The 30-year-old rapper, who hosted the star-studded event from Basketball City aka Manhattan’s own Pier 36, made an entrance long before the festivities kicked off with a familiar beauty on his arm: Warriors sideline reporter Rosalyn Gold-Onwude.
“He’s a big-time basketball fan, we’ve become friends through just his passion for the game,” Gold-Onwude said during a recent appearance on “Scoop B Radio” with Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson. “He’s come to a lot of games, he’s become really good friends with Steph Curry and his family. So we met through that and every time he’s around, it’s always fun, jokes, laughter.”
Gold-Onwude, who primarily works for NBC Sports Bay Area and previously played basketball at Stanford, first popped up on Drake’s social radar back in 2015 after the Warriors defeated the hip-hop star’s beloved Toronto Raptors.
“When the postgame makes you forget about what happened during the actual game @rosgo21,” Drake gushed of Queens native Gold-Onwude on Instagram.
On Monday, Drake’s history with a famous NBA fan also came up.
“While we’re on the topic of Instagram, I just wanna say it’s a bit of an awkward vibe tonight. I gotta say, I’ve never been in the same room as so many guys who have DM’d my ex girl,” Drake quipped to the audience. “There’s a lot of DPs sent to that inbox, man, y’all are some dogs.”
Though Drake’s one-time lady love, Rihanna, has since pledged her allegiances to LeBron James and the Cavaliers, that hasn’t stopped a slew of NBA stars — including 76ers social media maestro Joel Embiid — from reaching out.
Drake also used the evening to poke fun at the Knicks, just like the rest of the basketball world.
“[New York] is the city that never sleeps, mostly because everyone that lives here is afraid of being traded,” Drake joked.
His comments come days after Knicks president Phil Jackson’s shocking admission that he would listen to trade offers for budding star Kristaps Porzingis. Jackson also expressed his desire to trade Carmelo Anthony.