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Rapper J. Cole this week played in some pickup games with the Orlando Magic and apparently made quite an impression on those watching during his time on the court.
Cole, who was in Orlando ahead of his concert on Saturday, was seen running with several Magic players, including Cole Anthony and R.J. Hampton among others. He also had one notable play on rookie Franz Wagner that earned a strong reaction.
Magic guard Terrence Ross was in the practice facility watching Cole and his teammates play and saw it all unfold. Ross offered the play-by-play on his podcast of the sequence in which Cole splashed a game-winning 3-pointer over Wagner.
There was one game, he hadn’t really done much but somebody was driving to the hole and they drove to his corner and the dude off of him, which was Franz Wagner, pulls off and they swing it to J. Cole in the corner. Franz runs at him, he was trying to block it and goes up there. Bro, J.Cole for game! Splash! A guy that can shoot like that from the corner is always reliable. People were like, ‘Oh!’ I mean, it was J. Cole. He just splashed Franz Wagner for game. It was cool, though.
Cole has been known to show up in various locations and hoop with players, often playing in pickup games in New York City. Ross said Cole mostly just facilitated during the runs but would pull up from 3-point range on a few occasions.
The Grammy Award winner was praised by some Magic players for his knowledge of the game and ability to play. Certainly, Wagner knows what he is capable of doing on the court.