The Toronto Raptors are one win away from reaching the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history. And who do we have to thank for that? Well, Kawhi Leonard mostly. But, let’s give just a little credit to Raptors superfan Drake for engaging in some first-rate psychological warfare with the Milwaukee Bucks. Earlier this week, Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer, Giannis Antetokounmpo’s agent, and most American media outlets put the Toronto rapper on blast for his courtside high jinks during Game 4 (see: laughing at Giannis’ missed free throws, massaging Raps coach Nick Nurse’s shoulders). To which Drizzy responded on Instagram with a deft selection of emojis.
Last night, Mallory Edens, daughter of Bucks owner Wes Edens, not-so-subtly trolled Drake by wearing a Pusha T-shirt to the game. As you know (unless you have been living in extreme isolation — or Wisconsin), Drake had a very personal beef with Pusha T last May. Well played.
Daughter of the Buck’s owner, Mallory Edens, is sitting next to Aaron Rodgers in a Pusha T shirt..
Not in the 6 anymore pic.twitter.com/FKAXsWWxDU
— Jac Collinsworth (@JacCollinsworth) May 24, 2019
But after the Raptors’ hair-raising win Drake fired back post-haste, giving Edens a rather suggestive shout out in his Insta story and changing his avatar to a photo of her.
Mallory Edens, the daughter of the Bucks owner, wore a Pusha-T shirt to game 5.
Drake saw it. Followed her on IG. Changed his avi to her pic. Put her on his story.
— Complex (@Complex) May 24, 2019
— Chillin in my Bacta (@DarthAmin) May 24, 2019
And he wasn’t even done there. He later added this nifty edit to his story.
Sheesh. The Boy is out here playing 4D chess. And more power to him. After all, he’s not the first celebrity fan to get involved in the game (see also: Spike Lee, Rihanna). Being allowed to jeer at the opposing team is a basic right of fandom, and part of why teams play for home court advantage all season. Besides, who’s to say if Drake’s silly games are having any effect whatsoever on the Bucks’ psyches.
Althouuuugh, several of their players did look pretty shook last night. And Giannis did miss quite a few free throws — not to mention breaking his own ankles at one point.
Also, FYI: the Bucks subreddit right now is saltier than a bowl of PF Chang’s hot and sour soup about this. Whatever Drake is doing, you can bet on him doing even more of it during Game 6 on Saturday. No, we mean literally — sports betting sites are now letting you wager on the rapper’s potential courtside antics during the game, from what he’ll be wearing to how many times he’ll come into contact with coach Nurse. But hey, no need to get in your feelings about this, Bucks fans. We’re sure your players are professionals who wouldn’t just let the softest guy in hip hop throw off things like their shooting (which hasn’t been great) and their half-court offence (which has been ghastly). Right? If you know, you know.