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NBA addresses Drake’s sideline antics with Raptors

Milwaukee Bucks v Toronto Raptors - Game Six

TORONTO, ONTARIO - MAY 25: Rapper Drake reacts during game six of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Toronto Raptors at Scotiabank Arena on May 25, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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Drake was everywhere during Eastern Conference finals games in Toronto – heckling Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks, rubbing Raptors coach Nick Nurse’s shoulders and generally just putting on a show for the cameras.

Will it continue in the NBA Finals?

Michele Steele of ESPN:

The NBA spoke to the Toronto Raptors during the Eastern Conference finals about Drake’s activity and presence on the sideline, a league spokesman told ESPN.

How many warnings does Drake get?

Drake isn’t just a fan (though the Raptors have a responsibility to control overstepping fans, anyway). He’s officially the team’s Global Brand Ambassador – a title official enough to get Toronto fined for tampering.

If the Raptors want to allow Drake allowance to touch them, that’s their choice. If the NBA is OK with Drake arguing with referees in a way other fans can’t, that’s the league’s prerogative. But the Warriors deserve to have normal boundaries enforced if Drake encroaches on them.