Does this one need an explanation? Both Artest and Kanye were known as some of the best at their traits and could not be touched with. Whether it was Artest's defense or Kanye's sampling, both were masters at two very important parts of each game. However, I think it's obvious why these two connect, they are both NUTS! Whether it's Artest punching fans out or Kanye cursing fans out, both of these egotistic maniacs have had their fair share of bizarre moments that separate them from others. Also, the hair doesn't help either.
"I had dreams of the league, one day I'd play Kobe"" Ego Remix"
Ray Allen - Nas
Ray Allen and Nas have probably been the most two consistent players in the game at what they do. From day one we knew that Ray Allen had a stroke and fast forward 50 years later (ok maybe not 50 but it feels like it) Ray is still considered the best 3 point shooter in the league and perhaps the 2nd greatest of all time only to fall behind Reggie Miller. Compare that to Nas, who came in with a classic album and crowned one of the greatest lyricist of all time only to fall short of a few legends, it's easy to see why these two are both considered future hall of famers in their game and show no sign of slowing down.
"Got Yourself a Gun" (Get it?)
Pau Gasol – Eminem Let's face the facts; some players in the league require specific game plans just to deal with them. Although he may not have been all strung out on drugs and has baby mama drama, Pau Gasol would easily be Eminem. Just like no one wants to guard Pau Gasol, nobody wants to put out an album around the time Eminem does. Em and Pau both share a trait that many other players have trouble finding, the put back. Whether it's the game winning tip or the 8,374,3847 (exaggerated again) number 1 album, Pau and Eminem are pointless to even try and “Block ou.t” "Not Afraid"
Although there are many other players/rappers to name, let's see what your team looks like Hip-Hop heads. Remember, this is just MY opinion so please don't start a internet bash over it. Comment and let us know what rappers you think NBA ballers like Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Lamar Odom would be if they put down the ball and picked up a mic.