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“He was better than a lot of people” — Metta Sandiford-Artest thought Chris Brown could be an NBA player

Metta Sandiford-Artest is certain Chris Brown can ball and could even play in the NBA
Recording artist Chris Brown and Former NBA player Metta World Peace

Chris Brown and Metta Sandiford-Artest

While hip-hop and basketball have been intertwined for years, not many hip-hop artists could actually ball. Apparently, award-winning hip-hop & RnB singer Chris Brown happened to be one of those who could.

Breezy got game

Former Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta Sandiford-Artest, formerly known as Metta World Peace and Ron Artest, was one of the greatest lockdown defenders of all time. He won the 2004 NBA Defensive Player of the Year for a reason, so he could identify a talented player when he saw one. And according to Sandiford-Artest, Brown is definitely a tremendous basketball player.

Some may not know, but Sandiford-Artest used to hoop with Brown. And based on his assessment, the Hip hop & RnB hitmaker was so good he could even play in the NBA.

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"I thought Chris Brown should have been in the league," Sandiford-Artest said via Complex. "Before, 10 years ago, when I was playing with Chris? Yeah, definitely. He was better than a lot of people."

Of course, just like some real NBA players, Brown also had room for improvement. As per Sandiford-Artest, Brown couldn't shoot that well but could attack the basket with gracious moves.

"He was still young—didn't have a shot—but what young player has a shot? I like that he was very smooth…really good penetrator and really aggressive when attacking the basket. I thought he was one of the best ones I've seen," the NBA champion added.

Celebrity game baller

Ever since Brown broke into mainstream hip-hop, he's been delighting fans with his slick and swaggy dance moves. And even though that doesn't necessarily relate to why Brown got a couple of basketball moves in his bag, Sandiford-Artest was right when he said the multi-time Grammy award winner could hoop. In fact, Brown has earned quite a reputation in celebrity basketball games.

It's hard to track how many celebrity basketball events Brown has participated in, but among those known to many were the BET Celebrity Basketball game and the NBA Celebrity All-Star game. In one of the BET events, Brown even won the co-MVP award with his fellow Hip hop artist, The Game.

For sure, Brown isn't the only big-name music personality who could play ball, but we can at least be sure that he's one of the best there is. And as for Sandiford-Artest's take, Brown could make it to the NBA? You be the judge.

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