Rappers sure can be dramatic these days, can't they?
Shortly before the Thunder took on the Spurs in Oklahoma City last night, Lil Wayne took to Twitter to say that he had been denied entry to the Chesapeake Energy Arena to watch the game.
Of course, the reality of the situation wasn't nearly as dramatic as Wayne had made it seem. What actually had happened was that the Thunder game had sold out and there were not any courtside seats available.
Some clarity, via the Associated Press:
Thunder spokesman Dan Mahoney says Lil Wayne's representatives did contact the team requesting tickets but insisted that he sit on the front row, and none of those seats was available. Oklahoma City sold out every home game during the regular season and playoffs this season.
Mahoney says: ''We'd love to have him at a game, but like anyone else, he needs a ticket.''
Well, now. That makes a little more sense.
This isn't Los Angeles or Miami where courtsides are saved for celebrities who feel like showing up. This is Oklahoma City, a place with one of the most diehard fanbases in the league.
It's hardly a surprise that there weren't courtside seats available for the Thunder's first home game in their Western Conference Finals series against the Spurs.
So what happens now? Despite Wayne finishing off his tweet with "Go Spurs!," Kevin Durant is coming through as the hero once again, offering the rapper two of his courtside tickets for Game 4.
Via USA Today,of
The Oklahoma City Thunder star has two extra that he's willing to give up to bring some celebrity status to the Chesapeake Energy Arena for Game 4 on Saturday, with the Thunder trailing the San Antonio Spurs 2-1 in their best-of-seven Western Conference finals.
"We need people like that around here," Durant said during the team's practice Friday.
James Harden also tweeted that the Thunder would get tickets for the rapper if he needed them.
After this spectacle, expect to see him front and center when Game 4 rolls around.
While it's great to see a celebrity supporting the Thunder and basketball in Oklahoma City, it's even better to know that an organization isn't going to bend the rules and treat someone differently than fans who have been supporting the team all year long.