recruitment is considered tampering under the league’s rules. The result was a $25,000 fine levied against the Raptors but according to this source, the NBA was willing to drop the fine if the Raptors dropped Drake.
[Raptors officials] refused to address a key detail – that the NBA offered to drop the tampering fine if the team agreed to strip Drake of his title. The Raptors apparently refused.
What? Wait hold up.
I’m like legitimately speechless and confused here. The fine for tampering makes sense. I know it was harmless but that’s the rule and plenty of people have been fined for this before. Nothing new. But why in God’s name would the NBA want the Raptors to break apart from one of the biggest stars in the world?
Drake was the first person to make the Raptors cool again since Vince Carter in 2000. And that motherfucker had to literally put on the best dunk contest of all time for that shit. But since then, you could argue that was the least popular franchise in the NBA. Do you remember just like 2 years ago when players were visibly upset when they got drafted to Toronto?
I’m just baffled by this. It seems like a perfect relationship. The NBA has always struggled with building a US audience and interest for their Canadian franchises. Now everything is finally coming together. They have Drizzy, the team is actually decent, and Toronto is a hot city. We fucking love Toronto and Canada. We were just talking about how we can’t wait for the next Bas show in Toronto.
I don’t know what the fuck the NBA is smoking. It’s not like Drake is bad for business or has any down side at all. He’s not knocking chicks out and dragging their bodies through Atlantic City and shit like that. The NBA is one of my favorite companies in the world. They are branding geniuses, absolutely love what they have done with the league. And while many sports leagues (eh-hem, NFL) have tried really hard over the years to break away from the hip-hop and urban culture association, the NBA has always embraced it. I haven’t been confused like this in a long time, would really love to know if anyone can make sense of why they would ruin a really great thing for the NBA.
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PS - Can’t wait for the Knicks to holler at Bas. I’m gonna be blogging these shits from courtside.
PPS – This shit never gets old:
That video just changed my whole day.