Like anything on television – especially on award shows – there are mountainous highs mixed in with subterranean lows.
The inaugural NBA Awards Monday night in New York is no different.
There were moments of comedy, inspiration, confusion that lead to comedy, and everything in between.
Here are the best moments of the first-ever NBA Awards.
Drake / Kenny Throw Shade At Eachother
Kenny started the shade-throwing by asking if Drake wrote his own material, a call-back to rapper Meek Mill’s claim in 2015 that Drake used a ghostwriter.
Drake clapped right back…and the show went on.
James Harden Seems To Be A Fan Of Nikki Minaj
Of course Twitter went wild after Harden’s enthusiastic clapping and staredown of Nikki Minaj was shown on live TV.
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) June 27, 2017
What made it worse was he was asked pretty soon after she finished performing, Drake asked Harden a simple question which he didn’t answer leaving most people tweeting that Harden was still in a daze from Ms. Minaj’s performance.
Because Twitter can’t let anything go…really.
Bill Russell’s Lifetime Achievement Award
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— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) June 27, 2017
Hall of Fame centers Shaquille O’Neal, Alonzo Mourning, Dikembe Mutombo, David Robinson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar were all on stage to present 11-time champion Russell with the award for his ability on the floor and his contributions as a civil rights leader off the court. Russell’s first line had the entire building laughing.