Here’s a fun fact to whip out at your next get together: Master P had two NBA contracts back in the day.
Percy Miller played with the Hornets before the 1999 season and the Raptors before the 1999-00 season. He was cut in the preseason in both stints.
Both experiences were more publicity stunts than anything else, but the rapper/producer/hip hop mogul could definitely ball in his prime. Who knows if he was NBA caliber – he’s argued he was – and his lucrative music career obviously made the NBA pursuit moot.
But the New Orleans native is now lobbying the Pelicans to hire him amid the team’s disappointing 31-43 season.
“I think they need me to be an assistant coach,” he told TMZ. “I’m serious about coaching.”
Master P, for all his talents and abilities, likely isn’t the cure New Orleans is looking for. Despite pairing dominant big man DeMarcus Cousins with ascending superstar Anthony Davis shortly before the NBA trade deadline, the Pelicans have been unable to piece together a playoff-worthy team. They’ve struggled to integrate the talented but mercurial Cousins and fallen out of the post-season hunt as they sit 4.5 games back of the No. 8 seed out west.
Is Miller all of a sudden going to show the Pellies how to effectively play inside-out basketball? Is he going to open up space for shooters in New Orleans’ tightly packed offense? Will he run 4-5 pick and rolls with Cousins and Davis?
I don’t think so.