TORONTO — When it comes to Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie, even rapping icon Drake has to pay his respects. Drake bowed down in praise as he greeted Downie by his courtside seats during halftime of the Toronto Raptors-Cleveland Cavaliers playoff game on Friday night.
Downie, who announced in May of 2016 that he has a terminal brain tumour, drew a standing ovation from the 19,800 in attendance at Air Canada Centre earlier in the game. He stood to wave and thank the crowd. In addition to being a multiple Grammy Award-winning artist, Drake serves as a global ambassador for the Raptors and is a regular fixture in his courtside seats between the home team's bench and the scorer's table.
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