NBA notebook: Rapper Drake accused of trolling Bucks
Is rap star Drake getting into the heads of the Milwaukee Bucks, especially star player Giannis Antetokounmpo?
The recording artist and Toronto Raptors fan might take credit for having
something to do with the Eastern Conference finals being tied at 2-2 after the
Bucks dropped Games 3 and 4 in Toronto.
On Wednesday, a tweet from a senior executive for Octagon, the agency
representing Antetokounmpo, called out Drake for his repeated trolling of the
Bucks in general and specifically their superstar power forward.
"Imagine a gig & an athlete on VIP seats, right next to the band, stands
up on the stage just to show off during the entire game, knowing cameras are
on him, occasionally even massaging the singer," wrote Georgios Dimitropoulos,
Antetokounmpo's former European agent before he was named senior director for
Octagon Basketball Europe. "Security&him both allow it. Never seen
anything as disrespectful as this before ..."
--Golden State Warriors owner Joe Lacob intends to re-sign Klay Thompson and
Kevin Durant when they become unrestricted free agents this summer, even
though Durant's agent said the superstar is undecided.
With the Warriors in the midst of a nine-day break before the NBA Finals as
they await the winner of the Toronto Raptors-Milwaukee Bucks series, Lacob
answered questions about the futures of Thompson, 29, and Durant, 30, from The
"The season is still ongoing," Lacob responded. "We are not finished. I have
no new ideas or data for you. We love Klay and KD and intend to attempt to
re-sign them. Period. I am confident about BOTH of them. But it is their
choice to do what is best for them. They have earned that right. Our goal is
to keep our team together. We are pretty good."
--Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard's health is just fine, while point guard Kyle
Lowry is fighting through significant pain, head coach Nick Nurse told
"He's feeling good," Nurse said of Leonard, who has shown an occasional limp
during the Eastern Conference finals against the Milwaukee Bucks. "No concerns
at this point. He's good."
Leonard had his workload managed during the regular season and did not play on
back-to-back nights, but he has logged 38.2 minutes per game through 16
postseason games, averaging 31.2 points, 8.4 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.5
steals. Lowry has been playing with an injured left (non-shooting) thumb since
hurting it in Game 7 of the second round of the playoffs, wearing an oversize,
padded glove to aid the healing process.
--The Bucks' Antetokounmpo, Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert and Oklahoma City
Thunder forward Paul George -- the three finalists for the 2018-19 NBA
Defensive Player of the Year award -- highlight the All-Defensive first team,
announced by the league.
They were joined by Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart and Bucks guard Eric
Antetokounmpo, Gobert and George are repeat awardees; this is the first time
on the All-Defensive team for Smart and Bledsoe.
--Field Level Media