J. Cole works with Lakers’ Talen Horton-Tucker
While J. Cole’s basketball career is indeed over – at least for now – that doesn’t mean he won’t stay prepared if he’s bitten by the competition bug again. Legendary trainer Phil Handy (who goes by @ 94feetofgame on Twitter) posted evidence of the rapper’s-turned-hooper engagement in the grind, with video showing one of the workouts Handy puts him through alongside one one of the coach’s most successful clients, Lakers player Talen Horton-Tucker, who will enter his third season in October.
The #passion is real, the #work is real, the love for the #game is real and @JColeNC is a true student of the game, ”Handy wrote. “I stopped for a few days and worked with @Thortontucker… got out of his comfort zone and got better.”
Cole has been open about his basketball dreams since the start of his career, using basketball imagery throughout his album artwork and promotions. In 2020, that interest kicked into high gear with the release of Cole’s basketball shoes with Puma. Then, before his last album Off-season, he announced that he would join the Rwanda Patriots of the brand new Basketball Africa League. After three games he finished the terms of his contract and returned home to the United States, but that doesn’t mean he’s completely done playing yet.
Watch the video of J. Cole’s training with the Lakers’ Talen Horton-Tucker above.