Drake once again was a visible presence from his usual seat near the Toronto bench throughout the game, laughing when Antetokounmpo missed free throws, roaming the sideline and even rubbing Raptors coach Nick Nurse's shoulders at one point.
Georgios Dimitropoulos, who used to be Antetokounmpo's European agent before becoming the senior director for Octagon Basketball Europe, took to Twitter one day after the Toronto Raptors routed Antetokounmpo and the Bucks 120-102 in Game 4 to even the best-of-seven series at 2-2.
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. Security&him both allow it. Never seen anything as disrespectful as this before... — Georgios Dimitropoulos (@DimitropulosOCT) May 22, 2019
"You know, trying to talk to referees. To say I don't see it at all would be inaccurate, but to say I give it much or any thought, you know, it's kind of same answer, same mantra.
I just tend to ignore and focus on our team, focus on whatever it is we need to be doing."
Budenholzer was asked if it was fair that a celebrity received special treatment.
"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 coach — I'm sorry, a player or a coach, that has access to the court,"
he said. "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, you know, whatever it is exactly that Drake is for the Toronto Raptors.