Chicago’s own R. Kelly was in Brooklyn on Tuesday night to sing the National Anthem ahead of the Nets’ game against the Atlanta Hawks.
The 48-year-old was out on the court before the game while some Nets players were warming up — and the singer showed he has a little game himself.
Ahead of performing tonight’s National Anthem, @rkelly warms up with @RondaeHJ24 on court. #Nets pic.twitter.com/6t0QH3ykvB — Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) November 17, 2015
It’s not the first time basketball and music have come to an intersection for Kelly.
During his youth, he played basketball with the late Ben Wilson — who remains one of the best high school basketball players in Chicago’s rich hoops history.
At Wilson’s funeral, R. Kelly (born Robert Kelly) sang “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday” to honor the friend he bonded with over basketball, music and more.
Kelly played professional basketball in the United States Basketball League from 1997-1999 amidst his successful music career.