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Music, movies, politics: Famous personalities that love playing basketball


Basketball is more than just a game. It's a shared passion among people with different careers and occupations in life that brings people together. Here is a list of celebrities and personalities that showed they have game on the basketball court.


J. Cole, aka Jermaine Cole, is an American rapper who released hits such as Middle Child, Wet Dreamz, and No Role Modelz. He's been seen participating in NBA All-Star Celebrity games in 2012. The guy can rap, and he can ball, too. He may not look like he possesses the athletic ability a pro player has but make no mistake about his skills. Just look at this dunk below:

At 6'3" J. Cole could probably play in the NBA. He actually had a brief stint as a pro player in Rwanda's Basketball Africa League for the Patriots Basketball Club. He managed to put up 3 points, three rebounds, and two assists in 17 minutes. At 36 years old and no formal training, critics claim the rapper had leeway playing in the league. He took someone's spot on the roster, but we all knew the rapper would not play on a full-time basis. It did help market the league and the team in some capacity as news worldwide reported J.Cole's first game. 

He mentioned NBA stars in his tracks, such as LeBron James and Kobe Bryant, which suggests that rap and basketball are two cultures that cannot be separated. 

Chris Brown

Like J.Cole, another rapper who's into basketball in Chris Brown. At 6;1", Brown plays the shooting guard position. He could be seen in different mixtapes showcasing his handles, flair, and scoring abilities.

Brown can dunk and has a nasty first step. He recently played in The Crew League, a newly-formed league that features celebrities and rappers such as G-Eazy, Tyga, Rowdy Rebel, Jason Derulo, King Combs, and DDG per XXL Mag

The Look at Me Now hitmaker had a mini-beef with fellow baller-rapper Quavo, who is part of the group Migos. He called out Quavo not more than once. Quavo, on the other hand, clapped back and expressed his willingness to face Brown on a 2-on-2 match. Now, fans are eager to see when the game would happen.


Quavo is one of the members of the group Migos. They rose to fame via hits such as Bad and Boujee, Motorsport, and Versace. Quavo has been a regular visitor on the sidelines during regular games and All-Star games. Rooting for Trae Young and the Atlanta Hawks, Quavo has inserted his passion for the game in the lyrics of his songs. 

"Basketball is hip-hop. Hip-hop is basketball. It's no way hip-hop would be around without basketball."

Quavo, via Sports Illustrated

At 5'10", Quavious Keyate Marshall's height may not be suited for playing pros, but he could ball. Based on his highlights, Marshall can drain multiple 3s in a row and can make transition layups. His game could be described as "smooth," and he was called an "amazing athlete." Look at some of his highlights below:

The rapper even won a challenge against legit NBA player Myles Turner and Chance the Rapper. If this still doesn't make fans think he could bring the heat on the court, we wouldn't know what else will:

Justin Bieber

We've seen Justin Bieber play hoops during the NBA All-Star 2018. He only scored four points, but he displayed more than average skills. Look at the game highlights below:

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JB was named the 2011 All-Star Celebrity game, which probably explains why he did not see the need to showcase all his stuff in the 2018 edition, which also starred Quavo.

The singer-songwriter is close to a lot of NBA players. He watched games of LeBron James and paid tribute to Kobe Bryant. Bieber deserved to be on this list because of his skills and close relationships with other NBA players.

Kevin Hart

Standing at only 5'2" to 5'4" depending on which website you reference, the comedian's height is certainly not for playing professional basketball but based on his skills alone; the man can play. He has been invited several times to play in the NBA All-Star games. He owns some record as the winner of most MVPs ever in Celebrity Games. 

The entertainment he brings to every game, on that alone, makes him deserving of being the MVP. Unknown to many, Hart played high school basketball. Knowing he wouldn't make it on the professional level, Hart focused on physical fitness. His training videos are all over his social media channels. If only Hard had the height, he would be an All-Star-caliber given his dedication to getting fit and already existent skills in basketball.

Barack Obama

Barack Obama will forever be remembered as the first Black president of the U.S. and a hoop-loving leader. Obama played for J.V. and varsity teams at Hawaii's Punahou School, per USA Today. He was more of a slasher than a shooter. 

His former coach Chris McLachlin had this to say:

"He would carry his books in one hand and his ball in the other," he said. "He lived across the street from school and before classes he'd shoot baskets on the outside courts, then at lunch he'd shoot more baskets, then I'd have him for three hours, then he'd go home, eat supper, and then be outside again shooting baskets."

Chris McLachlin, via USA Today

Obama at that time was still young, but his dedication to improving his craft was already evident. He may not become a professional basketball player, but the discipline and mental toughness that playing basketball taught him would prove to be helpful in his career in politics. 

The lefty president can be seen here casually draining 3s like it was nothing. 

Adam Sandler 

Adam Sandler starred in various movies and cemented himself as one of the highest-earning stars in Hollywood. He's sporting a dad bod now, but if the recent offseason pickup games were to be considered, Sandler looks like a recently retired player who can still play. Just look at him go with today's NBA stars such as Trae Young, Tobias Harris, and Jordan Clarkson:

Sandler's strengths are midrange shooting and passing. Based on the highlights alone, his court vision and feel of his teammates on the floor are more than solid. His skills are not lost on basketball fans and even former player Shaquille O'Neal. The former Lakers star appeared in a few movies with Sandler, so he knew the man could ball, and it does not have to do anything with Adam's loose shirts and dad bod. 

"The guys that don't really care what they wear, those are the guys you have to be worried about." Shaq added that the "Don't Mess with The Zohan" star is a great facilitator. 

Shaquille O'Neal, via

Having court vision is a skill that comes naturally for ballers like Sandler. He may not look like it physically, but what he lacked in the athleticism area, he more than made up with court intelligence and decent shooting.

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