Video: Rapper Drake handles player introductions for Toronto Raptors
The Raptors hosted “Drake Night” during Saturday’s game against the Nets, and the festivities included turning over the player introductions to the multi-platinum, Toronto-born rapper.
Drake, real name Aubrey Graham, was brought on as the Raptors’ “Global Ambassador” last fall, and the organization is reportedly mulling a re-branding effort that could take on the black-and-gold color scheme of his “OVO Sound” record label.
Wearing a special black-and-gold “Drake Night” T-shirt, Drake introduced Toronto’s starters one-by-one, offering quips along the way: Jonas Valanciunas “loves to spend his free time at Scarborough Town Centre”; Amir “Tall Money” Johnson was introduced as “a good friend of mine”; Terrence Ross was “that Slam Dunk winner that you know”; Kyle Lowry got the “they used to tell him he looked like Chris Tucker, but he doesn’t” treatment; and DeMar DeRozan had his last name announced in machine-gun rapid-fire style. Finally, Raptors coach Dwane Casey was introduced as “dashingly handsome.”
During a pre-game press conference, Drake said that he was “honored” to have his own night at the Air Canada Centre.
“Tonight’s not really about me, despite the title of the night,” Drake said, according to the National Post. “I think it’s just more about the momentum in the city, bringing the city together, how well these guys have been playing, honoring this squad that is really finding each other, finding stability with each other and the revamp of this team. Since the announcement, there’s a new energy that everybody is feeling. That’s really what tonight’s about.”
Toronto went on to defeat Brooklyn 96-80.
Here’s a look at the “Drake Night” shirt via October’s Very Own.
Finally, Drake, who also served as the halftime deejay, showed off his custom jacket that had an old-school Vince Carter Raptors jersey in the lining.