Drake set the tone for the evening from the moment he walked into Scotiabank Arena, arriving in an autographed Dell Curry Raptors jersey. Curry — who played three seasons for the Raptors between 1999 and 2002 — is the father of Warriors point guard Steph Curry.
Drake going with the Dell Curry jersey tonight pic.twitter.com/T3DjH5DHqN— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) May 31, 2019
Naturally, the outfit choice prompted some smack talk between Drake and the younger Curry during a TV timeout, with a broadcast clip catching the rapper picking something out of Curry's hair while chatting courtside.
Drake wearing that Dell Curry jersey is the best thing ever. pic.twitter.com/F7IvLHIrNS— Dr. Stroumbowhi Leonard 🐺🏴 🎼🏍 🌱 (@strombo) May 31, 2019
In an Instagram post following the game, Drake revealed that he had picked a piece of lint from Curry's head, joking that the thread is "for sale on my eBay right now" under the profile "Draymond ShouldntWear23." The eBay joke has since inspired a litany of internet comedians listing pieces of fluff on the auction site.
The younger Curry wasn't the only target of Drake's trash talk. After Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson revealed that he would be skipping the rapper's "soft R&B songs" on his pre-game playlists earlier this week, Drake hit him with a "Hotline Bling" dance move in the wake of picking up a technical foul.
Klay: I'll skip Hotline Bling— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) May 31, 2019
Even after the final horn, Drake made sure to share choice words with Warriors power forward Draymond Green. An exchange between the two saw the rapper smile sweetly at Green before calling him trash.
Drake was doing the Hotline Bling dance as Klay got a tech 😂.— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) May 31, 2019
Klay said this week that he's skipping Hotline Bling on his playlist. pic.twitter.com/kWiB3aACSz
Ima be crying at Drake smiling at Draymond for the next 12 hours pic.twitter.com/507sJsmAwt— The Man Who Sold The World (@LordBalvin) May 31, 2019
In his post-game press conference, Green assured reporters that the smack talk was nothing serious.
Drake told the NBA he'd tone it down then he showed up wearing Steph's dad's jersey, got in Curry's face, Hotline Blinged Klay, told Draymond he's trash, and flexed on them on IG. He's the real MVP.— Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) May 31, 2019
The Toronto Raptors took the first game of the 2019 NBA finals by a score of 118-109. Game 2 is set for Sunday (June 2).
Draymond Green was not feeling the Drake questions 😬 pic.twitter.com/PhGMpg3GXu— TSN (@TSN_Sports) May 31, 2019