Rap and basketball have been pretty good friends with each other for quite some time now. They go out and get wings together occasionally, and they’ve been known to play video games together too. I’m not sure if they exchange Christmas cards during the holiday season, but I also wouldn’t be surprised if that were the case. Simply put — rap and basketball go together like peanut butter and a straight-up glass of milk. Yep, they’re that synergistic.
But that doesn’t make this story any less funny. From a Tim Westwood interview with Donald Glover, a.k.a. rapper Childish Gambino (starts at the 0:55 mark):
Childish Gambino: Me and my friends rented a house. It was Chris Bosh’s mansion. I shouted him out before. We stayed there, and we just ate s’mores and, like, made songs and stuff like that.
Tim Westwood: Now was Chris Bosh there?
Gambino: He wasn’t. I don’t think he’s ever stayed in that house.
Westwood: It’s just like a crib of his?
Gambino: It’s like a crib of his. Yeah, so it’s just like a house he had, and we stayed in there.
Westwood: Is it one of his type of houses or do you think it was like a rental investment?
Gambino: I think he definitely brought it as like an investment. As opposed to like being, like, “Oh, I want to live here.” I think he just had it as like an investment.
I’m not sure that I’d consider this intersection of comedy, rap and basketball to be the ideal combination of three things that I love very much, but beggars can’t be choosers when it comes to these kind of things. It’s not like Action Bronson is writing raps while in a deer blind with Brad Miller, after all.
Nonetheless, this is kind of a perfect combination of rapper and basketball player. For as much as Chris Bosh is the Childish Gambino of basketball players, Childish Gambino is just as much the Chris Bosh of rappers. What that means, if you’re not familiar with the raps of the television start-ternt-rappa, is that they are both silly, both fairly nerdy and both not really taken that seriously in the grand scheme of things. The only difference I can tell is that Bosh’s neck is two to four times longer than Glover’s.
Hopefully this becomes a thing, where rappers rent out mansions that belong to basketball players. Because just like Gambino and Bosh is a perfect combination, there are quite a few emcees that could benefit from drawing inspiration from a baller’s pad. Maybe 2 Chainz would get a lot out of staying in JaVale McGee’s place, or perhaps a recording session at J.R. Smith’s house would do wonders for Danny Brown. I don’t know, I’m not an expert in this pseudoscience. I’m just guessing that an NBA player’s mansion has to be oozing with rap jewels that are ripe for the taking. Or at the very least, several luxury items to say rhyming words about.
(via The Sporting News)
I’ll be honest — I didn’t know that today was Martell Webster’s birthday. No offense, but I just don’t really keep track of such things, except for in the cases of Michael Jordan (my due date), Charles Barkley (born the day after my birthday) and LeBron James (LeBorn the same year as me, so it’s fun to chart our collective growth). But now that I do, I’d gladly sing “Happy Birthday” to him if a 6-foot-11 Polish center asked me to. Sure, a lot of that is because you’ll probably get a piece of cake if you’re in the singing group, but still. It’s the gesture that counts.
On Wednesday’s live episode of The Starters, the guys discuss Jason Kidd’s decision to demote assistant coach Lawrence Frank, the Heat’s sloppy start vs. the Pistons, whether Dwane Casey can survive the Raptors’ recent road trip, dueling rookie triple-doubles, and NBA bartenders.
All that, plus Tas has some small business advice for LeBron James and his wife.
Shoutout: Both Michael Carter-Williams and Victor Ola-Dipo had the first triple-doubles of their career in the very same game. Sure, said game was a double overtime sort-of thriller, which means they had a lot of extra time to get their stats, but it is still pretty chill for the both of them. Were I to see them in the street today, I’d offer them each a high-five.
Not so much: There are three nominees for this so-called award: 1) the Raptors, for blowing a 27-point lead and losing by nine to the Warriors; 2) the Raptors, for being outscored 42-15 in the fourth quarter; and 3) the Raptors, for not grabbing a single defensive rebound in that fourth quarter. Let me know who you think is truly the worst of the night.
Does not compute: We all know that Avery Bradley is not the shooting-est shooting guard in the league, so please explain to me how he made this shot.
Oh, it was luck? Yeah, OK, that makes sense. Fair enough. (P.S. the Celtics beat the Bucks.)