The rapper Game, has taken his talents from the recording studio to the court. In recent weeks, he has worked as the player-coach-GM for Go Ham, a team in South Central L.A.’s famous Drew League , a pro-am circuit that quickly has become a must-stop for any NBA fan depressed by the ongoing lockout.
These days, the best way to see NBA talent is to watch Game’s team. He has recruited an impressive rotating roster that has had Kevin Durant, Ron Artest and recent No. 2 pick Derrick Williams – among many others – make appearances. The league’s reigning MVP,Derrick Rose, is currently mulling a pitch from Game to play.
“In the beginning I had to sell something like, ‘If you play on the team, I’ll go wherever you’re from and we can do a show or something,’ as a favor to him,” Game recently told Yahoo! Sports. “But now the word on the Drew League is everywhere, and guys are hitting me up to play.
“Durant hit me on Twitter saying, ‘I want to play in the Drew League.’ I never met him until he came down, and now we’re cool.”
“We had a few NBA stars sprinkled in before, but now we get to see Durant, Artest,” Crawford said. “Against us, [Game] had a whole NBA starting five.”
“Being a rapper is definitely cooler,” he said. “People don’t even know some NBA players. If you ain’t Kobe [Bryant] or Carmelo [Anthony] they might just walk past them and say, ‘Oh, you’re tall. What do you do, play basketball?’ As a rapper, you get all the perks.”