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From Drake's Monologue to Draymond's Knickers, We Watched the NBA Awards So You Didn't Have to

Drake and Will Ferrell in a NBA handshake skit for the NBA Awards. (YouTube Screenshot

On Monday, the NBA did it’s best BET Awards show impersonation and hosted the first ever NBA awards show to honor its top players, and while this first shot was an air ball I have to admit that I like the idea of the show, but there are several areas that are in desperate need of some extra time in the gym.



Drake hosting the first ever awards show seemed like a slam dunk. The fair skinned rapper from Canada is funny and was hilarious as the host of the 2014 ESPYs with skits like this:

and this:

But last night, Drake’s opening monologue wasn’t great. It wasn’t that he was bad, but he isn’t a comedian. Some of his jokes landed and bunch of others missed. I also don’t think it’s a good sign when Black Excellence and Ernie Johnson of TNT takes shots at you.

Also this skit this take on Get Out in which Ayesha Curry doesn’t want her husband Stephen Curry to go out and celebrate his NBA championship felt too long and way too insider. Maybe Drake, who’s friends with the Currys knows something that we don’t, but I totally didn’t get it.

Drake’s handshake skit with Will Ferrell had the potential to be hot but in the end it just simmered.

During a brief feature with James Harden who would eventually lose the MVP award to the triple-double machine Russell Westbrook, Drake somehow stumped Harden with the simple question: Who was his favorite NBA MVP of all-time. When in doubt, just go with Michael Jordan. Watch the awkwardness below:

If it’s an NBA affair you know that means silly outfits and All-Star power forward Draymond Green didn’t disappoint stepping out in what can only be considered a mullet suit. From the top up Green is all business from the waist down he’s all party.

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In the end, the show was really about all those being honored and 83-year-old Bill Russell telling an all-star lineup of Hall-of-Fame centers including Shaquille O’Neal and Kareem Abdul Jabbar that he would kick their ass was priceless. Russell Westbrook’s MVP acceptance speech stole the show. Westbrook brought all his teammates on stage and thanked them for their sacrifice and handwork this year. And then, when thanking his parents, the normally stoic Westbrook broke down. Watch the emotional moment below:

This was a goo rookie start for the first ever NBA Awards show, but next year it’s going to have to step up it’s game.

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