LeBron James Inspired by the Rapper Drake

by May 25, 2011

Unlike his record label-mate Lil’ Wayne, Drizzy Drake is fully on LeBron and the Miami Heat’s side. Yahoo! Sports reports on the buddy-buddy relationship between artist and NBA superstar: “There were no smiley faces. No long text message. No picture. Rather, Grammy-nominated rapper Drake sent his usual encouragement, via BlackBerry Messenger, on game day to his close friend, LeBron James. It simply read: ‘Tonight is your night.’ While watching enthusiastically from a courtside seat, Drake was proven right as James sparked the Miami Heat with 35 points and helped shut down the Chicago Bulls’ Derrick Rose late in a 101-93 overtime victory in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals on Tuesday night. With the victory, only one triumph stands in the way of James and the Heat from advancing to the NBA Finals as they own a commanding 3-1 series lead. ‘I always let him know that it’s his night,’ Drake said. ‘Let’s get it, let’s go out there with a clear mind and forget all the other stuff going on and just stay focused on the task. That ring. Tonight, I told him it was his night. And it was his night tonight.’ James saw something special in Drake and his music, and became a big fan, long before Drake’s debut studio album ‘Thank Me Later’ went platinum last year. The Heat star said the two now have grown to share a familial bond. ‘What we have is real family,’ James said. ‘It’s not just because we are successful at what we do. We really care about one another on a day-to-day basis. Anytime you get a friend that can come and support you in what you do, I really respect that. He has a busy schedule. I respect that. Anytime I get some free time, I try to support him as well.'”