Basketball Africa League: Coach is pleased with US rapper J Cole’s debut
US rapper J Cole scored three factors as he made his debut for his Rwandan side Patriots within the opening recreation of the inaugural Basketball Africa League (BAL).
Cole scored three factors as his facet beat Nigeria’s River Hoopers 83-60 on Sunday in Kigali, he additionally secured three rebounds and a pair of assists within the recreation, through which he featured for a complete of 17 minutes.
The rapper – who was showing simply days after the discharge of his sixth studio album – has been one of many star names hooked up to the BAL, which is looking for to copy the Champions League format from soccer however for basketball.
“I talked to him within the locker room – I stated, ‘I’m so pleased with you,’ as a result of he was very annoyed with himself,” Patriots coach Alan Main stated.
“He had a few turnovers. I stated, don’t put an excessive amount of strain on your self – the one mistake he can ever make is to simply to not strive once more.
“Our guys have embraced him, he has embraced them – and the attractive factor about him is simply needs to be a basketball participant. He’s not fascinated with being an entertainer on this occasion, he simply needs to be a basketball participant.”
All the video games are being performed in a single location – the Kigali Area within the Rwandan capital – with a number of matches over most days between now and the ultimate.
Cole had achieved a excessive commonplace at college however had by no means performed basketball professionally earlier than this match.
He was, nonetheless, supplied a try-out on the Detroit Pistons staff after Cole posted a video of himself enjoying the game onto social media.
River Hoopers’ former NBA participant Ben Uzoh, who scored first ever factors within the BAL, stated that basketball wanted “entertainers” and that regardless of his staff’s defeat, it was a “win for NBA Africa and the BAL.”