Rovell: How Drake Landed Retro Dell Curry Raptors Jersey


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Jun 01, 2019, 02:55 PM EDT
  • Darren Rovell reveals how a late-night phone call led to Drake ending up with the Dell Curry Raptors jersey for Game 1 of the NBA Finals.

It was 1 a.m. ET on Tuesday when Al Martiniello took the phone call. It was Drake’s stylist on the line: Did Martiniello, who owns a vintage sports clothing shop in Brooklyn called Select Vintage, ever see a Dell Curry Raptors jersey?

Martiniello said he hadn’t, but had a friend named Evan Flores who loved jerseys and had sourced things before. Within three hours, Flores had found Benjamin Weil and his Dell Curry Raptors jersey.

It’s not exactly clear how the conversation led to this, but it was communicated that Drake — whose handlers had bought pieces from Martiniello before — had to have the jersey.

It would be the ultimate troll move. With the Toronto Raptors hosting the Golden State Warriors for Game 1 of the NBA Finals, Drake would be front and center wearing a Raptors jersey with “Curry” on the back.

Pictured: Drake (left), Benjamin Weil (right)

Now they just had to close the deal.

“I don’t want to give it up,” Weil said in the early morning negotiations.

Weil said he had purchased it from a former Raptors player six years ago. It was tailored for Dell, but he never played in it. It was also signed by him.

Martiniello begged. It was for a high profile client and he had to take it.