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The three got involved in player intro, the break show and a little whistle at the yard

Drake, Lupe Fiasco and Cardinal Offishall were to the Toronto Raptors Home Opener

Photo (center): @Raptors (Twitter)

Published October 21, 2021

The Toronto Raptors opened the 2021-22 NBA season in their hometown last night and had rap royalty on hand in Drake, Lupe Fiasco and the Cardinal Offishall to help celebrate the first NBA game played in Canada in 600 days.

Following a poem by Canadian spoken word artist Hannah Flores, Cardinal Offishall took the floor along with a crew of dancers to deliver a new version of “The Anthem” packed with lyrical references to this year’s team from “T-Dot-O”, before introduces this season’s Raptors list.

Raptor’s global ambassador and Scotiabank Arena sideline showdown Drake was seen in his usual seats at the farm, presumably to give the team a talk about their OVO owl logo art. At one point during the tilt against the Washington Wizards, the broadcast cameras seemed to pick up an exchange between Certified Lover Boy and Wizards striker Montrezl Harrell, which gave the latter a technical error.

“Me and Drake laughed. There were no problems there,” Harrell told reporters after the match. “We even talked after the game. It was a bold conversation, but it turned left when the coach started chiming in behind the bench and thought the barking is something that is going to shake me. It’s all good. I have no need for all of Toronto on my bumper now … Don ‘t get on my Instagram now. Me and Drake are cool, y’all. “

average birds of prey reportedly saw Drake emerge from the arena at the break. It was entirely his loss when he missed a break from Lupe Fiasco, who made sure to document his time in the North all the way to taking the floor in a sharply tailored Raptors jersey.

As recognized as the Grammy-winning artist is, was there no Canadian talent available for the homecoming? Gaming operations should provide Exclaim! call if they need suggestions.

Last night’s game also featured another milestone moment for Canadian basketball, with the Raptors becoming one of two NBA teams that have three Canadians taking the floor at the same time for the same team. Chris Boucher, Khem Birch and Dalano Banton achieved the feat for the Raptors, while ex-Raptor Cory Joseph, Trey Lyles and Kelly Olynyk did the same for the Detroit Pistons.

Banton, a native of Toronto from the city’s Rexdale neighborhood who is also the first Canadian to ever be drafted by the Raptors, scored his first NBA points of his career in a memorable way with a half-court lift by the buzzer.

In the end, the Raptors would lose the match with a final score of 98-83, but even though this year’s team continues to grow together, we will always have memories of the 2019 NBA Championship.


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