From rapper to Raptor, Drake takes on new role

Published on NewsOK Modified: September 30, 2013 at 4:27 pm •  Published: September 30, 2013

From rapper to Raptor, Drake already has one sweet perk with his new job.

Go ahead, security. Just try and turn him away now from an NBA locker room.

Drake no longer has to crash the party. Instead, he's bringing the party with him to Toronto. And maybe he'll help take the Raptors to the top of the charts.

The Raptors are ready to rock, and they turned Monday to Drake, one of music's brightest stars, to serve as their team ambassador. A lifelong Raptors fan, Drake wants to make the team cool again, and win some games along the way.

He'd love to dangle his A-list connections as a way to attract prized free agents or simply infuse the Toronto fan base with a dose of enthusiasm about the rebuilding franchise.

"Today's probably one of the best days of my life," Drake said by phone from Toronto. "I got to throw on the suit and be announced as the global ambassador of the Toronto Raptors.

"I can't wait to add everything I can."

He'll likely have an accessory more meaningful than even his Grammy — try an all-access pass that should allow him to dodge security and walk into locker rooms all over the NBA.

No press pass needed.

In an event that went viral on social media, Drake was denied in June by security at American Airlines Arena when he tried to enter with the media to the Miami Heat's locker room after they won the NBA title. He told security, "I am media," as he tried to enter the champagne-drenched room.

He had as much luck as a Raptors fan trying to sneak backstage at the Grammys.

Drake, a close friend of LeBron James, laughed off the caught-on-tape incident that became an Internet sensation.

"I think that'll be the last time I ever get shut out of a locker room," Drake said. "I don't know if that's ever going to happen in Toronto.

"That was a one-time Miami moment, for sure."

Drake follows rapper/moguls like Jay-Z and Will Smith into NBA ownership. Smith owns a stake in the Philadelphia 76ers. Jay-Z recently sold his minor share in the Brooklyn Nets to become a player in the sports agent business.

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