NBA superstar LeBron James and Drake went viral on social media for an over-the-top reaction to a dunk play at his son’s basketball game.
James, along with the Canadian-born rap star, came out of their seats and acted out courtside after Bronny James’ teammate Amari Bailey dunked the ball.
As a social media user noted, imagine how the opposing players — children, all the same — may have felt being shown up by the NBA’s top player.
“Imagine getting dunked on & seeing Drake & LeBron celebrating,” the tweet read.
Imagine getting dunked on & seeing Drake & LeBron celebrating 🤣😂
— Brad Ballislife (@BradBallisLife) June 12, 2021
Bronny was making his season opener debut with Sierra Canyon School after he underwent knee surgery in February, according to reports.
At another point in the game, Drake got up and was seen arguing with one of the refs, though from the camera’s vantage point, it’s not possible to hear what he had to say.
Drake has a few words for the ref 😂🔥 pic.twitter.com/zQXNoQzNlq
— Krysten Peek (@krystenpeek) June 12, 2021
Drake has developed a reputation for his disturbing courtside antics during Toronto Raptors games — so much so that the NBA has reportedly had conversations with the team about him. In 2019, he was seen massaging the shoulders of Raptors coach Nick Nurse during the Eastern Conference Finals that year, an act that perturbed Milwaukee Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer.
“I will say, again, I see it in some timeouts, but I don’t know of any person that’s attending the game that isn’t a participant in the game — a player or a coach — who has access to the court,” Budenholzer said following Game 4, USA Today reported. “I don’t know how much he’s on the court. It sounds like you guys are saying it’s more than I realize.
“There’s certainly no place for fans and whatever it is exactly that Drake is for the Toronto Raptors. To be on the court, there’s boundaries and lines for a reason, and like I said, the league is usually pretty good at being on top of stuff like that,” Budenholzer added.
The Raptors gifted Drake with the official title of global brand ambassador in 2013. Also, the team has partnered with Drake’s OVO brand, which includes his record label, his apparel, and a music festival on several occasions. In addition, the Raptors’ practice facility is called the OVO Athletic Centre.
The NBA’s reaching out to the team follows a warning the league issued Drake in 2018 after he had a confrontation with former Cleveland Cavaliers player Kendrick Perkins.
As for James, who is currently playing for the L.A. Lakers, he has experienced his own share of controversy, and recently.
For instance, he drew the ire of many when he escaped punishment by the league for recently attending an event in violation of the NBA’s COVID-19 safety protocols.
“James was one of several high-profile guests present at a promotional event for a tequila brand he backs earlier this week before the Lakers’ play-in game against the Golden State Warriors,” ESPN reported in late May.
“James, who has declined to say whether he has received the COVID-19 vaccination, was found to be in violation of the league’s health and safety protocols,” the sports entertainment network added.
By comparison, NBA star Kristaps Porziņģis of the Dallas Mavericks, who is white, was fined $50,000 just a few days later for going to a club in violation of the COVID safety rules, which sparked outrage among fans around the league.
Eventually, a spokesperson for the league addressed the disparity and essentially excused James.
“LeBron briefly attended an outdoor event related to an individual commercial activity where everyone was either vaccinated or return a negative Covid test. The league reviews each potential protocol violation on a case-by-case basis, and determines quarantines and imposes discipline based on the individual facts and circumstances of each matter,” said the spokesperson.
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