WASHINGTON, DC — The Bulls won’t have to worry about any famous rappers on the sidelines trying to disrupt play against the Washington Wizards — at least it won’t be Drake.
And even if someone, say, DC native Wale, were to start barking in Justin Holiday’s ear during a crucial inbounds play, Holiday won’t hear it.
He didn’t hear Drake saying “You don’t have any timeouts let, don’t get a five-second call,” which was caught by cameras on one of the final possessions for the Bulls, which resulted in a five-second violation.
“No, he wasn’t bothering me,” Holiday said. “There were thousands of fans in the building yelling at the same time. It’s not like I was going to hear one guy yelling.
"I couldn’t hear him that play. That play I wasn’t worried about him. I came and it took it out again and he said something to me before I got the ball, but that play, no, you can see in my face. If I heard him I would have made a face like (I did).”
The violation probably had more to do with the Bulls’ habit of late-developing inbounds plays as opposed to one fan in a building full of rabid fans begging for a comeback.
But since Drake is, well, Drake, he got a lot of credit from the Twitterverse because it made him look like he was the Raptors’ unofficial sixth man. The Canadian rapper has courtside seats at the Air Canada Centre and is often seen at big games throughout the year.
He hasn’t reached Spike Lee at Madison Square Garden status, but Drake has looked like more of a mascot in instances like this. And after Jimmy Butler knocked the ball off DeMar DeRozan’s leg to seal the Bulls’ victory, there was Raptor “Superfan” Drake, congratulating and dapping up all the Bulls’ players who just beat his team.
“Yeah, I’m a fan of his. I know who he is,” Holiday said, somewhat amused at the growing attention surrounding the play.
[SHOP: Gear up, Bulls fans!]
Holiday, who’s trying to make a name for himself on the Bulls’ roster, has played some valuable minutes since being traded for Kirk Hinrich at the deadline and has received texts from friends because of the notoriety.
"I guess (it made me famous),” Holiday said. “I don’t really care about the fans. I just want to win games.
“I’ve gotten the links from everyone I’ve known. That was hilarious. But obviously he had nothing to do with the play and what happened.”