Recently, TMZ cameras caught up with Drake as he was leaving the premiere of LeBron James’ new TV show Survivor’s Remorse – we’ve never heard of it either – and asked if he’d ever be willing to collaborate with the King on a song. And while Drizzy only kinda-sorta answered in the affirmative (“No doubt. Always man”) that was still enough to get the rumor mill grinding.
Naturally, Rolling Stone was determined to figure this out. So when we spoke with LeBron’s Cleveland teammate Shawn Marion – we were discussing his inclusion on the upcoming benefit album Full Court Press, Volume 1 – we also managed to ask the Matrix if he knew anything about a potential Drake/LBJ collab. And, if he did, he was keeping the details close to the vest.
“Oh man, I don’t know. We haven’t discussed it if he is,” Marion laughs. “I’m gonna leave it up to him. That’s not really something we’d talk about.”
Marion was equally diplomatic when asked about James’ rap skills (“I haven’t heard him”) though if Cleveland’s returning hero wants to team up with Drake, well, the Matrix wishes him well; turns out rapping is much harder than it looks.
“Most of us can’t do it. I’m not a rapper, man. If it’s for a great cause, like this album, I’m all for it, but I’m not gonna embarrass myself. I know my limitations,” he says. “There aren’t many athletes that can rap; one who could was Shaq. I had a couple of his albums; he’s one of the few people who could pull it off. He’s multi-talented.”
And it seems Shaq is a bit of an anomaly – the rare crossover that can also cross you up. Though it’s not like there aren’t plenty of rappers trying to make a move to the court.
“There’s a couple of guys you can tell play rec league, but there’s a big difference between that and the NBA,” Marion says. “Chris Brown can cross you up; he’s not bad actually. Master P tried to do it. Snoop couldn’t play in the NBA. I’ve seen him play in pickup games.”