Host Drake unleashed all the jokes on LeBron James, Steph Curry and Draymond Green at the 2017 NBA Awards last night. Meanwhile, Russell Westbrook nabbed the NBA MVP Award. Then, Nicki Minaj and 2 Chainz rocked the stage. Get it all inside…
Rapper/basketball love Drake was tapped to host the first ever NBA Awards that were held at Basketball City – Pier 36 – South Street in NYC last night. And the Young Money rapper had an arsenal of jokes up his sleeve.
During his opening monologue, Drizzy served up some funny jabs aimed at Cleveland Cavaliers baller LeBron James and his on-court rival Golden State Warriors player Draymond Green. Drizzy went IN on LeBron going bald…again and Draymond’s “terrible” podcast.
Get your laugh on below:
And he wasn’t finished there…
The “Controlla” rapper had some jokes for two-time NBA champ Steph Curry, his wife Ayesha Curry, his brother Seth Curry and his teammate Draymond in a “Get Out” themed skit.
“Get Out and Celebrate.” @Drake as @StephenCurry30? #NBAAwards pic.twitter.com/7KvLgVBOnq
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) June 27, 2017
By the way, Draymond won NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award, Steph won Assist of the Year Fan Award, and LeBron nabbed the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award.
Oakland City Thunder baller Russell Westbrook was awarded the highest honor of the year: the Most Valuable Player Award. And it was rightfully deserved after a historic season.
The new dad made history this year as the 2nd player ever (and first since Oscar Roberston in 1962) to average a triple-double. He also broke Robertson’s record for most triple-doubles in a season with 42, according to ESPN.
During his emotional speech, he reflected on his life saying:
“I remember growing up just being home, playing the video games and stuff with my pops, and my mom sitting there and my brother and just talking about maybe one day I could be the MVP. Obviously I was joking at the time. But now to be standing here with this trophy next to me is a true blessing, man, and it’s an unbelievable feeling, something that I can never imagine.”
Wrapping up his emotional speech, the 28-year-old served up a special tribute to his wife, Nina Westbrook.
“You hold me down. You keep me in check through good and through bad,” he gushed. “You make sure I’m on the right track and I’m so appreciative of you because you sacrifice so, so much for me every single day and I can’t thank you enough. As a wife in this league, to be able to sacrifice some of the things you sacrifice and everything that you do, I can’t put it in words and describe how thankful I am to have you in my life. You’ve blessed me with a beautiful son that I’m so thankful for. You continue to make me go. Every time I come home I just, regardless of a good or bad game, every time I see your face I just smile. It does nothing but brighten me up. I just want to say I love you and I thank you for everything you’ve done for me thus far. You’re the best wife a husband like me could ask for and I love you Sugar. Love you very much.”
*ques up the waterworks*
Catch the feels below:
Russell also won the Best Style Award. Congrats Russ!
The legendary Bill Russell was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award. Check out the NBA icon trash talking a few NBA greats below:
Nicki Minaj skipped out on the BET Awards (y’all know why, allegedly), but she showed her face at the NBA Awards last night. She hit the stage with rapper 2 Chainz to provide the entertainment for the evening.
2 Chainz kicked off their set with a rendition of his single “Realize,” followed by Nicki running through a medley of her hits, including “No Frauds” and her verse from Katy Perry’s “Swish Swish.”
Check it out below:
After the performance…
The Head Barb snapped it up with her Young Money label mate Drake and her rumored boo Nas.
DJ Clue was also in the mix.
Singer Monica hit the stage alongside Washington Wizards player John Wall to present and then she made her rounds for photo-ops.
Recently retired baller Paul Pierce and rapper Fabolous came out to show support.
Portland Trail Blazers player C.J. McCollum joined “Empire” stars Jussie Smollett and Bryshere Gray to present.
Photos: Getty/Monica’s IG