Let’s face it. Last season, the Charlotte Bobcats finished 7-59 and became the worst team in the history of the NBA. They could have used help from wherever they could have gotten it, including ballers who make their everyday living as rappers.
There are a few rappers in the game today who have flashed their basketball talents in the past. Some were stars in high school. Some even played college ball. Some were even MVPs of the esteemed NBA Celebrity All-Star game.
Let’s take a look at the list of rappers that could help the Charlotte Bobcats escape the fate of being the worst team ever.
Note: I don’t truly believe that these rappers could help the Bobcats in 2012. It is merely satirical and only intended to highlight the athletic abilities of rap artists.
Shaquille O'Neal: Shaq only made the honorable mention list because of a technicality. His rap pursuit was obviously only a side quest to his Hall of Fame NBA career, and while people criticize his rap abilities, his debut album did go platinum. And let’s be honest—even at age 40, Shaq Diesel would have been a solid contributor for Charlotte.
Kevin Hart: A comedian by day, Hart’s masterful freestyles have been recognized during a series of YouTube videos released under his rap alter-ego Chocolate Drop. Hart may only be 5’5”, but his play on the basketball court was enough to earn him the MVP in the 2012 NBA Celebrity game.
Ice Cube: It may have just been a good day, but he did once mess around and get a triple double.
Calling Bieber a rapper is a stretch, but I’ll give him a pass after this freestyle during a radio broadcast. Seriously, he’s a better rapper than any of the guys on the remix of his song “Boyfriend” (looking at you 2Chainz).
Bieber showed his skills on the court during the 2011 NBA Celebrity All-Star Game, where he dropped eight points and four assists en route to earning the game’s MVP award.
His basketball adventures have been well-documented, from his one-on-one game versus Usher to his showing on Shaq’s television show “Shaq Challenge.”
Bieber’s leadership, tenacity and willingness to involve his teammates would have been a great asset to the 2011 Bobcats.
Coming from a childhood filled with murder, drugs and gangs, The Game almost made it out of Compton via a basketball scholarship.
He was enrolled at Washington State University to play basketball, but was kicked off the team for drug possession before playing in a single game.
Since becoming a rapper, The Game has played in some games for the defunct Inglewood Cobras ABA squad. Here are some highlights from The Game playing in a Pro-Am event (Warning: Expletive language in the music for the video).
The Game is a big 6’4” guard who can shoot the three-ball and get above the rim. There’s no doubt that he would get some minutes for the inept Bobcats.
Killa Cam was a highly recruited baller coming out of high school back in 1994, but due to academic issues, never made it to the collegiate level.
According to an interview with ESPN, Cam’Ron had scholarship offers from Miami, Georgetown, USC and Wyoming. After losing in the high school playoffs during his senior year, he never went back to school, thus causing colleges to revoke their offers.
He got his GED and went to play JUCO ball in Texas, but a torn hamstring sent him back to NYC to pursue his rap career.
Unfortunately, we never got to see Cam’Ron in a celebrity game, but I did find some throwback clips from when he played at Manhattan Center high school.
J. Cole is one of the most athletic rappers in the game and he is quick to speak of his basketball prowess.
Cole went to St. John’s University and attempted to walk on to the basketball team during his sophomore year. According to an interview with ballislife.com, Cole made the first round of cuts and was one of 10 finalists from the original 70 try-outs.
After deciding that he didn’t want to dedicate the rest of his college life to sitting on the bench, he didn’t continue with the tryouts.
J Cole got his chance to show off his basketball skills during this year’s NBA Celebrity All-Star Game. He didn’t disappoint, and demonstrated his hops with this alley-oop from the previously mentioned Chocolate Drop.
Cole’s scoring mentality and hard-nosed defense would be welcomed by Michael Jordan’s team.
Out of all the rappers on this list, Percy Miller, AKA Master P, was the closest to actually making it in the NBA.
Miller played in NBA preseason games in Charlotte, of all places, in 1998 and 2001, and with Toronto in 1999. In his seven preseason games, Miller scored 13 points in just 23 minutes of action—that’s 22.6 points-per-40 minutes!
Although he never played in an NBA regular season game, Miller did play for the Fort Wayne Fury in the CBA and the ABA’s Las Vegas Rattlers.
And because performance in the NBA Celebrity game is obviously indicative of how well your game would translate to the pros, Miller tops this list because of the 17 points he dropped in the 2008 contest.