Doris Burke

ESPN reporter and analyst Doris Burke did a great Q&A with New York Mag’s Rembert Browne, in which she discussed her background in basketball, her interactions with Gregg Popovich, being a woman in sports media, Steph vs. LeBron and more. You should really read it all.

But the most interesting tidbit concerned lady-loving rapper and Toronto Raptors ambassador Drake.

Can I tell you something about the last time I was there? I just could not believe this happened. Drake turned around — my seat at game six was right behind him — makes a heart shape [with his hands], and points at me. I’m looking around behind me to see who’s there, turn back to him, and then he points and he does it again. I texted my daughter and said, “You need to know Drake just did this to me.”

Burke told the story after Browne asked about the overlap between basketball and pop culture. Drake is maybe the poster-child for that confluence, serving as official Raptors ambassador, attending all the big games and palling around with any NBA star who’ll let him. And apparently he’s got a thing for sideline reporters too.

Burke also shared an unpopular opinion on who’s the best player in the NBA, choosing LeBron over Steph.

Steph to me was the MVP. No discussion about it. But if you were to ask me who I think the best player in the league is, I would tell you that player is LeBron. I would also tell you that we take LeBron’s greatness for granted. I’m watching this dude do what he does and I can’t believe people are taking him for granted! Frankly, I just wanna shake people and go, “Do you recognize we have a once-in-a-generation player?” And I’m not just talking about his physical prowess; LeBron James seems to be playing a different game sometimes than everybody else.

Read the whole Q&A here.

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