8-Time NCAA Champion’s Hall of Famer Coach Left Astonished by Drake’s $100 Million Mansion Before Thanking Rapper Buddy for Pool Party

Published 07/17/2023, 3:01 AM EDT

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Drake, apart from being one of the richest rappers, is a big basketball fan. He’s often seen during the games of his favorite team, the Toronto Raptors. And arguably, there is no bigger celebrity hoops fan than the 5x Grammy winner Drake. It doesn’t come as a surprise when he is sitting courtside on all-star games or even in Raptors’ home games.

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But his inclinations towards basketball don’t just end here. He’s really good friends with the Kentucky Wildcats coach. And just recently, he gave his extravagant mansion to his friend for a pool party. The coach couldn’t hide his excitement and shared the glimpses on social media.

NCAA Hall of Famer coach and his team party at Drake’s $100M mansion

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Hip-hop artist Drake is a huge basketball enthusiast, and he’s now taking his passion to new heights. Recent reports suggested that he would give his $100 million mansion to a college team for the time they’re in the city! It’s not even hard to guess that it’s John Calipari and the Kentucky Wildcats, of course. The hall-of-fame coach Calipari said in an interview that his squad will practice at Drake’s house. Talk about preparing for the 2024 season in style!

Recently, when the time came and he, along with his team, went to the place, he couldn’t avoid sharing glimpses of his team chilling in the mansion. He took to Twitter to share a video. He said, “We’re at Drake’s, relaxing, really wishing you were with us, but as I walk around, what is that? Is that a hotel? Oh, my Gosh! Here come the goofballs. These are a bunch of 18-year-olds. I ain’t going there.”

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The Kentucky Wildcats are in Toronto for the 2023 GLOBL JAM showcase tournament. They’re representing the United States after securing wins against Germany and Canada in their first two games.

Kentucky head coach John Calipari and Drake have been good friends for years. Drake started spending time with the Wildcats back in 2009 when John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins were freshmen on the team. Their friendship has only grown stronger since then.

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Drake is more than a fan

Drake isn’t just any fan; he has been the official Global ambassador for the NBA team, Toronto Raptors since 2013. His brand, OVO (October’s Very Own), teamed up with the Raptors, and it’s more than just a show for the cameras. He takes his role seriously and has shown true dedication to the team time and time again.

 

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The Raptors had been missing the playoffs for five years when the collaboration first began. But every year since Drake was named the Global ambassador, they have advanced to the playoffs. According to Forbes, they have achieved exceptional success, and in the six years afterward, their worth has more than doubled.

The Raptors renamed its practice facility to the OVO Athletic Centre in March. This decision came as a gesture of gratitude for Drake’s influence and prominently displayed his OVO owl emblem. They made it to the NBA Finals for the first time in 2019, securing their ascent to stardom, winning their first-ever championship in history.

And his support isn’t limited to his favorite team or sport. Back in March when he showed his love for NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt, fans went berserk. Fast forward four months, and he has now extended his support to an 8x NCAA Champion coach and his team.

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What do you think of Drake’s gesture toward Capilari and the Kentucky Wildcats team? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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Mohammad Almas Saad is an NBA Writer at EssentiallySports. Almas has over four years of experience writing about the sport he loves. He began right after college and has composed more than 500 stories.
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