It’s no secret the J.Cole has dreams of basketball stardom, but as he disclosed in his self-written exposé, “The Audacity,” he made the hard decision to choose the game of rap during one fateful morning during his sophomore year of college.
However, with talks of his retirement and final album circling, could it be that Cole is going to finally set off on the journey to chase his other true passion? According to a Master P interview with TMZ, that’s exactly the plan. P revealed he spoke to Cole directly about making the transition from rap to the NBA.
“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!”
For those of you who don’t know, Master P, formally known as Percy Robert Miller, received a pre-season invite to Charlotte Hornets training camp at the age of 31, and was able to make the switch to basketball after first achieving success as a rapper. As a rapper he reached a net worth of $361 million, but chose to to trade it all in for a chance to play in the NBA. Now, he aims at trying to help Cole make such a transition.
However, P acknowledged that times have changed since he went through the process, “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… 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.”
Last week, Cole and Puma dropped a commercial promoting the 35-year-old rapper's new signature sneaker line, Dreamer, in which Cole is seen training on the basketball court while Master P narrates in the background; "You can't be serious. I know you ain't bout to try and do what I think you bout to try to do, 'cause that would be crazy. And you ain't crazy is you? I mean, what's the odds?”
Master P added that Cole most certainly won't get free pass just because he's a famous rapper, and that if he wants to achieve his goal and join the NBA, he’ll have to work twice as hard. "They've been putting their whole life into this. So you're gonna have to prove you're worthy of being on that court," he said. "I believe in him and I believe that he's a youngster that has a lot of desire."
In addition to promoting his new shoe line collaboration with Puma, Cole is also putting in work on his said to be last album, The Fall Off.
Cole seems to be very serious about making the move from watching the game from court-side seats to actually playing on it. So as P asked, when it comes to J.Cole’s future in the NBA, what are the odds? Guess we’ll just have to wait and see.