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While J. Cole’s latest album, The Off-Season, earned rave reviews from fans and critics alike, the mean streets of social media have been far less kind to his turn as a professional basketball player. The 36-year-old rapper has two games under his belt as part of the Patriots of Rwanda, and the stats from his latest matchup have led way to heavy online trolling.

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Cole ended his last game with zero points, zero assists, one rebound, one steal, and one block. Call it a bad case of nerves, or perhaps just a bad day on the court, but it was likely not the finish Cole was hoping for.

Of course, once footage of Cole’s second game landed on Twitter, the roasting began immediately.




Despite the online teasing, Cole still has many supporters. One of which is NBA star Russell Westbrook.

“I know J. Cole can play. That’s what I do know,” Westbrook said when asked for his thoughts on Cole’s hoop dreams.

As for the rapper’s music, Westbrook revealed that he is a big fan and ranked him as one of the best to ever do it.

“I haven’t fully listened to [The OffSeason] thoroughly but J. Cole, I’m a huge fan of his music and a huge fan of him as a person more than anything. He’s one of the greats.” Russ continued, “To be able to be mentioned on songs and be thought of, is you know something as a kid you always think about and hoping that you get named in a song so to be able to have that, especially on this album is pretty cool.”

Cole is one of three import players that are not Rwandan nationals and has the position of shooting guard with the team. During his first game with the team, his stat line saw him finish with three points, three rebounds, and two assists in 18 minutes of play.

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