Ry Cole: Lonzo wearing a hoodie with his face over @Nas’s classic album ‘It Was Written’ as he heads into MSG. I am here for this.
At first glance, Lonzo Ball’s latest Instagram post looks pretty innocuous. The Los Angeles Lakers rookie stands in the top left, catty corner from Brandon Ingram, with Darren Moore, Ball’s trainer and manager, sitting in the middle on the bottom row. Take a closer look at Moore’s shirt, though, and you’ll see something that looks strikingly like the cover of Nas’ “Illmatic”…
On the flip side, have you come to appreciate the other players’ music? JJ Redick: The funny thing about it is that I grew up around hip-hop, because basketball and hip-hop are so intertwined in pop culture. I was the only white kid on my teams growing up, and we used to travel all over the country, so I used to be really into hip-hop. I grew up listening to Tupac and Biggie and Nas, Atmosphere, Brother Ali, some independent rappers as well. I used to actually write lyrics and battle-rap in high school, so I can definitely appreciate it. I’m not a huge fan of what’s out right now — I think that’s partly why I don’t listen to it as much. I’ve been a huge Kanye fan and a huge Lil Wayne fan and a huge Rick Ross fan, so when they put an album out I usually get it that day, and I’ll listen to that for a while.