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Drake Hosts The First NBA Awards And Taylor Swift Makes A Cameo

The first-ever NBA Awards went down last night and celebrated the best and the tallest in basketball. So tall. The inaugural event was hosted by the 6ix God himself, with Drake adding yet another gig to his growing resume of hosting titles that already includes the JUNO Awards and the ESPY Awards.

As the ambassador to the Toronto Raptors, Drake has become a fixture at NBA games, with his showmanship and love for the sport making him the perfect host for last night’s event. Drake even called in a favour with his former Anchor Man 2 co-star Will Ferrell for a skit that put the focus on post-scoring handshakes. It’s amazing.

To show fans that players are really friends both on and off the court, Drake and Ferrell played Coach Palmer and Coach Murphy, two men equally committed to both handshakes and to smack talking Toronto Raptors star DeMar DeRozan. The pair demonstrated their elaborate handshakes, which included The Jenga, The Gossip Queen, The Prom, The Black Dad and The Obi Wan Kenobi.

Later in the show, Drake threw to an extended version of the sketch, which featured The Kid In The Grocery Store, The Helicopter and The Levar Ball.

Drake also dusted off his acting skills to play Steph Curry in a spoof of Jordan Peele’s Get Out. The skit definitely seemed a bit offensive towards Curry and his wife Ayesha, but we’re hoping the two found it funny.

In one of the most surprising moments of the night, Taylor Swift came out of seclusion to wish MVP winner Russell Westbrook congratulations. Are the two friends? Nope. Have they ever met? Never. But Westbrook is a confirmed Swiftie, with the Oklahoma City Thunder star posting videos of himself singing along to Swift’s tunes like “Bad Blood” and “22” and even snapping videos of himself attending Taylor’s concerts.

That’s enough to bring the pop star out of hiding to send in a cute congratulatory video to this year’s MVP. We have a feeling that Swift’s next tour will likely include a guest appearance from Westbrook whenever she plays Oklahoma City.