Why Didn’t The NBA Ask Drake To Perform During This Season’s All-Star Game In Toronto?
This year, the NBA is holding their annual NBA All-Star Weekend in Toronto, and all indications are that it’s going to be one of the best All-Star Weekends in recent memory. While a weekend in Toronto in the middle of February would have elicited more than a few grunts and groans out of NBA players in the past, rapper Drake has put the city on the map so to speak over the last few years. Obviously, Drake isn’t the only reason Toronto’s perception is different now than it was just a few years ago, but ask any NBA player what comes to mind when they think about the city, and “Drake” is going to be one of the first things they say.
As a result of that, Drake—who is an ambassador for the Toronto Raptors—is going to play a big part in All-Star Weekend this year. He’s currently scheduled to serve as one of the coaches for the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, and we’re sure that he’s going to make more than a few appearances throughout the weekend, both those sanctioned by the NBA and otherwise. But unfortunately, he’s not going to be performing during the NBA All-Star Game, which is…weird. Instead, the NBA has decided to let Sting perform at halftime of the game. It’s a curious move for the NBA and seems like something that the NFL would do, given their propensity for catering to an older audience when picking Super Bowl halftime performers.
Now, that doesn’t mean Sting won’t embrace Drake at some point during his performance and bring him out. If we had to guess, he’ll let the hometown hero play some kind of role during the show. But doesn’t it seem odd that the NBA wouldn’t allow Drake to be the star of the show this year? The idea of having him perform seemed like, pun fully intended, a layup. So why did they choose to go in a different direction?
Regardless of the reason, the NBA All-Star Game’s halftime show just got a whole lot less interesting, and the NBA doesn’t have anyone to blame but itself for it.