Could Shaq Have Saved Biggie’s Life?
Fourteen years ago Wednesday, the Notorious B.I.G. (aka Christopher Wallace) was murdered in Los Angeles after the Soul Train Music Awards. It was a massive loss for the music community, not only because Biggie was and still is one of the greatest rappers of all time, but because he was the kind of creative force that made everyone around him better. His absence is still felt in the genre to this day.
What does any of this have to do with basketball? Well, as discussed in the ESPN “Outside the Lines” feature above (via @jose3030), Shaquille O’Neal(notes) (then in his first season with the Lakers) was supposed to hang out with Biggie at a party on that fateful night. The two became friends during Shaq’s early recording career and even performed together on the track “Can’t Stop the Reign” for his third album. That song’s not “Juicy,” but it’s also far from the most ridiculous cut of Shaq’s middling forays into the world of rap.