If you religiously follow and listen to J.Cole’s music, you won’t be that surprised to know why he is trying out for the NBA

By Nicole Ganglani | Art by Saii Shah | Photo from Pixabay

Yup, you read that headline right. In 2020, J.Cole, considered one of the greatest rappers of all time, is trying to make it to the NBA. And the hip hop icon is actually one step closer to his goal after the Detroit Pistons reached out to Cole to try out. 


The Pistons’ offer came right after rapper and producer Master P confirmed that Cole wants to make the transition to the NBA. Cole was featured in a commercial released by sports brand Puma where the rapper is seen grinding hard on the basketball court. 

“You can’t be serious. I know you ain’t bout to try and do what I think you bout to try to do, ’cause that would be crazy. And you ain’t crazy is you? I mean, what’s the odds?” says Master P, who also once tried out for the NBA in the 1990s.


“When said out loud, all the best dreams sound crazy. Dreamer was created with the belief that, still, we must follow ours, no matter how unachievable they may seem to others,” says Cole. 


J.Cole’s basketball history

Cole, who’s currently 35 years old, once suited up for his high basketball team at Terry Sanford in North Carolina. However, Cole didn’t pursue basketball in college when he was offered to try out for St. John’s University men’s basketball program, choosing music over sports. Good news for the rapper is he can still try out for the NBA despite no collegiate basketball experience or whatsoever. The NBA allows teams to reach out to any player they want just like how the Pistons have already shown interest in Cole. 

NBA reporters don’t think J.Cole can make it

“No. J.Cole is not making the roster. Do you guys see what he looked like? In the video? A 35 year old dad. This is ridiculous, I don’t understand why we’re talking about it,” says sports radio talk show host Nick Wright in an episode of First Things First released on Wednesday, Aug.5.



NBA analyst and commentator Chris Broussard also pointed out in the same episode that Cole should aim for the All Star Celebrity game instead, which happens annually in the NBA. Cole already has doubters but the rapper is determined to prove them wrong just like what he did in his music career. 


Some wise words by J.Cole for J.Cole 

If you religiously follow and listen to Cole’s music, you won’t be that surprised to know why he is trying out for the NBA. Cole has preached through his songs about the importance of chasing dreams and taking necessary risks in life despite what doubters say. Here’s a couple of quotes that depict how the rapper’s mindset towards his journey of making it to the NBA:

 “Anything’s possible, you gotta dream like you’ve never seen obstacles.”

“Take a chance, because you never know how perfect something can turn out.” 

“Keep grinding boy, your life can change in one year, and even when it’s dark out, the sun is shining somewhere.” 

“Never give up until you’ve given out all your very best. It’s better to fail trying, than wondering what could have happened if you tried.” 

“We got dreams and we got the right to chase’em.”

“Keep grindin’ boy, your life can change in one year, And even when it’s dark out, the sun is shining somewhere.” 

Do you think J.Cole can make it to the NBA?