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NBA offered to drop fine if Raptors stripped Drake of his title

Drake ESPYsThe Toronto Raptors were fined $25,000 earlier this week for some comments Drake made about Kevin Durant at a recent concert. Drake, who holds the official title of “global ambassador” for the Raptors, apparently violated the NBA’s anti-tampering rules when he said the following 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.”

Rappers telling players to come play for their team is nothing new, but most of them aren’t actual team representatives. Apparently the NBA doesn’t like that Drake is the Raptors’ global ambassador, as evidenced by this piece of information from Cathal Kelly of The Globe and Mail in Toronto.

This has risen beyond the level of a spat. It’s an executive knife fight. Raptors officials would not comment on the Drake versus NBA situation. They are plainly loath to make their secret war public.

They also 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.

If you’re a Raptors fan or want more insight into the NBA’s anti-tampering rules, you should read Kelly’s entire column. You can understand why some people think it’s absurd that the NBA can fine a team for a musician trying to recruit a player during a concert, but that’s the way it goes. The Raptors signed up for it when they made Drake a “part” of their team.

Kevin Durant to the Raptors? Come on, now.

H/T Deadspin

Manny Pacquiao laughed at Drake’s impression of him singing

Drake Manny Pacquiao

One of Drake’s more notable bits when he hosted the ESPYs a few weeks ago was the skit he did mocking Manny Pacquiao.

Drake dressed like Pac-Man and did a great impression of Manny singing. The bit was funny overall — Drake’s impression of Pacquiao was spot-on — but does that mean it went over well with Manny and his fans?

In an interview with GMA Network in the Philippines, Pac-Man addressed the Drake skit.

“Tumawa na lang ako (I just laughed),” he said.

Pac-Man then said he understood Drake was just doing it for entertainment purposes.

“Raket lang niya ‘yun (That’s just one of the things he does to earn money).”

This is exactly what makes Pacquiao so beloved. The guy is very good-natured and doesn’t even seem to be bothered when someone is making fun of him.

One of the people who was getting his laughs at Manny’s expense was Floyd Mayweather Jr., who was in the audience. Maybe Floyd should let Manny have a chance to get some revenge in the ring. Yeah, like that will ever happen.

Drake jokes about Johnny Manziel doing shrooms (Video)

Drake ESPYsDrake did a decent job of delivering his monologue at the ESPYs on Wednesday night. While there were plenty of jokes that needed work and missed their mark, he was able to get enough laughs to make it through. One of Drake’s best bits came at the expense of his good friend Johnny Manziel.

When talking about LeBron James’ decision to return to Cleveland, Drake joked that the only person who might not be happy about it is Manziel. He then poked fun at Johnny Football’s party boy lifestyle.

“Right before I came out here I got a text from him asking if I wanted to do mushrooms and watch the ESPYs together tonight,” Drake joked. “Johnny, I hope you understand this is why I couldn’t come, but I’m sure this looks amazing to you right now.”

As expected, Manziel took the ribbing in stride.

Watch some of Drake’s other highlights below:

Video: Drake debuts great ‘Sidepieces’ song at ESPYs
Video: Drake kills it with Manny Pacquiao singing impression

Drake nails Manny Pacquiao singing impression at ESPYs (Video)

One of Drake’s funnier skits at the ESPYs came when he did his impression of Manny Pacquiao singing.

In addition to being a world champion boxer, Pacquiao enjoys to sing. That doesn’t mean he does it very well, but that has never stopped the boxer from belting out a few verses. The man has even released an album.

Well Drake decided to poke some fun of that and did a skit where he dressed, talked and looked like Pacquiao in the “Sometimes When We Touch” music video. Below is the original Pacquiao video for comparison.

Those dudes looked like twins:

Drake Manny Pacquiao

Drake looked very similar to Pacquiao, but this Pacquiao impersonator is still the best of all.

Drake debuts ‘Sidepieces’ song at ESPYs and it is great (Video)

Drake ESPYsDrake hosted the ESPYs in Los Angeles on Wednesday, and while his opening monologue needed a lot of work, his best stuff came when he began performing songs.

He performed a song called “Honorable Mention” where he recognized athletes and teams that finished in second place. That led into an even better song that he performed with Brian McKnight called “Sidepieces.”

Sidepieces, of course, was about all the secondary girlfriends/boyfriends athletes have on the road/side whom they hope their main girlfriends/boyfriends/wives/husbands never find out about.

Drake also threw in a personal line to the song when he shouted out his crush, women’s basketball player Skylar Diggins.

“Skylar this is the one thing that I would be for you.”

Video via @CorkGaines

Raptors give away Drake lint rollers to fans at Game 5

Drake lint roller

Give the Toronto Raptors credit for social media awareness and creativity, because they took an internet meme and turned it into a legitimate giveaway for their fans on Wednesday.

Rapper Drake, who is a Toronto native and influencer on the Raptors and Blue Jays, was sitting courtside for Game 2 of the Raptors’ playoff game against the Brooklyn Nets when he busted out — of all things — a lint roller.

The moment was noticed by folks on the ‘net who just went crazy with it. Some even suggested a Drake-inspired lint roller giveaway for the Raptors.

Well, the team listened.

The Raptors distributed vouchers to 1,200 fans sitting in exclusive/courtside seats to pick up Drake/OVO branded lint rollers after the game:

How can you not love that? $2,000 for a courtside ticket, get a Drake lint roller. Totally worth it.

And while we’re at it, here’s the video of Aubrey going HAM with the lint roller in Game 2:

Photo: Twitter/NBATV

Drake uses lint roller while sitting courtside during Game 2 (Video)

Drake lint rollerRapper Drake was in attendance for Game 2 between his hometown Toronto Raptors and the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday and had some prime courtside seats. And when you’re sitting courtside for an NBA playoff game, sometimes you just can’t shake that thought that you have some unwanted hairs on your clothing. So, naturally, you break out that lint roller you carry around in your back pocket and start grooming yourself.

I mean totally normal behavior. Who hasn’t been there before? Sometimes I use a lint roller while at the beach or in line for a slide at a water park. It comes in handy at times. Never know when you’re gonna need it.

I feel you Aubrey, I feel you.