NBA Flow: Comparing Rappers to NBA Players

Sammy SucuSenior Analyst IJanuary 17, 2012

NBA Flow: Comparing Rappers to NBA Players

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    In America, we love doing comparisons, top 10 lists and talking gossip. Basketball fans who enjoy rap music, which I assume is the norm, like to compare their favorite basketball player to their favorite rapper.

    Eminem is the Kobe of the rap, Jordan is the Jay-Z of rap, etc. 

    Well guys, here it is, today, your comparison of basketball players to rappers fix will be just that, fixed. 

Shaquille O'Neal: Notorious B.I.G "Biggy Smalls"

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    I love the way you call him "Big Poppa," throw your hands in the air if you a true playa. 

    This comparison is not solely based on the fact that both B.I.G. and Shaq are large men who dominated their respective career. This comparison is here because both of these men are loved by fans, have been the most dominant but have only been dominant in a short period of time.

    As many people may know Notorious B.I.G. died at a young age after being a very successful rapper in the '90s and Shaq, was also very dominant but then had a huge drop off after he won his 4th championship. Many critics say that Shaq could have been better and had much more to prove but he never did and Notorious B.I.G. would had much more to prove but his life ended short. 

    Fun Fact: Shaq and Biggie were actually great friends and Shaq was very hurt when he found out that Biggie had died because he said if things went differently Biggie would not have been shot that night. 

    Refer to this link for more on the Shaq and Biggie story.

Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler: Mos Def and Talib Kweli (Blackstar)

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    One, two, three Hakeem and Clyde Drexler, they came to rock it on to the tip top, one of the best alliances in basketball. Well, it sounds a lot better when Mos and Kweli sing it, it also rhymes better. 

    Hakeem and Clyde were one of the best duo's but they never got enough credit for it. Clyde and Hakeem won a NBA championship together but critics say they only won those because Michael Jordan took a a hiatus from basketball. Mos and Kweli are one of the best, if not the best rap duo's ever but most people do not give them that credit because they are not mainstream. 

    This comparison is perfect for that reason, two of the best in their respective field but not given the respect deserved. 

LeBron James: Lil Wayne

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    I want this s**t forever man, last name James first name LeBron.

    Yes LeBron and Lil Wayne are currently the two most notorious names in their respective careers. The similarities these two have are uncanny. Both are in their late 20's, both of them are either loved or hated and both of them are always being talked about by their respective media avenues.

    Everyday on ESPN there is something about LeBron James, and everyday on the radio you hear about Lil' Wayne. 

    Both LeBron James and Lil' Wayne have potential to be the best ever but they never will be. LeBron is scared of losing and Lil' Wayne only cares about making music for the radio. Imagine both of these stars actually used their talent to the best of their abilities. 

Larry Bird: Eminem

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    OK, I know what you're thinking. Is it because they are both white? Yes. Is it because they are the best white person in their field? Yes. Is there any other reason? Kind of. 

    Both Bird and Eminem are legends and even though both of them are not around as much anymore it seems like they are going to be around in a different role. Bird is trying to make the Pacers a championship team and Eminem is trying to make Slaughterhouse and Yelwaolf become the next best group of rappers. 

Magic Johnson: Dr. Dre

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    Beats by Magic, coming soon. 

    This comparison is here for two reasons, both of them have made people around them better and both of them make the best out of their situations. 

    Throughout his career Magic Johnson has been very successful, he has helped develop stars like Byron Scott, Michael Cooper and Kurt Rambis. Magic has also got the best out of Kareem Abdul Jabaar and James Worthy with his flashiness and passing ability. 

    Throughout his career Dr. Dre has been very successful as well, he developed Eminem, 50 Cent, the Game and all of G-Unit. Dr. Dre also got the best out of Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg and Eazy-E with his amazing beats and production skills. 

    Both were notorious in California just like the next two people we will compare. 

Lamar Odom: Snoop Dogg

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    One, two, three and to the four, Lamar Odom is at your door. 

    Simple comparison here, both made their presence known in California like I alluded to in the last slide, both of them are tall and lanky, both of them were always consistently good but never great. Snoop Dogg had his best days when he was with Dr. Dre and Lamar had his best days when he was with Kobe.

    If Kobe didn't have a better comparison (which you will all see soon), then he would have been Dr. Dre. Also both of them have been on, and in Odom's case, are still on reality TV shows. 

    Fun Fact: We know Snoop Dogg loves his green medicine, but it is also rumored, and most likely true, that the "Candyman" Lamar Odom loves Mary Jane.

Pau Gasol: Drake

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    They are both really soft and are lucky to be around another star. Need I say more? 

Kobe Bryant: Jay-Z

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    K to O B to E, for shizzle my nizzle drop 40 everydizzle.

    Kobe is one of the greatest players to play the game and is currently the best player in the NBA. Jay-Z is one of the greatest rappers of all time and is still currently the best in the business. Both of these stars are equally as famous, not only in America, but globally.

    When it is all said and done Kobe could go down as the greatest ever. Jay-Z is already considered by some the greatest ever but in the rap game it works a bit differently. 

    Both of these amazing talents will always be compared to the next and final player to rapper comparison. 

Michael Jordan: Tupac Shakur

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    To most people Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time and to most people Tupac Shakur is the greatest rapper of all time. 

    Michael Jordan dominated the '90s with his play and Tupac dominated the '90s with his rhymes. Jordan retired for two years and came back and still dominated, Tupac died young but could have dominated more if he stayed alive.

    Tupac and Jordan dominated not only their respective careers but they both dominated in other ways. Jordan is now notorious for his shoes and clothing and Tupac was a great actor and played in some great movies. 

    It seems like every time a great NBA player comes around they compare him to Jordan (if they are a SG or SF) and it seems like every time a great rapper comes around they compare him to Tupac.

    Both Tupac and Jordan will be tough to surpass in their own worlds but it seems like there is talent to surpass both. 

    Fun Fact: Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson teamed up for the Dream Team in the Olympics and made a huge splash the same way Tupac and Dr. Dre teamed up for "California Love"and made a huge splash. Remember those two comparisons? Of course you do. 


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    One thing will always be certain, these rappers will never be able to play ball the way these ballers do and these ball players will never be able to rap the way the rappers do. Sorry Shaq, Kobe and other ballers who tried rapping, those efforts were all terrible. 

    There may have been some comparisons that I left out but these were the most noteworthy comparisons. 

    If you want to leave comments on other comparisons or if you don't agree with some of them please let me know. 


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