Saturday night was the first-ever "Drake Night" for the Toronto Raptors. A night to enjoy and celebrate Raptors "global ambassador" Drake, and basketball. But "Drake Night" isn't about Drake, according to Drake:
Drake, on Drake Night: "Tonight has nothing to do with Drake." OK, then.— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) January 11, 2014
What is "Drake Night" then? Perhaps his suit jacket, lined with the jersey of one of the franchises' biggest stars turned villain -- Vince Carter -- personifies what "Drake Night" is all about:
Photo credit: Nick Turchiaro, USA TODAY Sports
Or maybe it's about new introductory videos featuring the rumored black and gold re-brand, Drake lyrics, and Drake actually introducing the players with his own twist:
Let's backtrack on that:
1. Amir "Tall Money" Johnson
2. That slam dunk winner that you know as Terrence Ross
3. They used to tell him that he looks like Chris Tucker, but he doesn't, Kyle Lowry
4. DeMar De-De-De-De-DeRooooooozan
5. The dashingly handsome Dwyane Casey
6. Jonas Valanciunas ... a seven-foot center who loves to spend his free time at Scarborough Town Centre? How'd he get stuck with that one? Does he really love malls that much? Was there nothing else they could have said here?
Ah well, moving on.
Does anybody know if Drake was commentating? Oh, he was. He was commentating alright:
And perhaps the best Raptors-Drake photo to surface thus far:
"SET THE SCREEN! SET THE SCREEN!" "Aubrey, we're on defense" "SET IT!" pic.twitter.com/BSllHw3SZx— devin kharpertian (@uuords) January 12, 2014
Thank you for giving us "Drake Night." A night featuring Drake, named after Drake, but not about Drake.
He gets it, he gets it.