The bonds between hip-hop artists and college basketball programs have been thoroughly documented in recent months.
The connection is real now.
But rap artists’ affinity for the sport reached a new level earlier this week.
Duke’s Rasheed Sulaimon claims that rapper (Kentucky fan?) Lil Wayne, who sat courtside during the No. 9 Blue Devils’ 75-68 victory over the No. 3 Wildcats Tuesday, swore at him during the game.
After the win, Sulaimon tweeted: “Still a @LilTunechi fan but was shook when he cursed me out court side lol. Where the duke love at slime.”
Really? A multiplatinum artist going at a freshman in a college game? What, Pusha T was unavailable, so he had to start a beef with a teenager?
Sulaimon was impressive in stretches during Duke’s win in ESPN’s 24-Hour Tip Off Marathon. The freshman finished with 10 points, six rebounds and five assists. But he was 3-for-14 from the field.
Still, the performance on the big stage justified the buzz that preceded the arrival of the former McDonald’s All-American.
Lil Wayne’s alleged remarks, however, did little for his street cred.
I just hope the incident doesn't inspire imitators. The last thing college basketball needs is a Spike Lee wannabe taunting players from the front row.
But perhaps that’s inevitable. These worlds, college basketball and hip-hop, have collided.
So we shouldn’t be surprised.