There are plenty of athletes who could’ve played another sport at the professional level in an alternate universe (including a handful of notable names who’ve done exactly that).
However, there’s another sphere that’s also home to a number of people who could’ve tried to play basketball for a living before opting for the career path that made them famous: hip-hop.
Master P actually played in preseason games for the Hornets and the Raptors before deciding to shift his focus to music, 2 Chainz earned a scholarship as a member of the team at Alabama State, and J. Cole can technically say he’s a pro thanks to his brief stint with a team in Africa in 2021.
There’s also Cam’ron, who was teammates with Mase on a high school squad that had enough talent to punch its ticket to the New York City Class A championship game in 1999.
Killa Cam ultimately opted to try his hand at rapping, a move that seemed to work out pretty well for the founding member of Dipset who once boasted about making $4 million from Def Jam despite never selling a single record for the label.
It’s been more than two decades since Cam’ron played organized ball, but it seems he thinks he still has what it takes to take on a former NBA player who’s more than ten years younger than he is.
Earlier this week, the Harlem native discussed Mario Chalmer’s controversial comments about LeBron James during a podcast appearance where he boldly stated he’d only need 10 days to train for a one-on-one showdown where he asserted he’d be able to beat the man who was selected by the Timberwolves with the 34th pick in the 2008 NBA Draft.
Camron says he'll beat 2x NBA champion Mario Chalmers 1on1 in basketball pic.twitter.com/WCdmUwrfCD
— Daily Loud (@DailyLoud) March 30, 2023
It appears Chalmers—who has bounced around a number of smaller leagues since playing his last NBA game with the Grizzlies in 2018—is willing to accept that challenge based on the response he posted on Thursday.
Run it https://t.co/z3Ti4REKwx
— Mario Chalmers (@mchalmers15) March 30, 2023
It probably wouldn’t be the greatest game of basketball ever played, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t very intrigued.