Master P says rapper J. Cole is training for the NBA
The former Charlotte Hornets guard revealed that the Dreamsville rapper asked about his journey from making music to becoming the first Hip-Hop artist to play professionally in the NBA
According to Master P, J. Cole is seriously considering trying out for the National Basketball Association (NBA).
Over twenty years ago, Master P secured two NBA contracts to play for multiple teams in the late 90s, even as he had already been established as a rapper and producer with No Limit Records.
According to the veteran Hip-Hop mogul, KOD singer is working hard to follow his same career trajectory.
Percy “Master P” Miller signed to both the Charlotte Hornets and Toronto Raptors during the 1998 and 1999 pre-season respectively. He was the first rapper to make the transition from making music to being a professional basketball player. He currently owns Global Mixed Gender Basketball (GMGB), his own basketball league.
The rapper has a history with the sport.
J. Cole played high school basketball. His love for the game has never been something he shied away from. However, his rap career has trumped his basketball dreams. Recently, he spoke more about his NBA dreams never fading.
“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?” Master P told TMZ Sports.
“…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…,” he responded.
The New Orleans mogul believes that Cole could make it on an NBA team, but says he would have to work harder than everyone else to show he isn’t trying to use his fame as a free pass.
“They’ve been putting their whole life into this. So, you’re gonna have to prove you’re worthy of being on that court,” said Master P.
“I believe in him and I believe that he’s a youngster that has a lot of desire. Either you’re gonna be good enough to play or you’re gonna get exposed,” he continued.
The Grio recently reported on the two-chapter memoir J.cole wrote, entitled, “The Audacity.” In this memoir, Cole discussed how at 27-years-old he found comfort in holding on to the possibility of going to the NBA.
“If I can blow up in the next three years, that means I’ll only be 27. That still might give me enough time to train and pursue a professional basketball career. I’ll work hard enough to go play overseas and then try to work my way to the NBA,” he wrote.
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