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Drafting the Top 5 Ball Playing Rappers into the NBA

posted by Alejandro Hernandez June 22, 2017

Tonight was the NBA draft, which might be the most exciting day in the NBA off-season. It’s the night that essentially sets the tone for the upcoming year, with all types of franchise altering decisions happening, from once-in-a-generation talent being picked, to major trades that can completely make or break your team’s upcoming season (see: The Chicago Bulls).

Tonight was a showcase of a fairly talented draft class, with the top 5 pick being Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball, Jayson Tatum, Josh Jackson and De’Aaron Fox. It got me thinking though. What would happen if we were drafting rappers instead of college athletes?

Hip-hop and basketball go almost hand in hand, from Kurtis Blow’s iconic ode to the game and Lil Bow Wow’s early 2000s interpolation, to popular hip-hop songs often serving as the soundtrack to the NBA season, with ‘Magnolia’ and ‘DNA.’ being the main songs used during this year’s NBA Finals promos, so it makes sense that many rappers partake in the game itself.

Many of today’s most popular rappers play during their free time, but who would be the ones dressed up for draft night had they decided to pursue basketball instead of music? This list attempts to answer that question. So without any further ado, here are your top 5 NBA draft picks if we were picking rappers:

1. Romeo

The consensus number 1, Romeo actually played D-I basketball at the University of South California where he was teammates with close friend and NBA All-Star DeMar Derozan, which automatically makes him the most overqualified prospect in this hypothetical draft. Romeo is also a regular at the Celebrity All-star game and he’s clearly sits in the top tier of celebrity players. Also, the fact that his father is rap legend and former NBA pro (for like 3 preseason games) Master P, the two would easily rival Lonzo and Lavar Ball has the most iconic father-son duo in today’s NBA.

 

2. 2 Chainz

Below is the only known footage of 2 Chainz playing in an organized game (numbered 21), and it shows him smacking a three and dunking like his name is Kevin Durant. The artist formerly known as Tity Boi was good enough to play basketball at a D-I school, albeit a smaller program in Alabama State University, but he left after his freshman year (like a true NBA prospect). He’s also 39, which is pretty old in basketball years, but despite his age, there’s plenty of evidence to suggest he has gas in the tank. From beating fellow Atlanta legend and Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins in a game of ‘HORSE’ to babying former Defensive Player of the Year and NBA Champion Kevin Garnett in the post, it’s as clear as day that the College Park native can still ball.

 

3. Cam’ron

Killa Cam wasn’t just wrecking dudes in the rap game, but he was really outchea breaking ankles on the court too. The basketball career of Cameron Giles was short-lived, but it sure was accomplished. During his high school career, Cam’ron established himself as one of the best players in New York, and while teamed up with fellow rap legend, Ma$e, he actually led his high school squad to the Public Schools Athletic Class A championship. He was even tasked with shooting the final game-winning shot, but unfortunately, he just didn’t have that shooter’s touch. However, he not only beat Stephon Marbury’s squad to get to the title game, but according to the Diplomat rapper himself, he dominated the former NBA pro/Chinese basketball league legend, which is actually a really dope/wild thing to have on your resume. (Skip to 1:55 for highlights)

4. J. Cole

The Fayetteville rapper’s love of basketball is well documented. With each of his first three mixtape covers featuring an overt basketball theme and North Carolina Tar Heel games being one of the few public events he’s willing to go out of hiding for, it’s clear that the sport is more than a game to Cole. His basketball career is that of an underdog though. He got cut twice by his high school team, but like a true Rudy Ruettiger, he came back again and eventually made the team in his senior year, showing his commitment to the grind of refining one’s skills. He also played in the 2012 Celebrity All-Star game where he displayed his athleticism by dunking on national television, which is possibly the second most impressive accomplishment anyone on this list has (nothing will ever beat the image of Cam’ron breaking Stephon Marbury’s ankles).

