Drake and the Cavs' 33-year-old veteran center got into an altercation, igniting one of the NBA's oddest rivalries

  • Cleveland Cavaliers center Kendrick Perkins and the rapper Drake twice exchanged heated words on Tuesday at Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals between the Cavs and the Toronto Raptors.
  • Perkins told ESPN he was having fun trash-talking the Raptors big man Serge Ibaka when Drake, a team ambassador for the Raptors, butted in.
  • According to ESPN, Perkins said he told Drake to sit down, while Drake says he was only complimenting Perkins on his clothing.

The Cleveland Cavaliers fought back from a double-digit deficit on Tuesday to beat the Toronto Raptors in overtime, 113-112, in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

But the story of the game may have been the two small altercations between the rapper Drake – a loyal Raptors fan and team ambassador – and Kendrick Perkins, a 33-year-old veteran Cavs center.

At the end of the first half, as the teams went to the locker rooms, Perkins and Drake could be seen exchanging words as Cavs guard J.R. Smith tried to push Perkins away.

After the game, the two again exchanged words, with the Cavs’ security staff talking to Drake and a member of his party as the team walked into the locker room.

Drake could be heard saying, “I never said that s—.”

Perkins told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski that he was having fun trash-talking the Raptors big man Serge Ibaka when Drake interrupted.

Perkins added that he told Drake, “Sit your arse down and watch the game.”

According to ESPN, Drake said in a comment on an Instagram post on Tuesday: “I just said I like the hem on his capris.”

With the Cavs in Toronto for Game 2 on Thursday, it’s possible there will be more fireworks between Drake and Perkins.

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