By LARRY VAUGHT
It’s no secret that award-winning rapper Drake is a Kentucky basketball fan. Two years ago he called UK coach John Calipari one of the “most iconic mentors in my life” and just being around the Kentucky program like he has several times was “inspiring” to him and led him to going back to complete his high school degree.
During the NBA playoffs Drake, a Canadian, has been in the news because of his antics when the Toronto Raptors play at home. He has a special courtside seat and has gone on the floor several times during breaks in play to taunt opposing players or embrace Toronto players and/or coaches.
Golden State opens the NBA Finals Thursday at Toronto as a prohibitive favorite to win the championship again. Coach Steve Kerr was asked Monday if he was ready for Drake to tap him on the shoulder during Thursday’s game.
“I’m not worried about Drake. I called him on his cell phone earlier and . . . my daughter’s rolling her eyes right now. She’s like, ‘Dad, no more dad joke, please,’ so, sorry,” Kerr said.
A media member, though, told Kerr he thought what he said about Drake was “really good.” The coach liked that.
“No, he’s always up there and he’s always a character and our guys are always talking trash with him. I don’t know, I kind of think it’s fun and the NBA kind of embraces the pop culture dynamic of the League and the stars and the celebrities who are out there and we got E-40 ready for them too, so we’re in good shape,” Kerr joked.
Veteran Golden State guard Shaun Livingston isn’t impressed with Drake’s sideline presence.
“I didn’t make anything of it. I don’t get into all that,” Livingston said.
Now star Steph Curry, he has a different take similar to what his coach said.
“It’s been entertaining. I know it’s a tricky situation with him being right there on the court, but at the end of the day, he’s having fun, having — you can’t hate on nobody having fun,” Curry said. “Well, I guess in this life everybody hates on people having fun. So it’s par for the course on that one.”