In the eye-popping music video for Drake’s “Best I Ever Had” (directed by Kanye West), the Toronto native cast himself as the coach of a highly unorthodox female basketball team. On Friday night (October 16), the rapper got the chance to flex his coaching muscles for real. At this year’s Big Blue Madness event at the University of Kentucky (where the basketball team is officially unveiled to the student populace in the first minutes they are eligible to do so), new head coach John Calipari welcomed Drake as a guest coach during the intrasquad scrimmage that made up the main event.
The rapper and Kentucky basketball enthusiast coached against the veteran Calipari, and though he had an assist from former NBA great Rod Strickland, he ended up with the same result as the “Best I Ever Had” video, as his Blue Team narrowly fell to Calipari’s White Team by a score of 63-62. The night was a huge success, though, as thousands gathered at the University of Kentucky’s Rupp Arena to give Drake a massive ovation. The event also featured former Kentucky Wildcat and current Detroit Pistons star Tayshaun Prince as well as actress and professional University of Kentucky enthusiast Ashley Judd.
Though nobody would have mistaken Calipari for a hip-hop fan, he seemed excited about the visit from one of rap’s biggest up-and-comers. “With our guest coach in the locker room going over the scrimmage scouting report,” he tweeted before the game, adding a blurry picture to drive that point home. For his part, Drake probably sees a lot of himself in Kentucky freshman John Wall, who is one of the most hyped recruits in the country. And like Drake, Wall delivered an amazing show for the UK faithful, throwing down dunks and already looking like a superstar.