2003: Lamar Odom impresses LeBron & Jay-Z with a Shammgod crossover at Rucker
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June 19th of 2003, Jay-Z recruits NBA player Lamar Odom to play for his S.Carter streetball team at Rucker Park. Since it was raining, the game and a list of celebs — including a 17-year old LeBron James — moves to Gauchos Gym (remember Vince Carter shutting down the gym?). Jay’s team took the L that day but his team did have the highlight of the game, when Odom unleashed a Shammgod crossover and a shimmy dance. After the loss, Jay decided he needed to recruit some more firepower.
In our recent interview with Jamal Crawford, who also played on the S.Carter team, we went into depth about that 2003 summer and Jay’s team. Go to the 23-minute mark to hear about it and the greatest basketball game that almost happened.
Pics via MSG, Video via The Blackout