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Drake Hosted The NBA Awards And It Was Hot Garbage
Drake Hosted The NBA Awards, And It Was Hot Garbage

Drake Hosted The NBA Awards, And It Was Hot Garbage

Drake NBA Awards 2017
Photo Credits: ET Online

While Leslie Jones proved to the world that she’s the best candidate to host all future awards shows, Drake hosted the 2017 NBA Awards and proved that he’s terrible at hosting, acting, and comedy. Having previously hosted the 2014 ESPYS, you would think that Drake improved in the intervening years, but with cringe-inducing jokes and flat sketches that drag on too long, Drake is determined to prove you wrong.

The rapper started his night by walking the red carpet with his date, Golden State Warriors’ reporter Rosalyn Gold-Onwude, who turned heads in a form-fitting red dress. Drake opened the show with a sketch featuring special guest Will Ferrell. The two took shots at Toronto Raptors’ DeMar DeRozan while demonstrating a variety of handshakes, like “The Helicopter” and “The Jenga.” Ferrell was the real star of the bit, but it ultimately dragged on for a minute longer than it needed too. Watch for yourself.

There was also an overdrawn parody of hit thriller Get Out that featured the host playing Golden State Warriors’ Steph Curry, who is revealed to have lost the NBA championship due to his wife, Ayesha Curry, sending him to the sunken place. While the concept was clever, the execution left a lot to be desired, and the bland performances by Drake and the actress depicting Ayesha only made things worse. Don’t take our word for it though, check it out below.

We haven’t even touched on Drake’s standup routine which contained corny dad jokes like ““[New York] is the city that never sleeps, mostly because everyone that lives here is afraid of being traded” or “I have two teams: one from my hometown and whoever else is winning at the current time.” It also featured cringe-worthy mouthfuls like, ““While we’re on the topic of Instagram, I just wanna say it’s a bit of an awkward vibe tonight. I gotta say, I’ve never been in the same room as so many guys who have DM’d my ex-girl. There’s a lot of DPs sent to that inbox man, y’all are some dogs.” Next year Drake needs to hire some solid writers and maybe consider taking notes on what Leslie Jones did as host of the 2017 BET Awards.

Without question, the highlight of the night was the mind blowing performance delivered by Drake’s Young Money pal Nicki Minaj. Dressed in a furry, all-white outfit and assisted by 2 Chainz, Minaj performed “Realize” and “No Frauds,” and then spit her verse on the Katy Perry duet “Swish Swish.”

Drake is a fine actor … and a pretty okay rapper, but his hosting skills need to improve, or, at the very least, he needs better material. Hopefully, the NBA Awards can build off of what worked on this show (the musical performance) and fix what didn’t (the comedy) in time for next year’s ceremony.

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