Drake just showed some Canadian hospitality to the Sacramento Kings and let them use his $185 million Boeing 767 to fly to India. The team is set to leave today, September 30, for the preseason, and the approximately 20 hour trip will be courtesy of "Air Drake". The Sacramento Kings' Drake collab was arranged by the team owner, Vivek Ranadivé.
NBC Sports reported that the deal was confirmed as last-minute as this past Saturday, September 28. When Vivek Ranadivé reached out to Drake, the team had already planned for other transportation to get to India but opted for a more luxury method after Drake agreed to lend his jet.
"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 team told NBC Sports California.
This is the first time that an NBA game is happening in India. The Sacramento Kings will open up with a pair of games in Mumbai, India, facing the Indiana Pacers at the NSCI Dome.
The players have expressed their gratitude and appreciation to Drizzy, although they have mentioned that there will be no WiFi onboard.
“I might have to write a new album in that 18-hour flight, it’s going to be a long one,” Marvin Bagley, the team's second-year forward said. “I’m definitely going to have my pen and pad ready.”
De’Aaron Fox also shared his thoughts and appreciation.
"They wanted to get the best available option, and they nailed it," Kings coach Luke Walton told KXTV in Sacramento.
Looks like Drake is paying it forward to the team after his acquisition of "Air Drake", which CargoJet arranged.
Drake has shown love to athletes before, and it looks like he's showing no sign of stopping. Being a huge supporter for the Raptors, and even DMing Bianca Andreescu after her victorious win, the Toronto superstar definitely loves showing his support when it comes to the sports world.
Check out what the team will be working with on their trip to India.