Drake will host the NBA’s first-ever awards show this June. The Canadian rapper will preside over the June 26 ceremony in New York, which will be televised live on TNT. The Rookie of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Sixth Man Award, Most Improved Player and Coach of the Year will be announced during the show. The league and Turner Sports say other awards will be open to fan voting. Those categories and finalists will be announced later this week.
Are you going to rap with him? Stephen Curry: No, no. I’m going to stay in my lane. Do you and Drake talk about dealing with haters? Stephen Curry: Yeah, we talk about that all the time. That’s a whole other conversation. Just the expectations and the similarities to the rap game and the NBA. It is nice to hear that other people are dealing with some of the same things you do.
Given the positive reception he received at the ESPYs three years ago, Toronto Raptors global ambassador Drake is looking to give hosting another shot. The Toronto-based rapper announced on John Calipari’s podcast that he will be producing and hosting the league’s brand new NBA awards show held on June 26 in New York. “I’m actually producing and hosting the first annual NBA Awards this year,” Drake said on “Cal Cast.” “I get to take the reigns on it.”
Drake is producing and hosting the first-ever NBA Awards later this year, he revealed Thursday. The rapper-actor shared the news during an interview on University of Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari’s Cal Cast podcast. Nodding to his 2014 stint hosting the ESPY Awards, Drake said he anticipated having a similar freedom in helming the forthcoming trophy show. “I don’t even know if I’m allowed to say this,” Drake said before giving Coach Cal the scoop. “We’ll find out.”