This month, J. Cole was able to live his dream of playing professional basketball. Here, it was for the Rwanda Patriots of the Basketball Africa League. The North Carolina rapper didn’t put up the prettiest numbers, but definitely enjoyed himself.
Cole is now back in America and now, has taken to Instagram to thank the team and BAL the opportunities. He provided photos of himself snd his teammates at their games. Cole also shouted out Puma for flying him to Africa and back to the US.
“So many thank you’s are due. Thank you to @thebal and to @patriotsbbc for the opportunity. Thank you to my teamates, the coaches and staff for treating me like family. I learned so much in the few weeks we were together. Congrats on that win tonight and good luck next game. Thank you to Puma for supporting a dream from day 1, and getting me to Rwanda and back safely via Puma jet.
Thank you to the entire country of Rwanda and to the city of Kigali for hosting us. BEAUTIFUL land with BEAUTIFUL people. To anyone considering visiting or moving to the continent, from everything I saw and heard, I would recommend you consider Kigali and Rwanda in general. Thank you to everybody that had kind words for me despite my inexperience. I plan to get better.”
When Cole first got to Rwanda this month, his new “The Off-Season” album was also released. That project did very well as it debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart with 281,000 units in its first week. This was also Cole’s sixth straight number one album as every album of his career has hit this mark.
Check out J. Cole reflecting on his team in the Basketball Africa League below.
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