Bucks President: "I'm Not Not A Drake Fan"

Drake drew the ire of the Milwaukee Bucks for his sideline antics during Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals

Taz and the Moose
May 23, 2019 - 10:05 am
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Drake, as you may know, is a Toronto native and diehard Raptors fan, but his antics in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Tuesday drew the ire of the Milwaukee Bucks, especially coach Mike Budenholzer.

Drake seemingly did whatever he could to draw attention to himself, even massaging Raptors coach Nick Nurse during the fourth quarter. Budenholzer said that there is no place for fans – “or whatever Drake is for the Raptors” – on the court and that there are boundaries for a reason.

Bucks president Peter Feigin echoed those comments Thursday on Taz & The Moose.

“I’m not not a Drake fan,” Feigin said. “I’ll be as politically correct as you possibly can. I’ll echo what Bud says. I think everybody has a role. In the NBA, you’re a fan, you’re a coach, or you’re a player, and you got to know what the role is. But listen, I think for all of us, we would much rather not talked about Drake and just won a couple games in Toronto. Our focus is a big, big game for the organization tonight. We just win and let it speak for itself is kind of what we’d like to do.”

This would be like Aaron Rodgers getting up from his seat and massaging Budenholzer during gameplay.

It just wouldn’t happen.

“No, I think it would be great for all of us and for you in the media,” Feigin joked. “If a Drake shoulder rub is three billion impressions, an Aaron Rodgers shoulder rub would probably be ten billion impressions.”

The Bucks host the Raptors in Game 5 on Thursday at 8:30 p.m. ET, with Game 6 to follow in Toronto on Saturday. Whatever happens, the Eastern Conference will have a non-LeBron team in the NBA Finals for the first time since 2010.

“I think parity is really important,” Feigin said. “It’s important for all of the markets to have cycles and have strong seasons. For Milwaukee to rise and for Toronto, who’s kind of been there, it’s a great change, and I think people are really excited about it for the first time. When you’ve got this monopoly of Finals – Golden State is going into their fifth Finals – you might get a little apathy on the global fan base. 

“So it is great for the league,” Fiegin continued. “It’s really fun. It’s fun to see the emergence. What differentiates Giannis, too, is what audience he brings in. He’s really, on the international side, just a global phenomenon, so it’s so great to have him take the global stage as the playoffs progress.”

Click below to listen to Feigin’s interview in its entirety.