Drake Named Toronto Raptors Global Ambassador
Drake is having the best week ever. In addition to topping the charts with his third album Nothing Was the Same, the Canadian rapper has become the global ambassador for the Toronto Raptors.
The NBA team has turned to the 26-year-old to help rebuild the franchise. As part of the partnership, Drake will use his A-list connections to attract prized free agents and invigorate the Toronto fan base.
“Today’s probably one of the best days of my life,” Drake, a lifelong Raptors fan, told the AP. “I got to throw on the suit and be announced as the global ambassador of the Toronto Raptors.”
After meeting with executives, Drake realized they both shared the same passion. “I came into the venue one night and I guess was extremely outspoken about what I felt could change, as far as the building goes,” he said. “That sparked a discussion and [we] sat down and decided we had the same visions.”
He received congratulatory messages from his friends including Jay Z. “Jay Z just sent me a congratulatory email, which is very nice of him,” he revealed. “He’s the best guy in the world. One of the most important people in my life.”
On Monday, Drake was on hand to announce that the NBA All-Star game is coming to Toronto in 2016. As part of the changes, the Raptors will undergo a facelift that will include a new look and new colors.
“I’ve supported the franchise through our ups and downs. More than anything, I’m a Toronto guy. I’m a city guy,” said Drake. “I care about the city more than anything in the world.”