Pistons Extend Tryout Offer to Rapper J. Cole


Though Kevin Hart won the 2012 All-Star Celebrity Game MVP for his "impressive" eight-point performance, it's the man who was at the end of Hart's alley-oop lob that's ultimately getting a shot at the biggest basketball stage there is.

But a big stage doesn't intimidate J. Cole, seeing as he's performed for crowds of thousands of people all over the world and has 5.4 million followers on Instagram. He'll get a chance with the Pistons, after the team's Twitter page reacted to a viral video of him draining three-pointer after three-pointer from the corner at a gym.

This comes a few days after attire company PUMA shot a commercial with J. Cole and fellow rapper Master P, which heavily suggests that the former is about to do something bold involving basketball. Does looking to go into the NBA fit the bill?

TMZ spoke with Master P about it, and one sentence sums it up well:

"Bottom line," TMZ wrote, "P says if Cole does get an opportunity, he's gonna have to show out."

That would seem to be a big "if," but Detroit is proving otherwise. After all, the 20-46 Pistons were in the bottom-five in field goals made in the 2019-20 season, so anyone who's willing to pull from deep with confidence and put up numbers is worth a shot.

We've seen basketball players look to rapping as a primary career, including the aforementioned Master P.

We've also seen NBA players rap as a secondary outlet to complement their careers on the hardwood, including Damian Lillard.

But will we now see a rapper-turned-NBA star? J. Cole's about to find out for all of us.

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