Drake’s affiliation with the University of Kentucky has been known for some time now. In recent years, the Canadian rapper has labeled himself as the “Global Ambassador” for the NBA and now he’s proving why.
During its trek across the globe, the Sacramento Kings will charter Drake’s famous $185 million, modified Boeing 767 cargo plane as the team travels to India to take on the Indiana Pacers on Oct. 4 and Oct. 5 for the first action of the NBA preseason.
“Yesterday, out of consideration for the comfort of the players given the travel time required to make this historic trip to India, the Kings finalized an additional aircraft for the players and several members of the coaching staff,” the Kings said in a written statement.
Here’s an inside look at “Air Drake”.
According to Esquire, the pimped out plane “features a bedroom, two living rooms, plush gold and brown sofas, as well as gold walls.” It literally looks like I’m looking inside a crisp flute glass of freshly poured champagne.
Three members of the Kings and former Wildcats – De’Aaron Fox, Wenyen Gabriel, plus the recent addition of Tyler Ulis – will all get on board for the 19-hour flight.
— Jason Anderson (@JandersonSacBee) September 28, 2019
“Drake is somebody that I’ve met and I know so it’s great,” Fox said, according to the above video recorded by Jason Anderson of The Sacramento Bee. “I want to say thanks to Vivek [Ranadive] for pushing for us to do this. I guess the plane, I wasn’t on the plane obviously for Team USA, but it’s like the same plane that they used. Vivek definitely pushed to get us a better plane and he did that so we’re very grateful to have an owner like that.”
Drake’s relationship with the Kings goes back to DeMarcus Cousins’ tenure there when he played in Sacramento form 2010-17. Drake often attended games that Cousins played in and eventually formed a friendship with Kings owner Vivek Ranadive, according to this article from The Athletic. Connect the dots from there and we have the Kings flying ultra-first-class to the other side of the world.
Keep an eye on Fox’ social media over the next week. Maybe we’ll get our own tour of “Air Drake.” Not a bad way to deal with jet lag, if you ask me.