HANG TIME PLAYOFF HEADQUARTERS — In a postseason filled with tense moments and drama that was destined to be a part of the story, there is one small dust-up that could have been easily avoided with one Tweet.
If chart-topping rapper and hip-hop star Lil’ Wayne wanted tickets to a Oklahoma City Thunder home playoff game, he should have reached out to the Thunder stars Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook or James Harden.
And if that didn’t work, he could have always checked with his buddy Scott Brooks. That’s right, the Thunder coach is well aware of who Lil’ Wayne is and actually has proof that they know each other …
Instead of making headlines after not being able to secure a courtside seat for the Thunder’s Game 3 win in the Western Conference finals, and then creating a stir by Tweeting about being denied his usual access, Lil’ Wayne (real name Dwyane Michael Carter) would have been relaxing and watching the Thunder snap the Spurs’ 20-game win streak.
There won’t be any problems the next time he wants in. Harden made that clear to his followers and the rest of the world this morning when he took to Twitter with this invite:
@LilTunechi Come to the Next game. We got seats for u 5! Whooppp!
Brooks handled the whole thing with his usual cool, when told that Carter was unhappy that he wasn’t able to make Game 3 and then cracked the Thunder and finished it off with a “Go Spurs.”
“I’m not going to sign that picture,” Brooks joked with reporters today in Oklahoma City about the photo (above) he posed for with Carter in Orlando during All-Star Weekend in February.
Thunder spokesman Dan Mahoney made it clear last night that they’d love to have Carter, or anyone else wants a to attend Saturday night’s Game 4, but that a purchased ticket will be necessary (seems like a pretty reasonable request) to gain admittance to Chesapeake Energy Arena.
And with Harden already taking care of that bit of business, we expect @LilTunechi to show up with a Thunder t-shirt on. It’s the only fitting way to end this mini-drama.