Toronto Raptors Fans Think Simu Liu Should Replace Drake as the Team's Global Ambassador
Followers are wondering where the 6ix God's support has been for the team's NBA All-Star hopefuls
Ahead of the 2022 NBA All-Star Game tipping off next month (February 20), Raptors fans have been critical of Drake's lack of support for the team's stars aiming to make the Eastern Conference team's starting lineup, suggesting that Simu Liu — who has been online making a case for Raptor representation — be appointed global ambassador in his stead.
This year, voting parameters to determine five NBA All-Star starters for Eastern and Western Conference teams are split between fans (50 percent), media (25 percent), and players (25 percent). The fan vote, which opened Christmas Day (December 25), allows viewers to cast their ballots via NBA.com, the NBA App and on Twitter.
This year, the Raptors launched an All-Star campaign behind a trio of guard Fred VanVleet, power forward and 2020 All-Star Pascal Siakam, and small forward OG Anunoby. Since voting began, fans have taken issue with the Certified Lover Boy's social media silence, while also taking note of the newly-minted Marvel hero's celebrity support. For every voting prompt featuring the team's highly meme-able global ambassador, a chorus of replies call for Liu to take his place.
Where's @Drake at tho— Uddav (@peaceful_udove) January 19, 2022
Stop posting Drake we don't affiliate with him no more— Andrew (@96sveryown_) January 19, 2022
Simu is our global ambassador— SCOTTIE SZN (21-21) (@YABarnes4ROTY) January 19, 2022
You're better than Drake— Official Scottie Barnes Enjoyer ➐ (@ChewLook) January 10, 2022
Damn maybe Simu Liu should be global ambassador instead of Drake since he's actually tweeting about Freddy Allstar— Cam⚡️ (@ScottieThatGuy) January 10, 2022
It's worth considering that this silence comes out of concern for the infamous Drake Curse, which may or may not have been vanquished on the Raptors' run to the 2019 NBA championship. But it's also important to note that Drake has the names and numbers of two Golden State Warriors tattooed on his body — which he hid during the Raptors' NBA Finals playoff series against that franchise, of course.
Drake having a friendly 1v1 against Kyle Lowry at the Miami Heat arena pic.twitter.com/aJI4JAXPll— 2Cool2Blog (@2cooI2blog) January 14, 2022
By comparison, Liu has been a bit more open with his Raptors fandom through the years — even going as far as to stump for a James Johnson MVP nod during the 2014-2015 season. To some Toronto fans, those years were dark compared to recent days in post-championship glow, but there's no denying the star of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings has enjoyed the highs and lows of Raptors fandom all the while.
Rocking my special edition @Raptors905 #ChineseNewYear jersey in LA and reminding y'all that I'll be singing the national anthems at the Feb 25th game at the ACC! @raptors @CCYAA #NBAGLeague #NBA #YearoftheDog pic.twitter.com/yzrvwFn0q9— Simu Liu (刘思慕) (@SimuLiu) February 10, 2018
Fan voting for the 2022 NBA All-Star Game concludes Saturday, January 22 at 12 a.m. ET. Yesterday's third round of voting returns shows that the Raptors' Siakam sits in seventh position among Eastern Conference frontcourt players, while VanVleet sits seventh among guards. While neither are currently in starting position, both still have pathways to land on this year's Eastern Conference roster.