The NBA Finals are within the Toronto Raptors’ grasp following a 105-99 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday night. The Raptors now boast a 3-2 lead in the series, which shifts back to Toronto on Saturday night. When that happens, it’s safe to assume that Drake will take up residence in his usual courtside seat.
Drake’s made headline this series for how he’s acted during games. He’s drawn ire for being especially active on the sidelines when the Raptors have had home games, whether he’s been moseying onto the court to celebrate big moments or giving Nick Nurse an in-game shoulder rub.
Unsurprisingly, the Inside the NBA guys are a bit put off by all of this. Prior to Game 5, the gang had a discussion about Drake, one which featured Charles Barkley revealing his gameplan for dealing with fans who get a little too into games.
“What I would do, I would say ‘Kenny, do me a favor. Throw the ball out of bounds one time and I’ll knock the hell out of Drake,’” Barkley said.
Shaquille O’Neal agreed with this, which led to Barkley saying this isn’t exactly a hypothetical scenario.
“That’s the way we used to do it,” Barkley said. “If there was a fan giving us a hard time, I’d say, ‘Hey man, lose the ball out of bounds.’ And you got to knock the hell [out of] him. This what you’ve gotta do, ‘Hey man, you alright?’”
We’ll have to wait until Saturday night to see if someone on the Bucks follows Barkley’s advice, but with their season on the line in front of a hostile road crowd, they may have far more pressing matters to attend to than a fan on the sidelines.