July 8th, 2005 | By Administrator
Hip-Hop mogul Percy ?Master P.??? Miller was one of 17 players selected by the Sacramento Kings to participate in the 2005 Reebok Vegas Summer League (VSL) at the Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas, Nevada.
This is the first time the Kings have sent a team to the VSL, where Miller and the team will play five games in 10 days. 13 other NBA teams have teams in the VSL as well.
?The NBA is the highest level of basketball you can play on,??? Master P. explained to AllHipHop.com. ?A lot of guys make a lot of money playing, but I do it for the love. They are also starting to see that I work hard like any other player.???
Miller, who stands 6?4, has been tapped to play shooting guard for the Kings during the summer league.
?[Sacramento King guards] Cuttino Mobley, Mike Bibby, we have been playing together for years, every summer,??? Miller said. ?I learned a lot of the system from these guys.???
As a professional NBA athlete, Miller has played for the Charlotte Hornets, the Toronto Raptors, and a host of ABA, CBA and minor league basketball teams.
Before starting his venture into the music industry, Miller was a standout high school basketball student, who earned a full scholarship to the University of Houston.
An injury sidelined Miller, who then turned his attention to music, starting his No Limit empire.
?I?m from the hood and basketball saved my life and took me out of the hood,??? Miller said. ?To the kids, follow your dreams. You can be what you want to be. To come from the music industry to be able to compete on the professional level is amazing.???
Miller?s love for basketball has intertwined with his businesses as well. Miller and his son rapper/basketball player Lil? Romeo were the focus of a four part-mini series called ?The Team??? on TV network Nickelodeon.
The rapper coached the P. Miller Ballers attempt to snag the 14 & under AAU basketball championship.
Miller?s latest album Ghetto Bill: The Best Hustler in the Game recently hit stores and debuted at #1 on Billboard?s independent albums chart.