Published Apr 25, 2017The NBA revealed plans behind its first-ever awards show last November, and now the league has landed a host for the evening: Drake.
The news came through NBA, which announced that Drake will serve as host for the upcoming televised show. Simply called NBA Awards on TNT, it will take place at Basketball City at Pier 36 in New York City and air on TNT on June 26.
Drake himself had hinted at the appearance back in January on University of Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari's podcast.
"I'm actually producing and hosting the first annual NBA Awards this year. I get to take the reins on it," Drake said at the time. "The ESPYs let me do great things, and I thank them a lot for that. Usually award shows sometimes are a bit restricted. But they let me do a lot at the ESPYs, so we'll just expand on that concept."
He continued: "I love hosting. I love being in a room full of iconic, legendary people that I look up to and having that pressure of having to make them laugh and enjoy their evening."
Drake had previously hosted the ESPYs in 2014. He also stands as the team ambassador for the Toronto Raptors, and can occasionally be spotted courtside at their home games.