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Kawhi Leonard Decision: Drake, Don’t Treat Him Like Rihanna

Kawhi Leonard and Drake hug courtside
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It’s Kawhi Day! Toronto Raptors participant and self-proclaimed “enjoyable man” Kawhi Leonard is predicted to make an announcement about what NBA staff he can be enjoying for subsequent yr. The newly 28-year-old (belated HBD!), who led the Raptors to their first NBA Championship title, is a free agent, with a number of groups—together with the Los Angeles Lakers and L.A. Clippers—vying for his epic buzzer beaters.

Whereas nothing has been confirmed but,  NBA followers are on the sting of their seat ready for his announcement, and clinging to any and all rumours within the meantime.

Y’all hella messy with this #KawhiUpdate with all of the sources. “My good friend’s cousin stated his plumber talked to Kawhi’s driver’s spouse’s pal who stated that Drake’s mom’s hairdresser confirmed that Kawhi’s electrician stated he was signing with the Lakers. It is confirmed.”

— Lww (@Relentlesslefty) July three, 2019

Somebody particularly of their emotions about Leonard’s potential transfer? Drake. The rapper, who has turn into a Raptors courtside fixture as their international ambassador, is mounting a full-court offence in an effort to get the basketball participant to remain in Toronto.

Drake making his pitch to Kawhi pic.twitter.com/dtDKLcIqk4

— Ben Axelrod (@BenAxelrod) July 2, 2019

And whereas I applaud the eagerness from my problematic fave, always remember that he’s recognized for doing absolutely the *most* when he’s straight up in his emotions about somebody—no matter whether or not or not these feels are reciprocated. Want we remind you of a ‘lil island gal named Rihanna? However for the 6ix sake, Drake, let’s study from the previous quite than making Kawhi your subsequent RiRi.

If Kawhi is testing groups on their capability to do much less, Drake will not be the reply. https://t.co/rprdKsT0NQ

— Vivek Jacob (@VivekMJacob) July 2, 2019

Always remember the mess that was Drizzy and RiRi

Drake and Rihanna infamously dated on-and-off for seven years, and to say our man Aubrey was *obsessed* is an understatement. Because the official finish of their “will-they-wont-they” in 2016, Drizzy continued to admit his love for the “Umbrella” singer and convey up RiRi each probability he obtained. Most lately, the rapper spoke about their relationship on an October 2018 episode of Lebron James’s HBO present The Store. “In fact, as life takes form and teaches you your personal classes, I find yourself on this state of affairs the place I don’t have the fairytale,” Drake informed James. “Like, ‘Oh, Drake began a household with Rihanna, and like, that is like so good.’…It appears so good on paper…By the best way, I needed that too, at one time.”

However these public shows of unrequited affection and fixed pining didn’t get Drake again with Rihanna—so why is he making an attempt them once more now with Kawhi? Like RiRi, Kawhi is a shy man; and if historical past is doomed to repeat itself, Drizzy ought to take a cue from his now non-existent relationship with the Barbadian magnificence as what *not* to do on the subject of retaining board man within the 6ix. So Drizzy:

No public shows of affection

Sandra’s son is one to put on his coronary heart on his sleeve, and actually each a part of his physique. It may be an endearing trait, and one thing that ought to be inspired, however TBH, typically Drizzy takes it too far. Who can overlook the 2016 Video Music Awards? Whereas presenting Rihanna with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award, Drake launched into a private and *very* effusive speech concerning the Bajan singer—extra particularly, his love for her. As RiRi stood off to the aspect, Drake declared: “She’s somebody I’ve been in love with since I used to be 22 years previous.”

Our response?

It was awkward to start with. However then got here the swerve of all swerves; when our man tried to finesse his approach into an onstage smooch, solely to have Rihanna slyly duck out of the best way.

In a June 2018 interview with Vogue, the Anti singer talked about that second and the way awkward the eye was for her. “Ready via that speech was in all probability probably the most uncomfortable half. I don’t like too many compliments; I don’t wish to be placed on blast,” she advised the journal. And when requested concerning the present state of their friendship, the singer replied: “We don’t have a friendship now, however we’re not enemies both. It’s what it’s.” So, not good.

Whereas we’re not betting on Drake making an attempt to catch a smooch from Leonard, he has already been fairly susceptible to displaying his appreciation for the participant. Whether or not it’s courtside with claps on the again and meme-level cheering, or sharing photographs of the buddies on his Instagram web page, Drake has no chill in relation to professing his affections for the NBA participant. 