5. Quavo

God bless and protect Quavious Keyate Marshall, for there is nothing he cannot do well. Not only is the Migos rapper one of the hottest names in all of hip-hop, but he might be the best athlete. Unlike the other names on this list, there is no known evidence of Quavo playing in any organized league, which is the reason he’s not number 1, but recent videos floating around the internet show that he is no stranger to the game by any means. He’s essentially the equivalent to that raw European player that no one in America knows about, but there’s hella highlight reels of him outmatching the hell of his competition (see: Kristaps Porzingis). Earlier this year, the hook god was seen outlasting fellow Migos member Offset, Indiana Pacers big man Myles Turner, and Chance The Rapper in a game of knockout, he embarrassed Tory Lanez in one-on-one, he’s showed off his handles in a team pickup game, and now just this past week, he was seen balling up with Arizona prospect and son of Shaquille O’Neal, Shareef O’Neal. He might be the biggest risk since he does not necessarily have the same experience as everyone on this list, but I think it’s safe to say he has the most upside in this draft class.

 

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Chance The Rapper Launches New Chance Arts and Literature Fund for CPS, Chicago Bulls Will Donate $1 Million

posted by Oscar March 31, 2017

Daaaaamn Chano, back at it again with another initiative to help the children of Chicago! Chance The Rapper has held another press conference today in Chicago at Paul Robeson High School, during which he announced the launch of Arts and Literature Fund for Chicago Public Schools.

Previously, Chance announced a $1 million donation for Chicago Public Schools (CPS), using his nonprofit Social Works to hold a running campaign calling for more donations. For every $100K they raise, $10K will go to a specific Chicago public high school or elementary school. Donate here.

At today’s event, Chance delivered the news that since the previous conference he has raised $2.2 million for CPS, including contributions from Scooter Braun (AKA Kanye West’s & Justin Bieber’s manager) and Hannibal Buress. The biggest revelation on that front was the fact that the Chicago Bulls have matched the $1 million originally brought to the table.

Chance also announced the launch of the New Chance Arts and Literature Fund, which “will bring arts programs and materials to schools.” In a collaboration with the Children’s First Fund and in partnership with Ingenuity, the fund will be investing resources directly into CPS starting at the beginning of the upcoming 2017-2018 school year.

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Lil Uzi Vert’s “Do What I Want” Stars in New Russell Westbrook Jordan Commercial

posted by Luis Hernandez October 27, 2016

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If you even remotely follow the NBA, you know the ongoing feud between Russell Westbrook & Kevin Durant since he left for Golden State. The two have been throwing shade in the past months and this new Jordan commercial adds even more fuel to the fire. Shoutout to Jordan, who used the perfect song to depict Russell’s mood now that he is the main man in OKC. This also is a great look for Lil Uzi Vert, as this commercial will get millions of views in the next few months. All in all, this is a win for both parties, who come together to make the most entertaining commercial of 2016. I promise you won’t watch this only once!

 

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See the New NJR x JORDAN Collection Colorway for Neymar’s Hypervenom

posted by Oscar October 11, 2016

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Nike has shared an update to their Neymar and Michael Jordan collaboration, the NJR X JORDAN collection, with a new colorway for the Hypervenom boot. The collection first launched back in June of this year, which saw the Brazilian star become the first football (soccer) athlete to feature the Jumpman on his performance product while the Jordan Brand released a Neymar edition of the Jordan V Low with “Neymar” stitched inside the tongue.

The new colorway transforms the boot into a white model inspired Neymar Jr.’s favorite the Jordan V with the signature shark teeth in red and the iconic cement print overlay. Another update brings the number 11, which Neymar wears for Barcelona, to the left boot and Jordan’s defining number 23 is on the right; the previous edition saw a number 10 on the left boot because that’s his number for the national team.

Check out more shots of the updated NJR x JORDAN Hypervenom below. Continue Reading

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Nike Releases ‘Unlimited Together’ Ad feat. Chance The Rapper 

posted by Alberto August 10, 2016

Nike just dropped a new ad in support of the Men’s and Women’s national teams at this years Olympics. The music for the clip is provided by none other than Chance The Rapper. New verses from Chano? Doesn’t get any better than that. Check out the new ad above. 

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The NBA and adidas Unveil the 2015 NBA Christmas Day Games Uniforms

posted by Oscar October 30, 2015

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They finally got it right! The NBA and adidas have unveiled the special edition uniforms that the select teams playing on Christmas Day 2015 will be sporting. Last year’s designs weren’t too bad but they were just a tad bit too off for some of us, but these are on point.

