There has always been this natural, cozy connection between hip-hop and basketball. Just one of those pairings that make sense, in an unexplainable yet explainable way. From Chuck D. shouting out Charles Barkley to Phife Dawg name-dropping Scott Skiles to Tunechi making an entire song dedicated to Kobe Bryant, the two just feel right together—like peanut butter and jelly, or Liberals and Birkenstocks. But sometimes things get taken too far. MCs writing clever lines about players is great, having musicians participate during All-Star Weekend is … interesting, but giving NBA guys a microphone and letting them loose can be perplexing. With the Association tipping off this week, here's a look at some of the most memorable NBA players who thought that rap was easy.—Joseph Manuel & Eric Diep