It has been the American rapper’s dream to play basketball professionally and that dream made it out, when he signed with Rwanda Patriots BBC and participated in the inaugural Basketball Africa League (in affiliation with NBA).
Cole has now stepped out the court to face his family leaving his teammates to continue the race as they prepare to play against Tunisia’s U.S. Monastir in the BAL semifinals.
While a Patriot, Cole started well though not what will pass as an excellent performance. So far, he recorded 5 points, 3 assists and 5 rebounds and made headlines against Nigerian Rivers Hoopers pushing his team ahead.
The 36-year-old of late has taken bold steps. First, he pursued his dream to play basketball professionally regardless of the criticism that would follow. Second, he made his family a number one priority returning home from making hoops and passing a big ball.
Coming from ESPN:
Rapper J. Cole of the Rwanda Patriots BBC has completed his contractual obligation to the Basketball Africa League and has departed from Rwanda because of a “family obligation”.
However, it is unclear if J. Cole is completely saying farewell to basketball.
“I work out in the morning, I do a basketball workout, I do my music, and then I do family time…I wake up and I repeat…” Cole once said during a SLAM interview.
J. Cole is the first musical artist to make the SLAM solo magazine cover.
By Elijah Christopher
Elijah Christopher is a journalist at A New Touch Of Africa, is also a creative writer, a poet, and an IT enthusiast. He contributed to the collaborative poem written in celebration of Edwin Morgan Centenary, the first Glasgow poet laureate and Scottish national poet from the University of Glasgow. He loves meeting people and learning about new places, cultures, events, and lifestyles.