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J. Cole May be Taking A Detour From Rap And Trying Out For The NBA

Updated: Aug 8, 2020

August 2, 2020


THE RAPPER IS FINALLY GOING AFTER HIS HOOP DREAMS. He’s rapped about it, but now it appears J. Cole is turning his rhymes into a vision, one focused on making it in the NBA. For any fans of the rapper’s illustrious career, they’d likely be familiar with Cole’s penchant for the sport. While there’s no shortage of Hollywood stars and rappers who fancy a game of basketball, Cole is actually a force to be reckoned with. The rapper wrote an essay for Derek Jeter’s The Player’s Tribune, in which he outlined how he gave up a chance to play basketball at St. John’s University in order to pursue his hip-hop dreams. Now, he seems intent on taking a detour.

In an interview with TMZ, Master P revealed he spoke to Cole directly about making the transition from rap to the NBA. For those unfamiliar with Master P, known formally as Percy Robert Miller, the rapper made the switch to a basketball career. A pre-season invitee to Charlotte Hornets training camp, Master P was up there with Jordan in terms of someone who garnered fame and popularity off court, although he didn’t quite have Jordan’s prowess on it. At the height of his fame, he was a 31-year-old rapper worth $361 million USD, all with the hope of trading his rap fame for a spot on an NBA team. Now, Master P is trying to help Cole make such a transition.

Master P said, “When I talked to J. Cole, he was like ‘You know, big dog you did it. What do you think I would have to do to make it happen?’” He went on to add, “I said to get one of these NBA jerseys, it’s not gonna be easy. It’s gonna be a lot of hate, it’s gonna be a lot of people not believing in you but you know J. Cole – he got the right size, he in the gym!”

Master P added, “What I told him, this a different time we’re in. They’re going to pick you apart! You’re gonna have to be able to hit every shot and if you don’t hit every shot, they – you know in the NBA, they don’t hit every shot but they believe in them. So you’re gonna have to go somewhere where the team really believe in you and the players believe in you.”

Without question, Cole won’t get a free pass in the NBA just because he’s a famous rapper. If you’ve seen The Last Dance, you’ll know just how much is expected of players, namely that they give everything to be the best and stop at nothing when it comes to winning. And while Cole will be going up against players who have devoted their whole lives to the sport, he might just be in for a shot.

Cole hasn’t given too much away when it comes to his dream of playing in the NBA. But fans were quick to get around the new vision after Cole dropped a commercial for his new Puma basketball sneaker, called the RS-Dreamer. In the 30 second clip, Cole is seen training while Master P narrates. In a case of art imitating life, it could just be a foreboding of what’s to come for Cole on the court.

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