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Taylor Swift Sends Surprise Video to MVP Russell Westbrook at NBA Awards 2017

Taylor Swift‘s squad is growing! The pop star made a surprise, pre-taped appearance at the inaugural NBA Awards on Monday, June 26, to congratulate Russell Westbrook on winning the 2017 MVP Award.

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“Russell, it’s Taylor. Remember? I was the one who taught you how to play basketball. I was the one who taught you to dribble, to shoot hoops, you know?” Swift, 27, said in the video message.

Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift

“I remember the first time you beat me at basketball and I was very upset, and you said — if you remember correctly — you said, ‘You just have to shake it off,’ and I got an idea,” the singer continued, referencing the title of her hit 2014 single. “So, essentially we have each other to thank for these careers! Obviously. So, that’s why I’m part of your congratulations video, because we go back, what, 20 years?”

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At the end of the video, Swift admitted that she was just kidding about her friendship with the Oklahoma City Thunder point guard, 28. “We’ve never met, and that’s a fake story, but I wish it were the truth,” she said. “You are amazing! You’re the MVP. I’m so happy for you. Sending you the biggest hug ever. Congratulations!”

Russell Westbrook
Russell Westbrook of the Western Conference All-Stars drives during the NBA All-Star Game as part of the 2017 NBA All Star Weekend at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on February 19, 2017. Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images

During Westbrook’s acceptance speech on Monday night, he became emotional as he thanked his parents. “You guys did any and everything to make sure me and my brother [Raynard] had anything we wanted,” he told the audience. “I told myself I wasn’t going to cry, but I can’t say thank you enough. You guys sacrificed everything. … There’s so many things I could say about you guys for putting me here. I’m just thankful for having you guys in my corner. I love you guys.”

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Though the NBA star and Swift have never crossed paths, the admiration is mutual. Westbrook has shared several videos of himself singing along to the Grammy winner’s songs on his Vine and Instagram accounts through the years, and was even spotted at her Los Angeles concert in 2015.

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