Over the years, J. Cole has remained around the game of basketball. It was s significant factor early in his career as a rapper and has remained connected ever since. However, Cole wants to take that to the next level by getting a shot to play in the league with the likes of LeBron James.
J Cole’s basketball history
J. Cole may be one of the most respected rappers in today’s generation, but he also has a basketball history behind him.
Cole played basketball at Terry Sanford High School in Fayetteville, North Carolina. He had an opportunity to continue down that path as a walk-on player at St. John’s University, but he decided to pursue a music career. It wound up being a choice that has worked out tremendously in his favor.
However, that dream of playing in the NBA hasn’t died out entirely as he has eyes of playing against players like LeBron James next year.
J Cole wants to play in the NBA
It’s well known that it’s basically every rapper’s dream to be an NBA player as it is vice-versa.
That is certainly the case for J. Cole as he has continued to ramp up his commitment to playing basketball. During a recent interview with TMZ Sports, rapper Master P stated that the 35-year-old told him he wanted a chance to compete for a roster spot in 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?'”
“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!”
“But, 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, they — 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.”
It’s a lofty aspiration for Cole to get a chance to play in the NBA. It’s the world’s best basketball league where there are around 450 players. Cole has shown he can hold his own in pick-up games, but playing the association is an entirely different animal.
Will he get a shot?
The hints are there that J. Cole wants to make a strong run at potentially being LeBron James’ colleague.
The 35-year-old is up there in age, but he has the resources to put himself in shape and prepare for that scenario. In many ways, he’s different from many other rappers who want to play basketball as he has skill in his game.
In terms of how that weighs up against NBA talent is a different story altogether. If he can demonstrate that he can move well on the floor, shoot efficiently, and have the physical endurance to keep up, then an opportunity may be there. It’s not to say that he would have a chance secured, but given his namesake, it could present the possible scenario.
Cole likely won’t want that situation handed to him, but rather that he earned with his ability on the court. The various videos of him playing in pick-up games and the workouts he has put in shows he has a decent outside touch. Ultimately, the proof will need to be in the pudding next offseason if he wants that shot.