One of the key indicators of American culture around the world is the combination of rap and basketball. Therefore, NBA references are a common occurrence in hip hop or rap songs. Several celebrities across the United States grew up watching and idolizing NBA stars like Jordan, Kobe, LeBron, or even James Harden. So they make it a point to be as involved in the NBA as possible once they are prominent personalities themselves.
This cultural culmination is not only visible on the basketball courts, but also off the court. Consequently, this culture results in several friendships arising between celebrities of both these industries. One such wonderful friendship is that of James Harden and Lil Baby.
get you someone who would look at you the way James Harden and Lil Baby look at each other pic.twitter.com/JvJDN1tluC
— mj (@hardenbbq) July 7, 2021
Lil Baby is close friends with Nets’ James Harden since way before Harden helped him record his album with Lil Durk. The duo has previously evidently shown that they are not just business associates.
We have spotted the duo together frequently, just hanging out off-court. However, the most eye-opening incident that shows how close this duo is, was during Lil Baby’s birthday party in 2020. It is astonishing to see what Harden gifted Lil Baby.
When James Harden left Lil Baby stunned on his birthday
NBA superstar James Harden made it to Lil Baby’s birthday during his time in Houston, and he came like a Santa bearing gifts. Although, the difference was that his gifts were worth a whopping $300,000. Lil Baby seen left stunned said, “Gave me a Prada bag coz he’s prouda me, full of honey buns” (slang for stacks of $100 notes). He further added after being stunned about receiving a $150,000 Richard Mille watch from Harden, “They’re gonna have to catch up tomorrow”
Dec 30, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) reacts during the first quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
In total, Harden spent approximately $300,000 on this loving gesture for his friend, Lil Baby. Indeed, off an approximately $400 million net worth, Harden can afford to splash the cash to make a grand gesture for his close friend. Therefore, showing how close these two are and are not just business associates.
When Lil Baby hilariously tried to play basketball
Lil Baby played in the All-Celebrity match-up between him and 2-Chainz vs Quavo and Jack Harlow. While it was a match only for charity purposes, Lil Baby’s horrific performance made him a trending meme on the internet.
So while Harden gave him all the gifts in the world, he couldn’t give him the skill needed for basketball. Consequently, it can be safely said that even though Lil Baby raps like he’s a baller, he should stay off the court. Do you agree? Let us know what you think about it.