The first-ever NBA Awards were held on Monday, with the festivities hosted by Toronto Raptors super-fan Drake.
In his opening monologue, Drake showed off his burgeoning standup comedy skills, remarking that the NBA Awards are taking place the day after the BET Awards. “Black people haven’t been this exhausted in 200 years,” he joked.
Drake also mocked criticism of himself being chosen to host the inaugural NBA Awards. “People were upset that I’m the host because they say I’m a bandwagon fan,” said Drake, insisting that’s not true. “I have two teams, one from my hometown and whoever else is winning at the time.”
Drake also took some shots at some of the celebrities on hand for the awards, including LaVar Ball, father of L.A. Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball, a former NFL star who’s molded his sons Lonzo, LaMelo and LiAngelo into top athletes.
As Drake saw it (according to a tweet from ESPN’s Marc J. Spears), Ball is “the black father that’s around way too much.”
Drake also took some time to goof on Golden State Warriors’ star Draymond Green, quipping: “Draymond Green stopped kicking people in the groin and moved onto something far worse: his own podcast,” he said, adding: “It’s a tough listen.”
He also had some choice words for the Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James. “LeBron James recently went bald and social media had an absolute…” he paused, squinting at the teleprompter before continuing: “Oh sorry, this is a joke from 2007.”
There were plenty of other targets in the audience, such as Golden State Warriors star Steph Curry, with Drake poking fun at the athlete and wife Ayesha with a hilarious parody of “Get Out”.
Drake also demonstrated his comedy skills in a sketch featuring special guest star Will Ferrell, with the two playing coaches specializing in helping NBA players up their handshake game, demonstrating such handshakes as the Jenga, the Gossip Queen, the Prom, the Black Dad and the Obi Wan Kenobi.
You can watch Drake’s NBA Awards monologue right here:
So how did Drizzy do as NBA Awards host? Judging by reaction in the Twittersphere, viewers of the show appear to be more than pleased: