Shawn Marion has won one NBA championship, and he’s chasing another one this season with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Now, he’s released his debut rap video. Appropriately, it’s called “I’m a Champion.” And it features T-Pain.
The song will be featured on an upcoming album called Full Court Press, Vol. 1, which will be released on December 9 and feature collaborations between NBA players (Iman Shumpert, Trevor Ariza, Stephen Jackson) and established rappers (The Game, Snoop Dogg, Bun B). There’s a song that features both Soulja Boy and Glen “Big Baby” Davis, which will be one of the better songs in the history of music, at least on paper.
Marion is a surprisingly decent rapper. The album is G-rated, so there are a lot of rhymes about hard work and hustle. That’s going to be the theme of the record. And it’s scientifically proven that every song that features T-Pain is 35 percent better than it would have been otherwise.
“Full Court Press Vol. 1”- a rap album including tracks by Juwan Howard, Carlos Boozer, Glen Davis, Stephen Jackson, Shawn Marion and Lou Williams – released a teaser video (hat tip: Rodger Sherman of SB Nation).
Needless to say, with that group on board, it looks AWESOME.
The album was supposed to drop All-Star Weekend 2013. Now, the release is slated for the fall.
I hope the delay is worth it.
It’s been a long couple years for the players involved in the album.
Howard retired. Boozer got amnestied. Davis got waived, and so did Jackson. Marion is still a free agent. And Williams got traded as a salary dump.
Of course, the 41-year-old Howard – the oldest of the bunch – stole the show. A sample of his lyrics:
You might remember me from the Fab 5
Hoop dream Wolverine jersey No. 5
Yes, Howard rhymed five with five. Deal with it. He’s just continuing a Michigan tradition, though watering it down. In his hit “No. 1,” former Michigan basketball player Brent Pettway once rhymed Hunter with hunter with Hunter. As in:
Then in comes Big Game Hunter
Known as the big-game hunter
Shoot 3-pointers like his name’s Lindsey Hunter
Was that a compliment?
Hedo Turkoglu wasn’t a part of the futre in Orlando, and as a result, the Magic let him know that before the season began and allowed him to remain away from the team until he was either dealt or waived.
When no one was willing to offer anything in trade for Turkoglu, the Magic decided to waive him last week. The Clippers expressed interest initially, and followed through with having him in for a workout which apparently impressed head coach Doc Rivers.
From Arash Markazi of ESPN Los Angeles:
The Clippers also brought in forward Hedo Turkoglu for a meeting and a workout Thursday. They liked what they saw but don’t plan on signing him anytime soon. The Clippers would have to cut a player to make room for any new additions.
“He made shots from everywhere,” Rivers said of Turkoglu. “He looked good. It was a good workout, but we’re not doing anything anytime soon, but he did look good.”
Rivers has said he’s averse to change, but obviously not all that much. The Clippers recently brought in Stephen Jackson to try to bolster the bench, before waiving him last week.
Turkoglu has played 13 NBA seasons, and has career averages of 11.9 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 3.1 assists in 28.5 minutes per contest.