Master P’s life and career experience has taken him from the streets in New Orleans, to the recording booth and to the hardwood as a professional basketball player.
The leader of No Limit records played in the NBA summer league with the Charlotte Hornets in 1998 and again the following year played for the Toronto Raptors. Master P even has played against NBA great Michael Jordan in a game of pickup basketball.
Percy Miller (Master P) explained the story in an interview, “It was a basketball game my son [Lil Romeo] was playing at his camp,” P said during the interview. Apparently, Romeo refused to wear the standard issue Air Jordans like the rest of the athletes at the camp. “Rome’ hit me and said, ‘Dad, he tripping,” P continued, “So I flew down there to the game.”
“The next day at the game, I was like, ‘[My son] ain’t about to take no shoes off.’ They had a little game where all the pros play or whatever. When we first got into he said, ‘Man, you ain’t no baller. You make music.’ I said, ‘I make music and I play ball.’ I had Gilbert Arenas. I had Meta World Peace, me and two other college players. Jordan had all pros playing with him.’
Hear the entire story in this video interview from ThisIs50.com.
In a past interview Master P explained why he was cut from the Charlotte Hornets.
“The GM [Bob Bass] came back to me and said, ‘You know what, man? You’re a helluva player. But your music is pure filth.’ That’s why he let me go. I said, ‘That’s cold blooded.’ But the fans went crazy after that and he had to deal with it. He listened to my records and really seen what that was. He was like, ‘Nah. [Laughs]”
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