We know that Canadian-born hip-hop star Drake is a huge basketball fan. He is often seen at NBA and WNBA events and references both leagues in various lyrics of his songs. He even has an official job with his hometown team, the Toronto Raptors.
Now the music superstar is trying to bring the WNBA to Canada.
“I need a Toronto team,” Drake, born Aubrey Graham, posted in an Instagram story Wednesday morning to his 95.5 million followers. He also tagged the official WNBA account.
.@Drake have you spoken 🗣
– ESPN (@espn) November 3, 2021
The evidence that Drake supports the WNBA has been around for quite some time. Last summer, the four-time Grammy winner was spied on wearing the WNBA’s iconic orange hoodie. In his verse on Travis Scott’s track “Sicko Mode” in 2018, Drake mentioned Liz Cambage. He posted a photo on Instagram with the Las Vegas Aces star forward Wednesday night.
Although the NBA has been in Canada since 1995, there are no WNBA teams outside of the United States. The last time the 12-team league expanded was in 2009, when it added the Atlanta Dream.
However, expansion is not a new issue for the league, and according to WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert, new teams could be added soon.
“I suspect that by next summer or around this time next year, during our 26th season, we will be talking about the number of teams and a list of where [nuevas franquicias podrían aterrizar]”Engelbert told ESPN’s Mechelle Voepel and Tisha Thompson in October.
Former WNBA player Alana Beard has joined the effort to bring an expansion team to Oakland, the 14-year veteran announced in October.
Beard, who won the 2016 WNBA championship with the LA Sparks, announced that he will partner with the African American Sports and Entertainment Group (AASEG) in the quest to form a new franchise.
Drake’s proposal is not the first about a team in Canada.
Minnesota Lynx guard Bridget Carleton – who is from Chatham-Kent in Ontario and has played on the Canadian national team – tweeted saying she “officially started speaking out” about bringing in a professional women’s basketball league. to his native country.
Men’s pro basketball continuing to grow in 🇨🇦 … I’ve officially started manifesting a Canadian women’s professional basketball league in the near future https://t.co/PpTdYHtZtM
– Bridget Carleton (@bridgecarleton) October 27, 2021
In 2019, Sean Hurd of The Undefeated wrote how Drake’s successful work with the Raptors makes him an ideal candidate to bring an expansion team to Canada.
Meanwhile, WNBA teams have been consistently sold for roughly $ 10 million to $ 15 million, according to published reports and sports bankers. Drake’s net worth? An estimated $ 150 million or more. Insert the eyes emoji here.