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According to a report from The Action Network’s Darren Rovell, vintage sports clothing seller Al Martiniello and his friend Evan Flores drove 10 hours from Brooklyn to Toronto to get the throwback to Drake ahead of Game 1.
Martinello, owner of Select Vintage in Brooklyn, told Rovell that he was contacted just two days before the Raptors took on the Warriors in Game 1, at 1 in the morning. It was Drake’s stylist, reaching out to see if he had a Dell Curry Raptors jersey.
With the help of his friend Flores, Martinello found one, which belonged to another Raptors fan, Benjamin Weil. Weil was reluctant to part ways with the jersey, which led to Martinelli making the following plea to him: “He loves Dell,” Martiniello said. “And it wasn’t about money, but I did have to ask him, if I could convince you to sell what’s the lowest number you would take?”
The two agreed on an undisclosed amount of money and the clothier acquired a Dell Curry jersey with Steph Curry’s dad’s signature on the back. The only challenge was how to get the throwback to Drake ahead of Game 1.
Martinelli was afraid that shipping the jersey, even overnight, might lead to it not getting to Toronto in time, so he hopped in a car and delivered the jersey to the rapper’s stylist that way.
The result: a successful delivery that led to one of the more memorable trolls in NBA history. Drake, who has tattoos paying tribute to Steph Curry and Kevin Durant, was rocking a vintage Raptors jersey with the name of one of the Warriors’ best players on the back.
It was one of several Drake trolls throughout Game 1. There was the Curry jersey, the “Hotline Bling” reference, picking lint off of Steph’s head, and mouthing off to Draymond Green after his Raptors bested the Warriors in Game 1.
You could say Drake was on his worst behavior.
The NBA Finals continue on Sunday with the Raptors taking on the Warriors at 5 p.m. PST/8 p.m. EST.
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