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SportsThink Drake should act like Jack Nicholson? A lesson in NBA heckler history

11:20  01 june  2019
11:20  01 june  2019 Source:   sfchronicle.com

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A lesson in NBA heckler history . Facebook Twitter Email LinkedIn Reddit Pinterest. Nicholson does seem well-behaved, if you don’t mind his leering at the Laker Girls through his opera glasses. You know about Spike Lee. It’s part of the theater of the NBA , which has touches of vaudeville and

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Think Drake should act like Jack Nicholson? A lesson in NBA heckler history
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TORONTO — The problem with Drake, say the outraged, is that if you allow a courtside fan to get too close to the players, you are on a slippery slope, which by the way is my rapper name.

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Before he was Drake , Aubrey Graham was an actor from Toronto, most famous for playing a supporting role on the Canadian TV series Degrassi. “Over the past four years, the Raptors’ relationship with Drake has always ultimately been about celebrating this city and the people that make it unique.

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Well that slope was slipped on decades ago, and nobody was badly harmed.

“Why can’t Drake behave like Jack Nicholson does,” the Raptors-loving-rapper’s critics demand to know. “You never see Jack rubbing the coach’s shoulders.”

Nicholson does seem well-behaved, if you don’t mind his leering at the Laker Girls through his opera glasses. However, one night in the 1980s Nicholson got into a chippy courtside exchange with Bulls coach Dick Motta. Back then, Nicholson’s seats were next to the visitors’ bench. After the game Motta was asked what went on.

“Jack Nicholson goosed me,” Motta said.

Was it a Canada goose? Probably not. The connection is that Drake, by comparison, is a gentleman. For all we know, the Raptors have had other annoying fans in the past, but nobody noticed because the Raptors were anonymous. Back in the team’s early years, maybe Gordon Lightfoot sat courtside and jammed opponents’ timeout huddles by singing “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.”

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"All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy" is a proverb. It means that without time off from work, a person becomes both bored and boring.

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Drake really has made himself quite a pest (I think they spell it “peste” up here). He seems to be focusing in on Draymond Green as his primary target, and that’s perfect, because Drake is the Draymond of fans.

Drake, like Green, is super-talented and super-annoying, and occasionally outrageous. Sometimes they both cross lines (see: Steven Adams, and a million technical fouls). They are both unique, self-made artists.

There is a mutual respect, I believe, as Green seemed to indicate Friday.

“Drake talking on the sideline, I think so many people make a big deal out of it,” Green scoffed, although he went jaw-to-jaw with Drake seconds after the end of Game 1 on Thursday night. “It is what it is. He’s a fan. He talks, and it gets more attention because he’s Drake. So many people are complaining about it, like, ‘You don’t let any other fan do that.’ Yeah, any other fan is just not Drake, so they probably shouldn’t be able to do that. That’s just kind of how the cookie crumbles.

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“He’s worked his ass off to be who he is. I think we all know when you do that, you get more leash than others. I think there’s so much talk (about how) the NBA needs to (control him). No, they don’t. He worked to be who he is, you should get more leash. But I don’t mind it. It’s fun for me.”

It might even be inspiring to Green, and to the Warriors. It would be sad if the Warriors require outside motivation to get them going in Game 2 on Sunday, but boredom has been their enemy at times, even in the playoffs, and Drake might be the antidote.

Drake also gives the Warriors a vivid, up-close taste of that “We Hate Golden State” sentiment they’ve heard so much about, but that until now has been only a vague and distant concept.

The mild-mannered Raptors won’t give the Warriors any bulletin-board-type inspiration, but Drake might. He has been making cute little sideline comments to the Warriors, and maybe Steve Kerr will give a pregame speech Sunday: “Win one for the quipper.”

The Drake-Green interaction is a good test of the New Draymond — the more mature, less distracted Green who appeared on the scene around the start of the playoffs. So far, Green is handling the heckling splendidly, although the big test will be Game 2, when he must answer Drake by playing more inspired ball than he did in Game 1 if the Warriors hope to escape Canada with their pride intact.

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When the lesson was over, my mum came into the room. She looked so happy that I didn’t dare to tell her anything about my feelings. Jack is an old friend of mine and he is a professional traveller. He works for a tourist company, travels around the world stays in different hotels.

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Then the series moves to Oakland, where everyone is polite. At least they are now. In the pre-dynasty days of the Warriors, the Warriors featured two of the greatest courtside hecklers in NBA history. These two fellows sat courtside in the corner opposite the Warriors’ bench and mercilessly heckled opposing teams.

This was back when there wasn’t much to cheer about, so the arena was quieter, and the hecklers became part of the game, interacting with players, who always responded — sometimes with glances and laughs, sometimes with glaring and swearing.

For years, the Pistons had a sharp-witted heckler, Leon the Barber, who sat behind the opponent’s bench. You know about Spike Lee.

It’s part of the theater of the NBA, which has touches of vaudeville and circus. Not the phony fireworks and PA noise pollution, but the real stuff.

The dunk was once an outrageous theatrical statement, as crazy and disrespectful as a 20-foot-high bat flip. The NBA survived the dunk, and it will survive the Drake.

Will the Warriors? We’ll see.

Scott Ostler is a San Francisco Chronicle columnist. Email: sostler@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @scottostler

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