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LACETT | That time Master P almost became an NBA Superstar

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 LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) – In the 1990s, rapper Master P had just about everything he wanted: Fame, money, and his own record label. 

But there was a dream that remained unfulfilled.  So he went to work. 

“I started working hard with a lot of NBA players,” said Master P, whose real name is Percy Miller. “That's how it happened. Against all the pro players, I was killing it.” 

And so Master P, right in the middle of his rap career decided to crossover and make a run at the NBA. At workouts organized by former NBA coach John Lucas, he was able to quickly prove this was more than a publicity stunt. 

“David Stern, he was like: ‘You're a heck of a ball player.'”

Master's P love of basketball didn't come from out of nowhere. It began long before he ever entered the world of music. Growing up in New Orleans, he would spend hours shooting hoops, occupying his time with basketball instead of trouble.  His efforts would pay off in the form of an athletic scholarship to Houston. 

“I know how to score. People know I could shoot the ball. Guys would tell me, ‘P you are going to be someone.”

Flash forward to 1999. Master P would get tryouts from both the Hornets and the Raptors over the course of two seasons.  (The 1998-1999 season didn't start until 1999 because of a league lockout.) The founder of No Limit Records actually played a total of 7 exhibition games, once scoring eight points in a preseason game for Toronto against Vancouver. But despite limited success, he never made it past the preseason. 

“It was a great experience. People don't realize how hard it is to make it in the NBA.”

At 48, Master P says he still plays a lot of basketball. WDRB caught up with him Saturday at Hoop It Up and watched him drain jumper after jumper. We also saw him having fun and talking trash with just about everyone.

“I could check Michael Jordan right now. I know it!”

It may sound crazy but to Master P, Mr. No Limit, there's no limit to what he believes he's capable of.

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