However please Drizzy, let’s finish it there. Leonard has turn out to be recognized within the league as an excellent shy and low-key man. In a Might press convention, the participant advised reporters: “I simply need to win. I don’t care about being the perfect participant. I need to be the perfect staff.” He doesn’t care about being one of the best participant or all of the perks groups (and followers) are promising him—so one thing tells us that marketing campaign by Drizzy isn’t the best way to go. FYI Drake, meaning no billboards please.

Don’t get an identical (or tribute) tattoos

Pay attention, Drake’s ink is a multitude. The rapper has greater than 25 tattoos, a number of of that are devoted to his former flame, Rihanna. You understand how they inform you *not* to get a present beau’s initials or identify in your physique endlessly? The identical goes for a photograph of their likeness.

Drizzy, by no means one to go small, has a tattoos of Rihanna consuming an ice cream on his proper bicep. Love ice cream. Love RiRi. Don’t love that combo on her ex’s arm. Along with Mona Lisa-ing the singer on his physique, Drake additionally has a camouflage shark on his proper forearm, an identical tattoo with Rihanna and a reminder of their notorious 2016 date to Toronto’s Ripley Aquarium.

Whereas it’s Drake’s physique and Drake’s selection, we will’t assist however assume that RiRi (and her new BF, Hassan Jameel) in all probability aren’t tremendous keen on her face on his physique; to not point out that private ink can get hella awkward when allegiances collide. Along with tattoos of his ex, the rapper additionally has everlasting tributes to Golden State Warriors gamers Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant—which he awkwardly coated up with a sweatband in the course of the Raptors-Warriors NBA finals.

After Toronto’s historic playoffs run, tons of individuals selected to ink Leonard completely onto their physique. And given his monitor report, Drake might legit be subsequent.

Does he actually need to have to try this once more? No matter whether or not or not Leonard leaves now, he gained’t be with the Raptors endlessly—and does Drizzy *actually* need to have to elucidate his awkward “Enjoyable Man” tattoo to Adonis? Let’s depart Leonard (and any ink-likeness) be.

Please, for the love of God, no songs

“Kawhi would you allow we simply gained the chip?
You a legend within the metropolis: legend within the 6ix” pic.twitter.com/gaWSTAuyHC

— Kofie (@KofieYeboah) July 2, 2019

When the 6ix God wasn’t collaborating together with his former woman love, he was singing about her. There are numerous theories (and a few confirmations) about which of Drake’s discography is about Rihanna, beginning all the best way again in 2009 with “Fireworks.” In a 2009 New York Occasions interview, the “God’s Plan” rapper confirmed that the music was concerning the Fenty Magnificence founder, telling the newspaper: “You already know what she was doing to me? She was doing precisely what I’ve carried out to so many ladies all through my life, which is present them high quality time, then disappear. I used to be like, wow, this feels horrible.”

And his 2018 hit album Scorpion appears to have adopted suite. Launched two years after the demise of his relationship with Rihanna, many followers assume that no less than three songs on the album (“Summer time Video games,” “Jaded” and “Finesse”) are about RiRi, monitoring the course of their relationship and detailing how Drake seems like he was wronged. And, extra on model, how he can’t get her out of his head.

With this in thoughts, we wouldn’t put it previous our man—in his time of pining for Leonard to remain—to make an try and rhyme “Kawhi” with “my man” or one other synonym from thesarus.com.

@Drake to Kawhi
“Kawhi do you’re keen on me? Are you driving? Say youll by no means ever depart from beside me trigger i would like ya, and i want ya and im down for you all the time” Additionally all of Canada to Kawhi. #KawhiUpdate #drakepitch #hestay

— Randi Teeple (@Rteeps) July three, 2019

However please Drizzy, simply persist with what you do greatest: Songs about celebrating the badass ladies in all of our lives.

Let’s be trustworthy, Drake has an enormous affect oToronto, and as a metropolis we’re already doing probably the most. Because the Championship win, the town and the nation have been in overdrive: taking pictures of Leonard at House Depot and Cactus Membership, harassing him at Niagara Falls, doing a CIA-level evaluation into the which means behind him sporting a Blue Jays jersey whereas on vacay and simply usually being hella annoying in the direction of him. Significantly guys, cool it. If Rihanna’s personal trajectory post-Drake is any indication; when you let a woman reside and cease always making an attempt to win her again, she’ll thrive on her personal; and make the most effective selections for her. If Leonard *does* determine to go away the 6ix for an additional group, like Drake and RiRi’s love, we simply have to simply accept that for Kawhi, the Raptors weren’t the appropriate match. So cope with it and settle for his determination.

You recognize the previous adage: Should you love one thing set it free. Drizzy—and we—ought to take the trace.


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