Drake has been repping the Miami Heat since long before the team reached the apex of the NBA, and he’s a close friend of LeBron James, so naturally the rapper would think he’s welcome in the team’s locker room to celebrate their second straight championship. After all, he’d partied with LeBron plenty of times before.
But he was wrong.
As Drake left his courtside seat and made his way to the Miami Heat locker room to celebrate with the team, he found himself turned away by team security. Drake didn’t have a pass, and it was media-only for the postgame interviews and celebrations.
Drake and his crew laughed off the denial, with the rapper insisting “I AM media,” but it was to no avail.
Maybe Drake was just overcome with emotion after what was an unlikely championship by the Heat. All hope seemed lost for a repeat when the team trailed by 10 points in the fourth quarter of Game 6, and trailed five points with less than 30 seconds to play.
But LeBron James hit a big three-pointer, and Ray Allen another, to send the game into overtime. There the Heat prevailed 103-100, setting up for their grueling Game 7 win.
The Canadian rapper was one of a number of celebrities who witnessed the Heat hold off the San Antonio Spurs to win their second straight title. Justin Bieber was once again at the game, and other who watched at home offered congratulations through social media.
Rihanna posted an Instagram picture of herself wearing a LeBron James jersey and Heat sunglasses. One Directioner Niall Horan also posted a picture of himself in Heat gear along with the congratulatory tweet: “Go Heat! Lebron James is a monster! Talk about stepping up to the mark under pressure”
Miami celebs like Rick Ross, DJ Khaled, and Pitbull joined in on the Heat celebration.
Drake got his Miami Heat celebration later on. He caught up with Dwyane Wade and LeBron James at the team’s celebration later at a club, partying with them until after 5 in the morning.