I can back this one up personally. I’ve played against Stalley during NBA All-Star Weekend open runs and he can play. He knows how to play, and he doesn’t think the show is about him. Trust me, that’s different than what you’ll see from most celebrities. When Stalley’s in the game, he’s just another guy, outside of the fact that he’s really, really good.
Ironically, Stalley was once a star, earning a Michigan scholarship in basketball as a high schooler named Kyle Myricks. However, injuries cut short his time there and then eventually cut short his time at Long Island University too. Even still, if you earn a free ride to Michigan, then you can probably hold the fort at any YMCA in the country. There’s no creampuffs getting a spot with the Wolverines. As a youngster, Stalley also played against LeBron.
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He’s not as big of a name as he used to be, back when No Limit Records was completely running the game, but Percy Miller was such a good basketball player that he got NBA training camp invites not once, but twice. That’s no fluke. Charlotte and Toronto weren’t in the business of giving away roster spots.
Miller never truly made it in the NBA, but he did average 24 points per game with the ABA’s Las Vegas Rattlers in 2004.
Miller’s son, Romeo, was also a pretty decent basketball player, the only difference with his career being that he gained a spot with USC almost exclusively because of his name rather than his game. It also didn’t hurt that his best buddy was top recruit DeMar DeRozan, now a star with the Raptors.
But his pops? Yeah, he could hoop.
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You know the saying. Athletes want to be rappers and rappers want to be athletes. The two genres go hand-in-hand. Unfortunately, most ballplayers who try their hand at music don’t succeed, and that’s understating it. As for athletically gifted emcees, there are even fewer of those. But you can’t become a hip-hop icon without a little bit of revisionist history going on. It’s part of the territory when you’re spitting: you must talk your game up… how good of a rapper you are, how good of a dancer you are, and how good of an athlete you are.
Today we’re counting down five well-known rappers that can actually hang when it’s time to turn off the mic and hit the field. These videos might have you disagreeing, but trust us when we say these five had a decent “prime” at some point.
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