On Monday, the team found itself in the “Headlines” when the NBA fined the Raptors $25,000 for tampering, due to comments made by the rapper Drake during a recent hometown concert by the Toronto native. The Young Money emcee was hired by the Raptors as a team ambassador prior to last season.
At the show, Drake (whose real name is Aubrey Drake Graham) decided to “Take Care” of some business for the Raptors. He delivered a recruiting pitch to Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant. The reigning NBA MVP can become a free agent in 2016; and was in attendance at the show. In the middle of performing, Drake decided to get a little “Fancy” with his recruiting efforts.
"Before we leave, I just want to show one of my brothers something," Drake said to the crowd. "You know, my brother Kevin Durant was kind enough to come to the show tonight and watch us. I just want him to see what would happen if he came to play in Toronto. Let him know what would happen."
Despite being “Up All Night”, the crowd responded in kind, obliging with an ovation and a chant of “KD”.
If/when Durant becomes a free agent, several teams are expected to be interested in his services. If this creative pitch proves to be “Successful”, the $25,000 fine will have been well worth it.
Toronto “Started From the Bottom” when they joined the NBA as an expansion team in 1995,;and, for the most part, that has been where they have stayed. They could be in the midst of a turnaround however, as they made the playoffs last season (the first under new general manager Masai Ujiri) behind a franchise-record 48 wins.
In his verse on DJ Khaled’s “I’m On One”, Drake rapped “all I care about is money and the city that I’m from” on the hook. Apparently, he just proved the latter.