Adam Silver concedes that Raptors fan Drake isn’t a ‘regular fan’ but touching a coach still ‘can’t happen’
NBA commissioner Adam Silver admitted that Toronto Raptors ambassador Drake is no ordinary fan, but he reiterated that does not mean that the popular rapper can do anything he wants on the sidelines.
Silver pointed out that Drake is not the same as a “regular fan” and it is likely the reason why he was very animated on the sidelines during the Raptors-Milwaukee Bucks series. However, Silver said that touching a coach or a player is too much, and Drake should know that there are “lines that should not be crossed.”
NBA commissioner Adam Silver acknowledges that Drake isn’t the same as the regular fan but touching a coach during a game can’t happen. “There are appropriate lines that shouldn’t be crossed,” Silver said.
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Drake made headlines in Game 4 of the 2019 NBA Eastern Conference Finals. First, he was seen trolling Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo while attempting free-throws. Later in the game, Drake took it to another level, as he was caught in video massaging Raptors coach Nick Nurse when the game was already in the bag for Toronto.
During an interview with Yahoo Sports, Silver had a similar comment. The commissioner said that touching a coach is inappropriate, especially if it was done in the middle of a live play.
“I think Drake understands that as excited as he is and as appreciative as we are of his support, that there’s gotta be lines drawn,” Silver said. “Obviously you don’t want to end up touching a coach because the coach may not realize what’s going on in the middle of the action.”