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PostPosted: Sun Nov 20, 2005 5:47 am    Post subject: The Game Got Game Reply with quote

The Game will soon have a chance to live up to his name--on the basketball court. The Compton-born hip-hop star is about to live out his hoop dreams by joining the American Basketball Association's Inglewood Cobras. He will also become a part-owner in the franchise, a team rep confirmed Thursday. Cobras publicist Gabrielle Llewellyn says the "Dreams" rapper will be very much involved with the franchise this fall and beyond. She declined to offer up specifics, but a press conference has been scheduled for Friday morning. The Game, who once received a basketball scholarship to Washington State University, is expected to make his home debut Nov. 29 at L.A.'s famed Forum arena, former stomping grounds of the Lakers.

"I grew up playing basketball," the rapper told "I'm only 25, and I'm still in professional shape. I've been in intense practices with the Cobras for about a month now, and the team is looking forward to winning every game."

The 6-foot-4 musician, who played high school hoops with current NBA star Baron Davis, is penciled in as either the team's shooting guard or small forward. The Game, whose real name is Jayceon Taylor, isn't the first celebrity to join the old-school-flavored basketball conference, which is a notch below the NBA's Development League in the pro ranks. The original ABA league, which operated from 1967 to 1976 before merging with the NBA, gave the NBA such teams as the Denver Nuggets and the New Jersey Nets. The ABA was resurrected in 2000 and now features more than 30 teams in cities from Calgary to Fresno.

During the 2003-04 season, Dennis Rodman played for the Long Beach Jam. Master P also played briefly for the Long Beach franchise last year, before getting traded to Utah. A year earlier, he suited up for another ABA franchise, the Las Vegas Rattlers. The Game's debut disc, The Documentary, opened atop the Billboard 200 when it dropped in January and has since sold more than 2 million copies, per Nielsen SoundScan.

The disc's success was fueled in part by the lead single, "Hate It or Love It," a collaboration with 50 Cent that just earned a Vibe Music Award for Hottest Hook. Originally a member of Fiddy's G-Unit crew, the Game has since severed ties with his former mentor following a heavily hyped beef.
Aside from his hoops and hooks endeavors, the Game is also flexing his acting chops these days, with a supporting role in the thriller Waist Deep, which stars Tyrese Gibson and Larenz Tate and is due out next year.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 20, 2005 11:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So what's next for that guy?
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