As time passed during Game 6 of the NBA Finals, a familiar face was not found.
Where was Drake?
It turns out that it's because the NBA has contacted the rapper / actor and asked him not to go personally to Oakland for the rest of the games that were to be played at Oracle Arena for "reasons security, "reported TMZ Sports Saturday morning.
"We were told that the league was worried about the Warriors' potentially uptight fans doing stupid things like taunting Drake or throwing stuff at him … that would not only put Drake in danger, but also to get into trouble. other people sitting next to him. "
Drake's father, Dennis Graham, spoke to TMZ and agreed that it was best that he stay away from the game that ultimately crowned the Toronto Raptors as champions of the NBA.
"When people see you in Toronto and you do things like that, you have to be careful," Graham told TMZ. "With rowdy fans, you can not take chances."[[[[RELATED: Drake and Steph share a phone call after match 6]
The back and forth between Drake and the Warriors created a drama and a lot of tension, so it was certainly a smart move on the part of the NBA.
He ended up leading a night of finals watching at Jurrasic Park in Toronto and it became apparent that the "world ambassador" of the Raptors had had a great time celebrating accordingly.
The center of warriors DeMarcus Cousins felt a little sentimental Saturday morning.
So the big man posted the following message:
. @ KDTrey5 and @KlayThompson Get healthy killas real definition of warriors! #dubnation thanks for all the support this season. You are incredible fans. Expect to be 100% healthy this summer. I'm in my neck next season! 🦍
– Cousins DeMarcus (@boogiecousins) June 15, 2019
Cousins he tells Warriors fans that he will try to dominate the Dubs while wearing a different uniform next season? Or is he just saying that he is anxious to crush the opposition no matter where he signs?
We do not know if there is a legitimate chance that the Cousins call the Chase Center home next season.
He is on the verge of becoming an unrestricted free agent and the maximum amount that Golden State can offer him for the 2019-20 campaign is about $ 6.4 million.
But Warrior head coach Steve Kerr spoke to reporters on Friday and left the door open for a meeting.
"I think there's a chance," Kerr said. "I would say that the hope is that, frankly, he can do much better financially than we could offer him, but who knows, every year is different."
"We have to find our own situation – especially with Klay [Thompson] and Kevin [Durant] – and how does it all move?
"But I could absolutely plan a place for DeMarcus here if he wanted to come back in. It's just a question of knowing what his goals are, what his goals are."
Free agents are allowed to start negotiating with teams at 3 pm Sunday, June 30th.
The cousins will be 29 on August 13th.
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The long list of injuries dealt by the warriors in the 2019 finals of the NBA can in no way serve as an excuse. This does not change the reality of the situation, however.
Warrior veteran Shaun Livingston has perfectly summed up the impact of the injury virus on Golden State in their six games against Toronto.
"We were dying, to be honest," Livingston told Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated. "It's crazy. … Kevin Klay. "Loon." Dray [Green]. No excuses. Give credit to Toronto. Toronto is a good team. But we respect each other. No question."
Let's take a look at the wounds of warriors.
- Kevin Durant sank his right calf in the fifth game of the Western Conference semifinal. He then missed more than a month before returning to the Warriors in the fifth game of the NBA Finals. In the second quarter, he broke the Achilles tendon and will miss the 2019-2020 season.
- Klay Thompson missed Game 3 in the final with a left hamstring strain. In Game 6, he had a torn ACL on the left, while he was 2:22 in the third quarter. He still scored 30 points, a high point in the game.
- Kevon Looney suffered a first straight fracture of the rib cartilage not displaced in the second match of The Finals. He missed Game 3 but has resisted the last three games. He will need six to eight weeks of recovery during the off season.
- DeMarcus Cousins missed 14 games after getting ripped off the left quadriceps in the second game of the Warriors' first round series. He came back for the first game of the final, even though he was obviously not close to his health.
- Andre Iguodala was injured in the calf during the finals of the Western Conference.
- Steph Curry dislocated his finger in the second game of the Western Conference semifinal.
Going to five consecutive finals has had an impact on the Warriors. They will probably be completely different next season and two of the best players in the game – Durant and Thompson – will be away for a very long time.
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There is a risk to every reward, and warriors now see the other side of always chasing a ring.