Being a professional basketball player opens many doors away from the court. Some athletes spend their free time getting involved in side projects like business, fashion as Russell Westbrook is doing, or acting, where we’ve seen them star in classic movies like He Got Game. But one of the most popular activities for players is dabbling in music. Some are serious about it, hoping to launch a career in the music industry, while others just do it for fun. Over the years, many notable players have shared their musical talent with the world.
Take Kevin Durant, for example. He is probably never going to release an album, probably won’t even ever release a mixtape, but on his few features throughout the last few years, the NBA’s reigning MVP has shown he has legit skills on the mic. The first time we ever heard him get behind the mic, his talent actually shocked us. The last time a player of his caliber could actually dabble in music and more than hold his own was probably Shaquille O’Neal. That was nearly 20 years ago.
On the other end, there’s the late Wayman Tisdale, who became a jazz bassist after he retired from professional basketball. His 2001 album Face to Face topped Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz Chart. David Robinson loved playing the alto saxophone and piano, and often spoke about how playing the instruments allowed him to relax and express his creativity.
These players are both retired, but there are many current (or near current) players who are just as gifted when it comes to music. None of these guys can approach Shaq in terms of musical status, but here are 7 NBA Players With Serious Musical Talent.
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