According to adidas:

Designed as part of the adidas NBA Season’s Greetings Collection, the uniforms continue the tradition of introducing new and unique elements each season. This year’s uniforms incorporate primary team colors and cream tones, while player names and numbers are showcased in holiday-style script and detailed with woven rows of stitching. A scarlet NBA seal is also displayed on the back of the jersey as a nod to holiday greeting cards.

Other items on the “Season’s Greetings Collection” includes a special-edition Swingman jersey, women’s Replica jersey, on-court shooting shirt, T-shirt, snapback and knit beanie with prices ranging from $28-$110. and will be available this weekend on NBAStore.com and NBAStore.eu. Jerseys will also be available at select team and other retailers.

Shut up and take my money! Check out more pictures of the uniforms below. Continue Reading

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San Antonio Spurs Unveil “Black Signature Spur,” 2015-16 Alternate Jerseys

posted by Oscar October 15, 2015

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The San Antonio Spurs are the latest NBA team to unveil some special edition Alternate jerseys for the forthcoming 2015-16 season. The new “Black Signature Spur” jersey are a spin of their current alternate uniforms with a large spur across the front with no wordmark, except now it’s black instead of silver.

The new uniforms will see their debut when the Spurs play their home opener. Buy the jersey here and see more shots of it below. Continue Reading

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Milwaukee Bucks Unveil “Fear the Deer” Uniforms and Court Design

posted by Oscar October 4, 2015

Our neighbors to the north, the Milwaukee Bucks, have unveiled their new look for the upcoming season. The new “Fear The Deer” uniforms leave behind a wordmark on the front and opts instead for the Buck from the team logo and the number in between its horns.

Some of the other details found on nba.com are as follow:

Secondary logo – A partial version of the new Bucks secondary logo appears on the shorts, again stripped down to its elemental pieces featuring the basketball and stylized “M” introduced in the primary logo.

Cream City Rainbow – The Cream City rainbow, which also appears on the Bucks home and road uniforms, is the consistent thread that ties all three uniform sets together.

Fear The Deer – The “Fear The Deer” rallying cry found at the bottom of all of the new Bucks jerseys takes on special meaning as it served as the inspiration for the creation of this uniform set.

The uniform will be complemented by the NBA’s first-ever alternate court, which shares the same design philosophy as the new uniforms, with the logos and color palette stripped down to keep the focus squarely on the team.

Go to www.nba.com/bucks/FearTheDeer to register for “Bucks Pro Shop” merchandise updates, including when the “Fear the Deer” uniform is available. See more pictures below. Continue Reading

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Detroit Pistons Unveils “Detroit Chrome” Jerseys

posted by Oscar October 3, 2015

The Detroit Pistons have unveiled their “Detroit Chrome” uniforms, the alternate ‘fits the team will be rocking for seven games throughout the upcoming 2015-16 NBA season.

Speaking about what inspired the Detroit Chrome jerseys nba.com states:

 “the Detroit Chrome jerseys came about as a way to honor our coolest cars from the past and the cars of the future. Detroit is universally known as the auto capitol of the world, where chrome leaves an indelible mark on the cars we create.”

The “Chrome” uniforms are matte chrome-colored with a navy trim and “Detroit” in that same tint, inspired by the blue collar work ethic that the auto industry & region was built on. This jersey will sport, much like the Home & Away jerseys, have the gold band on the neck honoring the Pistons 3 World Championships. See more pictures below. Continue Reading

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Video: Kanye West Performs “All Day” at Chicago Bulls Game, During a Timeout

posted by Oscar May 10, 2015

“You already know I’m straight from the Chi… ALL DAY!” The Bulls and the Cavs played Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semis, so it only made sense that the match had high-profile celebrities like former Bull Scottie Pippen and Kanye West sitting courtside.

Yeezy took advantage of the 2-minute timeout in the first quarter and took over the United Center floor for an impromptu performance of his latest hit “All Day.” The legend of Yeezus continues! Check it out above and the Bulls tweet below. Continue Reading

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Zach LaVine Crowned 2015 Slam Dunk Champ

posted by Oscar February 15, 2015

Minnesota Timberwolves Zach LaVine last night won the 2015 Slam Dunk Contest after a spectacular performance that resulted in his being the first player with multiple dunks with perfect scores in the same contest since Dwight Howard in 2009.

See above to check out the crazy cool dunks that made the 19-year old rookie the new dunk king.

This kid is sick!